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The Lotus Sutra

by Gene Reeves

The Lotus Sutra is regarded as one of the world’s great religious scriptures and most influential texts. It’s a seminal work in the development of Buddhism throughout East Asia and, by extension, in the development of Mahayana Buddhism throughout the world. Taking place in a vast and fantastical cosmic setting, the Lotus Sutra places emphasis on skillfully doing whatever is needed to serve and compassionately care for others, on breaking down distinctions between the fully enlightened buddha and the bodhisattva who vows to postpone salvation until all beings may share it, and especially on each and every being’s innate capacity to become a buddha. Gene Reeves’s new translation appeals to readers with little or no familiarity with technical Buddhist vocabulary, as well as long-time practitioners and students. In addition, this remarkable volume includes the full “threefold” text of this classic.

Year of Publication: 2009
Type: Paperback
Dimentions: 304 pp. 15.2 x 3.8 x 22.9 cm

Gene Reeves, PhD (1933-2019), had done research and lectured on the Lotus Sutra worldwide for more than a quarter century. He was the head of Meadville Lombard Theological School, University of Chicago and retired from teaching at University of Tsukuba, where he taught Buddhism and American studies. He also served as an international advisor to Rissho Kosei-kai.

Check out the new translation of the Threefold Lotus Sutra published by Rissho Kosei-kai in 2019.

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