Two Buddhas Seated Side by Side : A Guide to the Lotus Sūtra / Donald S. Lopez, Jacqueline I. Stone.

Lopez, Donald S., author., Author,
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2019]
1 online resource (312 pages) : 1 b/w illustrations.
Mahayana Buddhism.
In English.
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An essential companion to a timeless spiritual classicThe Lotus Sūtra is among the most venerated scriptures of Buddhism. Composed in India some two millennia ago, it affirms the potential for all beings to attain supreme enlightenment. Donald Lopez and Jacqueline Stone provide an essential reading companion to this inspiring yet enigmatic masterpiece, explaining how it was understood by its compilers in India and, centuries later in medieval Japan, by one of its most influential proponents.In this illuminating chapter-by-chapter guide, Lopez and Stone show how the sūtra's anonymous authors skillfully reframed the mainstream Buddhist tradition in light of a new vision of the path and the person of the Buddha himself, and examine how the sūtra's metaphors, parables, and other literary devices worked to legitimate that vision. They go on to explore how the Lotus was interpreted by the Japanese Buddhist master Nichiren (1222-1282), whose inspired reading of the book helped to redefine modern Buddhism. In doing so, Lopez and Stone demonstrate how readers of sacred works continually reinterpret them in light of their own unique circumstances.An invaluable guide to an incomparable spiritual classic, this companion book unlocks the teachings of the Lotus for modern readers while providing insights into the central importance of commentary as the vehicle by which ancient writings are given contemporary meaning.
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Authors' Introduction
Chapter one: Introduction
Chapter two: Skillful Means
Chapter three: A Parable
Chapter four: Willing Acceptance
Chapter five: Herbs
Chapter six: Prediction
Chapter seven: The Apparitional City
Chapters eight and nine: The Five Hundred Disciples Receive Their Predictions and The Predictions for Those Who Still Have More to Learn and for Those Who Do Not
Chapter ten: Expounder of the Dharma
Chapter eleven: The Appearance of the Jeweled Stūpa
Chapter twelve: Devadatta
Chapter thirteen: Perseverance
Chapter fourteen: Ease in Practice
Chapter fifteen: Bodhisattvas Emerging from the Earth
Chapter sixteen: The Lifespan of the Tathāgata
Chapters seventeen and eighteen: Description of Merits and The Merits of Joyful Acceptance
Chapter nineteen: The Benefits Obtained by an Expounder of the Dharma
Chapter twenty: Bodhisattva Sadāparibhūta
Chapters twenty-one and twenty-two: The Transcendent Powers of the Tathāgata and Entrustment
Chapter twenty-three: Ancient Accounts of Bodhisattva Bhaiṣajyarāja
Chapters twenty-four and twenty-five: Bodhisattva Gadgadasvara and The Gateway to Every Direction
Chapter twenty-six: Dhāraṇī
Chapter twenty-seven: Ancient Accounts of King Śubhavyūha
Chapter twenty-eight: Encouragement of Bodhisattva Samantabhadra
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Stone, Jacqueline I., author., Author,
De Gruyter.
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De Gruyter University Press Library.
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9780691189802 doi
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