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April 18, 2012

Here’s another something from the archives

Rougebuddha's Blog

This past July I began re-reading the Lotus Sutra.

The Lotus Sutra is what some schools of Buddhist thought proclaim as Shakyamuni/Sidartha Gutama Buddha’s highest teaching. Other schools beg to differ.

My first official socialization into Buddhist culture (albeit a wonky one) was said to be rooted in the Lotus Sutra, though I was never encouraged to actually read or study it. In fact, during my earliest days as a budding Buddhist when I asked what the words we recited as lengthy prayers twice daily actually meant, I was told I didn’t need to know – I just needed to say them.

When I continued to ask I was told “the words tell a story – they are in a BIG book – I don’t have one – but I’ll try to find it for you.

That was in 1983. No one ever got me the…

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