By Numata Center for Buddhist Translation Research
This quantity includes ﬁve scriptural texts which were in particular vital and inﬂuential within the East Asian Buddhist culture. The Bequeathed instructing Sutra, purportedly the final educating given via the Buddha to the priests, emphasizes the perform of monastic self-discipline via observance of the pratimoksa, principles of behavior. this article used to be inﬂuential to chinese language Buddhists of the Tang, track, and Ming dynasties and regarded a simple reference for the Chan (Zen) tuition particularly. within the Ullambana Sutra, the Buddha instructs the monk Mahâmaudgalyâyana on tips on how to receive liberation for his mom, who have been reborn right into a reduce realm, by means of making nutrition choices to the sangha at the ﬁfteenth day of the 7th month. this tradition is the root of the Obon rite in honor of ones ancestors that remains saw commonly 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, fairly the Âgamas (canonical texts). each one part provides a moral instructing meant for perform by way of Buddhist fans, and due to its useful relevance to ethical habit, the textual content has remained a well-liked common textual content between chinese language Buddhists as much as the current day. The Sutra of excellent Enlightenment, particularly vital within the Chan and Huayan traditions in China, offers with educating of intrinsic enlightenmentthe potentiality for Buddhahood shared through all sentient beingsthat turned a primary axiom on which uniquely East Asian varieties of Buddhist trust and perform built. The Sutra at the Profundity of Filial Love, often called the Buddhist publication of ﬁlial piety, finds the synthesis of local chinese language Confucian beliefs with Buddhist teachings. Believed to were produced by means of chinese language Buddhist clergymen in imitation of the Confucian vintage of Filial Piety, the textual content exhibits that Buddhism additionally teaches the belief of ﬁli! al piety, even though it truly is to be in keeping with the aspiration to realize enlightenment, and the way most sensible to pay off ones indebtedness to ones mom and dad.
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Every ﬁfteenth day of the seventh month, out of ﬁlial piety recall your parents of the past seven generations and prepare a tray of offerings for the Buddha and the monks in order to repay your debt to your parents. ” Upon hearing this discourse of the Buddha, Bhikṣu Mahāmaudgalyāyana and the four groups of followers (monks, nuns, laymen, and laywomen) were delighted and paid reverence to him. 23 THE SUTRA OF FORTY-TWO SECTIONS Translator’s Introduction The Sutra of Forty-two Sections (Sishierzhangjing) is considered the ﬁrst sutra to have been translated into Chinese.
28 THE SUTRA OF FORTY-TWO SECTIONS Translated during the Later Han Dynasty by Śramaṇa Kāśyapa Mātaṅga and Śramaṇa Gobharana from the Western Region [Introduction] In ancient times Emperor Xiaoming of the Later Han had a dream one night in which he saw a heavenly being with a golden body and a bright halo on its head fly into the palace. He was greatly delighted by this. ” Fuyi, a man of vast learning and experience, said, “I have heard that in India there was a person who had attained the Way, called ‘Buddha,’ who could fly easily.
The Buddha said to Mahāmaudgalyāyana, “On the ﬁfteenth day of the seventh month, when the monks end the summer retreat, for the sake of your parents of the past seven generations and your present suffering parents, you should ﬁll a tray with the world’s ﬁnest delicacies, together with foods of rich variety and taste and ﬁve kinds of greens and cereals, and offer it to the monks in the ten directions. You should also offer them ladles, kettles, basins, perfumed oil, lamps, carpets, and bedding.
Apocryphal Scriptures by Numata Center for Buddhist Translation Research