The Lotus Sutra A Contemporary Translation of a Buddhist Classic

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  • Copyright: 2008-12-02
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications

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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.

Author Biography

Gene Reeves is a Buddhist scholar and teacher, process philosopher, and theologian who has lived in Tokyo for over 23 years studying, teaching, and practicing the Buddhism of the Lotus Sutra. He is a founder of the International Buddhist Congregation with headquarters in Tokyo, a part of the much larger Rissho Kosei-kai lay Buddhist organization. He is the translator from Chinese into English of The Lotus Sutra: A Contemporary Translation of a Buddhist Classic. His most recently published book is The Stories of the Lotus Sutra. A Buddhist Kaleidoscope: Essays on the Lotus Sutra, which he edited, was published in 2002. Reeves is currently working on ""A Buddhist Natural Theology"" which attempts to relate the process philosophy of A.N. Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne with the Buddhism of the Lotus Sutra. Reeves is a regular contributor to the magazine Dharma World, and a frequent speaker on the Lotus Sutra and Chinese Buddhism in Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and the United States. He retired in 2012 as distinguished professor at Renmin University of China in Beijing and continues to do field research on contemporary Chinese Buddhism in China and serve as an International Advisor at Rissho Kosei-kai in Japan. He has taught at the University of Tsukuba in Japan, the University of Peking in China, and at the University of Chicago and Meadville Lombard Theological School, Wilberforce University, and Tufts University in the United States. Born and raised in a small factory town in New Hampshire, Reeves graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in psychology, from Boston University with a degree in theology, and from Emory University with a PhD in philosophy. In addition to his passion for Buddhism, Reeves has been active for over 50 years in civil rights causes, working for a time with Martin Luther King, Jr. and for Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. Reeves is married to Yayoi Reeves and has homes in Tokyo and Chicago. He has two adult daughters who live and work in the United States.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Translator's Introductionp. 1
The Sutra of Innumerable Meaningsp. 21
Virtuous Conductp. 23
Dharma Preachingp. 33
Ten Blessingsp. 41
The Sutra of the Lotus Flower of the Wonderful Dharmap. 51
Introductionp. 53
Skillful Meansp. 75
A Parablep. 103
Faith and Understandingp. 141
The Parable of the Plantsp. 159
Assurance of Becoming a Buddhap. 169
The Parable of the Fantastic Castle-Cityp. 179
Assurance for the Five Hundred Disciplesp. 207
Assurance for Arhats, Trained and in Trainingp. 219
Teachers of the Dharmap. 225
The Sight of the Treasure Stupap. 235
Devadattap. 247
Encouragement to Uphold the Sutrap. 255
Safe and Easy Practicesp. 261
Springing Up from the Earthp. 279
The Lifetime of the Tathagatap. 291
The Variety of Blessingsp. 301
Blessings of Responding with Joyp. 315
The Blessings of the Dharma Teacherp. 321
Never Disrespectful Bodhisattvap. 337
Divine Powers of the Tathagatap. 345
Entrustmentp. 351
Previous Lives of Medicine King Bodhisattvap. 353
Wonderful Voice Bodhisattvap. 363
The Universal Gateway of the Bodhisattva Regarder of the Cries of the Worldp. 371
Incantationsp. 381
The Previous Life of King Wonderfully Adornedp. 387
Encouragement of Universal Sage Bodhisattvap. 393
The Sutra of Contemplation of the Dharma Practice of Universal Sage Bodhisattvap. 399
Notesp. 425
Glossariesp. 429
Glossary of Proper Namesp. 431
Glossary of Termsp. 455
Bibliographyp. 475
Indexp. 479
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