Diamond Sutra - A New Translation
* About The "Diamond Sutra - A New Translation" Web Site
* Time For A New Translation - A Message From Alex Johnson
* No Interpretations - Make Up Your Own Mind
About The "Diamond Sutra - A New Translation" Web Site
Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) - "trans la tion" - noun
1. the rendering of something into another language or into one's own from another language.
2. a version of such a rendering: a new translation of Plato.
The Diamond Sutra is the world's earliest dated printed book.
It is an important Buddhist text that has a long and profound history.
In addition to the actual Text of the Diamond Sutra this web site provides a
Background Page which explains the origins of the Diamond Sutra and information about how this new translation was done.
You will find a Links Page with links to other Buddhist Texts or web sites that have information about Buddhism or Buddhist images etc., and for your convenience there is a Sitemap Page with the full layout of this site and links to all pages on it.
This new translation was done by Alex Johnson, to pass along its message in a modern day format. Please visit the Contact Page for information about contacting Alex or how you can support this site.
Time For A New Translation - A Message From Alex Johnson
One day I was reading a text of the Diamond Sutra and I thought to myself,
"Why is this so hard to read?"
There were terms I wasn't familiar with and the language and style was totally unlike anything I had come across in "real life" - it seemed very awkward.
I knew the message was profound, but I found that I was doing mental gyrations just to try to get into the spirit of the Sutra and understand what was being said in it.
I decided to write my own translation.
This new translation of the Diamond Sutra allows the reader to experience and comprehend this timeless Buddhist text in a more contemporary language and style.
It was designed to be readable, understandable, and not overly laden with flowery language or titles and terms.
Through careful methodology this translation is true to the original structure and meaning of the text.
No Interpretations - Make Up Your Own Mind
On this site you will not find interpretations and speculation about "what it all means".
You can make up your own mind.
As an important Buddhist text the Diamond Sutra has been handed down for many years and been read by millions... and now this new translation is provided for you unaltered, and without interpretation.
Read it yourself and see what you think.
If you are interested in more information and interpretations I provide some Buddhist Links for you on this website to lead you to further study.
Here I will let the Buddha's words speak for themselves.
Thanks for visiting this site, and I hope you enjoy this translation of a truly magnificent Sutra.
"Wherever this Sutra is honored and revered there is a sacred site enshrining the presence of the Buddha or one of the Buddha's most venerable disciples."
Chapter 12, The Diamond Sutra
* To begin reading the Diamond Sutra just Click Here for Chapter 1.