The Vajra Cutter Sutra is the “diamond-cutting perfection of wisdom sutra” that cuts through afflictions, ignorance, illusion, and delusion.
A star, a visual aberration, a lamp, an illusion, dew, a bubble, a dream, lightning, and a cloud – view all the compounded like that.
What does this verse point out? Both the conventional and ultimate truth natures of our reality. Each time you read or recite it, it plants a seed or potential to realise emptiness, to understand the ultimate nature of reality, the ‘wisdom realising emptiness’, in this very life.
A diamond is the hardest naturally occurring substance. You can’t cut it, but it can cut through any substance. A diamond is extremely valuable and, in the way it reflects light, exceedingly beautiful. Just like a diamond, this sutra is a precious tool that reflects the brilliance of the Buddha’s teaching and enables us, if we give it the chance, to cut through what’s hardest in our lives: our own self-ignorance.
The place where the text is read becomes worthy of being worshipped by devas, humans, and non-devas of the world.
The Buddha says that your own home becomes worthy of prostrations and circumambulation—it becomes like a stupa. Anyone who receives the words of this sutra and then memorizes it, keeps it, reads it, and tries to understand the meaning, will have a deeply significant experience.
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