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Readings of the Lotus Sutra (Columbia Readings of Buddhist Literature) Hardcover – July 29, 2009
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Provides an ideal introduction to East Asian Buddhist traditions, premodern and modern.(Buddhadharma)
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)
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)
an extremely useful overview of key teachings, associated religious movements, and textual and commentarial traditions that...introduces students to the Lotus....(Religious Studies Review)
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)
Stephen F. Teiser and Jacqueline I. Stone have done us a great service with this endeavor. The Lotus Sutra is arguably the most influential of all of the Mahayana sutras, and an understanding of it and its themes is essential to the study of East Asian Buddhist doctrine and practice. The contributors' previous scholarship on the subjects treated in these chapters has been excellent and is very well regarded in the field of Buddhist studies. While a considerable amount has been written in English on the Lotus Sutra, almost all of the existing work is pitched to upper-level students and other scholars. True to the mission of the series, this collection will give students the basic knowledge they need to read the text.(Hank Glassman, Haverford College)
In English, an important hiatus remained before this volume: we had no good general critical work on the context, contents, and connotations of the Lotus Sutra and its most important doctrines and chapters. Particularly for students reading the text in translation, there was a marked absence of good secondary readings on the work with which to provide them. This volume goes a long way toward meeting that need.(John Strong, Charles A. Dana Professor of Religious Studies, Bates College)
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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.Read more ›
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The authors are all top academics in the field. Their insights are a great help to those seeking to get a feeling of the Lotus Sutra in the world of Medieval Asia and Japan. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Reader in the Caribbean
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. Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by Amazon Customer