17 April 2013

Lotus Sutra Study Questions 19

Lotus Sutra chapter 19 describes the merits of someone who teaches the meaning of the Lotus Sutra to others.  These merits involve an extraordinary refinement of the five senses and the discriminative mind (citta).  For instance, such a one can gain unusual kinds of knowledge through the sense of hearing, including the voices of beings that people do not ordinarily hear. 

This chapter suggests that teaching is itself a kind of spiritual practice, and that this practice bears certain kinds of fruit:  from teaching comes knowledge, that is the pattern.  Thinking back on earlier chapters in this Sutra, where do you see ideas about teaching and learning develop?  What kinds of knowledge is valued in this Sutra?  How does this chapter fit into that context?

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