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Secular Meditation - Greater Boston Message Board › The Diamond Sutra on the Writer's Almanac.

The Diamond Sutra on the Writer's Almanac.

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Via the Writer's Almanac, Garrision Keillor provides some interesting reading:

"It was on this day in the year 868 A.D. that the Diamond Sutra was printed. It is the world's oldest book bearing a specific date of publication. The Diamond Sutra is a collection of Buddhist teachings — the word sutra comes from Sanskrit and means teachings or scriptures. The Diamond Sutra is set up as a dialogue between the Buddha and Subhuti, one of his elderly disciples. This copy of the Diamond Sutra was printed with wood blocks on seven strips of paper — each page was printed from a single block. These seven sheets were bound together to form a scroll about 16 feet long."

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