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Scripture of the Lotus Blossom of the Fine Dharma : (The Lotus Sutra) - Leon Hurvitz

Scripture of the Lotus Blossom of the Fine Dharma

(The Lotus Sutra)

By: Leon Hurvitz, Stephen F. Teiser (Foreword by)

Hardcover Published: 29th June 2009
ISBN: 9780231148948
Number Of Pages: 416
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Originally published in 1976, Leon Hurvitz's monumental translation of the "Lotus Sutra" is the work scholars have preferred for decades. Hailed by critics as an "extraordinary" and "magnificent" achievement, Hurvitz's translation is based on the best known Chinese version of the text and includes passages of the original Sanskrit that were omitted from the Chinese.

Beloved for its mythology and literary artistry, the "Lotus Sutra" is one of the most popular and influential texts of Mahayana Buddhism, asserting that there is only one path to enlightenment, the bodhisattva path, and that all followers without exception can achieve supreme awakening. The text argues that the Buddha cannot be delimited by time and space and that a common intent underlies the diversity of Buddhist teachings. Through parables of the burning house, the wayward son, and other tales that have come to be known throughout East Asia, the sutra skillfully concretizes abstract religious concepts and clarifies bold claims about the Buddhist tradition. Urging devotees to revivify doctrine through recitation and interpretation, the sutra powered an organic process of remaking that not only kept its content alive in the poetry and art of premodern Asia but also introduced new forms of practice and scriptural study into contemporary Buddhism. Stephen F. Teiser's foreword addresses this vital quality of the sutra, discusses its background, and reflects on the enduring relevance of Hurvitz's critical work.

Foreword to the 1976 Edition
Expedient Devices
Belief and Understanding
Medicinal Herbs
Bestowal of Prophecy
Parable of the Conjured City
Receipt of Prophecy by Five Hundred Disciples
Prophecies Conferred on Learners and Adepts
Preachers of Dharma
Apparition of the Jeweled St?pa
Comfortable Conduct
Welling up out of the Earth
The Life Span of the Thus Come One
Discrimination of Merits
The Merits of Appropriate Joy
The Merits of the Dharma Preacher
The Bodhisattva Never Disparaging
The Supernatural Powers of the Thus Come One
The Former Affairs of the Bodhisattva Medicine King
The Bodhisattva Fine Sound
The Gateway to Everywhere of the Bodhisattva He Who Observes the Sounds of the World
The Former Affairs of the King Fine Adornment
The Encouragements of the Bodhisattva Universally Worthy
Notes on the Sanskrit Text
Index, by 05_Hurvitz14894_00_toc
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ISBN: 9780231148948
ISBN-10: 0231148941
Series: Translations from the Asian Classics
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 29th June 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.74
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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