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The Lotus Sutra : Translations from the Asian Classics (Hardcover) - Burton Watson

The Lotus Sutra

Translations from the Asian Classics (Hardcover)

By: Burton Watson (Translator)

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Published: 8th July 1993
For Ages: 22+ years old
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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."

"Watson's felicitous rendition of "The Lotus Sutra" captures superbly well the literary essence of the Chinese text. Considering the manifold complexities and beauties of the work, this is a stunning achievement." -- Victor Mair "Watson's felicitous rendition of The Lotus Sutra captures superbly well the literary essence of the Chinese text. Considering the manifold complexities and beauties of the work, this is a stunning achievement." -- Victor Mair "Watson's felicitous rendition of "The Lotus Sutra" captures superbly well the literary essence of the Chinese text. Considering the manifold complexities and beauties of the work, this is a stunning achievement." -- Victor Mair

Introduction
Expedient Means
Simile and Parable
Belief and Understanding
The Parable of the Medicinal Herbs
Bestowal of Prophecy
The Parable of the Phantom City
Prophecy of Enlightenment for Five Hundred Disciples
Prophecies Conferred on Learners and Adepts
The Teacher of the Law
The Emergence of the Treasure Tower
Devadatta
Encouraging Devotion
Peaceful Practices
Emerging from the Earth
The Life Span of the Thus Come One
Distinctions in Benefits
The Benefits of Responding with Joy
Benefits of the Teacher of the Law
The Bodhisattva Never Disparaging
Supernatural Powers of the Thus Come One
Entrustment
Former Affairs of the Bodhisattva Medicine King
The Bodhisattva Wonderful Sound
The Universal Gateway of the Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World's Sounds
Dharani
Former Affairs of King Wonderful Adornment
Encouragements of the Bodhisattva Universal Worthy
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ISBN: 9780231081603
ISBN-10: 023108160X
Series: Translations from the Asian Classics (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 390
Published: 8th July 1993
Publisher: COLUMBIA UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 15.95  x 3.05
Weight (kg): 0.64