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如法受持分第十三 

ACCEPTING AND UPHOLDING THE DHARMA OF "THUSNESS", THIRTEEN 

Subhuti then asked the Buddha: 

尔时,须菩提白佛言: 

“World Honoured One, what name should be given to this sutra and how should we receive and hold it (in mind)?” 

世尊!当何名此经?我等云何奉持? 

The Buddha said: 

佛告须菩提: 

“This sutra should be called ‘The Diamond prajna-paramita’ under which name you should receive and hold it. 

是经名为《金刚般若波罗蜜》,以是名字,汝当奉持。 

“Why? Because, Subhuti, 

所以者何?须菩提! 

“the Prajna- paramita as expounded by the Buddha, is not Prajna- paramita but is (merely) so called. 

佛说般若波罗蜜,则非般若波罗蜜。是名般若波罗蜜。 

“Subhuti, what do you think Does the Tathagata expound the Dharma?” 

须菩提!于意云何?如来有所说法不? 

Subhuti said: “World Honoured One, the Tathagata does not expound anything.” 

须菩提白佛言:世尊!如来无所说。 

“Subhuti, what do you think? Are there many particles of dust in the universe?” 

须菩提!于意云何?三千大千世界所有微尘是为多不? 

Subhuti replied: “Many, World Honoured One!” 

须菩提言:甚多,世尊! 

“Subhuti, the Tathagata says these particles of dust are not (real), (but) are (merely) called particles of dust. 

须菩提!诸微尘,如来说非微尘,是名微尘。 

“The Tathagata says the universe is not (real), but it is (merely) called the universe. 

如来说:世界,非世界,是名世界。 

“Subhuti, what do you think? Can the Tathagata be perceived by means of His thirty-two physical characteristics ( laksanas )?” 

须菩提!于意云何?可以三十二相见如来不? 

“'No, World Honoured One. The Tathagata cannot be perceived by them. 

不也,世尊!不可以三十二相得见如来。 

“Why? Because the Tathagata says they are not real but are (merely) called the thirty-two physical characteristics.” 

何以故?如来说:三十二相,即是非相,是名三十二相。 

“Subhuti, if on the one hand, a virtuous man or woman, in giving alms (dana), sacrifices as many lives as there are sand-grains in the Ganges, and on the other hand, 

须菩提!若有善男子、善女人,以恒河沙等身命布施; 

“someone receives and holds (in mind) even a four-line stanza of this sutra, and expounds it to other, the merit resulting from the latter will be greater.” 

若复有人,于此经中,乃至受持四句偈等,为他人说,其福甚多! 

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