The Lotus Sutra
I had someone ask me on one of my tour posts about being a practicing Lotus Sutra Buddhist. So I thought I might share my answer here also…..
Thanks for asking.
Shakyamuni (Siddhartha Gautama) taught very extensive teachings from the age of 30 until his death at the age of 80. For the first 42 years after his enlightenment, until the age of 72, he traversed India, teaching according to the minds of the people that were in need. From these teachings, many Sutras were born.
In his life, he taught of many major and minor world systems in the Universe, and the Buddhas that reside there. He gave many examples and now there are literally thousands of Temples across India, China and Japan that pay homage to other Buddhas from other worlds.
For the last eight years of his life, he stayed in one place and taught people who were then ‘enlightened’ to his former teachings, and taught them the Lotus Sutra. The Lotus Sutra, is the King of all Sutras and as Shakyamuni would say in his Nirvana Sutra (preached for one day) on the day of his death, in the third, thousand-year period after his death, do not follow any incomplete Teachings or Sutras (meaning all other Sutras than the Lotus). Before that, knock yourself out…
All Buddhas, Gods, Deities, Humans, sentient and insentient Beings, must follow the teaching expounded in the Lotus Sutra for the latter day of the Law (now) which teach of the Mystic Law of Cause and Effect. Period.
It is not a time for Monks anymore. It is the time for the Lotus Sutra to be taught and for people to connect with the Universe. Shakyamuni specifically reiterated this but of course, hardly anyone listens. Shakyamuni in the same Sutra also said DO NOT make any statues or images of him but……….. again, hardly anyone listens.
SO I follow the teachings of Shakyamuni as intended. For someone to have the knowledge of the Universe almost 3000 years ago, specifically lay out a plan over 50 years and then specifically state how it is to be done, well I try and pay attention.
It is not about chanting to a Buddha. It has everything to do about you connecting with the Universe. That is what the Lotus Sutra teaches, that’s all.
Hope that helped.
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I enjoyed reading about your day tour. Tell me, what do you mean by “Lotus sutra Buddhist?”