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Lotus Sūtra
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The Lotus Sūtra (Skt. Saddharmapuṇḍarīka) may be the best known Mahāyāna Buddhist scripture; at least in East Asia, from a relatively early period it assumed a position of special, even unique, influence. While its impact in the Indian subcontinent itself appears to have been limited (Silk, 2001), it was highly honored in Central Asia in its Sanskrit form, to judge from manuscript evidence. Its major historical impact, …

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The editors, “Lotus Sūtra”, in: Encyclopedia of Buddhism Online, Editor-in-Chief: Consulting Editors: Jonathan A. Silk, Oskar von Hinüber, Vincent Eltschinger. Consulted online on 03 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2467-9666_enbo_COM_0015>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 20151231



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