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 Mahï¿½yï¿½na 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?
|The Enchanting World of the Lotus Sutra||p. 11|
|Stories of the Lotus Sutra||p. 19|
|The Dharma Flower Assembly||p. 29|
|Sun and Moon Light Buddha||p. 39|
|A Burning House and Three Vehicles||p. 47|
|The Rich Father and the Poor Son||p. 67|
|One Great Cloud and Many Kinds of Plants||p. 75|
|Doing the Common Good||p. 83|
|A Fantastic Castle-City||p. 93|
|Great Treasure Is Very Near||p. 101|
|Ananda and Rahula||p. 111|
|Dharma Teachers||p. 123|
|The Great Stupa of Abundant Treasures Buddha||p. 137|
|Devadatta and Violence||p. 147|
|The Dragon Princess||p. 157|
|Two Nuns||p. 167|
|The Jewel in the Topknot||p. 177|
|Bodhisattvas of the Earth||p. 187|
|The Good Physician||p. 199|
|Never Disrespectful Bodhisattva||p. 209|
|Divine Powers of a Buddha||p. 221|
|Entrusting the Dharma to Us||p. 233|
|Seen with Joy by All the Living||p. 243|
|Wonderful Voice Bodhisattva||p. 257|
|The Family of King Wonderfully Adorned||p. 283|
|Universal Sage Bodhisattva||p. 295|
|About the Author||p. 369|
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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