After the Buddha spoke this Sutra, the Elder Subhuti, all the Bhiksus, Bhiksunis, Upasakas, Upasikas, and the world with its gods, men, and asuras, upon hearing what the Buddha had said, were greatly delighted, accepted it with faith, and reverently practiced it.
After the Buddha spoke this Sutra. After Shakyamuni Buddha had finished speaking the
Vajra Sutra, which is about the Prajna of true emptiness, the Elder Subhuti who had ten kinds of virtuous conduct,
all the Bhiksus, Bhiksunis, Upasakas (laymen who draw near and serve),
Upasikas (laywomen who draw near and serve), and the world with its gods, men, and asuras—who had the blessings of the heavens but not the status, and who had no wine to drink,
upon hearing what the Buddha had said—the wonderful principle of the Prajna of true emptiness,
were greatly delighted. They felt great joy, accepted it with faith, and reverently practiced it. They were as happy as if they had obtained a precious gem. Everyone had obtained the ultimate treasure: the Dharma-treasure of Prajna, so they were all delighted. They believed in it, and cast aside all their desires. I hope that when we finish studying the
Vajra Sutra you can cast all your upside-down thoughts far, far away. Rid yourself of enjoyment of food. Rid yourself of desire for sleep. Banish your striving for fame. Cast your heart's desire for beautiful things to some far-away place.
to be continued