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  Lotus Sutra Coffeehouse Links and Amazon.com Books
Lectures on the Hoben and Juryo Chapters of the Lotus Sutra Ikeda
The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra: A Discussion by Daisaku Ikeda, Daniel Nagashima, Haruo Suda.
The Lotus Sutra in Japanese Culture by George J. Tanabe, Willa Jane Tanabe.
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  Lotus Sutra
The Lotus Sutra or Sutra on the White Lotus of the Sublime Dharma (Sanskrit: Saddharmapundarīka-sūtra; Chinese: 妙法蓮華經 or Miàofǎ Liánhuā Jīng; Japanese Myōhō Renge Kyō) is one of the most popular and influential Mahāyāna sutras in East Asia and the basis on which the Tiantai and Nichiren sects of Buddhism were established.
This sutra is well-known for its extensive instruction on the concept and usage of expedient means, mostly in the form of parables.
The Lotus Sutra was originally translated into Chinese by Dharmaraksa around 290 CE, before being superseded by a translation in seven fascicles by Kumārajīva in 406 CE.
www.xasa.com /wiki/en/wikipedia/l/lo/lotus_sutra.html   (259 words)

  
 Lotus Sutra
The Sutra of the Lotus Flower of the wonderful Dharma, popularly known as 'the Lotus Sutra', is revered by millions of Buddhists as containing the core and culmination of the Buddha's teaching.
Together with the two shorter sutras that traditionally accompany it, Innumerable Meanings and Meditation on the Bodhisattva Universal Virtue, it comprises one of the most important scriptures of Mahayana Buddhism and indeed, one of the major documents of world religion.
The Lotus Sutra consists of a series of lectures by the Shakyamuni Buddha given toward the end of his forty years of teaching.
www.rkok-dharmacenter.org /lotus_sutra.htm   (180 words)

  
 Unidentified artist: Illustrated manuscript of the Lotus Sutra [Korea] (1994.207) | Object Page | Timeline of Art ...
The Lotus Sutra presents in concrete terms the essence of Mahayana Buddhism—namely, the doctrine of universal salvation of all living beings and the attainment of Buddhahood, the ultimate aim of existence.
The copying of sutras, the written texts that transmit the teachings of the Buddha, was widely encouraged in Buddhist practice, and patrons and artisans alike were rewarded with religious merit for their efforts.
Sutras produced at the Royal Scriptorium (Sagyông'wôn) during the Koryô period were highly valued by monasteries and temples throughout East Asia.
www.metmuseum.org /TOAH/ho/07/eak/hod_1994.207.htm   (840 words)

  
 The Lotus Sutra and Zen Hermeneutics
Dogen’s famous interpretation of the Nirvana Sutra, that “All is sentient being, all beings are buddha nature” (“Busshō,” Shōbōgenzō), for instance, was fundamentally in accordance with the message of the universal salvation proclaimed in the Lotus Sutra.
The Lotus Sutra especially spread the cult of the devotion to Guanyin or Kannon in China and Japan.
Dogen’s interpretation of the Lotus Sutra cannot be separated from his high regards for the fundamental importance of scriptures, which he considered the vehicle of the transmission of Buddhas’ teachings, and as such scriptures constituted one’s very self.
www.ac.wwu.edu /~yusa/TheLotusSutra&DogenZenHermeneutics.htm   (5338 words)

  
 Buddhist Symbols: Symbol of the Lotus
It is characteristic of the esoteric sects, and the lotus of the Buddhas.
It is the lotus of Manjusri, and also one of the attributes of Prajnaparamita, the embodiment of the 'perfection of wisdom'.
This is the supreme lotus, generally reserved for the highest deity, sometimes confused with the white lotus it is the lotus of the historical Buddha.
www.buddhanet.net /e-learning/history/b_lotus.htm   (387 words)

  
 The Wonderful Law of the Lotus Sutra
What is striking to many about the Lotus Sutra is the radical emphasis on devotion and faith, noting that the path to buddhahood is not restricted to those who practiced monastic auterities but to those who worship the buddha (or buddhas) in a number of ways.
In the Lotus Sutra's 23rd Chapter on the Deed of the Medicine-King Bodhisattva, the Pure Land of Amida Buddha is described as the next birth for women and men who joyfully accept the accounting of that bodhisattva in the 23rd chapter.
It is clear especially in the 14th chapter that the main thrust of the Lotus Sutra is for the elite of highly-attained bodhisattvas in the closing Dharma-age (Mappo), to clarify their practice and to demonstrate the unity of the Buddha Dharma behind the facade of seemingly infinite diversity of 'practices' (upaya).
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 CIIS News & Events
The Lotus Sutra was most likely composed in the first century AD in Kashmir, during the fourth Buddhist Council of the newly founded Mahayana sect of Buddhism, more than 500 years after the death of Sakyamuni Buddha.
The Mahayana tradition states that the Lotus Sutra is a discourse delivered by Sakyamuni Buddha himself, as is mentioned in the Sutra itself.
The tradition further claims that the teachings of the Lotus Sutra are higher than the teachings contained in the Agamas and the Sutta Pitaka, and that humankind was unable to understand the Lotus Sutra at the time of the Buddha (500 BC).
www.ciis.edu /news/lotus_sutra.html   (246 words)

  
 Ethics and the Lotus Suutra
My approach to the study of the Lotus Suutra and to the subject of the Lotus Suutra and Ethics is from the perspective of a western woman with a Christian background and as an academic who teaches in the field of the study of religions or religious studies.
The Lotus Suutra presents itself as the teaching of Shaakyamuni Buddha dwelling in the city of King's Home (Raajag.rha) on Vulture's Peak or Mount of The Numinous Eagle (Gridhaki.s.ta) surrounded by many arhants and bodhisattvas and emitting a white light from the circle of hair on his forehead.
In the Lotus, the Buddha is no longer regarded as a mere mortal but as a sublime being with supernatural powers who preaches in a mythological paradise surrounded by thousands upon thousands of followers (19).
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 Lotus Sutra
The Lotus Sutra is probably the pre-emminent teaching of the Mahayana canon attributed to Shakyamuni Buddha.
These other sutras that are usually included with the lotus Sutra, were probably composed later than it was, but they are necessary to understanding the Lotus Sutra.
The Lotus Sutra is the primary reference for Nichiren Buddhists, and would be for Tendai Buddhists as well if they weren't so fascinated with Esotericism.
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 Soka Gakkai International : Buddhism > Lotus Sutra
The Lotus Sutra is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential sutras, or sacred scriptures, of Buddhism.
Its key message is that Buddhahood--a condition of absolute happiness, freedom from fear and from all illusions--is inherent in all life.
Almost two thousand years after Shakyamuni's death, Nichiren, a thirteenth-century Japanese monk, distilled the profound theory of the Lotus Sutra into a practice to enable anybody to reveal their Buddhahood, or highest state of life, in the midst of day-to-day reality.
www.sgi.org /buddhism/origins/lotus_sutra.html   (136 words)

  
 The Sutra of the Lotus Flower of the Wonderful Law (Dharma) Saddharmapundarikasutra (SADDHARMA-PUNDARÎKA)
The Lotus Sutra is one of the most important texts in Buddhism and is considered by many as its finest gem.
The three titles are: The Sutra of Innumerable Meanings, The Sutra of the Lotus Flower of the Wonderful Law and The Sutra of Meditation on the Bodhisattva Universal Virtue.
The second chapter of the Lotus Sutra claims that the text is itself the highest form of the Dharma.
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In considering or interpreting Dogen's interpretations of the Lotus Sutra, it is clear that Dogen is in accord with modern principles of hermeneutics, deriving from Schleiermacher and Dilthey.
The sutra story's explicit good news of the skillful means nature of Shakyamuni's decease apparently was not interpreted as reassurance of the omnipresence of Shakyamuni by Myoe, but instead inspired his intense yearning to see the literal Shakyamuni, or at least the sites of his teaching in India.
The Lotus Sutra states that Shakyamuni's parinirvana s simply a skillful means for the benefit of those who would slacken in their own practice and dedication should they see the Buddha as still present and taking care of the world.
www.mtsource.org /articles/dogen_lotsutra.html   (7117 words)

  
 The Lotus Pedestal Character Lotus Sutra
This copy of the Lotus Sutra was written in the 12th Century, in the late-Heian Period.
While lotus patterns have become symbols of Buddhism, the holiness of the lotus pond and the sight of lotuses blooming on the surface of the water have come to symbolize the Buddha's "Pure Land," or heaven.
This Lotus Pedestal Character Lotus Sutra was made during the same time period, but its decorations seem to have written not to make each character more attractive, but as an expression of the depth of the writer's belief in Buddhism.
www.kyohaku.go.jp /eng/dictio/data/shoseki/index.htm   (693 words)

  
 Amazon.ca: The Lotus Sutra: Books: Burton Watson   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Watson's translation of the Lotus Sutra is an incredibly scholar work, and instead of using verbose words that may confuse the reader, he makes it applicable to the most simple direct language that the reader can easily read and understand.
The Lotus Sutra was conceived as a drama of colossal proportions and is considered by many scholars to be one of the earliest known literary masterpieces.
Depicting events in a cosmic world that transcends ordinary concepts of time and space, The Lotus Sutra presents abstract religious concepts in concrete terms and affirms that there is a single path to enlightenment--that of the bodhisattva--and that the Buddha is not to be limited by time and space.
www.amazon.ca /Lotus-Sutra-Burton-Watson/dp/023108160X   (1167 words)

  
 Lotus Sutra
It records the last significant sermon of the historical Buddha and is therefore seen as the summit of his teaching.
What is also important to note is the sutra's emphasis on faith and devotion and the idea that all beings are already Buddhas in the ultimate dimension.
In addition, the Lotus Sutra had influenced great religious reform movements in the past such as the formation of Shin, Zen and Nichiren Buddhism.
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 Lotus   (Site not responding. Last check: )
To the ancient Egyptians, a lotus bud or sesen was a symbol of rebirth.
Freshly cut long lotus stalks are filled with wine by pouring it through a little hole in the centre of the leaf and letting gravity draw it down to extract the lotus' beneficial qualities.
The "lotus" depicted in tomb paintings of ancient Egypt and found scattered upon the corpse of Tutankhamen when the tomb was opened in 1922 is also known as the "lily of the Nile." It is not a true lotus, but a blue water lily Nymphaea caerulea.
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 LOTUS SUTRA PART 2
The Lotus Sutra has exerted impact on the cultural and religious life of many people, not because of its actual ideas expounded, but of its guide to religious practice.
In Lotus Sutra, some of the important principles of Buddhism are only touched upon, thus the readers are expected to be familiar with them already.
Early in the Sutra, the Buddha reiterates that the wisdom of Buddha is inconceivable and not be spoken as it is extremely profound and difficult to understand.
www.buddhistdoor.com /OldWeb/bdoor/archive/sutra_comm/lotus/lotus2.htm   (1718 words)

  
 The Lotus Sutra
For fifty years he taught various Sutras (teachings) that have culminated in the Lotus Sutra, which is declared by some sects to be his best work.
An important aspect of Buddhism is in the faithfulness to the Sutras.
The Lotus Sutra is a series of teachings that Buddha began expounding.
mcel.pacificu.edu /as/students/impatty/page1.html   (247 words)

  
 Kodachi publishes paper on Lotus Sutra
The first part of the Lotus Sutra was completed about 50 years before the Christian era, according to Kodachi, a time when the Silk Road was a thriving international highway that provided the means for vast trade and commerce.
To portray the setting in which the Lotus Sutra was created, Kodachi details the major political, commercial and economic developments of the time.
Kodachi spoke on the history of the Lotus Sutra at the Buddhist Assembly in Los Angeles, Calif., in June.
www.lclark.edu /cgi-bin/shownews.cgi?0933897360.0   (326 words)

  
 Watson Contents - Lotus Sutra
Lotus Sutra [Nine] - Prophecies Conferred on Learners and Adepts
Lotus Sutra [Eleven] - The Emergence of the Treasure Tower
Lotus Sutra [Thirteen] - Admonition to Embrace the Sutra
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 Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO): White Lotus Sutra
is a Mahayana Sutra, and in its own terms this message of abundance is in contradistinction to the message of the Hinayana, [3] which is one of relative poverty.
This message of abundance is expressed in the first half of the Sutra through four of the five parables, and reaches its climax with the emergence of the Precious Stupa in Chapter Eleven The four parables are those of the Burning House, the Return Journey, the Medicinal Herbs, and the Jewel in the Garment.
This is the climax of the first half of the Sutra, and at this point the message of the Sutra is taken up right out of the mundane examples we have so far seen in the parables (carriages, mansions, jewels and plant life) into a higher, fantastic realm.
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 The Lotus Sutra
“The heart of the Lotus Sutra is the revelation that one may attain the supreme enlightenment in one’s present form,” Nichiren Daishonin explains in “Reply to Hakiri Saburo,” “without altering one’s status as an ordinary person” (The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, p.
He then introduced the practice of the Lotus Sutra--the chanting of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo (Myoho-renge-kyo being the title of the sutra as translated into Chinese)--so that everyone in the world could experience the benefits of this teaching.
Chanting daimoku twice is the same as reading the entire sutra twice, one hundred daimoku equal one hundred readings of the sutra, and one thousand daimoku, one thousand readings of the sutra.
www.sgi-usa.org /publications/world_tribune/b2b/thelotussutra.htm   (370 words)

  
 Lotus Sutra Meditation Techniques
Nichiren meditative practice, which differs from than of Chan, uses the name of the Lotus Sutra, Myoho-renge-kyo, literally "Lotus Sutra of the True Dharma," as a visual and aural meditation.
The name of the Lotus Sutra is called the daimoku, and is supposed to purely represent ultimate reality.
When the daimoku is chanted with total faith in the truth of the Lotus Sutra's teachings, the chanter receives benefit and protection and purification that leads to becoming a bodhisattva.
mcel.pacificu.edu /mcel/omm/B1851.html   (248 words)

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