On the nature and message of the Lotus Sūtra in the light of early Buddhism and Buddhist scholarship (towards the beginnings of Mahāyāna)
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Asian Philosophy 14 (3):209-221 (2004)
The aim of this paper is to compare the contents of the Lotus S?tra and the style of presentation of its message with the thrust of the Buddha's teachings as they are preserved in the early Buddhist sources, particularly the Sutta Pi aka of the P?li Canon, and also in the P?li commentarial literature. In the process it attempts to identify in the early sources the precedents of some of the bold statements in the Lotus S?tra which appear as complete innovations, but may be elaborations of elements contained in P?li sources in germinal form. Despite the difference in style, language and mythological imagery, the conclusion is that both the Sutta Pi aka and the Lotus S?tra express in their respective manners the true spirit of the Buddhist message. Attention is drawn also to the striking parallels between the Buddhist picture of the multiple universe and modern cosmological theories
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
An-yi Pan (2008). Shaping the Lotus Sutra: Buddhist Visual Culture in Medieval China – by Eugene Y. Wang. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 35 (1):182–185.
Wen Haiming (2011). Two Versions of Desire-Based Subjectivism: A Comparative Study of the Analects and the Lotus Sutra. Asian Philosophy 21 (4):419 - 435.
Anna Ghiglione (2009). Deception in Chinese Buddhist Thinking : Reflections From the Lotus Sutra and the Vimalakirti Sutra. In Leslie Anne Boldt-Irons, Corrado Federici & Ernesto Virgulti (eds.), Disguise, Deception, Trompe-L'oeil: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Peter Lang. 99--285.
Alfonso Verdú (1974). Dialectical Aspects in Buddhist Thought: Studies in Sino-Japanese Mahāyāna Idealism. Sole Distributors in Usa & Canada, Paragon Book Gallery.
Douglas A. Fox (1973). The Vagrant Lotus: An Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy. Philadelphia,Westminster Press.
David W. Chappell (1996). Searching for a Mahāyāna Social Ethic. Journal of Religious Ethics 24 (2):351 - 375.
A. L. Herman (1997). The Way of the Lotus: Critical Reflections on the Ethics of the Saddharmapundarika S Tra. Asian Philosophy 7 (1):5 – 22.
Asaf Federman (2009). Literal Means and Hidden Meanings: A New Analysis of Skillful Means. Philosophy East and West 59 (2):pp. 125-141.
Lucinda Joy Peach (2002). Social Responsibility, Sex Change, and Salvation: Gender Justice in the "Lotus Sūtra". Philosophy East and West 52 (1):50-74.
Added to index2010-08-10
Total downloads11 ( #113,039 of 1,089,062 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #69,801 of 1,089,062 )
How can I increase my downloads?