The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra

妙法莲华经(英文正规版)The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra – Introduction (1)

Thus I have heard, at one time the Buddha dwelt on Mount Grdhrakuta, near the City of the House of the Kings, together with a gathering of Great Bhikshus, twelve thousand in all. All were Arhats who had exhausted all outflows and had no further afflictions. Having attained self-benefit, they had exhausted the bonds of all existence and their hearts had attained self-mastery.[……]

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妙法莲华经(英文正规版)The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra – Expedient Devices (2)

At that time the World Honored One arose serenely from samadhi and told Shariputra, “The wisdom of all the Buddhas is extremely profound and unlimited. The gateway to this wisdom is difficult to understand and difficult to enter. It cannot be known by any of the Hearers or Pratyekabudhas.[……]

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妙法莲华经(英文正规版)The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra – A Parable (3)

Part One : Shariputra’s predicament[……]

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妙法莲华经(英文正规版)The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra – Belief and Understanding (4)

At that time the wise and long-lived Subhuti, Mahakatyayana, Mahakashyapa, Mahamaudgalyayana, having heard from the Buddha, Dharma such as they had never heard before, the bestowal of the prediction of anuttarasamyaksambodhi upon Shariputra, felt it very rare.[……]

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妙法莲华经(英文正规版)The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra – Medicinal Herbs (5)

At that time the World Honored One told Mahakashyapa and all the great disciples, “Good indeed! Good indeed! Kasyapa has well spoken of the Thus Come One’s real and true merit and virtue. It is just as he said.[……]

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妙法莲华经(英文正规版)The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra – Conferring Predictions (6)

At that time, following his expounding of the verses, the World Honored One spoke to the great assembly in this manner, “My disciple, Mahakashyapa, in a future age will serve and behold three hundred thousand million Buddhas, World Honored Ones, making offerings, paying reverence, venerating and praising them; he will broadly proclaim the limitless Great Dharma of all the Buddhas.[……]

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妙法莲华经(英文正规版)The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra – The Analogy of the Transformed City (7)

The Buddha told the Bhikshus, “long ago, past limitless, boundless, inconceivable, asamkheyaeons, there was a Buddha called Great Penetrating Wisdom Victory, Thus Come One, One Worthy of Offerings, One of Proper and Universal Knowledge, One Whose Understanding and Conduct are Complete, A Well-gone One, One Who Understands the World, Unsurpassed Lord, Taming and Regulating Hero, Teacher of Gods and Humans, Buddha, World Honored One. His country was named “ Good City,” and his eon was named “Great Mark”. O Bhikshus, it has been a great, long time since that Buddha passed into extinction.[……]

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妙法莲华经(英文正规版)The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra – Five Hundred Disciples Receive Predictions (8)

At that time Purnamaitreyaniputra, having heard about wisdom and the expedients from the Buddha who speaks of Dharma in accord with what is appropriate, having heard all the great disciples receive predictions of anuttarasamyaksambodhi; and in addition having heard of the matters of causes and conditions of former lives, and furthermore, having heard of the Buddha’s great comfort and the power of his spiritual penetrations, obtained what he had never had, his mind was purified and he rejoiced.[……]

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妙法莲华经(英文正规版)The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra – Bestowing Predictions Upon Those Studying and Those Beyond Study (9)

(Those of inferior roots receive predictions)[……]

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妙法莲华经(英文正规版)The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra – Masters of the Dharma (10)

At that time the World Honored One, through Medicine King Bodhisattva, spoke to the eighty thousand great lords saying, “Medicine King, do you see within this great assembly the limitless gods, dragon kings, yakshas, gandharvas, asuras, garudas, kinnaras, mahoragas, and beings both human and non human, as well as the Bhikshus, Bhikshunis, Upasakas, Upasikas, those seeking to be Hearers, those seeking to be Pratyekabuddhas, and those seeking the Buddha Path? Upon such ones as these, all in the presence of the Buddha, who hear but one verse or one sentence of The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra, or who have even one thought of rejoicing in it, I bestow predictions of their future attainment of anuttarasamyaksambodhi.”[……]

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妙法莲华经(英文正规版)The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra – Vision of the Jeweled Stupa (11)

At that time, there manifested before the Buddha, a Stupa made of the seven jewels. It was five hundred yojanas in height and two hundred and fifty yojanas in breadth. It welled up out of the earth and stood in empty space, adorned with all kinds of jeweled objects. It had five thousand railings and thousands of myriads of alcoves.[……]

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妙法莲华经(英文正规版)The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra – Devadatta (12)

At that time, the Buddha told the Bodhisattvas, gods, humans, and the four assemblies, “In the past, throughout limitless eons, I sought The Dharma Flower Sutra without laxness or weariness.”[……]

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妙法莲华经(英文正规版)The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra – Exhortation to Maintain (13)

At that time the Bodhisattva Mahasattva Medicine King, and the Bodhisattva Mahasattva Great Delight in Speaking, along with a retinue of twenty thousand Bodhisattvas came before the Buddha and made the following vow: “We only pray that the World Honored One will not be concerned. After the Buddha’s extinction, we will reverently maintain, read, recite, and explain this Sutra.”[……]

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妙法莲华经(英文正规版)The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra – Happily Dwelling Conduct (14)

At that time, Dharma Prince Manjushri Bodhisattva Mahasattva said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, all these Bodhisattvas are extremely rare. Reverently complying with the Buddha, they have made great vows to protect, maintain, read, and speak this Dharma Flower Sutra in the future evil age.”[……]

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妙法莲华经(英文正规版)The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra – Welling forth from the Earth (15)

At that time the Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas, who had come from other lands in numbers exceeding the grains of sand in eight Ganges Rivers, rose up in the great assembly, placed their palms together, made obeisance, and said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, if you will allow us, after the Buddha’s quiescence, here in this Saha world we will with ever-increasing vigor protect, maintain, read, recite, write out, and make offerings to this Sutra, and we will proclaim it far and wide throughout this land.”[……]

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