Book Club: Lotus Sutra (Ch 5-9)


Dear Dharma Drink Friends,

We’re about to embark on another book (B-sutra) adventure. We’ve read many fascinating and eye opening texts from the Surangama & Diamond sutras to Pali Canon Anthologies (by Bhikkhu Bodhi).

This time, with many eagerly awaiting regulars, we’ll read and discuss the Lotus Sutra, a very important Mahayana sutra. Per Wiki: "The Lotus Sūtra .. is one of the most popular and influential Mahayana sutras..."

There are many translations of the Lotus Sutra. We will be using the BDK per link here.

We will also reading this concurrently with Thich Nhat Hanh's commentaries, "Opening the Heart of the Cosmos: Insights on the Lotus Sutra". Amazon link:

If you have another translated version, you are also welcome to join if you have done the reading. However, when we reference texts, translations or pages, we will be focused on the BDK version.

Due to extended period between readings and short chapters, we will be covering Chapters 5 through 9.

(Ch5) Herbs
(Ch6) Prediction
(Ch7) The Apparitional City
(Ch8) The Five Hundred Disciples Receive Their Predictions
(Ch9) The Predictions for Those Who Still Have More to Learn and for Those Who Do Not

Note that we are here to read, exchange and help each other. We’re not here to expound. If you need deeper learning, please go visit a Buddhist teaching center.