Scripture of the Lotus Blossom of the Fine Dharma

(The Lotus Sutra)

Leon Hurvitz. With a new foreword by Stephen F. Teiser

Columbia University Press

Scripture of the Lotus Blossom of the Fine Dharma

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Pub Date: July 2009

ISBN: 9780231148955

416 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Pub Date: July 2009

ISBN: 9780231148948

416 Pages

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Scripture of the Lotus Blossom of the Fine Dharma

(The Lotus Sutra)

Leon Hurvitz. With a new foreword by Stephen F. Teiser

Columbia University Press

Originally published in 1976, Leon Hurvitz's monumental translation of the Lotus Sutra is the work scholars have preferred for decades. Hailed by critics as an "extraordinary" and "magnificent" achievement, Hurvitz's translation is based on the best known Chinese version of the text and includes passages of the original Sanskrit that were omitted from the Chinese.

Beloved for its mythology and literary artistry, the Lotus Sutra is one of the most popular and influential texts of Mahayana Buddhism, asserting that there is only one path to enlightenment, the bodhisattva path, and that all followers without exception can achieve supreme awakening. The text argues that the Buddha cannot be delimited by time and space and that a common intent underlies the diversity of Buddhist teachings. Through parables of the burning house, the wayward son, and other tales that have come to be known throughout East Asia, the sutra skillfully concretizes abstract religious concepts and clarifies bold claims about the Buddhist tradition. Urging devotees to revivify doctrine through recitation and interpretation, the sutra powered an organic process of remaking that not only kept its content alive in the poetry and art of premodern Asia but also introduced new forms of practice and scriptural study into contemporary Buddhism. Stephen F. Teiser's foreword addresses this vital quality of the sutra, discusses its background, and reflects on the enduring relevance of Hurvitz's critical work.
Foreword, by Stephen F. Teiser
Foreword to the 1976 Edition, by Wm. Theodore de Bary
Preface
Roll One
1. Introduction
2. Expedient Devices
Roll Two
3. Parable
4. Belief and Understanding
Roll Three
5. Medicinal Herbs
6. Bestowal of Prophecy
7. Parable of the Conjured City
Roll Four
8. Receipt of Prophecy by Five Hundred Disciples
9. Prophecies Conferred on Learners and Adepts
10. Preachers of Dharma
11. Apparition of the Jeweled Stupa
Roll Five
12. Devadatta
13. Fortitude
14. Comfortable Conduct
15. Welling up out of the Earth
Roll Six
16. The Life Span of the Thus Come One
17. Discrimination of Merits
18. The Merits of Appropriate Joy
19. The Merits of the Dharma Preacher
Roll Seven
20. The Bodhisattva Never Disparaging
21. The Supernatural Powers of the Thus Come One
22. Entrustment
23. The Former Affairs of the Bodhisattva Medicine King
24. The Bodhisattva Fine Sound
Roll Eight
25. The Gateway to Everywhere of the Bodhisattva He Who Observes the Sounds of the World
26. Dharani
27. The Former Affairs of the King Fine Adornment
28. The Encouragements of the Bodhisattva Universally Worthy
Glossary
Notes on the Sanskrit Text
Index

About the Author

Leon Hurvitz (1923-1992) was professor in the Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia. He spent time as a translator and interpreter and later studied in Japan during the occupation, specializing in early Chinese Buddhism.Stephen F. Teiser is D. T. Suzuki Professor in Buddhist Studies at Princeton University. His research focuses on the interaction between Buddhism and Chinese forms of religion. His book Reinventing the Wheel: Paintings of Rebirth in Medieval Buddhist Temples received the Stanislas Julien Prize from the Institut de France.