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Product Details

  • Series: Columbia Readings of Buddhist Literature
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (July 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231142897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231142892
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,499,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Provides an ideal introduction to East Asian Buddhist traditions, premodern and modern.

(Buddhadharma 1900-01-00)

The essays are all of high standard...written in a clear style that are a pleasure to read...required reading for everyone interested in Buddhism.

(Robert F. Rhodes The Eastern Buddhist 1900-01-00)

This impressive collection of essays has been carefully edited for consistency in terminology and structure, and includes a number of supplements that enhance the usefulness of the volume in a classroom setting

(Natalie Gummer Journal of the American Academy of Religion 1900-01-00)

an extremely useful overview of key teachings, associated religious movements, and textual and commentarial traditions that...introduces students to the Lotus....

(Religious Studies Review 1900-01-00)

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Readings of the Lotus Sutra is well conceived and balanced, and all of the major areas and issues are covered. I would not hesitate to use this volume for classroom teaching. Indeed, I would structure my undergraduate teaching around it. We need more volumes like this.

(Robert Sharf, University of California, Berkeley)

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Obviously, it has much more to say than that and it rewards repeated readings.
Peter P. Parisi
It also presents a valuable section on the history of the sutra's translation as well as an overview of the Lotus-centered schools of thought.
E. Godfrey
I recommend this reading to anyone who has more than a casual interest in the subject.
Vagabond

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Godfrey on August 27, 2012
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Upon first approach, the Lotus Sutra may strike many as quite odd, especially if they are more familiar with Buddhism in the capacity of philosophy or with the original teachings of the Buddha from the Pali. It would be easy for such a person to simply abandon further research on this text if it were not for its extraordinary popularity in East Asian Buddhism. In order to gain insight in to the sutra's popularity, "...it is necessary to be familiar with not only the sutra text itself but also the stura's history of interpretation and the circumstances that have shaped that process over time." The closing lines of this collection of essays articulate exactly what they attempt to accomplish. These eight essays unpack and contextualize the Lotus Sutra. For those interested in the sutra, especially those who are approaching it out of curiosity (as compared to those who approach it out of veneration), this is easily the best source available.

1.) Interpreting the Lotus Sutra - Stephen F. Teiser & Jacqueline I. Stone
This essay introduces the main themes of the sutra as an overview and looks into some of its unique aspects, such as its self-referential or circular quality. It also presents a valuable section on the history of the sutra's translation as well as an overview of the Lotus-centered schools of thought.

2.) Expedient Devices, The One Vehicle, and the Life Span of the Buddha - Carl Bielefeldt
This invaluable essay presents an easy and to the point explanation of the various sections of the Lotus Sutra, emphasizing skillful means (upaya).

3.) Gender and Hierarchy in the Lotus Sutra - Jan Nattier
This essay looks at Mahayana views on women around the time when the Lotus Sutra was written in Sanskrit.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vagabond on August 3, 2012
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I've read several books about Buddhism, and it seems any book Jackie Stone has a hand in turns to gold. This volume is well written, well edited and provides a comprehensive view of the Lotus' history and influence. I recommend this reading to anyone who has more than a casual interest in the subject. The selection of articles reflects a thoughtful approach and deep understanding of this wonderful sutra.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Upasaka Heng He on June 27, 2014
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I bought it mostly for Jacqueline Stone's analysis of the Lotus, which is great. Some other stuff in it, such as about the art inspired by the Lotus Sutra, is not of particular interest to me, but I can appreciate it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 30, 2013
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As something of a devotee of the Lotus Sutra I welcome the careful scholarship on the text, history and lore on this great classic of Buddhism. Some of the pieces, however, were a bit dry and had the awkwardness of academic shcholarship.
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