The Lotus Sutra - 03 Simile and Parable - 1 The Law of emptiness
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
The Lotus sutra – translated by Burton Watson
When I was walking around alone,
I saw the Buddha among the great assembly,
his fame filling the ten directions,
bringing benefit far and wide to living beings,
and I thought to myself, I am deprived of such benefits !
How greatly have I been deceived !
Constantly, day and night,
whenever I pondered over this,
I wanted to ask the World-Honored One
whether I had indeed been deprived or not.
Constantly, when I saw the World-Honored One
praising the bodhisattvas,
then day and night
I would mull this matter over.
But now as I listen to the voice of the Buddha,
I see he preaches the Law in accordance with what
using this hard-to-conceive doctrine of no outflows
to lead people to the place of practice.
Formerly I was attached to erroneous views,
acting as teacher to the Brahmans.
But the World-Honored One, knowing what was in my mind,
rooted out my errors and preached nirvana.
I was freed of all my errors
and gained understanding of the Law of emptiness.
The source of the experienceLotus Sutra, the
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
SuppressionsReducing and controlling emotions
Suppression of learning