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Chapter outline of Murano version of Lotus Sutra

Chapter outline of Murano version of Lotus Sutra

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  • Mt. Grdharkuta = Mt. Sacred Eagle
  • Most sutras begin this way; generally means “I have heard in this way.” Lotus Sutra thought to mean “I have heard THIS” Oral tradition, not usually well recognized in western cultures; however, long tradition exist in other parts of the world; “I” represents disciple who originally heard this sutra and transmitted it orally before set down in writing. Thought to be Ananda, one of the ten great disciples
  • [1] 12,000 arhats, Lesser Vehicle teachings; [2] 2,000 sravakas (hearers) som eof whom had something more to learn, others nothing more to learn; [3] Sakyamuni’s foster mother Prajapati, former wife Yasodhara plus 6,000 women; [4] 80,000 bodhisattvas; [5] 72,000 angels; [6] 8 dragon-kings with hundreds of thousands of attendants; [7] kimnara-kings (heavenly musicians) and numerous attendants; [8] Gandharva-kings (heavenly musicians) from the heaven of 33 celestial cities and numerous attendants; [9 ] fierce asura-kings (spirits of strife and turmoil) plus attendants; [10] winged garuda-kings, enemies of dragons plus attendants; [11] King Ajatasatru, ruler of Magadha (where Mt. Sacred Eagle is located) who had seized the throne by murdering his own father, accompanied by his court
  • The Ray of Light from Buddha revealed variety of living beings in the six realms [other worlds] sravakas [hearers], pratyakebuddhas; [self-instructed sages] and bodhisattvas WHY? Buddha is preparing to expound a great teaching
  • = a memorial service expressing appreciation to ancestors; held twice a year at spring and autumn equinoxes; Denotes Buddha’s teaching of the Middle Way [chu - not to exceed one way or the other]
  • One who has come from the world of truth one who understands the world One who deserves offerings, religious one who is surpasses all others One who knows everything perfectly one who trains/instructs men One who sees truth, walks the way satisfactorily one who teaches gods and men One who has gone to world of enlightenment one who is honored by people of the world
  • Sravaka = understands by listening/reasoning Pratyakebuddha = one who understands by oneself or one who can apply Buddhism in daily life Bodhisattava = one who seeks Enlightenment and tries to help others attain Buddhahood
  • More detail in Chapter 3
  • More detail in Chapter 7
  • More detail in Chapter 12
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    • 1. THE LOTUS SUTRA CHAPTER ONE - INTRODUCTORY JO - HON
    • 2. Skt. SADDHARMA PUNDARIKA SUTRA
      • Saddharma = wonderful dharma [law]
        • Sad = righteousness, truth
        • Literally ‘righteous teaching/truth’
      • Pundarika = white lotus flowers
      • So named because Lotus Sutra reveals the principal and deepest teachings of the Buddha
    • 3. Threefold Lotus Sutra
    • 4. NISHO SAN-E  二処三会 Two Places & Three Gatherings
      • Mt. Sacred Eagle [ch. 1-11] teaching to disciples and followers of Sakyamuni
      • In the Sky [ch. 11-22] teaching to people after Buddha’s nirvana; salvation for them
      • Mt. Sacred Eagle [ch. 23-28] Bodhisattvas vow to protect practitioners of Lotus Sutra
    • 5. “THUS HAVE I HEARD”
    • 6. Multitude of Listeners
    • 7. SIX OMENS SHOWN IN THIS WORLD
      • Preaching
      • Entering into samadhi
      • Raining flowers
      • Quaking
      • Delighting
      • Emitting a Ray of Light
    • 8. Wheel of Dharma
      • Symbol of Buddhism
      • Signifies Buddha’s teachings
      • Dharma transmitted from Buddha --->A --->B --->C and so on, like an eternally turning wheel
    • 9. HIGAN 彼岸
      • The Saha World = here sentient beings live, here life is filled with suffering, an endless cycle of birth and death
      • The Other Shore = the Buddhaland, no suffering; land of Nirvana where cycle of birth and death does not exist
    • 10. TEN EPITHETS
      • Tathagata
      • Deserver of Offerings
      • Perfectly Enlightened One
      • Man of Wisdom and Practice
      • Well-Gone
      • Knower of the World
      • Unsurpassed Man
      • Instructor of Men
      • Teacher of Gods and Men
      • World Honored One
    • 11. THREE VEHICLES
      • Sravaka [Shomon]
      • Pratyakebuddha [Engaku]
      • Bodhsattvas [Bosatsu]
    • 12. FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS
      • All existence is suffering
      • There is a cause of suffering
      • Nirvana is the realm free from suffering
      • The way to Nirvana is the eightfold path
    • 13. THE EIGHTFOLD PATH
      • Right View
      • Right Intention Wisdom
      • Right Speech
      • Right Action
      • Right Livelihood Ethical Conduct
      • Right Effort
      • Right Mindfulness
      • Right Concentration Mental Development
    • 14. TWELVE CAUSES
      • Ignorance
      • Action
      • Consciousness
      • Mental functions and matter
      • Six senses
      • Contact
      • Perception
      • Desire
      • Attachment
      • Existence
      • Birth
      • Old Age
    • 15. SIX PARAMITAS
      • Donation
      • Keeping Precepts
      • Perseverance
      • Endeavor
      • Meditation
      • Wisdom

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