Diamond Sutra, Tathagata, not a system of teaching

The Lord Buddha then warned Subhuti, saying, Subhuti, do not
think that the Tathagata ever considers in his own mind : I ought
to enunciate a system of teaching for the elucidation of the
Dharma. You should never cherish such a thought. And why ?
Because if any disciple harboured such a thought he would not
only be misunderstanding the Tathagata’s teaching, but he would
be slandering him as well. Moreover, the expression “a system
of teaching” has no meaning; for Truth (in the sense of Reality)
cannot be cut up into pieces and arranged into a system.The

The words can only be used as a figure of speech

 

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