In chapter 8 of this Sutra, the Buddha said blessings of sharing this Sutra far surpass that of any worldly offerings. Is it really so? Can we acquire this great merit or huge blessings for sharing the wisdom of this Sutra? The Buddha continues in this chapter: if the real merit can be described, it is not the real merit. Based on the discussion we have so far, do you understand why? Is there merit? Is there no merit?
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UNDERSTANDING AND TRANSFORMING THE DHARMA REALM, NINETEEN
“Subhuti, what do you think? If someone filled the universe with the seven treasures and gave all away in his practice of dana, would this (good) cause enable the giver to gain a great merit?”
“Yes, World Honoured One, because of this (good) cause the giver would gain a great merit.”
“’Subhuti, if the merit was real, the Tathagata would not say it was great. He says so because there is no merit.”