9780691174204-0691174202-Two Buddhas Seated Side by Side: A Guide to the Lotus Sūtra

Two Buddhas Seated Side by Side: A Guide to the Lotus Sūtra

ISBN-13: 9780691174204
ISBN-10: 0691174202
Author: Lopez Jr., Donald S., Stone, Jacqueline I.
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Format: Hardcover 312 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780691174204
ISBN-10: 0691174202
Author: Lopez Jr., Donald S., Stone, Jacqueline I.
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Format: Hardcover 312 pages

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Acknowledged authors Lopez Jr., Donald S., Stone, Jacqueline I. wrote Two Buddhas Seated Side by Side: A Guide to the Lotus Sūtra comprising 312 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0691174202 and 9780691174204. Since then Two Buddhas Seated Side by Side: A Guide to the Lotus Sūtra textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 4.04 or rent at the marketplace.

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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.

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