Cover of Tiantai Lotus Texts
ISBN: 
978-1-886439-45-0
Publisher: 
BDK America
Pages: 
251
Publish Date: 
2013
Format: 
Hardcover
Translator(s): 
Tsugunari Kubo and Joseph M. Logan; Terry Abbott; and Masao Ichishima and David Chappell
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Here are four texts considered as essential for studying the doctrine of the Tiantai Lotus school: The Infinite Meanings Sutra, The Sutra Expounded by the Buddha on Practice of the Way through Contemplation of the Bodhisattva All-embracing Goodness, The Commentary on the Lotus Sutra, and the Guide to the Tiantai Fourfold Teachings.

Includes "the most useful and reliable introduction to the complexities of Tiantai thought." ~ Masao Ichishima and David W. Chappell, Translators
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These four illuminating texts provide tremendous value in understanding the Tiantai tradition. Taishō 276 and 276 are considered, with the Lotus Sutra itself, to constitute the "Three-fold Lotus Sutra." Taishō 1519 provides a commentary on the Lotus Sutra attributed to Vasubandhu himself. And Taishō 1931 is identified by its translators as "the most useful and reliable introduction to the complexities of Tiantai thought."

Taishō 276

Volume 8

The Infinite Meaning Sutra

The Sūtra of Infinite Meaning forms part of the so-called “Threefold Lotus Sūtra” and was composed as an introduction to the Lotus Sūtra itself (Taishō 262), with its contents based upon the essence of the latter. The term “Infinite Meaning” in the title derives from the idea that since man’s defiling elements are infinite in number, the number of teachings to be taught must also be infinite, resulting in the fact that the meanings of those teachings also become infinite.

Source
Translated by Dharmāgatayaśas into the Chinese as Wuliangyi jing (無量義經). 1 fascicle.

Taishō 277

Volume 9

The Sutra Expounded by the Buddha on Practice of the Way through Contemplation of the Bodhisattva All-embracing Goodness

The Sūtra of Meditation on the Bodhisattva Samantabhadra is also known as The Sutra Expounded by the Buddha on Practice of the Way through Contemplation of the Bodhisattva of All-embracing Goodness. It forms the last part of the “Threefold Lotus Sūtra,” and takes up from where the last chapter of the Lotus Sūtra (The Encouragements of the Bodhisattva Samantabhadra; Skt.: Samantabhadrotsāhana-parivarta) ends. It is regarded as the conclusion to the Lotus Sūtra (Taishō 262). It recounts Śākyamuni's lesson, delivered in the last three months of his life, to meditate upon how the bodhisattva Samantabhadra practices and to repent of the sins committed by the six sensory organs.

Source
Translated into the Chinese by Dharmamitra as Guan Puxian pusa xingfa jing (觀普賢菩薩行法經). 1 fascicle.

Taishō 1519

Volume 25

The Commentary on the Lotus Sutra

The Commentary on the Lotus Sutra is a commentary (upadeśa) on the Saddharmapuṇḍarīka-sūtra or Lotus Sūtra, emphasizing the ekayāna, the single buddha vehicle to enlightenment, and the tathāgatagarbha. Note that the text of the Lotus Sūtra upon which it is based differs from that translated into Chinese by Kumārajīva (Taishō 12), bearing instead a close resemblance to the Nepalese manuscripts of the sūtra.

Source
Skt. Saddharmapuṇḍarīka-upadeśa, composed by Vasubandhu. Translated into the Chinese by Bodhiruci and Tan-lin, as Miaofa lianhua jing youbotishe (妙法蓮華經憂波提舍). 2 fascicles.

Taishō 1931

Volume 46

A Guide to the Tiantai Fourfold Teachings

A Guide to the Tiantai Fourfold Teachings was written by the Korean monk Chegwan in the late tenth century as an introduction to the teachings of Tiantai Zhiyi, and is composed as an outline of the Tiantai fourfold teachings central to Zhiyi's thought. The work is also known as the Outline of the Four Teachings or the Record of Chegwan.

Source
Recorded in Chinese by Chegwan as Tiantai sijiao yi (天台四教儀). 1 fascicle.

Table of Contents

A Message on the Publication of the English Tripiṭaka    NUMATA Yehan    v
Editorial Foreword    MAYEDA Sengaku    vii
Publisher’s Foreword    A. Charles Muller    ix


The Infinite Meanings Sutra

Contents 3
Translators’ Introduction 5
Chapter I. Beneficial Works 9
Chapter II. Dharma Discourse 17
Chapter III. Ten Beneficial Effects 27
Notes 39


The Sutra on All-embracing Goodness Bodhisattva

Translators’ Introduction 45
The Sutra Exponded by the Buddha on Practice of the Way through Contemplation of the Bodhisattva All-embracing Goodness 49
Notes 79


The Commentary on the Lotus Sutra

Contents 85
Translator’s Introduction 87

Fascicle One    93

Chapter I. The Introduction to the Lotus Sutra 95
Chapter II. Expedient Means 117

Fascicle Two  123

Chapter II. Expedient Means (continued) 123
Chapter III. Parables 137


A Guide to the Tiantai Fourfold Teachings

Contents 153
Translator’s Introduction 155
Introduction 163
I. The Four Methods of Conversion and the Five Periods 164
II. The Four Doctrines of Conversion 172
III. Practice 204


Glossary 211
Bibliography 221
Index 225
A List of the Volumes of the BDK English Tripiṭaka (First Series) 241

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