The Diamond Sutra

Filmed, edited, hosted, and produced by Daniel C Luthi and 5th Dimension Media, Taichung, Taiwan.

The Diamond Sūtra (Sanskrit: Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra), is a short and well-known Mahāyāna sūtra from the Prajñāpāramitā, or “Perfection of Wisdom” genre, and emphasizes the practice of non-abiding and non-attachment. Note that the title properly translated is the Diamond Cutter of Perfect Wisdom although it is popular to refer to it as the Diamond Sūtra.
A copy of the Chinese version of Diamond Sūtra, found among the Dunhuang manuscripts in the early 20th century and dated back to 868, is, in the words of the British Library, “the earliest complete survival of a dated printed book.”

金剛般若波羅蜜經》,又譯《能斷金剛般若波羅蜜經》(梵文:वज्रच्छेदिका­प्रज्ञापारमितासूत्र’,vájra-cchedikā-­praj­ñā-pāramitā-sūtra),簡稱《金剛經》,是大乘佛教重要經­典之一,為出家、在家佛教徒常所頌持。 20世紀初出土於敦煌的《金剛經》,為世界最早的雕版印刷品之一,現存於大英圖書館[­1]。

金剛經主要講述大乘佛教的空性與慈悲精神。由於該經旨在論述成道境界,即無上正等正覺­,在佛教中亦為”不可說境界”,故盡管經文篇幅短小,其文字結構­仍然晦澀複雜。經文中­強調”真理”本身的不合邏輯,必須躬親體­驗才能感悟,而無法透過文字和簡單邏輯推理而得。由於其精神與禪宗”直指人­心,見性成佛”理念相契合,《金剛經》在禪宗五祖弘忍、­六祖惠能以後的禪­宗具有至高無上的地位,其影響也隨之源遠流長。