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Updated: May 17

Sanskrit manuscript of the Lotus Sūtra in South Turkestan Brahmi script.
This is a Sanskrit manuscript of the Lotus Sūtra in South Turkestan Brahmi script. The manuscript initially comprised more than 350 folios, each consisting of two thin layers of paper pasted together. Leaves of this same manuscript are preserved in London, Munich, and Berlin. Ink on paper. This file has been provided by the International Dunhuang Project from its digital collections, from the original file BLI1_OR82121411R1

The Threefold Lotus Sutra is the sacred text that we study. It is a collection of Buddha's teachings, which include modern, scientific, and humanistic truths. The lotus flower is unique because it is rooted in muddy water yet grows and becomes pure and beautiful. It can also be true for humankind. We can acknowledge our existence in this chaotic world. By studying and practicing the Buddhist path, we can grow and blossom into compassionate human beings with perfect freedom of mind. 

Three sutras combine to make up The Threefold Lotus Sutra. It is a collection of the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha.  

  1. The Sutra of Innumerable Meanings is the introduction. 

  2. The main text is the Sutra of the Lotus Flower of the Wondrous Dharma. 

  3. The conclusion is the Sutra of the Method for Contemplating the Bodhisattva Universal Sage.  

The heart of the Threefold Lotus Sutra conveys an understanding of this world, an explanation of human existence, and how humans can live empowered and creative lives. Rissho Kosei-kai's ideal is to enlighten all people with the Lotus Sutra's teachings to construct a positive society and create a peaceful world. 

A close up of person holding the Threefold Lotus Sutra book with beads in hand.
Rissho Kosei-kai's Threefold Lotus Sutra .

The Lotus Sutra sees buddha nature in all beings. Buddha nature means that everyone has the seed to become an awakened person. In other words, all people can become Buddha. Seeing and honoring everyone's buddha nature is the fundamental attitude. That is bodhisattva practice. 

By chanting "Namu Myoho Renge Kyo" (I take refuge in the Lotus Sutra), we vow to live the bodhisattva way and work for enlightenment for all. We continue to learn about our buddha nature. And help others discover their buddha nature by letting our buddha nature shine in all that we do.

The Threefold Lotus Sutra teaches Universal Truths, human dignity, and peace. It is relevant for people everywhere. 

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