very good quotations on this you tube here, set to Western Choir Music.
Short ‘edit’ from The Diamond Sutra
“Subhuti, someone might fill innumerable worlds with the seven treasures and give all away in gifts of alms, but if any good man or any good woman awakens the thought of Enlightenment and takes even only four lines from this Discourse, reciting, using, receiving, retaining and spreading them abroad and explaining them for the benefit of others, it will be far more meritorious. Now in what manner may he explain them to others? By detachment from appearances-abiding in Real Truth. -So I tell you-Thus shall you think of all this fleeting world:A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream;A flash of lightening in a summer cloud,A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.When Buddha finished this Discourse the venerable Subhuti, together with the bhikshus, bhikshunis, lay-brothers and sisters, and the whole realms of Gods, Men and Titans, were filled with joy by His teaching, and, taking it sincerely to heart they went their ways.”
-Siddhartha Gautama on the Diamond Sutra
4 Secrets of the Diamond Sutra
- The Diamond Sutra distills Buddhism’s central message that everything changes. It describes our fleeting world as a bubble in a stream.
- Jack Kerouac was so influenced by the Diamond Sutra that he studied it daily for years and attempted his own rendition.
- Brevity is one reason for the Diamond Sutra’s popularity. It can be recited in 40 minutes.
- The Diamond Sutra of 868 A.D. is printed on paper, a material unknown in the West for another couple centuries.
A wonderful rendition of the Diamond Sutra from Imee Ooi – although there is a minute or so of her speaking in her native language.