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The Lotus Sutra: A Contemporary Translation of a Buddhist Classic Paperback – December 2, 2008
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"This translation is immediately the new standard, expressing the Lotus Sutra with accuracy, clarity, and fresh readability. The text's genius and subtle spiritual teachings are skillfully captured for a wide audience." (Taigen Dan Leighton, Loyola University, author of Visions of Awakening Space and Time: Dogen and the Lotus Sutra)
"A highly readable new translation of the great Lotus Sutra, Gene Reeves skillfully renders the complexity of the text from a scholarly standpoint while delivering its flavor for practitioners. An invaluable resource for students in the classroom as well as in the meditation hall." (Mark Unno, University of Oregon, author of Shingon Refractions)
"For readers who are not familiar with the Lotus Sutra, this is an excellent opportunity to acquaint oneself with a bedrock Mahayana text. Dr. Reeves brings a welcome perspective of both scholarship and sympathy to the text, which is extremely multifaceted and requires flexibility to fully represent its fascinating-and at times somewhat frustrating-elements. This new version is also particularly important because it includes the rarely translated Sutra of Innumerable Meanings and the Sutra of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, which are traditionally considered to be the preface and appendix of the main text and hold an important place in the liturgy and study of the Lotus Sutra. And Dr. Reeves has made a strong effort to make the text truly accessible to anyone, including non-Buddhists and non-specialists." (Tricycle Editors' Blog)
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I've studied the Kato edition of the Lotus Sutra for nearly 25 years, and enjoyed it's old-fashioned feel, but this is the version of the Lotus Sutra I'll be reading from now on.
Nothing else calls for a review. The Lotus Sutra is the king of all Buddhist texts.
That is the both the virtue and vice of this work. It is ALL here, and for readers simply interested in the flavor of the work, this is not the book for you. The Lotus Sutra is structured around individual sutras, usually speeches in prose by the Buddha. Following the prose, there same ideas are presented in verse. This pattern is more or less replicated for over thirty sutras.
So, for a reader wanting to immerse herself in The Lotus Sutra, this is the work for you. For those who wish to get the flavor of the book without wading into its repetitions, look elsewhere.
The translation is superb here, but there were a few instances where the book uses a less familiar term when describing something. This meant that I was forced to pause and reexamine my other books to guarantee I was connecting the right words across all translations. Still this problem didn't arise too much, and was solved for the most part with a little common sense. A wonderful and interesting read overall.. and the translation makes it easy to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Complete Lotus sutra - much more to it than you would think. Includes the famous 25th chapter on Guan Yin (Avalokiteshvara), Who hears all the cries of the world.Published 1 month ago by C. Chitta
Nam myoho renge kyo is life itself , the Lotus sutra is life itselfPublished 11 months ago by eric heugel
Easier to understand than the other version I have and the introduction is very good with respect to background information.Published 11 months ago by LiAnne
This version contains wonderful, easy to follow language that still conveys the heart of the original text.Published 18 months ago by Michele
An easy to understand transltion especially when paired with STORIES OF THE LOTUS SUTRA by the translator.Published 23 months ago by Henry L Ullman
Well written and very informative with a good introduction and great references..Published 23 months ago by David P. Shapiro