Diamond Sutra – A New Translation

Diamond Sutra Translation by Alex Johnson
A New Translation of the World’s Oldest Printed Book.

* About This Web Site
* A New Translation
Message From Alex  Johnson
* No Interpretations
– Make Up Your Own Mind
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diamond-sutra (20)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 Diamond Sutra Background Page which explains the origins of the Diamond Sutra and information about how this new translation was done.

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.

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.

Alex Johnson


* To begin reading the Diamond Sutra just Click Here for Chapter 1.

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