The Lotus Sutra: A Contemporary Translation of a Buddhist Classic

The Lotus Sutra: A Contemporary Translation of a Buddhist Classic

Language: English

Pages: 504

ISBN: 0861715713

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The Lotus Sutra is regarded as one of the world's great religious scriptures and most influential texts. It's a seminal work in the development of Buddhism throughout East Asia and, by extension, in the development of Mahayana Buddhism throughout the world. Taking place in a vast and fantastical cosmic setting, the Lotus Sutra places emphasis on skillfully doing whatever is needed to serve and compassionately care for others, on breaking down distinctions between the fully enlightened buddha and the bodhisattva who vows to postpone salvation until all beings may share it, and especially on each and every being's innate capacity to become a buddha.

Gene Reeves's new translation appeals to readers with little or no familiarity with technical Buddhist vocabulary, as well as long-time practitioners and students. In addition, this remarkable volume includes the full "threefold" text of this classic.

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teaches the Dharma for them. “For those who need someone in the body of a high official in order to be saved, he appears as a high official and teaches the Dharma for them. “For those who need someone in the body of a brahman in order to be saved, he appears as a brahman and teaches the Dharma for them. “For those who need someone in the body of a monk, nun, layman, or laywoman in order to be saved, he appears as a monk, nun, layman, or laywoman and teaches the Dharma for them. “For those who

other great bodhisattvas. Then a follower makes this wish: “If I have any blessings stored up, surely I should see Universal Sage soon. Honorable Universal Fortune, please show me your physical body!” Having made this wish, followers should show respect to the buddhas in all directions six times day and night, and practice the teaching of repentance. Followers should read the Great Vehicle sutras and recite them, think about the meaning of the Great Vehicle, and reflect on its practice.

from many troubles. The people became tired and discouraged And said to the guide: “Now we are exhausted And want to turn back.” The guide thought: “These people are to be pitied. How can they want to turn back And give up such great, rare treasures ahead?” Then he thought of a skillful means. Using divine powers, He conjured up a great walled castle-city With splendidly adorned houses. Surrounded with gardens and groves, Brooks and ponds, With double gates and tall

embrace, If anyone embraces it even for a short time, I will be pleased, And so will all the buddhas. Someone who can do this Will be praised by all the buddhas. Such a one is courageous, Such a one is diligent, Such a one is an observer of precepts And follower of ascetic practices. Such a one will attain quickly The unexcelled Buddha way. In the future, Someone who can read and embrace this sutra Will truly be a child of the Buddha, Living in a land that is pure

reason the Dharma is so difficult to understand and accept is that a great many teaching devices have been used, among them both the metaphor of the three vehicles and the reality underlying the metaphor, the three different approaches themselves. What makes everything clear, says the Buddha, is an understanding of the one vehicle of many skillful means now being revealed. While the Lotus Sutra rejects the extreme of pure diversity and the consequent danger of nihilism through use of the one

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