The Diamond/ Vajra Sutra was put on paper in the form of a scroll and one such scroll was discovered in 1907 in the Caves of a Thousand Buddhas in Dunhuang, China. This scroll is in the British Library and was inscribed with a date, putting it at about 868, over 500 years before the Gutenberg Bible.
Today, Vajrasattva has a Facebook fan page, which cannot possibly reveal his original face or even his essential identity, as Facebook really can never do. Technology, which provides a variety of methods to communicate and depict ourselves, cannot truly reveal who we are in all of our many facets, our “Vajra”-being.
But our original face has nothing to do with Facebook. Nor does it have anything to do with any of the other trappings of life. The substance of our original faces has nothing to do with the substances brought about by wealth or position. Original face and our core identity are not our houses, what we do for a living, the cars we drive, our zipcode or any of that stuff. Our stuff is just stuff. We can lose our financial standing and accompanying social accoutrements, or disaster can strike any of us at any time. We don’t lose who we are, our essential self. When we lose everything, all we have left are our selves.
Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible -Thich Nhat Hanh
The Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh says of impermanence that we must use it as an “instrument to help us penetrate deeply into reality and obtain liberating insight.” Suffering can be changed to joy because of impermanence, bad situations are remedied, winter turns to spring, seeds become flowers and children grow. Awareness of impermanence, brings realization of possibilities – either enjoyable or unpleasant – and we can be happy in this moment, understanding that this moment and the feeling of this moment will pass.
Quiet meditation offers a window to our own impermanence, pops the bubble of our ego and gives us time to be still inside and explore the feeling of just breathing and being–to experience that we aren’t merely the thinker of our thoughts and agent of our thoughts — we are the essential goodness of our souls, our original pureness.