10 October 2012

Surangama Sutra Study Questions, Part 10

Back to the heart of the matter...

Part 10:  "Fifty Demonic States of Mind," pags 391-404

*The title of this section evokes the supernatural, a world of demons and spirits.  What are the fifty demonic states described?  How do they emerge, naturally or supernaturally or otherwise?  In what context are they presented?

*Is there a way in which this material follows logically from previous sections in this sutra? If so, how does it follow?

*How does body relate to mind and vice versa in this section?


I wish to extend the virtue of these verses to all sentient beings.  Together may we progress along the Buddha path of liberation.
--"Soeko," from the Tendai Daily Service

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