first up...any one know of suttas or sutras where they say the same as the Lotus Sutra....again my angst of being burned badly by the introduction of this Sutra from the Nichiren folk....lest not go there...but you people know me problems with it....
The Lotus Sutra makes a number of claims, so depending on which of those themes you're looking for, you'll find them in different texts. For the overall Ekayana treatment, take a look at the Srimaladevi Sutra (translated as The Lion's Roar of Queen Srimala), for instance. There are a number of texts considered canonical in East Asian Buddhism that carry forward themes very much like that of the Lotus Sutra; the Sutra of Complete Enlightenment, for instance, presents a similar teaching on Buddha-nature. The Surangama Sutra includes a passage that looks a lot to me like LS Chap. 25 on Avalokiteshvara. And so on.
The Lotus Sutra is a Mahayana sutra, one of many, one of a class of others like it. In my opinion, a lot of the claims made on its uniqueness by some of my friends in Japanese Buddhist schools are a bit overblown. <hides behind a rock>
and second....do you think it is time for like the clergy of all Buddhist sects to stop accepting money for Buddha's favours...
that would be a great step in combating the weird maybe He can Help me....attitudes we so need to get over.
I think things work best on a donation basis. But if you want to create a karmic link with a teacher and a temple, the most expedient way to do it is to support the work done there and the lives of those who do it with a cash donation. My two bits.
even though it is mentioned in the Lotus Sutra to not seek help from others including the Buddha....
??????is there a chance that Buddha's can help you????....
I'd say it's a 100% likelihood that myriads of Buddhas are helping you and the fleas on your dog too.
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