What is the Lotus Sutra?

What is the Lotus Sutra?

The 28-chapter Lotus Sutra, or “妙法莲华经” (Lotus Sutra of the Wonderful Law) is widely regarded as the “King of Scriptures” in Mahayana Buddhism. One of the last sutras that Shakyamuni had preached during his lifetime, it reveals that all living beings have the potential to become Buddhas in their present forms. The teachings encourage an active engagement with daily life and embracing all of its challenges, transforming sufferings to a life of absolute happiness.

Although the Lotus Sutra was expounded more than 2,000 years ago, its teachings remain relevant and insightful in the modern era.

“At Eagle Peak, Shakyamuni Buddha sits in deep meditation. The earth begins to shake and the land is illuminated in all directions. His disciple then states that the Buddha is about to expound his ultimate teaching.”

- Adapted from Chapter 1 of the Lotus Sutra

The Lotus Sutra, is just one of the many sutras taught by Shakyamuni Buddha but has been called “the king of sutras” since ancient times.

Why was the Lotus Sutra known as the King of Sutras, and Shakyamuni’s ultimate teaching? It is because it is in the Lotus Sutra that Shakymuni reveals the ability of every individual to attain a state of Buddhahood or eternal happiness as they are.

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Source: SGI Quarterly

The SGI & The Lotus Sutra

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Source: SGI Quarterly, January 2014

The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra - "This Is What I Heard"

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Source: SGI Quarterly, July 2008