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Towards a Psychology of the Māras, Part II

Māras in the Sutrayana  Lotus Sutra  The Lotus Sutra’s interpretation of Māra is similar to his portrayal in the Pali Canon. He is an evil deva who occupies a prominent place in the Cosmos and who seeks to wreck-havoc on … Continue reading

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Mañjuśrī Teaches Prajñāpāramitā

Perhaps more than any other Celestial Bodhisattva, Mañjuśrī best captures the epitome of Wisdom. Mañjuśrī is undoubtedly synonymous with and the very embodiment of the Perfection of Wisdom (Prajñāpāramitā). He is the ever-present guide and interlocutor in countless sutras; perhaps … Continue reading

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Uploaded ToLotus Sutra Dharanis

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Dhāraṇīs are special mystical-invocations used to provide spiritual-protection for its recipients. The ones encountered in chapter 26 are meant to protect the teachings of the Lotus Sutra and its devotees. Herein we find many diverse beings uttering dhāraṇīs, from Bodhisattvas … Continue reading

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Sweet Anointing From Above

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Upon hearing the Blessed One expound on his eternal-lifespan, the Lotus Sutra goes on to explain in the ensuing chapters how immeasurable sentient beings may draw merit from this realization. (from Chapter 17) At that time the Buddha addressed Bodhisattva … Continue reading

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The Stupendous Jeweled Stupa

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At that time there appeared before the Buddha a seven-jeweled stupa, five hundred yojanas in height and two hundred and fifty yojanas both in length and width, which emerged from the ground and hovered in the air. It was adorned … Continue reading

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THE Salvific Text

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We’re mid-way through our Lotus Sutra series and are about to make a complete 180° turn in focus. Whereas the previous nine-chapters spotlighted “skillful-means” and the myriad ways the Tathagatas bring sentient beings to awakening, the limelight will now shine … Continue reading

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Sūtra of the White Lotus Blossom of the Marvelous Dharma (Saddharma Puṇḍarīka Sūtra)

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Today we begin a series on what is generally referred to as the Lotus Sutra. Certainly it’s a Sutra that has captured the mind and hearts of East Asians for many centuries and it’s fascinating how its influence is still … Continue reading

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