The Prose & Verse of The Lotus Sutra
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1. Words with half meanings and full meanings: Words with half-meanings (literally 'half-words') are words that reveal some truth but produce some illusion. Words with full meaning (literally 'full-words') fully reveal truth and do not produce any illusion. The words of the small vehicle teachings are said to be half-words whereas the Great Vehicle teaching is said to be full words.
The Four Doctrines: The progressively
deeper understandings of spiritual truth:
a. The Doctrine of the Three Baskets: The Truths of Birth & Extinction, on Causality & Conditions - For the Two Vehicles
b. The General Doctrine: The Truths Without Birth or Extinction, on Emptiness - For the Three Vehicles
c. The Specific Doctrine: The Limitless Truths, on That Which is Temporary - For the Bodhisattva
d. The Total Doctrine: The Innate Truth, on the Mean - For the Buddhas
3. The original ground of The One That Has Come: The eternal source of enlightenment as opposed to the countless manifestations of enlightenment that have appeared in the interim.
4. The teaching of The Flower Garland (Avatamsaka) Period
5. Deer Park: (S. Sarnath) The place where the Buddha first starting teaching of the Dharma ('turning the wheel of the Dharma'). Deer Park here refers to the teaching of the Three Baskets Doctrine. This is a reference to the teaching of the Agama (Nikaya) Sutras.
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