Lotus Sutra Talks

The Lotus Sūtra (Sanskrit: Saddharma Puṇḍarīka Sūtram, Sūtra on the White Lotus of the True Dharma, Chinese: 妙法蓮華經) is one of the most influential and venerated Buddhist Mahāyāna sūtras. It is the main scripture on which the Tiantai, Tendai, Cheontae, and Nichiren schools of Buddhism were established. It is also influential for other East Asian Buddhist schools, such as Zen. According to the British Buddhologist Paul Williams, "For many Buddhists in East Asia since early times, the Lotus Sūtra contains the final teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha—complete and sufficient for salvation." The American Buddhologist Donald S. Lopez Jr. writes that the Lotus Sūtra "is arguably the most famous of all Buddhist texts," presenting "a radical re-vision of both the Buddhist path and of the person of the Buddha."

Two central teachings of the Lotus Sūtra have been very influential for Mahāyāna Buddhism. The first is the doctrine of the One Vehicle, which says that all Buddhist paths and practices lead to Buddhahood and so they are all merely “skillful means" of reaching Buddhahood. The second is the idea that the lifespan of the Buddha is immeasurable and that therefore, he did not really pass on into final Nirvana (he only appeared to do so as upāya), but is still active teaching the Dharma.

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The Mind Of A Sentient Being Is Difficult To Change

Lotus Sutra, Oneness, Buddha Nature, true dharma, Four Foundations, Mahayana,...
Jul 24 2021

Me Too, The Dharma of Friendship

Constancy, Commitment, Vows, Intimacy, Bodhisattva Vow, Soto Zen, Lotus Sutra,...
Jul 17 2021


Heart Sutra, Peace, Chanting, Don't Know Mind, Zoom, Beginners, Lotus Sutra,...
May 01 2021

Confession & Repentance in the Lotus Sutra

Confession-and-Repentance, Lotus Sutra,
Mar 06 2021

Tail Of The Ox

Instruction, Anger, Platform Sutra, Lotus Sutra, Subject-and-Object, Gratitude,...
Feb 13 2021

Rounding Out Three months of Lotus Sutra Study

A virtual Dharma talk by Tenshin Roshi for an online gathering of the No Abode community

Lotus Sutra,
Feb 05 2021

Courage, Part 2

Doubt, Buddha Ancestors, Attachment, Renunciation, Sangha, Continuous, Hate,...
Oct 31 2020

Sojun Roshi At YEBZ

Precepts, Absolute-and-Relative, Monastic Practice, Big Mind, Bodhisattva Precepts,...
Sep 26 2020

Appropriate Action

Avalokiteshvara, Right Speech, Lotus Sutra, Book of Serenity, Describe, Diversity,...
Sep 12 2020

Reaching Home Again Without Realizing It

Chanting, Suzuki Roshi, Practice Period, Priest, japanese, Faith, Impermanence, Lotus...
Oct 19 2019
No Abode Hermitage

Cultivating the Mind and Practice of the Six Paramitas: Practicing Generosity From the Inside Out

Serial: BZ-02704


Mahayana, Confession-and-Repentance, training, Branching Streams, Bodhisattva Way,...
Oct 06 2019

Give Up Hope

Hsin Hsin Ming, Bell, Lotus Sutra, Impermanence, uchiyama, Tassajara, Practice Period...
Sep 28 2019

Chapter Three, Shoveling Dung

Birth-and-Death, Confession-and-Repentance, Breath, resistance, Repentance, Lotus...
Sep 14 2019
No Abode Hermitage

Beloved Community

Serial: BZ-02698

Study Sesshin PM


Enemies, Hate, Lotus Sutra, Evil, Bodhisattva Way, Vows, Oneness, Bodhisattva Vow,...
Sep 07 2019

The Blue Mountain and the White Cloud

American, Teacher-and-Student, Interdependence, Lotus Sutra, Culture, Priest, Big...
Jul 27 2019

More Poverty And Nobility

Discrimination, Lotus Sutra, Non-discrimination, Cultivation, Nirvana
Jun 08 2019
No Abode Hermitage

Arousing the Thought of Enlightenment

Serial: BZ-02650

Rohatsu Day 3


Instruction, Lotus Sutra, Bodhisattva Vow, Vows, Don't Know Mind, Subject-and-...
Dec 04 2018

Spring Rain

Big Mind, Platform Sutra, Dharma Transmission, Ordination, Buddha Nature, Lotus Sutra...
Apr 14 2018

Duality as a Cause of Suffering

Lotus Sutra, Duality, Greed, War, Peace, Evil, Non-duality, Nirvana, Samadhi, Hate...
Jul 22 2017

Precepts Class 3

Serial: BZ-02546

PP Class


Precepts, Bodhisattva Precepts, Observe, Chanting, Nirvana, Mahayana, Lotus Sutra,...
May 18 2017

Precepts Class 1

Serial: BZ-02542

PP Class

Precepts, Bodhisattva Precepts, Mahayana, Nirvana, Evil, Bodhisattva Vow, Lotus Sutra...
May 04 2017

Dogen's Uji: Time Being Part 3

Duality, Buddha Nature, training, Nirvana, Rinzai, Obstacles, Lotus Sutra, Culture,...
Feb 12 2017

Music of the Spheres

Silence, Ordinary Mind, Lotus Sutra, Dragons, Birth-and-Death, Echo, Composure,...
Jan 14 2017

Accept Yourself, Stand On Your Own Two Feet

Precepts, Posture, Vows, Lotus Sutra, Liberation, Bodhisattva Precepts, Ordination,...
Oct 22 2016

Master Ma is Unwell

Serial: BZ-02503

Koan Class 1

Birth-and-Death, Bodhidharma, Fox, Book of Serenity, Lineage, Buddha Mind,...
Oct 10 2016

The Bodhisattva Chaplaincy

Lotus Sutra, training, Evil, First Principle, Buddha Nature, Book of Serenity, Lay,...
Aug 27 2016

Dogen's Four Embracing Actions

Enemies, Vows, true dharma, Politics, Bodhisattva Vow, Lotus Sutra, Don't Know...
Jul 23 2016

State of the Union: How Buddhists Respond to the Burning World

Composure, Addiction, Big Mind, Greed, Bodhisattva Vow, Lotus Sutra, Buddha Nature,...
Jun 25 2016

The Pivotal Business of Buddha’s House

Lotus Sutra, Lotus Sutra, Faith, Zazen, Perfect Wisdom, Bell, Samadhi
Jun 11 2016
No Abode Hermitage

A Lotus Sutra Narrative of the Bodhisattva Path

Lotus Sutra, Vow, Gaining Mind, Faith, Dharma Transmission, Zazen, causation,...
May 07 2016
No Abode Hermitage

Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi, Part 1

Perfect Wisdom, Precious Mirror, Lotus Sutra, Heart Sutra, Compassion,
Mar 07 2015
No Abode Hermitage

Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi, Part 1

Lotus Sutra, Jewel Mirror Samadhi,
Mar 07 2015
No Abode Hermitage

A Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony: Your Mind Is Becoming Buddha

Precepts, Bodhisattva Vow, Perfect Wisdom, Lotus Sutra,
Feb 07 2015
No Abode Hermitage

Zen Bodies, Zen Mirrors

Lotus Sutra, Precious Mirror, Chanting, Instruction, Commitment, soto, Silence,...
Sep 14 2014

Listening, Training, Hearing and Liberation

Heart Sutra, Confession-and-Repentance, true dharma, Heart Sutra, Lotus Sutra, Anger...
Aug 09 2014
No Abode Hermitage

Dogen's Zenki: Undivided Activity

Birth-and-Death, Anger, Continuous, Lotus Sutra, Don't Know Mind, Discrimination...
Feb 22 2014

Liberation from Passion

Lotus Sutra, Bodhisattva, Passions, Desire, Lotus Sutra, Manjushri, Emotions, Dragons...
Dec 14 2013
No Abode Hermitage

Joshu's 4 Gates and Joshu's Bridge

Serial: BZ-02337


Joshu, BCR-9, BCR-52, Ego, Manjushri, Lotus Sutra, Hindrances, Fundraising, Culture,...
Dec 01 2013
Berkeley Zen Center

Lotus Sutra and Bodhisattva Practice

Lotus Sutra, Practice Period, Precepts, Buddha Nature, Liberation, Mahayana,...
Sep 21 2013

Zazen - A Wider Perspective

Lotus Sutra, Dragons, Intimacy, confusion, Lineage, Mahayana, Culture, American,...
Aug 10 2013

Seijo and Her Soul

Serial: BZ-02321

Lotus Sutra, Saturday Lecture

Lotus Sutra, MM-35, Birth-and-Death, Absolute-and-Relative, Lotus Sutra, Religion,...
Jul 27 2013
Berkeley Zen Center

I've long heard there is no Zen in India

Dragons, Lotus Sutra, Buddha Nature, Humility, Book of Serenity, Karmic Consciousness...
May 17 2013
No Abode Hermitage

Fayan's Hair's Breadth 

Fayan’s Hairsbreadth
No Abode 5/17/13 PM
( On Looking for Results in the Visible World. 30 Min)

Nirvana, Balance, Samsara, Separation, Perfect Wisdom, Lotus Sutra, Intimacy,...
May 17 2013
No Abode Hermitage

I Have Long Heard of Dragon Pond 

I Have Long Heard of Dragon Pond
Tenshin Reb Anderson
No Abode April 13, 2013 PM

Perfect Wisdom, Dragons, Lotus Sutra, Buddha Mind, Lineage, Enemies, Doubt, Japan...
Apr 13 2013
No Abode Hermitage

Buddha's Birthday

Buddha's Birthday, Birth-and-Death, Soto Zen, Lotus Sutra, Ego, soto, Offering,...
Apr 06 2013

The Virtue of the Bodhisattva's Delayed Gratification 

Lay, New Year, Lotus Sutra, Bodhisattva Vow, Renunciation, Attachment, Soto Zen,...
Dec 15 2012
No Abode Hermitage

A Candle in the Dark

Practice Position, Darkness and Light, Five Ranks, Lotus Sutra, Gratitude, Commitment...
Nov 24 2012

Raihai Tokuzui

Fox, Bodhidharma, Lotus Sutra, Bowing, Lineage, Culture, Dragons, Transmission, Vows...
Sep 01 2012

Poems of Miaza Never Despise

Lotus Sutra, Subject-and-Object, Transmission, uchiyama, Beginners, Separation,...
Aug 04 2012

To Study the Way is to Study the Self

Serial: BZ-02246

The Self and Myriad Dharmas, Sesshin Day 1

Enlightenment, Five Ranks, Nishiari Bokusan, Attachment, Birth-and-Death, Subject-and...
Jun 20 2012
Berkeley Zen Center