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Dharma Discourse: The Lotus Sutra

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The following excerpt from the Lotus Sutra is the record of a discourse given by Shakyamuni Buddha in Rajagriha, India. The Buddha addressed a multitude of monks, nuns, and laypeople on the subject of emancipating living beings. He elaborated on this subject at the request of all present, who, led by Maitreya, the Bodhisattva of the future, asked the Buddha three times to share with them this discourse.

This passage, translated by Burton Watson, is reprinted from The Lotus Sutra with permission from Columbia University Press.


                                

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