...do you recall in the past, there was a thread in ES that discussed about the possibility of some Sutras classed as 'doubtful' in the Chinese/Taisho's Sutra Pitaka, is this one of them or some other?
I remember, and yes... this is one and the same sutra.
in any case these "doubtful" sutras have had a tremendous beneficial affect on East Asia for many generations
To that extent, they are akin to the Jatakas of the Pali tradition in that they promote morality and provide inspiration, but in doing so distort the Buddha's deep and transcendent teaching on karma/vipaka, reducing them to the level of morality tales and fables. Whether that distortion constitutes skilful means, I'll leave for you to decide as per your criteria. I would be doubtful about giving it the thumbs up given some of the superstitions prevalent in these regions, such as the Hungry Ghost Festival, which are rooted in superstitious, non-Dharmic interpretations of karma.
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