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Saddharma-Puṇḍarīka : or the lotus of the true law

Author: H Kern; Cambridge University Library.
Publisher: New York, Dover Publications 1963.
Series: Sacred books of the East, v. 21.
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"The Saddharma-Puṇḍarīka (The Lotus of the True Law), one of the Mahayana sutras, is perhaps the single most important Mahayana Buddhist work. Composed originally in India, some sections written as early as the beginning of the Christian era, the Lotus is held in enormous esteem by the Northern schools of Buddhism and by Chinese and Japanese Buddhists, particularly Tendai and later developments. Described as "the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Texts
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: H Kern; Cambridge University Library.
ISBN: 0486210650 9780486210650
OCLC Number: 172229
Language Note: Text in English translated from the Sanskrit.
Notes: "This Dover edition, first published in 1963, is an unabridged and unaltered republication of the work first published by Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1884, as Volume XXI of "The Sacred Books of the East." -- Verso title page
Translation based on a Sanskrit ms. on palm leaves, in the D. Wright Collection, University of Cambridge Library.
Description: xlii, 454 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introductory --
Skillfulness --
A parable --
Disposition --
On plants --
Announcement of future destiny --
Ancient devotion --
Announcement of the future density of the five hundred monks --
Announcement of the future destiny of Ânanda, Râhula, and the two thousand monks --
The preacher --
Apparition of a Stûpa --
Exertion --
Peaceful life --
Issuing of Bodhisattvas from the gaps of the earth --
Duration of life of the Tathâgata --
Of piety --
Indication of the meritoriousness of joyful acceptance --
The advantages of a religious preacher --
Sadâparibhûta --
Conception of the transcendent power of the Tathâgatas --
Spells --
Ancient devotion of Bhaishagyarâga --
Gadgadasvara --
The all-sided one --
Ancient devotion --
Encouragement of Samantabhadra --
The period.
Series Title: Sacred books of the East, v. 21.
Other Titles: Lotus of the true law.
Tripiṭaka.
Responsibility: translated by H. Kern.

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"The Saddharma-Puṇḍarīka (The Lotus of the True Law), one of the Mahayana sutras, is perhaps the single most important Mahayana Buddhist work. Composed originally in India, some sections written as early as the beginning of the Christian era, the Lotus is held in enormous esteem by the Northern schools of Buddhism and by Chinese and Japanese Buddhists, particularly Tendai and later developments. Described as "the most eminent" of all the sutras, "the crown jewel" in which "all Buddha-laws are succinctly taught," the Lotus is a keystone in the education of every serious Buddhist. This sutra is essentially a collection of responses, explanations, ex cathedra lectures, and the like, bearing chiefly upon metaphysical issues: the nature of Buddhahood, the concept of nirvana, the Bodhisattva ideal, the rewards of the faithful, and other theoretical matters, that have become essential dogma in all Buddhist schools that have since arisen. A transfiguration of the traditional Buddha-situation is presented: the historical Buddha, the Tathagata or Sakyamuni, is seen in his eternal, supernatural aspect; he sits surrounded by an array of gods, arahats, demons, bodhisattvas, gandharvas, monks and nuns--all eager to hear the infinitely wise utterances of the Great Teacher. The revelations are made sometimes by Sakyamuni, addressing his historical sangha, including Ananda, Sariputra, Kasyapa, et al., and at other times by the Buddhas of the past and the future, Manjusri and Maitreya. This edition contains the complete translation of the Lotus, rendered from Sanskrit by Professor Kern. He has also written a critical introduction to the work and has clarified and supplemented the text by means of numerous footnotes." -- Publisher's description

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