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Mahayana Buddhist scholars, on the other hand, believe that the Sutra records the actual words of the Buddha, but that the texts were removed from the human realm by gods and dragons for years to allow time for the renunciative, monastic life to purify and prepare people for the messianic nature of its teachings.

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Over the centuries, abridged versions of this great sutra have appeared, from the extremely short One Letter Sutra its text is the letter A to versions of 8,, 18,, 20,, and 25, lines. Copying popular texts such as the Lotus Sutra has been for many centuries a means of gaining religious merit. The language he used is understood to be Magadhi. According to the texts, Ananda — the disciple who had most often accompanied the Buddha on his travels and was said to have a prodigious memory — recited the sermons of the Buddha. The Chinese Tripitaka, or Canon, was compiled and followed the same pattern. Very popular in China , Korea and Japan where it was seen as being compatible with Confucian values. The Sangha memorized the teachings, and there were group recitations at festivals and special occasions. The Avatamsaka Sutra became the central text for the Hua-yen Jp. The Sanskrit texts of different traditions were taken to China and the translation of the texts into Chinese went on from C. The sutras state that beings can be reborn there by pure conduct and by practices such as thinking continuously of Amitabha, praising him, recounting his virtues, and chanting his name. Kegon school of Buddhism, the most important doctrine of which is the interpenetration of all phenomena. The chanting is considered to be sacred act, in addition to reminding and teaching the Dhamma. Rouse [] The sixth and final volume of the complete Cowell translation of the Jataka.

Moreover, the first two turnings are considered, in this system of classification, to be provisional while the third group is said to present the final truth without a need for further explication nitartha. It also includes the Metta Sutta, a scripture in which the Buddha describes how an individual can live a life of loving-kindness.

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The whole of it has been translated into English. This idea, though not necessarily from this source, forms the basis of the later Trikaya doctrine. The new Sutras were based on the existing texts but new material was added to incorporate the Mahayana ideas.

It is divided into three parts and, in addition to the rules, give accounts of the circumstances under which a rule was promulgated and exceptions of the rule.

This was often done by traveling overland to Indiaas recorded in the Great Tang Records on the Western Regionsby the monk Xuanzang c.

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The Sangha chant selected texts at ceremonies and sometimes the lay people join in. At first non-Chinese, and later Chinese monks, working individually and in teams, carried on the translation work. The Chinese Tripitaka, or Canon, was compiled and followed the same pattern. These Pure Land sutras and the practices they recommend became the foundations of Pure Land Buddhism , which focus on the salvific power of faith in the vows of Amitabha. The chanting is considered to be sacred act, in addition to reminding and teaching the Dhamma. Sections of it have been unearthed by archaeologists in Central Asia. Even after the texts were recorded in writing, recitation of texts has continued to be an essential element of Buddhist practice.

They deal with: Kriya tantra — ceremonies and rites, Carya tantra — practical rites, Yoga tantra — practice of yoga, Anuttarayoga tantra — higher mysticism. Sections of it have been unearthed by archaeologists in Central Asia. The Tibetan Tripitaka was translated into Mongolian in the 18 century C.

The Mahavairocana-abhisambodhi became one of the two central texts in Shingon Buddhism and was included in the Tibetan canon as a tantra of the carya class. Another disciple, Upali, recited the rules for monks and lay followers. These Pure Land sutras and the practices they recommend became the foundations of Pure Land Buddhismwhich focus on the salvific power of faith in the vows of Amitabha.

The oldest printed book in existence is the Diamond Sutra dated C.

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Sacred Texts: Buddhist Sacred Texts: The Sutras