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Profound Meaning of the Lotus Sutra

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Profound Meaning of the Lotus Sutra, The
法華玄義 (Chin Fa-hua-hsüan-i; Jpn Hokke-gengi )

    One of T'ient'ai's three major works, the others being The Words and Phrases of the Lotus Sutra and Great Concentration and Insight. This work was originally a lecture series given in 593 by T'ient'ai at Yy-ch'yan-ssu temple in Ching-chou, China, and was compiled into ten volumes by his disciple Chang-an. On the premise that the sutra's title expresses the essence of the entire sutra, T'ient'ai discusses the title of the Lotus Sutra, Myoho-renge-kyo, in light of the five major principles of name, entity or essence, quality, function, and teaching. From the viewpoint of name, for example, he gives an exhaustive interpretation of each of the five characters myo, ho, ren, ge, and kyo. This explanation of the name composes a great part of The Profound Meaning of the Lotus Sutra.Profound Meaning of the "Perceiver of the World's Sounds" Chapter,

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