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The preferred Buddhist sutra on the earth at the present time, a trifling sixteen sentences. contains wide remark.

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To perceive one’s SelfNature by listening is the Bodhisattva’s way out of the round of birth-and-death. The first line of the Sutra, then, informs us that Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is the appointed practice leader of the Prajna Assembly. He is going to teach us how to follow his Dharma practice and establish the mindfulness of listening to our Self Nature. Was coursing in the deep Prajna Paramita, This line specifies the Dharma of the Bodhisattva practice. Coursing and deep relate to its quality.

From then on, all dharmas are understood as being identical with one’s True Nature. When that level is attained, the mind comprehends the universe as the Self and the Self as the universe. The grand view is boundless! 53 In short, Voidness, or Emptiness, means the absence of duality, the end of accepting and rejecting. There are five categories of voidness: the obstinate void; the annihilation void; the void of analysis; the void of global comprehension; the Void of True Supramundane Existence.

If that is accomplished, there may still be time to save this world. To say it in a few words, the five turbidities are completely within the realm of the five skandhas. The skandhas combined constitute the basis of all dharmas, of all sentient beings in the ten directions, and of all worlds in all universes. The skandhas are, furthermore, the substance of the incandescent True Existence and, at the same time, the transcendental Void, or Emptiness. (The relation of True Existence to transcendental Emptiness will be discussed later).

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