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(Skt. Saddharmapuṇḍarīkasūtra, i.e. “Sūtra on the lotus blossom of the true dharma ”), a fundamental text of early Mahāyāna Buddhism and a work of prime importance in the Chinese Tiantai school (Jap. Tendai) as well as in Japanese Nichiren Buddhism. The most important Chinese translation by Kumārajīva (406) bears the title Miaofa Lianhua Jing (“Sūtra on the lotus blossom of the sublime dharma”), which gave rise, in Japan, to the frequently used prayer formula Namu myōhō renge kyō. Sanskrit manuscripts are of later date.

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Pye, Michael, “Lotus-Sūtra”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 02 December 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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