I find it puzzling that in the Diamond Sutra (I am using the Shambhala edition translated by A.F Price & Wong Mou-lam), at the end, The Buddha refers to the merit gained from reciting "...even only four lines of this discourse". This is followed by a four line stanza, but is this what he is referring to specifically?
Also, as there are numerous references to 'offering up countless jewels' (and other precious things) 'numerous as the sands of the Ganges' and so forth, this reminds me very much of the mandala offerings associated with Mahayana traditions, and I wonder if there is something implied here.
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The Chinese characters are Fo (buddha) and Ming (bright). The image is of a student of Buddhism, who, imagining himself to be a monk, and not understanding the true meaning of the words takes the sound of the words literally. Likewise, People on web forums sometime seem to be foaming at the mouth. Original painting by P.Volker /used by permission.