"Subhuti, if in the future
there is any daughter or son of good family who has the capacity to accept, read,
and put into practice this sutra, the Tathágata will see that person with his
eyes of understanding. The Tathágata will know that person, and that person will
realize the measureless, limitless fruit of her or his virtuous act.
"Subhuti, it is the same
concerning bodhisattvas. If a bodhisattva thinks that she has to liberate all
living beings, then she is not yet a bodhisattva. Why? Subhuti, there is no
independently existing object of mind called bodhisattva. Therefore, the Buddha
has said that all dharmas are without a self, a person, a living being, or a
life span. Subhuti, if a bodhisattva thinks, 'I have to create a serene and
beautiful Buddha fieldą, that person is not yet a bodhisattva. Why? What the
Tathágata calls a serene and beautiful Buddha field is not in fact a serene and
beautiful Buddha field. And that is why it is called a serene and beautiful
Buddha field. Subhuti, any bodhisattva who thoroughly understands the principle
of non-self and non-dharma is called by the Tathágata an authentic bodhisattva."
"Why? Subhuti, the past mind
cannot be grasped, neither can the present mind or the future mind."
"Subhuti, if someone were to
fill the 3,000 chiliocosms with piles of the seven precious treasures as high as
Mount Sumeru as an act of generosity, the happiness resulting from this is much
less than that of another person who knows how to accept, practice, and explain
the Vajracchedika Prajna paramita Sutra to others. The happiness resulting from
the virtue of a person who practices this sutra, even if it is only a gatha of
four lines, cannot be described by using examples or mathematics."
"Subhuti, a bodhisattva gives
rise to virtue but is not caught in the idea of virtue and happiness. That is
why the Tathágata has said that a bodhisattva does not need to build up virtue
"Subhuti, if someone says that
the World-Honored One comes, goes, sits, and lies down, that person has not
understood what I have said. Why? The meaning of Tathágata is 'does not come
from anywhere and does not go anywhereą. That is why he is called a Tathágata.
that is how to observe them."