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The Incomparable Merit of this Teaching

Subhuti, if there be one who gives away in gifts of alms a mass of the seven treasures equal in extent to as many mighty Mount Sumerus as there would be in three thousand galaxies of worlds, and if there be another who selects even four lines from this discourse upon the Perfection of Transcendental Wisdom, receiving and retaining them, and clearly expounding them to others, the merit of the latter will be so far greater than that of the former that no conceivable comparison can be made between them.                                

                                                                                                       The Diamond Sutra (Shambhala,1969)



four lines

             thus shall you think of all this fleeting world:

             a star at dawn, a bubble in a stream:

             a flash of lightning in a summer cloud,

             a flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream




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