This illustrated edition features more than 110 full-page and two-page illustrations by a world-renowned and award-winning artist, and brings the fantastical and image-filled world of the Lotus Sutra vividly to life.
Author: Gene Reeves
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Renowned and beloved the world over, a peerless contemporary translation of one of Buddhism’s most important texts comes alive with over 110 full-page illustrations by a multiple award-winning artist. 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. This illustrated edition features more than 110 full-page and two-page illustrations by a world-renowned and award-winning artist, and brings the fantastical and image-filled world of the Lotus Sutra vividly to life. Demi’s illustrations are both classical and contemporary in feel, perfectly complementing Reeves’s masterful and modern translation.
Depicting events in a cosmic world that transcends ordinary concepts of time and space, The Lotus Sutra presents abstract religious ideas in concrete terms and affirms that there is a single path to enlightenment.
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Since it first appeared in China in the third century, this Mahayana Buddhist Scripture has been regarded as one of the most illustrious in the canon. Depicting events in a cosmic world that transcends ordinary concepts of time and space, The Lotus Sutra presents abstract religious ideas in concrete terms and affirms that there is a single path to enlightenment.
Yet the cosmos revealed in these tableaux is strikingly different from that found in the text of the sutra. Shaping the Lotus Sutra explores this visual world.
Author: Eugene Yuejin Wang
Publisher: University of Washington Press
The Lotus Sutra has been the most widely read and most revered Buddhist scripture in East Asia since its translation in the third century. The miracles and parables in the "king of sutras" inspired a variety of images in China, in particular the sweeping compositions known as transformation tableaux that developed between the seventh and ninth centuries. Surviving examples in murals painted on cave walls or carved in relief on Buddhist monuments depict celestial journeys, bodily metamorphoses, cycles of rebirth, and the achievement of nirvana. Yet the cosmos revealed in these tableaux is strikingly different from that found in the text of the sutra. Shaping the Lotus Sutra explores this visual world. Challenging long-held assumptions about Buddhist art, Eugene Wang treats it as a window to an animated and spirited world. Rather than focus on individual murals as isolated compositions, Wang views the entire body of pictures adorning a cave shrine or a pagoda as a visual mapping of an imaginary topography that encompasses different temporal and spatial domains. He demonstrates that the text of the Lotus Sutra does not fully explain the pictures and that a picture, or a series of them, constitutes its own "text." In exploring how religious pictures sublimate cultural aspirations, he shows that they can serve both political and religious agendas and that different social forces can co-exist within the same visual program. These pictures inspired meditative journeys through sophisticated formal devices such as mirroring, mapping, and spatial programming - analytical categories newly identified by Wang. The book examines murals in cave shrines at Binglingsi and Dunhuang in northwestern China and relief sculptures in the grottoes of Yungang in Shanxi, on stelae from Sichuan, and on the Dragon-and-Tiger pagoda in Shandong, among other sites. By tracing formal impulses in medieval Chinese picture-making, such as topographic mapping and pictorial illusionism, the author pieces together a wide range of visual evidence and textual sources to reconstruct the medieval Chinese cognitive style and mental world. The book is ultimately a history of the Chinese imagination. Read an interview with the author: http://dgeneratefilms.com/cinematalk/cinematalk-interview-with-professor-eugene-wang-on-chinese-art-and-film/
The book analyzes the content, style, and import of each work, accompanied by a comprehensive classification scheme.
Author: Willa Jane Tanabe
Publisher: Weatherhill, Incorporated
An in-depth survey of the several genres of pictorial art related to the Lotus Sutra, one of the most influential scriptures of Buddhism. The book analyzes the content, style, and import of each work, accompanied by a comprehensive classification scheme.
Specialists in Buddhist philosophy, art, and history of religion outline the major ideas and controversies surrounding the 'Lotus Sūtra'.
Author: Stephen F. Teiser
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Specialists in Buddhist philosophy, art, and history of religion outline the major ideas and controversies surrounding the 'Lotus Sūtra'. They also treat its use in ritual performance, ascetic practice, visual representations, and social action.
Main Themes Let us first review the main theme of the satra itself: The three
vehicles do not exist; in reality there is only One Vehicle, meaning that “there is
only one form of Buddhism.” 1 Hurvitz nonetheless draws out two component
Author: Young-ho Kim
Publisher: SUNY Press
(Chu) Tao-sheng stands out in history as a unique and preeminent thinker whose paradigmatic, original ideas paved the way for the advent of Chinese Buddhism. The universality of Buddha-nature, which Tao-sheng championed at the cost of excommunication, was to become a cornerstone of the Chinese Buddhist ideology. This book presents a comprehensive study of the only complete document by Tao-sheng still in existence.
H. Kern renders the stories and spiritual lessons in superb English, with utmost care taken not to misinterpret or dilute the guidance.
Author: H. Kern
The Lotus Sutra, one of the most significant texts of Mahayana Buddhism, is presented here complete, in the authoritative translation of H. Kern. Kern presents the original Buddhist scriptures in their chaptered format, as they begin with the Shakyamuni Buddha lapsing into a deep meditative consciousness. During this state, he perceives a vast ray of light, that shine upon and give light to other buddha-fields far to the East. Following this momentous display, we are given the lessons of early Buddhism, how the spiritual path of the bodhisattva allows for the attainment of the status of Buddha and complete enlightenment. We also hear of various parables and moral teachings, of those who petition the Buddhas with questions or requests for spiritual guidance. Mythological tales, such as the creation and discovery of the Magic City with its symbolic treasures, are also related. The later chapters, which expound further upon the immortal nature of the Buddha character, and the timeless wisdom that he espouses, count among the finest explanations of the Buddhist faith ever written. H. Kern renders the stories and spiritual lessons in superb English, with utmost care taken not to misinterpret or dilute the guidance.
An invaluable guide to an incomparable spiritual classic, this 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 ...
Author: Donald S. Lopez Jr.
Publisher: Princeton University Press
An essential companion to a timeless spiritual classic The 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 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.
The many other revered texts in Japanese Buddhism include the original writings
of great masters such as Kobo-daishi, Dengyo-daishi, Honen, Shinran, Nichiren,
and the founders of Zen, Eisai and Dogen (see p.252). Zen is also noted for the ...
Author: Michael D. Coogan
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Profiles Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese traditions, and Japanese traditions.
Lotus Position The body posture most commonly used for Buddhist meditation. In
the full lotus position (J. kekka fuza), one sits cross-legged, placing the right foot
on the left thigh and the left foot on the right thigh. In most schools of Buddhism, ...
Author: Helen J. Baroni, Ph.D.
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
Category: Social Science
Over 1,700 alphabetically-arranged entries cover the beliefs, practices, significant movements, organizations, and personalities associated with Zen Buddhism.
Leon Hurvitz , Scripture of the Lotus Blossom of the Fine Dharma ( The Lotus Sūtra ) : Translated from the Chinese of ... The Gaņdavyūha and illustrated
versions of Sudhana's visits are thoroughly discussed in Jan Fontein , The
Pilgrimage of ...
Author: Marsha Smith Weidner
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
For well over a thousand years Chinese and Japanese women created, commissioned, collected and used paintings, yet until recently this fact has scarcely been acknowledged in the study of East Asian art by Westerners.
Buddhist scholars and eminent monks appointed by the government in Kaifeng
and Hangzhou collated the sutras printed by ... 50 According to the conservation
report, the seven scrolls of the illustrated Lotus Sutra bear a repair date of 931, ...
Author: Lucille Chia
"The essays in this volume come mostly out of the conference, 'First Impressions: The Cultural History of Print in Imperial China (8th-14th centuries), ' that took place at the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University, June 25-27, 2007"--Acknowledgements.
The tale "The dragon and the poet" by Miyazawa Kenji (1896-1933) is the story of the meeting between the poet Suldatta and the dragon Chanata, in a magical atmosphere among poetry challenges, esoteric Buddhism and traditional Japan.
Author: Miyazawa Kenji
Publisher: Volume Edizioni srl
The tale "The dragon and the poet" by Miyazawa Kenji (1896-1933) is the story of the meeting between the poet Suldatta and the dragon Chanata, in a magical atmosphere among poetry challenges, esoteric Buddhism and traditional Japan. The author, Miyazawa Kenji, dedicated is tales to children considered by him the only able to understand the universal teaching hidden inside them. This version of the eBook "The dragon and the poet" is enriched by seven painting of the italian artist Francesca Eleuteri, painting especially realized by the artist for the tale "The dragon and the poet" and exhibited around Europe. From the preface: "The purpose of the work of my whole life has been to deliver this holy book in your hands, and make you able to enter the Most Noble Path by contacting the teaching of the Buddha" This is the note that on his deathbed Kenji asks his father to write on the copies, addressed to his friends, of the Japanese translation of the Lotus Sūtra. They echo the words of Sakyamuni "... I do what only because they could get the 'One Vehicle of the Buddha and the knowledge of each mode ..." The entire life of Miyazawa Kenji is the life of a bodhisattva of shakke, who acts for the good of the people fully utilizing their individual skills, generously devoting their talents to help others and contributing to social progress; Miyazawa wrote in 1914 to his friend Seki Tokuya :"From now on, the art will be the religion, the religion will be the art".
This delightfully illustrated commentary on one of the most influential, revered and well-loved Buddhist scriptures brings these stories vividly to life and shows how they relate to our own spiritual quest.
Publisher: Windhorse Publications
In the White Lotus Sutra, bursting with symbols, imagery and myths, we meet the Buddha as a story-teller. This sutra tells the greatest of all stories, that of human life and human potential. This great story takes the cosmos as its stage and all sentient beings as its players. This delightfully illustrated commentary on one of the most influential, revered and well-loved Buddhist scriptures brings these stories vividly to life and shows how they relate to our own spiritual quest.
The burning, of course, symbolizes our suffering. From the Buddhist viewpoint,
suffering is an inescapable fact of life, as illustrated in the dictum, “All existence is
suffering.” Many people think this view is too pessimistic, but that is not the case.
Author: Shinjō Suguro
Publisher: Jain Publishing Company
To many Buddhists, The Lotus Sutra is one of the most important, if not the most important, sutras in the Buddhist canon. To the beginning student of Buddhism, however, The Lotus Sutra often presents a difficult challenge. For this reason, the authors have developed "An Introduction" to The Lotus Sutra, making it easy to understand this central scripture of Mahayana Buddhism.
Brook A. Ziporyn puts Tiantai into dialogue with modern philosophical concerns to draw out its implications for ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics.
Author: Brook A. Ziporyn
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Tiantai Buddhism emerged from an idiosyncratic and innovative interpretation of the Lotus Sutra to become one of the most complete, systematic, and influential schools of philosophical thought developed in East Asia. Brook A. Ziporyn puts Tiantai into dialogue with modern philosophical concerns to draw out its implications for ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics. Ziporyn explains Tiantai’s unlikely roots, its positions of extreme affirmation and rejection, its religious skepticism and embrace of religious myth, and its view of human consciousness. Ziporyn reveals the profound insights of Tiantai Buddhism while stimulating philosophical reflection on its unexpected effects.
The text is illustrated with line drawings of religious structures, iconographic forms and gestures, and ritual objects.
Author: Damien Keown
Publisher: OUP Oxford
This new dictionary, now available in paperback as part of the best-selling Oxford Paperback Reference series, covers both historical and contemporary issues in Buddhism, and includes all Buddhist schools and cultures. Over 2,000 broad-ranging entries cover beliefs, doctrines, major teachers and scholars, place names, and artefacts, in a clear and concise style. The text is illustrated with line drawings of religious structures, iconographic forms and gestures, and ritual objects. Appendices include a chronology and a guide to canonical scriptures as well as a pronunciation guide for difficult names and terms.
addition to illustrated frontispieces , either a depiction of Wei - t ' o ( Skrt : Skanda
) , a guardian of the Lotus Sūtra , brings the Lotus Sūtra to a close at the end of
the seventh volume or a depiction of a guardian figure is placed at the end of ...