One day when P'ang layman (740-808)was selling bamboo baskets at the market place of Hung-chou. Seeing a monk begging alms, he took out a cash and said:
-Can you tell me how to appreciate alms?
The monk had nothing to say.
Evam ukta ayusman Subhutir Bhagavantam etad avocat: Asti Bhagavan kecit sattva bhavisyanty anagate 'dhvani pascime kale pascime samaye pascimayam panca-satyam saddharma-vipralope vartamane ya iman evamrupan dharman srutva-abhisraddadhasyanti? Bhagavan aha: Na te Subhute sattva na-a-sattvah. Tat kasya hetoh? Sattvah sattva iti Subhute sarve te Subhute a-sattvas Tathagatena bhasitah tenocyante sattva iti.
Subhuti asked: Are there, O Lord, any beings in the future, in the last time, in the last epoch, in the last 500 years, at the time of the collapse of the good doctrine who, on hearing such dharmas, will truly believe? The Lord replied: They, Subhuti, are neither beings nor no-beings. And why? 'Beings, beings', Subhuti, the Tathagata has taught that they are all no-beings. Therefore has he spoken of 'all beings'.
End of DIAMOND SUTRA - Chapter 18. Being is Non-beingT.o.C .
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