Lotus Sūtra study guide website

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Lotus Sūtra study guide website

Post by Zhen Li » Wed Dec 28, 2016 3:23 pm

Namaste all.

The following website is an ongoing collation of chapter by chapter study guides that are being used in a reading group with members of my local sangha. If anyone is interested in studying the Lotus Sūtra, they may be of help.

https://sites.google.com/site/learningthelotussutra/

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Post by Queequeg » Wed Dec 28, 2016 5:59 pm

Very nice. Thank you. :smile:
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Expedient Means Chapter

I think each human being has things to find out in his own life that are inescapable. They’ll find them out the easy way or the hard way, or whatever.
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Post by narhwal90 » Wed Dec 28, 2016 6:18 pm

Likewise! Its great to have it from additional perspectives. Reading today's chapters now :)

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Post by Zhen Li » Wed Dec 28, 2016 8:44 pm

Glad it was of help.

It is mostly unedited as of now, so for the first few chapters I was using the page numbers in the Kubo and Yuyama translation, but as different editions have different page numbers, I switched to the Taishō page numbers instead. I'll have to update these eventually.

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Post by Coëmgenu » Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:08 am

Zhen Li wrote:Namaste all.

The following website is an ongoing collation of chapter by chapter study guides that are being used in a reading group with members of my local sangha. If anyone is interested in studying the Lotus Sūtra, they may be of help.

https://sites.google.com/site/learningthelotussutra/
This study guide cites very specific verse lines, the translation I use (mostly because it is the most convenient) does not list these verse lines, it merely has chapters marked.

Do you know a translation available online in English that has these verse lines included? Or just a translation that has them in general?
世尊在靈山會上拈華示眾眾皆默然唯迦葉破顏微笑世尊云
The Lord dwelt at the Vulture Peak with the assembly and plucked a flower as a teaching. The myriad totality were silent, save for Kāśyapa, whose face cracked in a faint smile. The Lord spoke.
吾有正法眼藏涅槃妙心實相無相微妙法門不立文字教外別傳付囑摩訶迦葉。
I have the treasure of the true dharma eye, I have nirvāṇa as wondrous citta, I know signless dharmatā, the subtle dharma-gate, which is not standing on written word, which is external to scriptures, which is a special dispensation, which is entrusted to Mahākāśyapa.

नस्वातोनापिपरतोनद्वाभ्यांनाप्यहेतुतः
उत्पन्नाजातुविद्यन्तेभावाःक्वचनकेचन

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Post by Zhen Li » Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:03 am

They are Taisho page numbers for the Kumarajiva translation. The BDK Lotus Sutra has these in the column.

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Post by Zhen Li » Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:35 pm

The pages are all up now, in case anyone was following along.

The formatting is not perfect and the page numbers could do with some revision, but otherwise, I hope it can be of some benefit.

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Post by Tatsuo » Sat Jan 21, 2017 4:42 am

Thank you for sharing this, Zhen Li :anjali:
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Re: Lotus Sūtra study guide website

Post by narhwal90 » Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:49 pm

Likewise :) The additional content and commentary is very welcome, and I appreciate very much that the pages are browser friendly- makes them a lot more usable. Many thanks!

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Re: Lotus Sūtra study guide website

Post by Bergrisi » Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:47 pm

I find this Lotus Sutra quite interesting.

When i was in my thirties i used to work a lot. I had set up my own company, made some investments, and to pay for all this i had 2 jobs.
There was a time period where i had to finish a few projects i was working on and at the end of this period i had become so tired that at one point i stopped working because i couldn't remember what i was doing anymore.

For some reason, the only thing that was left in my mind was this Lotus Sutra.
That is weird because i am a Christian living in Iceland, where there are almost no Buddhists, and at the time i had no interest in any religion.

I went trough this Sutra a few times in my mind for maybe 3-4 minutes, and it was like i had somehow found a little extra energy reserves that i didn't know about, and it was enough for me to finish what i was doing.

I did this for a few months but then stopped thinking about it.
It seems to me that this can actually work, and you dont have to follow any religion or believe system for it to work.

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