The Prose & Verse of The Lotus Sutra

Chapter 2 - Ways & Means

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Shi

Sha

Ri

Hotsu

Fu

Shu

Bu

Setsu

Stop

(

Sariputra

)

Not

Necessary

Again

Teach

"No more, Sariputra, it is not necessary to teach of it again."

 

Sho

I

Sha

Ga

Buts-

Sho

Jo

Ju

This

Because

It

What

Buddha

Here

Attain

Reach

Dai

Ichi

Ke

U

Nan

Ge

Shi

Ho

Number

One

Rare

To Have

Difficult

Understand

's

Dharma

Yui

Butsu

Yo

Butsu

Nai

No

Ku

Jin

Only

Buddha

With

Buddha

Therefore

Able

Ultimately

Fathom

"This is because the Buddha has realized that which is most rare and difficult to understand and which can only be ultimately fathomed between the Buddhas..."

 

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Footnote:

1. Seng-Yin: A disciple of Hui Lung at Lu-Shan and head of the Chung-Hsing Monastery.

2. Hui-Kuan: Studied at both Lu-Shan and Chang-An and, along with Tao-Sheng, facilitated the correspondence between Kumarajiva (at Chang-An) and Hui-Yuan (at Lu-Shan)

3. Mercy and compassion: The Buddha's response to living beings Good spiritual roots: Faith, diligence, presence of mind, mental concentration and spiritual insight; the spiritual qualities of living beings that enable them to sympathize and receive the response of the Buddha

4. The Buddha - the most noble person: The Person "The Buddha has realized" (Buts- Sho Joju)
The sphere that is the very deep and inconceivable spiritual realm:
The Dharma
"that which is most rare and difficult to understand" (Dai Ichi Ke-u Nange)

5. The waxing and waning of the moon illustrates the gradual development of the wisdom (the waxing of the first fourteen days of the lunar month), the fullness of wisdom (the roundness of the full moon on the fifteenth day) and the gradual detachment (the waning of the last fourteen days of the month) culminating in the attainment of the Great Parinirvana (the new moon).

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