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The Diamond Sutra

In Chinese characters
with links to character translations
The Dun Huang print of the Diamond Sutra. AD 868. This edition was discovered by Sir Aurel Stein early in the 20th Century and is currently on display at the British Museum. In the image we can see the radiant Buddha (swastika on his chest) flanked by a host of the faithful, including arhats and bodhisattvas, and Subhuti, his right shoulder bared in supplication, kneeling on his prayer scarf (identical to those used today). For more information about the Diamond sutra, visit Ming Zhen Shakya's essay, The Diamond and Heart Sutras.

(Note: The Diamond sutra is also available on our site translated into English)

Reason of Assembly
Request for Teaching
Meaning of Mahayana
Subtle Practice
Seeing Reality
Rarity of True Faith
No Attainment No Teaching
Appearing Through Truth
Appearance Without Appearing
Setting Forth Pure Lands
Virtue of the Uncreated
Honoring True Teaching
Upholding True Teaching
Tranquility Outside Forms
Virtues of Holding the Sutra
Clearing Obstacles


No Self in Reality
Perceiving the One
Teaching Within Transformations
Leaving Forms and Marks
Wordless Teaching
Nothing to Attain
Purify Mind and Doing Good
Incomparable Merits and Wisdom
Illusion of Transformation
True Teaching Without Form
No Annihilation No Extinction
Not Expecting Not Coveting
Serenity of Conduct
Oneness in Appearances
Views Do Not Arise
Transformations Are Not Real

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