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The Stories of the Lotus Sutra - Gene Reeves

The Stories of the Lotus Sutra

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Stories are ancient and wondrous tools with the mysterious power to transform lives. And the stories and parables of the Lotus Sutra-one of the world's great religious scriptures and most influential texts-are among the most fascinating and dramatic.

In this fun, engaging, and plain-English book, Gene Reeves-the translator of Wisdom's critically acclaimed and bestselling edition of the Lotus Sutra-presents the most memorable and remarkable of the Lotus Sutra's many stories and parables, along with a distillation of his decades of reflection on them in an accessible, inspiring, and naturally illuminating way.

The Stories of the Lotus Sutra is the perfect companion to Reeve's breathtaking translation of this scriptural masterpiece as well as a thoroughly enjoyable stand-alone volume for those who want to bring the inspiring teachings of the bodhisattva path into their daily lives.

"Gene Reeves opens up the bloom of the Dharma Flower and frees it from its own history. His Lotus embraces all forms of Buddhist community and all manner of Buddhist paths by laying bare the living humanity of the sutra. Here I met its characters as if for the first time: heroes and fools whose stories at last seemed to be taking place in our world. Reeves lets a living breath flow through the stories so that they open their arms to us. A liberation for the sutra and for ourselves!"--Franz Metcalf, author of What Would Buddha Do? "As the stories of The Lotus Sutra are skillful means to help us see the Dharma, so Gene Reeves' transmission of those stories is a skillful means for conveying the narrative heart and meaning of the sutra to contemporary readers. It is a clever form of exegesis that entertains as it instructs."--The Rev. Ken Arnold, author of Circle of the Way "What a lovely book, especially for someone like me who loves story. Profoundly transformative."--Lin Jensen, author of Bad Dog! "In The Stories of the Lotus Sutra, Gene Reeves gives us a deceptively simple introduction to key stories and chapters from one of the most popular Mah�y�na sutras. Well written and effective."--Mark Unno, author of Buddhism and Psychotherapy Across Cultures "Underneath all the attention given to the meditation techniques and teachings of Buddhism today lies a more fundamental level--the stories that tell us what it means to be a Buddhist, what Buddhism is. Reeves' The Stories of the Lotus Sutra opens up a wealth of stories about the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and does so in a way that allows us to hear them as living narratives supporting the rest of the tradition."--Richard Payne, editor of How Much is Enough?

Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Enchanting World of the Lotus Sutrap. 11
Stories of the Lotus Sutrap. 19
The Dharma Flower Assemblyp. 29
Sun and Moon Light Buddhap. 39
A Burning House and Three Vehiclesp. 47
Shariputrap. 57
The Rich Father and the Poor Sonp. 67
One Great Cloud and Many Kinds of Plantsp. 75
Doing the Common Goodp. 83
A Fantastic Castle-Cityp. 93
Great Treasure Is Very Nearp. 101
Ananda and Rahulap. 111
Dharma Teachersp. 123
The Great Stupa of Abundant Treasures Buddhap. 137
Devadatta and Violencep. 147
The Dragon Princessp. 157
Two Nunsp. 167
The Jewel in the Topknotp. 177
Bodhisattvas of the Earthp. 187
The Good Physicianp. 199
Never Disrespectful Bodhisattvap. 209
Divine Powers of a Buddhap. 221
Entrusting the Dharma to Usp. 233
Seen with Joy by All the Livingp. 243
Wonderful Voice Bodhisattvap. 257
Kwan-yinp. 269
The Family of King Wonderfully Adornedp. 283
Universal Sage Bodhisattvap. 295
Acknowledgmentsp. 311
Notesp. 317
Bibliographyp. 323
Indexp. 349
About the Authorp. 369
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ISBN: 9780861716463
ISBN-10: 0861716469
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st November 2010
Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.52