Uilium wrote:What is the difference? Isn't it important for beginner's at least, to know what is the Buddha's teaching and what is not the Buddha's teaching within any given tradition? Has the counterfeit dhamma that the Buddha predicts arisen already? What do we do about counterfeit dhamma? Should we just be polite or be real? Should we judge or should we just say "that's just how things are"....or what?
BuddhaSoup wrote: My last example: The Lotus Sutra is often cited as a latter development, and is sometimes rejected as being a poetic narrative that goes far outside the boundaries of the original teachings. Yet, I've read that this sutra has in its original translations aspects of Indic language in it,making its root text and teachings likely from the BCE period. With time,the text was accented and augmented. Yet, within it lies language that scholars have seen as being far closer to Pali than Sanscrit or any non-Indic language. So for me, the Lotus Sutra is a beautiful and complex flower,which has in its origins a very ancient and traditional root system,and I appreciate it all the more for that fact.
The Buddha addressed Bhaiṣajyarāja, saying: “If, after the parinirvāṇa
of the Tathāgata, any being hears even a single verse or line of the Lotus Sutra,
and thereupon has even one thought of rejoicing in it, I will bestow upon them
the prediction that they will attain highest, complete enlightenment.
“If there is anyone who preserves, recites, explains, or copies even a
single verse of the Lotus Sutra, or who respects this sutra as if it were a
buddha, or who reverently offers it various flowers, perfumes, necklaces,
fragrant ointments, scented powders, burning incense, canopies, flags, banners,
clothing, or music, or who simply honors it with his palms pressed
together, know, O Bhaiṣa jyarāja, that this person has already paid homage
to tens of myriads of koṭis of buddhas of the past! Such people have completed
their great vow in the presence of all the buddhas and yet they have
been born as humans out of their compassion for sentient beings.
“O Bhaiṣajyarāja! If anyone should ask you what kind of sentient being
will become a buddha in the future, you should inform them that it is those
of this kind who will definitely become buddhas in the future. Why is this?
“If there are any sons or daughters of a virtuous family who preserve,
recite, explain, and copy even a single line of the Lotus Sutra, or who pay
homage to this sutra with various offerings of flowers, perfumes, necklaces...etc
I'm amazed that people could think it was taught by the Buddha of the Pali Canon
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