The Lotus Sutra

The Lotus Sutra

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by Burton Watson
     
 

Since its appearance in China in the third century, The Lotus Sutra has been regarded as one of the most illustrious scriptures in the Mahayana Buddhist canon. The object of intense veneration among generations of Buddhists in China, Korea, Japan, and other parts of the world, it has had a profound impact on the great works of Japanese and Chinese literature

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Since its appearance in China in the third century, The Lotus Sutra has been regarded as one of the most illustrious scriptures in the Mahayana Buddhist canon. The object of intense veneration among generations of Buddhists in China, Korea, Japan, and other parts of the world, it has had a profound impact on the great works of Japanese and Chinese literature, attracting more commentary than any other Buddhist scripture.As Watson notes in the introduction to his remarkable translation, " The Lotus Sutra is not so much an integral work as a collection of religious texts, an anthology of sermons, stories, and devotional manuals, some speaking with particular force to persons of one type or in one set of circumstances, some to those of another type or in other circumstances. This is no doubt why it has had such broad and lasting appeal over the ages and has permeated so deeply into the cultures that have been exposed to it."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231081610
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
03/31/1994
Series:
Translations from the Asian Classics Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
390
Sales rank:
575,385
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.92(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Expedient Means3. Simile and Parable4. Belief and Understanding5. The Parable of the Medicinal Herbs6. Bestowal of Prophecy7. The Parable of the Phantom City8. Prophecy of Enlightenment for Five Hundred Disciples9. Prophecies Conferred on Learners and Adepts10. The Teacher of the Law11. The Emergence of the Treasure Tower12. Devadatta13. Encouraging Devotion14. Peaceful Practices15. Emerging from the Earth16. The Life Span of the Thus Come One17. Distinctions in Benefits18. The Benefits of Responding with Joy19. Benefits of the Teacher of the Law20. The Bodhisattva Never Disparaging21. Supernatural Powers of the Thus Come One22. Entrustment23. Former Affairs of the Bodhisattva Medicine King24. The Bodhisattva Wonderful Sound25. The Universal Gateway of the Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds26. Dharani27. Former Affairs of King Wonderful Adornment28. Encouragements of the Bodhisattva Universal Worthy

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