The Lotus Sutra

Paperback | April 7, 1994

Translated byBurton Watson

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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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Since it first appeared in China in the third century, this Mahayana Buddhist Scripture has been regarded as one of the most illustrious in the canon. Depicting events in a cosmic world that transcends ordinary concepts of time and space, The Lotus Sutra presents abstract religious ideas in concrete terms and affirms that there is a si...

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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 Japanes...

Burton Watson is one of the world's best-known translators from the Chinese and Japanese. His translations include The Vimalakirti Sutra, Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings, Ryokan: Zen Monk-Poet of Japan, Saigyo: Poems of a Mountain Home, and The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry: From Early Times to the Thirteenth Century, all published by Co...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:390 pages, 6.3 × 9.3 × 0.92 inPublished:April 7, 1994Publisher:Columbia University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231081618

ISBN - 13:9780231081610

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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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Since it first appeared in China in the third century, this Mahayana Buddhist Scripture has been regarded as one of the most illustrious in the canon. Depicting events in a cosmic world that transcends ordinary concepts of time and space, The Lotus Sutra presents abstract religious ideas in concrete terms and affirms that there is a single path to enlightenment.

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Burton Watson is indeed a master stylist. I know of no one who captures the spirit of a work more effectively. For a text that is as beautiful and loaded with rich imagery, parable, and drama as the the Lotus Sutra, the treatment of such a skilled hand is long overdue.