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The Diamond Sutra, Chapter 11

Quotes from The Diamond Sutra

 

The Buddha asked, “Subhuti, if there were as many Ganges Rivers as there are grains of sand along the Ganges River, do you think there would be numerous grains of sand along all those Ganges Rivers?” Subhuti answered, “Yes, World-Honored One, there would be numerous grains of sand indeed. The Ganges Rivers alone would be incalculable. How much more for the grains of sand along them?” The Buddha asked again, “Subhuti, if a good man or woman filled trichiliocosm (S: trisāhasramahāsāhasralokadhātu) equal in number to the grains of sand along all those Ganges Rivers with the seven precious gems, given by him or her as a gift, would he or she obtain many merits?” Subhuti answered, “Yes, World-Honored One, he or she would obtain very many merits.” The Buddha then told Subhuti, “If a good man or woman were to receive and hold from this Sutra even only four lines of verse and speak them for others, his or her merits and virtues would surpass those of the good man or woman who filled trichiliocosm equal in number to the grains of sand along all the Ganges Rivers with the seven precious gems, given by him or her as a gift.”

 

 

金剛經〈無為福勝分〉第十一

 

「須菩提!如恆河中所所沙數,如是沙等恆河,於意云何?是諸恆河沙,寧為多不?」須菩提言:「甚多!世尊!但諸恆河,尚多無數,何況其沙?」

「須菩提!我今實言告汝:若有善男子、善女人,以七寶滿爾所恆河沙數三千大千世界以用布施,得福多不?」須菩提言:「甚多!世尊!」

佛告須菩提:「若善男子、善女人,於此經中乃至受持四句偈等,為他人說,而此福德,勝前福德。」

 


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