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“But the Buddha has taught that personal existence is just a name, for it is in fact neither existence nor non-existence. So it only has the name ‘personal existence’.”
Something is only as much individual, separate, definite as much it is unreal.
“What do you think, Subhuti? Has the Buddha taught any definite teaching in this Sutra?”
“No lord, the Buddha has not taught any definite teaching in this Sutra.”
[…] “there is, in fact, nothing to be attained. Someone would be mistaken to say that the Buddha has attained the highest, most fulfilled, and awakened mind because there is no such thing as a highest, most fulfilled, or awakened mind to be attained.”
[…] “When I attained total Enlightenment, I did not feel, as the mind feels, any arbitrary conception of spiritual truth, not even the slightest. Even the words ‘total Enlightenment’ are merely words, they are used merely as a figure of speech.”
Talking about spiritual enlightenment is like trying to eat a cake and have it too. Paradoxically, this is the very reason why it is important.
“Like a tiny drop of dew, or a bubble floating in a stream;
Like a flash of lightning in a summer cloud,
Or a flickering lamp, an illusion, a phantom, or a dream.”
“So is all conditioned existence to be seen.”
How many dreams are there? – that’s an issue.
Quotes from The Diamond Sutra translated by Alex Johnson.