DIAMOND SUTRA - Chapter 5. Ask About the Future
Evam ukte ayusman Subhutir Bhagavantam etad avocat: Asti Bhagavan kecit sattva bhavisyanty anagate' dhvani pascime kale pascime samaye pascimayam panca-satyam sad-dharma-vipraloka-kale vartamane, ya imesv evamrupesu sutranta-padesu bhasyamanesu bhuta-samjnam utpadayisyanti? Bhagavan aha: Ma Subhute tvam evam vocah. Asti kecit sattva bhavisyanty anagate' dhvani pascime kale pascime samaye pascimayam pancasatyam sad-dharma-vipralope vartamane, ya imesv evamrupesu sutrantapadesu bhasyamanesu bhuta-samjnam utpadayisyanti. Api tu khalu punah Subhute bhavisyanty anagate' dhvani bodhisattva mahasattvah pascime kale pascime samaye pascimayam panca-satyam sad-dharma-vipralope vartamane gunavantah silavantah prajnavantas ca bhavisyanti, ya imesv evamrupesu sutranta-padesu bhasyamanesu bhutasamjnam utpadayisyanti. Na khalu punas te Subhute bodhisattva mahasattva eka-buddha-paryupasita bhavisyanti, na-eka-buddha-avaropita-kusala-mula bhavisyanti, api tu khalu punah Subhute aneka-buddha-satasahasra-paryupasita aneka-buddha-satasahasra-avaropita-kusala-mulas te bodhisattva mahasattva bhavisyanti, ya imesv evamrupesu sutranta-padesu bhasyamanesv eka-citta-prasadam api pratilapsyante. Jnatas te Subhute Tathagatena buddha-jnanena, drstas te Subhute Tathagatena buddha-caksusa, buddhas te Subhute Tathagatena. Sarve te Subhute' prameyam asamkhyeyam punyaskandham prasavisyanti pratigrahisyanti.
Subhuti asked: Will there be any beings in the future period, in the last time, in the last epoch, in the last 500 years, at the time of the collapse of the good doctrine who, when these words of the Sutra are being taught, will understand their truth? The Lord replied: Do not speak thus, Subhuti! Yes, even then there will be such beings. For even at that time, Subhuti, there will be Bodhisattvas who are gifted with good conduct, gifted, with virtuous qualities, gifted with wisdom, and who, when these words of the Sutra are being taught, will understand their truth. And these Bodhisattvas, Subhuti, will not be such as have honoured only one single Buddha, nor such as have planted their roots of merit under one single Buddha only. On the contrary, Subhuti, those Bodhisattvas who, when these words of the Sutra are being taught, will find even one single thought of serene faith, they will be such as have honoured many hundreds of thousands of Buddhas, such as have planted their roots of merit under many hundreds of thousands of Buddhas. Known they are, Subhuti, to the Tathagata through his Buddha cognition, seen they are, Subhuti, by the Tathagata with his Buddha-eye, fully known they are, Subhuti, to the Tathagata. And they all, Subhuti, will beget and acquire an immeasurable and incalculable heap of merit.
Tat kasya hetoh? Na hi Subhute tesam bodhisattvanam mahasattvanam atma-samjna pravartate na sattva-samjna na jiva-samjna na pudgala-samjna pravartate. Na-api tesam Subhute bodhisattvanam mahasattvanam dharma-samjna pravartate, evam na-adharma-samjna. Na-api tesam Subhute samjna na-asamjna pravartate.
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And why? Because, Subhuti, in these Bodhisattvas (1) no perception of a self takes place, (2) no perception of a being, (3) no perception of a soul, (4) no perception of a person. Nor do these Bodhisattvas have (5) a perception of a dharma, or (6) a perception of a no-dharma. (7) No perception or (8) non-perception takes place in them.
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