The Lotus Sutra

The Lotus Sutra

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by Burton Watson
     
 

ISBN-10: 023108160X

ISBN-13: 9780231081603

Pub. Date: 07/01/1993

Publisher: Columbia University Press

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 East Asia, it has attracted more commentary than any other Buddhist scripture and has had a profound…  See more details below

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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 East Asia, it has attracted more commentary than any other Buddhist scripture and has had a profound impact on the great works of Japanese and Chinese literature. Conceived as a drama of colossal proportions, the text takes on new meaning in Burton Watson's translation. 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 delimited in time and space. Filled with striking imagery. memorable parables, and countless revelations concerning the universal accessibility of Buddhahood, the Lotus Sutra has brought comfort and wisdom to devotees over the centuries and stands as a pivotal text in world literature. As Watson notes, "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 one reason 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:
9780231081603
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
07/01/1993
Series:
Translations from the Asian Classics Series
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.33(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction
Translator's Note
1Introduction3
2Expedient Means23
3Simile and Parable47
4Belief and Understanding80
5The Parable of the Medicinal Herbs97
6Bestowal of Prophecy107
7The Parable of the Phantom City117
8Prophecy of Enlightenment for Five Hundred Disciples143
9Prophecies Conferred on Learners and Adepts154
10The Teacher of the Law160
11The Emergence of the Treasure Tower170
12Devadatta182
13Encouraging Devotion190
14Peaceful Practices196
15Emerging from the Earth212
16The Life Span of the Thus Come One224
17Distinctions in Benefits233
18The Benefits of Responding with Joy245
19Benefits of the Teacher of the Law251
20The Bodhisattva Never Disparaging265
21Supernatural Powers of the Thus Come One272
22Entrustment277
23Former Affairs of the Bodhisattva Medicine King280
24The Bodhisattva Wonderful Sound290
25The Universal Gateway of the Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds298
26Dharani307
27Former Affairs of King Wonderful Adornment312
28Encouragements of the Bodhisattva Universal Worthy319
Glossary325
Index343

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The Lotus Sutra 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good translation of one of Mahayana Buddhism's greatest sutras/canon. I find it to be well written, easy to follow and understand (although not so easy to comprehend--will explain later), and a pleasure to read. Each chapter entails some fascinating tales and fables (as in the chapters that discuss the lost son searching for his father, the expedient methods our beloved Buddha use to deliver and rescue us from our burning house (an analogy for this suffering world that we live in) along with the myriad of the virtues and conducts of some of the Great Bodhisattvas such as Guan Yin/Avalokiteshvara (aka Contemplator of the World's Sounds). Like all of Mahayana Buddhism's scriptures, you will find that the meanings and intents of the original author(s) conveyed in this sacred literature are much more profound than what seem to be provided at the surface. Therefore, if you are like most people, this is not a book that you would want to read just once. Repeated readings will help the readers understand all the different metaphors and analogies, and especially the intent, provided by the Buddha when he first preached the doctrines contained in this wonderful sutra. Kudos to Burton Watson for the excellent English translation.
wanderingguru426 More than 1 year ago
This is perhaps the best translation/rendition of The Lotus Sutra that I have ever read!!!! Having studied Buddhism in many forms for the last 40 years, I have come across many eloquent translations of The Lotus Sutra; but this translation by Burton Watson is by far the best & most authoritative. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in seeking to learn the very essence of the Buddha's teachings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Waston did an excellent job in the translation of this sutra. If you are looking to pick up a copy of the Lotus, I'd choose either this one or the version by Leon Hurvitz. I would recommend any translation by Mr. Watson.