Sep 2018
Vajra Cutter Sutra Resource Page

Lama Zopa Rinpoche giving an oral transmission of the Vajra Cutter Sutra on Vulture’s Peak, India, March 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Did you know there is a Vajra Cutter Sutra resource page on FPMT.org? The page features translations of the Vajra Cutter Sutra (also known as Diamond Cutter Sutra or Diamond Sutra) into ten languages; links to audio CDs, MP3 downloads, and online courses; and a special dedication prayer written by Mipham Rinpoche that is recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The page even features an amulet-sized version of the sutra in Tibetan, suitable to be worn on the body.

In the Vajra Cutter Sutra, Buddha and a gathering of monks and bodhisattvas are in Shravasti in North India. Subhūti, one of the disciples, asks Buddha, “Bhagavān, how should one who has correctly entered the bodhisattva’s vehicle abide, how practice, how control the mind?” The sutra captures Buddha’s answer, touching extensively on the “wisdom gone beyond” and concluding with the famous verse: “As a star, a visual aberration, a lamp, an illusion, dew, a bubble, a dream, lightning, and a cloud—view all the compounded like that.”

“The Vajra Cutter Sutra is unbelievable,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaches. “It is one of the most profitable practices, because the root of all sufferings, yours and others, is the ignorance holding ‘I’ as truly existent—even though it is empty of that; and the ignorance holding the aggregates as truly existent, even though they are empty of that. The only antidote to cut that, to get rid of that and through which to achieve liberation, the total cessation of the suffering causes—delusions and karma—is the wisdom realizing emptiness. This is the subject of the Vajra Cutter Sutra, emptiness. So, each time you read it, it leaves such a positive imprint. Without taking much time, without much difficulty, it is easy to actualize wisdom.”

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