The Lotus Sutra

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One of the core concepts of the Lotus Sutra is Upaya
Skillful means - the Buddha uses skilful means to help Buddhists reach enlightenment through a way they can UNDERSTAND
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The other core concept of the Lotus Sutra is Ekayana
There is only one destination (Buddhahood) - represented metaphorically in parables such as 'The Magic City'
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Interpretations of The Parable of The Burning House
From this, we learn that the Buddha uses expedient means to essentially 'save' us from the sufferings of samsara (3 poisons)
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Mahayana's belief
They believe that eventually EVERYONE will become Bodhisattvas but the Buddha accepts this is a daunting prospect so reveals we can become Arhats (SKILLFUL MEANS)
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Main aim of the Lotus Sutra
Is to explain how the Buddha can reveal his teachings so long after he has supposedly died (they suggest he used expedient means by pretending he was dead) - this is reflected in the Parable of the Wise Physician
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Card 2

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There is only one destination (Buddhahood) - represented metaphorically in parables such as 'The Magic City'

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The other core concept of the Lotus Sutra is Ekayana

Card 3

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From this, we learn that the Buddha uses expedient means to essentially 'save' us from the sufferings of samsara (3 poisons)

Back

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Card 4

Front

They believe that eventually EVERYONE will become Bodhisattvas but the Buddha accepts this is a daunting prospect so reveals we can become Arhats (SKILLFUL MEANS)

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Preview of the back of card 4

Card 5

Front

Is to explain how the Buddha can reveal his teachings so long after he has supposedly died (they suggest he used expedient means by pretending he was dead) - this is reflected in the Parable of the Wise Physician

Back

Preview of the back of card 5

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