The Diamond Sutra offers the Buddha’s insights on dualism and illusion. He speaks of how to develop the insight, the “diamond,” that can cut through any obstacle on the road to enlightenment.
This sutra presents a dialogue between the Buddha and his disciple Subhuti that illuminates how our minds construct limited categories of thought. Thich Nhat Hanh’s commentary on the text shows how we must move beyond personal enlightenment to become fully enlightened beings who work to alleviate the suffering of others. Nhat Hanh writes about the daily applications of the sutra and how we can use its wisdom to encounter a deeper reality and act in the world skillfully and effectively.
This revised edition includes Thich Nhat Hanh’s translation of the sutra from the Chinese and new insight on the environmental implications of the Diamond Sutra. A beautiful edition of one of Buddhism’s central texts.
Wherever this sutra is kept is a sacred site enshrining the presence of the Buddha or one of the Buddha’s great disciples.
—Thich Nhat Hanh
Teaching the Dharma
Composed things are all objects of mind that are conditioned to arise, exist for awhile, and then disappear, according to the principle of dependent co-arising. Everything in life seems to follow this pattern, and although things look real, they are actually more like the things a magician conjures up. We can see and hear them clearly, but they are not really what they appear to be. A bubble, or timira in Sanskrit, is an image that we can use to describe appearances. If we rub our eyes vigorously and see many stars, we may think the stars are real, but they are not.