The Vajra Body of your Buddha Nature – Indestructible like Diamond

Question posed to Zen Master Hui Hai:

4. Q: According to the Vajra-body chapter of the Maha-parinirvana Sutra:

  • ‘The (indestructible) diamond-body” is imperceptible, yet it clearly perceives;
  • It is free from discerning and yet there is nothing which it does not comprehend.’

What does this mean?

 

A:

  • It is imperceptible because its own nature is a formless’ substance’ which is intangible; hence it is called’ imperceptible’;  And, since it is intangible, this ‘substance’ is observed to be profoundly still and neither vanishing nor appearing. 
  • Though not apart from our world, it cannot be influenced by the worldly streamIt is self-possessed and sovereign, which is the reason why it clearly perceives.
  • It is free from discerning in that its own nature is formless and basically undifferentiated.  Its comprehending every-thing means that the undifferentiated ‘substance’ is endowed with functions as countless as the sands of the Ganges; and, if all phenomena were to be discerned simultaneously, it would comprehend all of them without exception.

In the Prajna Gatha it is written:

  • Prajna, unknowing, knows all,
  • Prajna, unseeing, sees all.

The Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening by Master Hui Hai, John Blofeld translation

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