Verse from the Diamond Sutra
Although sudden and gradual are different,
Upon completion they are the same.
Why make divisions of North and South?
Sagely and common are parts of the one;
The basic nature is absolutely the same.
Do not discuss east and west.
This was a poem that Dhyana Master Hsuan Hua included in the Diamond Sutra. I found it very interesting so I thought I'd share it with you. What is your take on it? I won't state my right off the bat because Hua already pounded into my brain what he was trying to communicate. I actually just finished reading the Diamond Sutra this morning. I immediately went on to type it all out, minus the commentary so that I could absorb it as it is, though the commentary was very helpful. I posted this poem in a Zen group on Facebook and one of the members said, "It would probably be a bad idea to drive with Hua on the New Jersey Turnpike."
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