By Thich Nhat Hanh

The Diamond Sutra deals the Buddha's insights on dualism and phantasm. He speaks of ways to improve the perception, the "diamond," which can lower via any trouble at the street to enlightenment.

This sutra offers a discussion among the Buddha and his disciple Subhuti that illuminates how our minds build constrained different types of inspiration. Thich Nhat Hanh's remark at the textual content exhibits how we needs to flow past own enlightenment to turn into totally enlightened beings who paintings to relieve the agony of others. Nhat Hanh writes concerning the day-by-day purposes of the sutra and the way we will be able to use its knowledge to come across a deeper truth and act on the earth skillfully and successfully.

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We think that freedom lies in making choices based on our desires. But when we see our circumstances, we see much more than just our desires. We see how the current situation has come to be. True freedom doesn't lie in having choices. We always have no choice but to act. Even if we choose not to act, we're still acting-and still making a choice. Our only choice of consequence lies in whether or not we're awake. Right livelihood, the fifth aspect of the eightfold path, involves earning your living in a manner that doesn't bring harm to yourself or others.

I Ll satisfy. We've got to see this and take it to heart. The only thing that truly satisfies is seeing Reality-seeing what's really going on-in ourselves, others, and the world. 66 Buddhism Plain and Simple Right view, the first step on the buddha-dharma path, begins not so much in seeing as in realizing the nature of what we're looking for. We stop looking for something that forms as an object in our mind, something we can visualize "out there" and then go after, as if Truth were an image, an idea, or a belief.

It's to see what's really going on. The Buddha did not lay down any commandments. If we say, "Thou shalt not lie," applying it as a rule, what are we to do when the Gestapo pounds at our door and we're harboring a family of innocent fugitives in the attic? If not lying were an absolute rule to live by, we'd be in deep moral trouble. Nevertheless, it's not the case that buddhas simply live out of their own individual truths. The buddha-dharma is not about the Buddha's truth, or your truth, or my truth, or another person's truth.

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