Reader Testimonials

diamond-sutra (12) Below are some testimonials and comments from readers of this Diamond Sutra translation. These kind words were sent in by readers directly via email.

Please use our Contact Page to send in your own feedback. I hope to add more testimonials in the future as I receive them. Thanks again for your support!
Alex Johnson

Hi Alex.

I read one of the Buddha’s sutra’s for the first time today, namely The Diamond Sutra, on your website. I found the translation clear, like a mountain pool, which enabled it’s incredible depth to shine out.

I just wanted to drop you a note, to say thank you for the website & for making this available.

South Africa

Hi Alex,

Yesterday I read your translation of the Diamond Sutra for the first time, as recommended to me by a mathematician I met at a talk by Khenpo Sodargye in Cambridge. I was deeply moved and found great validation of my own thoughts on the topic of emptiness.

I am not a Buddhist, per se, and although I resonate deeply with a number of the insights of the Buddha, the religious nature of the Buddhist tradition and the somewhat simplistic, worship-oriented practices I’ve come across in the Buddhist community have made me somewhat hesitant in engaging with it optimally. Reading your translation highlighted the critically minded attitude (in the sense of rejecting [easy] explanations) that lies at the core of Buddhism, which has given me great motivation to both pursue my own path and embrace the benefits of Buddhist teachings. It really is a peculiar experience to one’s own general understanding of such a nebulous and (per definition) inconceivable topic emphasized and reiterated by someone like the Buddha.

So thank you. Sincerely, thank you. I’ve dropped you a small donation, but thought you might appreciate something more personal.

All the best,

Dear Alex:

As I was looking for the translation of a passage in the Diamond Sutra, I saw your page. I read your page about why you decided to do the translation yourself. I can’t agree with you more. I appreciate you taking the time and making the effort to do it. I have not read it yet but I am sure I will enjoy reading it. I just want to salute to you and may you are blessed in many ways in life and spirit.

Your page layout and color are just amazingly comfortable to look at!
Thank you.

Most sincerely,


Thankyou for making this translation . It has enabled me to interact with this sutra where otherwise I really would not have persevered with learning all the terminology in the old versions.


Best Wishes


Alex, I would like to thank you for this beautiful translation of the diamond sutra. It brings the message so close; I hear and feel the Buddha while reading it and even after, when I just think of it, which is most of the day.

Thank you once again,

Dear Mr. Johnson,

Tonight I spent quite some time trying to find a good translation of the Diamond Sutra to study. It was not easy. Even the translations by the FPMT are jumbled and confusing. Then I came across your translation. At first I was unsure because you translated the traditional “Thus I have heard” differently. However, upon closer inspection I found that your translation is remarkable. I am quite certain you have maintained the pure Dharma. For that I would like to thank you. I will be studying your version tonight and from this point forward.

It may be possible for me to donate to your site sometime in the future – now however circumstances warrant my purse strings to be tight. I would however like to wish you the best in all your Dharma and worldly activities for making Buddha’s teaching more accessible to those whose native tongue is English.

Be well, and many, many thanks,

Baltimore, Maryland


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