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The Lotus Sutra

Post by bodhisattva » Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:21 am

The following is a poetic adaptation of the last chapter (The Period)
of the Lotus Sutra translation by H. Kern.

Chapter XXVII
The Period

Thereupon
the Lord Sâkyamuni,
the Tathâgata, &c.,
rose from his pulpit,
collected the Bodhisattvas,
took their right hands
with his own right hand,
which had become strong
by the exercise of magic,
and spoke on that occasion
as follows :
Into your hands,
young men of good family,
I transfer and transmit,
entrust and deposit
this supreme and perfect
enlightenment arrived
at by me after hundred
thousands of myriads of kotis
of incalculable Æons.
Ye,
young men of good family,
do your best
that it may grow and spread.

A second time,
a third time the Lord spoke
to the host of Bodhisattvas
after taking them
by the right hands :
Into your hands,
young men of good family,
I transfer and transmit,
entrust and deposit
this supreme
and perfect enlightenment
arrived at by me
after hundred thousands
of myriads of kotis
of incalculable Æons.
Receive it,
young men of good family,
keep, read,
fathom, teach,
promulgate,
and preach it to all beings.
I am not avaricious,
young men of good family,
nor narrow-minded ;
I am confident
and willing to impart
Buddha-knowledge,
to impart the knowledge
of the Tathâgata,
the knowledge
of the Self-born.
I am a bountiful giver,
young men of good family,
and ye,
young men of good family,
follow my example ;
imitate me in liberally
showing this
knowledge of the Tathâgata,
and in skilfulness,
and preach
this Dharmaparyâya
to the young men and
young ladies of good family
who successively
shall gather round you.
And
as to unbelieving persons,
rouse them to accept this law.
By so doing,
young men of good family,
you will acquit your debt
to the Tathâgatas.

So addressed
by the Lord Sâkyamuni,
the Tathâgata, &c.,
the Bodhisattvas
filled with delight and joy,
and with a feeling
of great respect they lowered,
bent, and bowed their body
towards the Lord, and,
the head inclined and the
joined hands stretched out,
they spoke in one voice
to the Lord Sâkyamuni,
the Tathâgata, &c.,
the following words :
We shall do, O Lord, what
the Tathâgata commands ;
we shall fulfil the command
of all Tathâgatas.
Let the Lord
be at ease as to this,
and perfectly quiet.
A second time,
a third time
the entire host of Bodhisattvas
spoke in one voice
the same words :
Let the Lord
be at ease as to this,
and perfectly quiet.
We shall do, O Lord,
what the Tathâgata
commands us ;
we shall fulfil the command
of all Tathâgatas.

Thereupon
the Lord Sâkyamuni,
the Tathâgata, &c.,
dismissed all those
Tathâgatas, &c.,
who had come
to the gathering
from other worlds,
and wished them
a happy existence,
with the words :
May the Tathâgatas, &c.,
live happy.
Then he restored the Stûpa
of precious substances
of the Lord Prabhûtaratna,
the Tathâgata, &c.,
to its place,
and wished him also
a happy existence.

Thus spoke the Lord.
The incalculable,
innumerable Tathâgatas, &c.,
who had come
from other worlds
and were sitting
on their thrones
at the foot of jewel trees,
as well as Prabhûtaratna,
the Tathâgata, &c.,
and the whole host
of Bodhisattvas
headed by Visishtakâritra,
the innumerable,
incalculable
Bodhisattvas Mahâsattvas
who had issued
from the gaps of the earth,
the great disciples,
the four classes, the world,
including gods, men,
demons, and Gandharvas,
in ecstasy applauded
the words of the Lord.

---- End of the Lotus Sutra ----

(Note: The poetic adaptation of the Lotus Sutra
by Lance Carter has over 28,700 lines of verse
that is faithful to the translation of Hendrik Kern.)

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Re: The Lotus Sutra

Post by bokki » Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:58 am

---- End of the Lotus Sutra ----
so, are you sure that is the end of the Lotus Sutra?
Another log on the fire,
10,000 frogs singing in the rain,
burst into flames.
- Linda Anderson

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Re: The Lotus Sutra

Post by Spike » Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:01 pm

1. Wikipedia entry lists 28 chapters.

2. The post is a book advertisemrnt.

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Re: The Lotus Sutra

Post by bodhisattva » Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:09 pm

bokki wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:58 am
---- End of the Lotus Sutra ----
so, are you sure that is the end of the Lotus Sutra?
The 1884 H. Kern translation only has 27 chapters. It was translated from Sanskrit written on palm leaves found in Nepal in 1039. This is not based on the Chinese version of Kumarajiva, which has 28 chapters.

https://archive.org/details/saddharmapu ... t/page/440

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Re: The Lotus Sutra

Post by bokki » Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:51 pm

hey, bodhisattva,
you realise this is a zen site,
and questions will be aplenty?
so,
are you sure that is the end of the Lotus Sutra?

lol, actually,
i take my question back,
its of no use to you,
and its too precious to squander.
Another log on the fire,
10,000 frogs singing in the rain,
burst into flames.
- Linda Anderson

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