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ERLS: On the Innumerable Worlds and on Communal Waves of Spiritual Progress

There’s a cosmological similarity between the spiritual world in which the Lotus Sutra takes place and the naturalist cosmology imagined by the early atomists, which includes a doctrine of innumerable worlds, with the Epicurean Gods dwelling in the regions between the … Continue reading

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Epicurean Reasonings on the Lotus Sutra: On Transmission

Sutra–meaning, “something woven together”, in this case a series of teachings–is the word used for a Buddhist scripture. There are many sutras in the various traditions of Buddhism. Most of the early ones comprise the Pali Canon. In this series, … Continue reading

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Epicurean Reasonings on the Lotus Sutra: On the Limits and Benefits of a Greater Vehicle

Buddhism is a rich tradition which comprises many so-called vehicles, which might be thought of as sub-religions or sects. In its earlier form, it focused mostly on monastic practice. The earlier, Theravada school idealized arhats, or solitary meditators who went … Continue reading

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