The Lotus Sutra has been regarded for centuries as one of the most important teachings in Mahayana Buddhism. This book goes beyond theory to show how to bring these teachings into practice in daily life.
Author: Daisaku Ikeda
Publisher: Middleway Press
The Lotus Sutra has been regarded for centuries as one of the most important teachings in Mahayana Buddhism. This book goes beyond theory to show how to bring these teachings into practice in daily life. Containing profound truths for all people from every culture, it reveals the secret for attaining happiness for both oneself and others through the process of self-reformation. Based on the teachings of Nichiren, a 13th-century Buddhist teacher and reformer, the scriptures of the Lotus Sutra show how every person can attain Buddhahood.
His accessible analysis of the sacred text demonstrates its practical and direct applicability to today’s concerns.
Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
Publisher: Parallax Press
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh uses the Lotus Sutra, one of Mahayana Buddhism’s most revered texts, to illustrate the Buddha nature inherent in everyone. With great passion and clarity, he demonstrates how each human being has the capacity to transform their own individual suffering, develop compassion, and help create more peace in the world. Nhat Hanh’s insights invoke a wide range of contemporary topics and concerns, from war and the threat of terrorism to individual anxiety and the degradation of our environment. He proposes a radical new solution to current conflicts, encouraging each of us to work on our own mindfulness practice to create greater peace and harmony. His accessible analysis of the sacred text demonstrates its practical and direct applicability to today’s concerns.
- The Buddha, Heart Sutra All composed things are like a dream, a phantom, a drop of dew, a flash of lightning. That is how to meditate on them, that is how to observe them. - The Buddha, Diamond Sutra
Author: The Buddha
Publisher: F Lepine Publishing
According to the Buddha, these sutras contain the method to understand his teachings, release ourselves from illusion, and enlighten. In addition to the Heart, Diamond and Lotus sutras, we provide the traditional introduction to the Lotus Sutra, called the Sutra of Innumerable Meanings, as well as its traditional conclusion, called the Sutra of meditation on Samanthabhadra, for a total of five wonderful sutras. These sutras are to be read and meditated. Their wisdom might not always come clear to the mind on the first reading, but meditation of their meaning will reveal the true wisdom of the dharma. They cover subjects about the self and non-self, the dharma and non-dharma. They will reveal to you the way to understand all mysteries of existence. Because there is nothing to be attained, the Bodhisattva relying on Prajna Paramita has no obstruction in his mind. Because there is no obstruction, he has no fear, and he passes far beyond confused imagination, and reaches ultimate nirvana. - The Buddha, Heart Sutra All composed things are like a dream, a phantom, a drop of dew, a flash of lightning. That is how to meditate on them, that is how to observe them. - The Buddha, Diamond Sutra
and compassion, which can be taken perhaps as one way of expressing the heart of the Lotus Sutra. Peace Throughout the sutra many traditional Buddhist
doctrines are men— tioned and sometimes discussed, especially the four holy
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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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Author: Gene Reeves
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The Lotus Sutra is one of the world's great religious scriptures and most influential texts. It has been a seminal work in the development of Buddhism throughout East Asia, and by extension in the development of 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 sharp distinctions between the ideals of the fully enlightened Buddha and the bodhisattva who vows to postpone personal salvation until all beings may share it together, and especially on each and every being's innate capacity to become a buddha. Wisdom's publication of Gene Reeve's contemporary translation of the Lotus Sutra was a landmark event, and his translation was hailed as "immediately the new standard." Yet even in perfect translation, the full meaning of any Buddhist scripture can still be challenging to grasp. Now, in this equally important volume, Reeves presents the most important themes and most remarkable and memorable stories from the Lotus Sutra along with a distillation of his decades of reflection on them in accessible, easy-to-read, "plan English" style. This book will be the perfect companion to Reeves' translation, as well an excellent stand alone introductory book.
In this book, renowned Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh explores the Sutra's main theme — that everyone has the capacity to become a Buddha and that the Buddha nature is inherent in everything — while emphasizing that Buddha-nature is the ...
Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
Publisher: Parallax Press
The Lotus Sutra is one of the most revered Mahayana texts, yet there are very few commentaries on it available in English. In this book, renowned Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh explores the Sutra's main theme — that everyone has the capacity to become a Buddha and that the Buddha nature is inherent in everything — while emphasizing that Buddha-nature is the basis for peaceful action. Hanh interprets the Sutra with his signature depth of vision, lucidity, and clarity, showing how both individuals and nations can use its wisdom to solve the many problems facing the world today. Invoking a wide range of current topics, from the threat of terrorism to the degradation of the environment to the Palestinian-Israeli crisis, he challenges the U.N. to change from an organization to an organism working for peace and harmony. In doing so, he demonstrates the practical application of this sacred text to today's most pressing issues.
Even though the second group was formed later than the first group, from the
perspective of the original text of the Lotus Sutra as a whole, we can say that the
second group, which emphasizes bodhisattva practice, is the heart of the sutra.
Author: Yoshiro Tamura
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The Lotus Sutra--one of the most popular Buddhist classics--is here accessibly introduced by one of its most eminent scholars. "Soon after entering university in December of 1943, I was sent to the front as a student soldier. I wondered if I were allowed to bring but a single book on the trip, possibly to my death, which would I want to bring. It was the Lotus Sutra" -- from the author's Preface. Having developed a lifelong appreciation of the Lotus Sutra -- even carrying a dog-eared copy with him through service in World War II -- Yoshiro Tamura sought to author an introduction to this beloved work of Buddhist literature. Tamura wanted it to be different than other basic explorations of the text; his introduction would be plain-spoken, relevant and sensitive to modern concerns, and well-informed by contemporary scholarship. He succeeded marvelously with Introduction to the Lotus Sutra, which Gene Reeves -- Tamura's student and translator of the popular English edition of The Lotus Sutra -- translates and introduces in English for the first time here. Tackling issues of authenticity in the so-called "words of Buddha," the influence of culture and history on the development of the Lotus Sutra, and the sutra's role in Japanese life, Introduction to the Lotus Sutra grounds this ancient work of literature in the real, workaday world, revealing its continued appeal across the ages.
In essence, the Lotus Sutra is a supreme teaching of Life. Original, distinctive and innovative, this is an extraordinary translation born out of true love and gratitude in the Buddha's teaching.
Author: Minerva Lee
Hailed as the King of all Sutras, the Lotus Sutra and its Opening and Closing Sutras are the most outstanding teachings expounded by Shakyamuni Buddha. This teaching encapsulates the heart and soul of the Buddha, for it reveals the Law of Lotus that enables all people to attain Buddhahood. In essence, the Lotus Sutra is a supreme teaching of Life. Original, distinctive and innovative, this is an extraordinary translation born out of true love and gratitude in the Buddha's teaching. Here are the value-added features in terms of structure and style that make reading the Lotus Sutra a wonderfully enlightening experience: 1. Notation System The notation system is a structure that empowers the readers in the assimilation of the essence of the Lotus Sutra. It is an excellent tool that facilitates meaningful flow of ideas in the Buddha's teaching. In addition to the notation system, an overview summary on the categorization of key teachings has been included in each chapter as well. 2. Literary Devices Poetry is an artistic expression of thoughts and emotions. Literary devices such as alliteration, assonance and rhyme system are weaved into the fabric of the translation, thus bringing forth the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha's spirit elegantly. With a touch of poetic beauty in the Buddha's words, the Lotus Sutra becomes a melodious voice resonating delightfully with the hearts of all readers.
Author: Reverend Sylvain Chamberland-NyudoPublish On: 2009-01-20
the entire sutra is thereby included. By this he meant that, although the text was
omitted, the entire sutra was contained in the title alone. Everything has its
essential point, and the heart of the Lotus Sutra is its title, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.
Author: Reverend Sylvain Chamberland-Nyudo
220 pages of vital treatises on Quantum Life Buddhist practice. Essential study material. Guidance for every day issues.
They are memorial sentences or verses intended to be learnt by heart. And the
whole style and method of arrangement is entirely subordinated to this primary
necessity. Each sūtra (Pāli, sutta) is very short; usually occupying only a page, ...
Author: Johan Hendrik Caspar Kern
Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag
This is the extended and annotated edition including * an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys Davids The Lotus Sūtra is one of the most popular and influential Mahāyāna sūtras, and the basis on which the Tiantai and Nichiren schools of Buddhism were established. This sutra is known for its extensive instruction on the concept and usage of skillful means – the seventh paramita or perfection of a Bodhisattva – mostly in the form of parables. It is also one of the first sutras to use the term Mahāyāna, or "Great Vehicle", Buddhism. Another concept introduced by the Lotus Sutra is the idea that the Buddha is an eternal entity, who achieved nirvana eons ago, but willingly chose to remain in the cycle of rebirth (samsara) to help teach beings the Dharma time and again. (courtesy of wikipedia.com) Contents: Buddhism The Lotus Sutra (Saddharma-Pundarîka) Chapter I. Introductory. Chapter Ii. Skilfulness Chapter Iii. A Parable. Chapter Iv. Disposition. Chapter V. On Plants. Chapter Vi. Announcement Of Future Destiny. Chapter Vii. Ancient Devotion. Chapter Viii. Announcement Of The Future Destiny Of The Five Hundred Monks. Chapter Ix. Announcement Of The Future Destiny Of Ânanda, Rahula, And The Two Thousand Monks. Chapter X. The Preacher. Chapter Xi. Apparition Of A Stûpa. Chapter Xii. Exertion. Chapter Xiii. Peaceful Life. Chapter Xiv. Issuing Of Bodhisattvas From The Gaps Of The Earth. Chapter Xv. Duration Of Life Of The Tathâgata. Chapter Xvi. Of Piety. Chapter Xvii. Indication Of The Meritoriousness Of Joyful Acceptance. Chapter Xviii. The Advantages Of A Religious Preacher. Chapter Xix. Sadâparibhûta. Chapter Xx. Conception Of The Transcendent Power Of The Tathâgatas. Chapter Xxi. Spells. Chapter Xxii. Ancient Devotion Of Bhaishagyarâga. Chapter Xxiii. Gadgadasvara. Chapter Xxiv. Chapter Called That Of The All-Sided One, Containing A Description Of The Transformations Of Avalokitesvara. Chapter Xxv. Ancient Devotion. Chapter Xxvi. Encouragement Of Samantabhadra. Chapter Xxvii. The Period (Of The Law, Dharmaparyâya).
... mental attitude of accepting faith. Faith appears in an honest heart. Neither
logic nor reason can awaken faith in us. Faith grows beyond reason when we
encounter someone beyond our capacities, or when 54 Introduction to the Lotus Sutra.
Author: Shinjō Suguro
Publisher: Jain Publishing Company
To many Buddhists, The Lotus Sutra is one of the most important, if not the most important, sutras in the Buddhist canon. To the beginning student of Buddhism, however, The Lotus Sutra often presents a difficult challenge. For this reason, the authors have developed "An Introduction" to The Lotus Sutra, making it easy to understand this central scripture of Mahayana Buddhism.
In this inspiring collection of essays, a young religious leader shares the fruits of her personal study of the teachings of her grandfather, Rev. Nikkyo Niwano (1906—99). Rev.
Author: Kosho Niwano
Publisher: Kosei Publishing Company
In this inspiring collection of essays, a young religious leader shares the fruits of her personal study of the teachings of her grandfather, Rev. Nikkyo Niwano (1906—99). Rev. Niwano, founder of the international Buddhist organization Rissho Kosei-kai, was the recipient of the 1979 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. A warm and intimate account, The Buddha in Everyone's Heart chronicles Kosho Niwano's continuing work to make knowledge of her grandfather's lifelong vocation available to everyone. Bear witness with Kosho Niwano to Founder Niwano's lifelong dedication to the liberation from suffering of all people through the teachings of the Lotus Sutra. Written with familial love and a sincere aspiration to follow in his footsteps, these pages are rich with stories that reveal the unifying truth of the One Dharma, a truth that the founder profoundly understood and passionately lived during his time on earth and then left behind for all to follow.
He chanted the Lotus Sutra day and night . He had no fixed home but drifted from
place to place , doing nothing but read aloud the sutra . His heart was full of
compassion : when he witnessed another ' s suffering , he felt it as his suffering ,
In addition, the Lotus Sutra played a role in spreading the cult of the bodhisattva
Guanyin (Jp. kannon), the most popular ... theme of upaya, or “skillful means” –
which most contemporary scholars see as the heart and soul of the Lotus Sutra.
Author: Steven M. Emmanuel
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy is the most comprehensive single volume on the subject available; it offers the very latest scholarship to create a wide-ranging survey of the most important ideas, problems, and debates in the history of Buddhist philosophy. Encompasses the broadest treatment of Buddhist philosophy available, covering social and political thought, meditation, ecology and contemporary issues and applications Each section contains overviews and cutting-edge scholarship that expands readers understanding of the breadth and diversity of Buddhist thought Broad coverage of topics allows flexibility to instructors in creating a syllabus Essays provide valuable alternative philosophical perspectives on topics to those available in Western traditions
Author: Institute of Buddhist Studies Graduate Theological Union Taigen Dan Leighton Adjunct ProfessorPublish On: 2007-05-11
Dogen and the Lotus Sutra Institute of Buddhist Studies Graduate Theological
Union Taigen Dan Leighton Adjunct Professor. uncompromising men of firm
beliefs and action. These intellectuals were willing to accept restrictions on their
Author: Institute of Buddhist Studies Graduate Theological Union Taigen Dan Leighton Adjunct Professor
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
As a religion concerned with universal liberation, Zen grew out of a Buddhist worldview very different from the currently prevalent scientific materialism. Indeed, says Taigen Dan Leighton, Zen cannot be fully understood outside of a worldview that sees reality itself as a vital, dynamic agent of awareness and healing. In this book, Leighton explicates that worldview through the writings of the Zen master Eihei Dogen (1200-1253), considered the founder of the Japanese Soto Zen tradition, which currently enjoys increasing popularity in the West. The Lotus Sutra, arguably the most important Buddhist scripture in East Asia, contains a famous story about bodhisattvas (enlightening beings) who emerge from under the earth to preserve and expound the Lotus teaching in the distant future. The story reveals that the Buddha only appears to pass away, but actually has been practicing, and will continue to do so, over an inconceivably long life span. Leighton traces commentaries on the Lotus Sutra from a range of key East Asian Buddhist thinkers, including Daosheng, Zhiyi, Zhanran, Saigyo, Myoe, Nichiren, Hakuin, and Ryokan. But his main focus is Eihei Dogen, the 13th century Japanese Soto Zen founder who imported Zen from China, and whose profuse, provocative, and poetic writings are important to the modern expansion of Buddhism to the West. Dogen's use of this sutra expresses the critical role of Mahayana vision and imagination as the context of Zen teaching, and his interpretations of this story furthermore reveal his dynamic worldview of the earth, space, and time themselves as vital agents of spiritual awakening. Leighton argues that Dogen uses the images and metaphors in this story to express his own religious worldview, in which earth, space, and time are lively agents in the bodhisattva project. Broader awareness of Dogen's worldview and its implications, says Leighton, can illuminate the possibilities for contemporary approaches to primary Mahayana concepts and practices.
pilation of narrative accounts of Lotus Sutra believers , and as an inspiration for
countless poems and artistic works . ... To understand the process through which
the sutra became embedded in the heart of the Japanese people is , therefore ...
Author: Willa Jane Tanabe
Publisher: Weatherhill, Incorporated
An in-depth survey of the several genres of pictorial art related to the Lotus Sutra, one of the most influential scriptures of Buddhism. The book analyzes the content, style, and import of each work, accompanied by a comprehensive classification scheme.
The Daishonin urges us to accumulate “ the treasures of the heart ” and awaken
to the proper function of " treasures in a ... The essential teaching of Buddhism
contained in the Lotus Sutra fundamentally refutes this idea and recognizes the ...
sutra to assert that all people—men and women, good and evil, young and old—
had the potential to attain ... He expressed the heart of the Lotus Sutra, and
therefore the Buddha's enlightenment, in a form that all people could practice.
Author: Woody Hochswender
Publisher: Middleway Press
While the notion that “happiness can found within oneself” has recently become popular, Buddhism has taught for thousands of years that every person is a Buddha, or enlightened being, and has the potential for true and lasting happiness. Through real-life examples, the authors explain how adopting this outlook has positive effects on one’s health, relationships, and career, and gives new insights into world environmental concerns, peace issues, and other major social problems.
The Lotus Sūtra exercised greater influence over the development of Buddhist
thought , especially in East Asia , but the Heart Sūtra , due to both its content and
its length , assumed a wider popularity . Evidence that could be cited as support ...
Author: Donald S. Lopez
Publisher: SUNY Press
Renowned for its terse declaration of the perfection of wisdom, the Heart Sutra is the most famous of Buddhist scriptures. The author draws on previously unexamined commentaries, preserved only in Tibetan, to investigate the meanings derived from and invested into the sutra during the later period of Indian Buddhism. The Heart Sutra Explained offers new insights on "form is emptiness, emptiness is form," on the mantra "gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha," and on the synthesis of Madhyamika, Yogacara, and tantric thought that characterized the final period of Buddhism in India. It also includes complete translations of two nineteenth century Tibetan commentaries demonstrating the selective appropriation of Indian sources.
He became a religious acolyte and came to realize that the Lotus Sutra is the heart of the Buddhist teachings. His gift to the world is the Lotus Sutra. He first
began chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo on April 28, 1253 and later inscribed the