By Numata Center for Buddhist Translation Research
This quantity comprises ﬁve scriptural texts which have been specially very important and inﬂuential within the East Asian Buddhist culture. The Bequeathed educating Sutra, purportedly the final instructing given by means of the Buddha to the clergymen, emphasizes the perform of monastic self-discipline via observance of the pratimoksa, ideas of behavior. this article used to be inﬂuential to chinese language Buddhists of the Tang, tune, and Ming dynasties and regarded a simple reference for the Chan (Zen) institution specifically. within the Ullambana Sutra, the Buddha instructs the monk Mahâmaudgalyâyana on easy methods to receive liberation for his mom, who were reborn right into a decrease realm, via making foodstuff choices to the sangha at the ﬁfteenth day of the 7th month. this tradition is the foundation of the Obon rite in honor of ones ancestors that remains saw broadly in Japan. The Sutra of Forty-two Sections is a compilation of short passages drawn from many Buddhist sutras, includin! g Pâli and chinese language Buddhist assets, rather the Âgamas (canonical texts). every one part offers a moral instructing meant for perform by means of Buddhist fans, and thanks to its sensible relevance to ethical habit, the textual content has remained a well-liked basic textual content between chinese language Buddhists as much as the current day. The Sutra of excellent Enlightenment, particularly very important within the Chan and Huayan traditions in China, bargains with instructing of intrinsic enlightenmentthe potentiality for Buddhahood shared by way of all sentient beingsthat turned a basic axiom on which uniquely East Asian types of Buddhist trust and perform built. The Sutra at the Profundity of Filial Love, often called the Buddhist ebook of ﬁlial piety, finds the synthesis of local chinese language Confucian beliefs with Buddhist teachings. Believed to were produced via chinese language Buddhist priests in imitation of the Confucian vintage of Filial Piety, the textual content indicates that Buddhism additionally teaches the belief of ﬁli! al piety, notwithstanding it truly is to be in keeping with the aspiration to realize enlightenment, and the way top to pay off ones indebtedness to ones mom and dad.
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Even if born with the six sense organs intact, it is difficult to be born in a central country [where the Buddhist teachings flourish]. “Even if born in a central country, it is difficult to encounter and practice the Buddhist teachings. “Even if one encounters and practices the Buddhist teachings, it is difficult to encounter a sagacious king. [“Even if one encounters a sagacious king,] it is difficult to be born in the household of a bodhisattva. ” “It is but a few days,” was the reply. “You still have not understood the Way,” the Buddha replied.
Asked the Buddha. “The sounds were sharp,” he answered. ” The Buddha said to the śramaṇa, “It is the same with training in the Way. ” 39 The Sutra of Forty-two Sections  The Buddha said, “Following the Way is like smelting iron. If iron is melted gradually to eliminate all impurities, it can be made into implements of ﬁne quality. One who trains in the Way should also progress gradually to expel the deﬁlements of the mind, while maintaining proper effort. If you force yourself abruptly on the Way, the body grows weary.
Universal Worthy Bodhisattva Chapter III. Universal Eyes Bodhisattva Chapter IV. Diamond Treasury Bodhisattva Chapter V. Maitreya Bodhisattva Chapter VI. Pure Wisdom Bodhisattva Chapter VII. Mastery of Majestic Virtue Bodhisattva Chapter VIII. Discerning Sound Bodhisattva Chapter IX. Purifying Karmic Obstructions Bodhisattva Chapter X. Universal Enlightenment Bodhisattva Chapter XI. Perfect Enlightenment Bodhisattva Chapter XII. Foremost of Worthies Bodhisattva Notes 45 47 55 57 61 65 71 75 79 83 87 93 99 103 107 111 Translator’s Introduction The Great Extensive Scripture of the Ultimate Meaning of the Perfect Enlightenment Sutra (Dafangguangyuanjuexiuduoluoliaoyijing), or Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment (Yuanjuejing) as it is known for short, is a major, if somewhat problematical, text within the East Asian Buddhist tradition.