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The Lotus Sūtra (Sanskrit: Saddharma Puṇḍarīka Sūtram, Sūtra on the White Lotus of the True Dharma, Chinese: 妙法蓮華經) is one of the most influential and venerated Buddhist Mahāyāna sūtras. It is the main scripture on which the Tiantai along with its derivative schools, the Japanese Tendai, Korean Cheontae, Vietnamese Thiên Thai and Nichiren schools of Buddhism were established. It is also influential for other East Asian Buddhist schools, such as Zen. According to the British Buddhologist Paul Williams, "For many Buddhists in East Asia since early times, the Lotus Sūtra contains the final teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha—complete and sufficient for salvation." The American Buddhologist Donald S. Lopez Jr. writes that the Lotus Sūtra "is arguably the most famous of all Buddhist texts," presenting "a radical re-vision of both the Buddhist path and of the person of the Buddha."

Two central teachings of the Lotus Sūtra have been very influential for Mahāyāna Buddhism. The first is the doctrine of the One Vehicle, which says that all Buddhist paths and practices lead to Buddhahood and so they are all actually "skillful means" of reaching Buddhahood. The second is the idea that the lifespan of the Buddha is immeasurable and that therefore, he did not really pass on into final Nirvana (he only appeared to do so as upāya), but is still active teaching the Dharma.

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Lotus Sutra, Lecture No. III-6

Serial: SF-06005

Third Lotus Sutra Series
Thursday Evening, October 30, 1969
Zen Mountain Center

Lotus Sutra, Beginner’s Mind, Politics, Interview, Concentration, Precepts, Freedom,...
Oct 30 1969
Series 3, Talk 6

Lotus Sutra, Lecture No. III-5

Serial: SF-06006

Third Lotus Sutra Series
Tuesday Evening, October 28, 1969
Zen Mountain Center

Lotus Sutra, Mahayana, Skandas, Balance
Oct 28 1969
Series 3, Talk 5


Serial: SR-00007

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Lotus Sutra, Monks, Breath, Building
Dec 24 1968

Shosan Ceremony

Shosan, First Principle, Emptiness, Compassion, Lotus Sutra, Patience, sitting,...
Nov 11 1968

Lotus Sutra, Lecture No. II-1

Serial: SF-05681

[Second Lotus Sutra series in 1968]
Sunday Evening, October 20, 1968
Zen Mountain Center

Lotus Sutra, Describe, Vows, Enemies, Conversation, Karma, Emotions
Oct 20 1968

Lotus Sutra, Lecture No. II-11

Serial: SF-05251

October 1968
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Lotus Sutra, Lay, Emptiness, Interview, Ceremony
Oct 1968
Series 2, Talk 11

Lotus Sutra, Lecture No. II-12

Serial: SR-00004

Lotus Sutra, Lecture No. 12
Shunryu Suzuki Lecture

October 1968

Lotus Sutra, First Principle, Suffering, Observe, Compassion, Intention, heart,...
Oct 1968
Series 2, Talk 12

Lotus Sutra, Lecture No. II-9

Serial: SF-06041

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Lotus Sutra, Lotus Sutra, Suzuki Roshi, Demons
Oct 1968
Series 2, Talk 9

Lotus Sutra, Lecture No. II-6

Serial: SF-05258


Lotus Sutra, Precepts, Anger, Faith
Oct 1968
Series 2, Talk 6