In setting up a shrine in the Tibetan tradition, it is often said that we should have representations of the awakened body, speech and mind of the buddhas. Statues and paintings are representations of awakened body, stupas are awakened mind and sutras (words of the Buddha) are awakened speech. Sutra texts are often wrapped in cloth or brocade and placed on the shrine as an object of reverence - it’s the awakened speech of the Buddhas, it’s the Dharma that frees us from suffering and confusion when we apply them.
This Diamond-Cutter Sutra वज्रच्छेदिकाप्रज्ञापारमितासूत्र or Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra is a Mahayana sutra from the genre of Prajñāpāramitā (“Perfection of Wisdom”) sutras. The major themes of this influential sutra are the teachings on “not-self,” “emptiness” and the practice of non-attachment with regards to notions of “self,” “other,”fixation to views, and even to the Dharma itself. One of the most famous quotes from this sutra is as follows:
“A shooting star, a clouding of the sight, a lamp,
An illusion, a drop of dew, a bubble,
A dream, a lightning’s flash, a thunder cloud—
This is the way one should see the conditioned.”
- 10.25" x 3" x 0.5"
- traditional Tibetan pecha style