Nine similes of illusion

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The nine similes of illusion occur in this verse from the Diamond Cutter Sutra:

Like a star, hallucination, candle,

Magical illusion, dewdrop, bubble,

Dream, lightning, or a cloud -

Know all compounded phenomena to be like this.

Translation courtesy of Lotsawa House

Further Reading

  • ‘The Light of Wisdom’ Volume 1. Root text by Padmasambhava and commentary by Jamgön Kongtrül the Great. Published by Shambhala Publications ISBN 0-87773-566-2. pp.140-141. See also note 277 page 274 for an explanation of the quotation.