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Diamond Cutter – Sutra & Verse
Sunday, 3 November 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
(Both visa applications for Geshe Sherab were denied, so it is with great sadness that we have been forced to CANCEL this tour).
REPLACEMENT PROGRAM: Eddie Peet will give a short explanation of the evocative analogies in the verse at the end of the Diamond Cutter Sutra:
“So you should view this fleeting world —
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,
A flash of lightening in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.”
After the break we will recite the Diamond Cutter Sutra together as a group, so we can create the much needed merit for future tours and visits from our precious Geshes.
Also known as the ‘Vajra Smasher’, this short sutra cuts through the very root of all confusion and suffering, and is the essence of the Buddhist view. It is one of the most well-known sutras of Mahayana Buddhism, framed as a discourse on the Buddhist concept of emptiness, the ‘wisdom gone beyond’. Composed as a lively conversation between the Buddha and Subhuti, this text illustrates again and again the emptiness of inherent existence. Almost lost to civilisation, it was re-discovered in caves in the late 1800’s and only fully translated just a short decade ago.