I read this at This is far and away the best version of any English translation It alone has footnotes that reveal extremely important information and clarifications you will not find in any other source It also has the unpolluted version of the Dragon Princess chapter. If you are going to read the sutra in English, you should read THIS version first. 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 Commentary Than Any Other Buddhist ScriptureAs Watson Notes In The Introduction To His Remarkable Translation, The [ Pdf Saddharma Puṇḍarīka Sūtra â turkish PDF ] by Anonymous Ì 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 This is a awakening teaching Allegorical in it s telling, it explains the true nature of humanity of the ultimate equality of us all in our infinite potential Perhaps the first true self empowerment teaching but oh so much, it is also the foundation for Nichiren Buddhism, an incredibly powerful, practical method of faith, practice, and study for achieving absolute happiness and wisdom and living your life to its fullest potential Best read and discussed with a friend who knows Watson s translation is clear and convincing, as usual The Lotus Sutra is a collection of mostly devotional sermons, and Watson renders the poetry beautifully This probably isn t the best place to pick up the basics of Mahayana Buddhism, but culturally it s important. So, one does not rate the Lotus Sutra It s the Lotus Sutra What s being evaluated here is the translation and presentation of the work. Overall, Burton Watson s translation is a good, non offensive go to edition pretty easily found in print It s also non scholar friendly, making it a good choice forcasual studiers of Buddhism. Á Saddharma Puṇḍarīka Sūtra ✓ Excellent notes, excellent translation. read in Chinese.
I read the Nichiren Translation online. One of the ultimate troll wisdom texts As many have pointed out, it reads like a grand preface to something that will never come, but, in fact, the preface is itself the text Further, the text begins with Buddha explaining how he ll straight up lie and tell elaborate fantasies to get people to believe in the One Vehicle by catering to their own subjective perception, and then the rest of the Sutra proceeds to get eveninsane by the second, kind of like a Superhero comic or an Anime read from a certain perspective, this might make the Lotus Sutra one of the first works of metafiction out there. Simply put, it s brilliant Although the Sutra itself can get draggy at times, its pure brilliance You have no idea whether the text is be More then half the book is about, reading the book It goes into great lengths about how easily you can obtain Buddhahood by reading the book, and about how, despite the infinite love and compassion, how you will suffering near endless torture for maligning the book. The whole thing stinks of the trope How to write a book and make a millions dollars book The point of the book is simply the act of reading the book where the main message is to get other people to read this book It barely has any content, the half dozen parables and opening One Vehicle message can be put into just a few pages So, instead of getting a million dollars or, in the sutra, a hundred, ten thousand, million sands of the Ganges tael of gold you attain buddahood it s the same principle as the trope though. I fully understand it s a religious book, it s nigh endless repetitions are supposed to assist memory and medi
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