08 February 2011

Contemplation: To Keep This Sutra is to Keep Me

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take this passage of the Lotus Sutra as your object of contemplation (Shakyamuni Buddha is speaking):

It is difficult
To keep
This sutra
After my extinction.

Since I attained
The enlightenment of the Buddha,
I have expounded many sutras
In innumerable worlds.

This sutra is
the most excellent.
To keep this sutra
Is to keep me.

from the Lotus Sutra (trans. Sencho Murano), chapter 11, pp. 192-193.

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