The following is the method for keeping up with the Saturday Lotus Sutra Study if you are not able to attend on a particular day. I will continue to post the start and finish locations in both The Threefold Lotus Sutra and Buddhism for Today after each session. This list is current through Chapter 3 A Parable and will be updated for later chapters in the future.

Lotus Sutra Study

This study uses The Threefold Lotus Sutra (TLS) by Kosei Publishing and Buddhism for Today (BFT) by Nikkyo Niwano. The method involves following the numbers and reading the corresponding section going back and forth between the two books.

Each chapter has its own numbers, beginning at 1. For example, in Chapter 2 Preaching you start with 1 in the TLS at page 11 line 1 and read until reaching the next number (which is 3 on page 12). Then go to BFT page 7 line 1 and read until number 4 on page 9. Then back to TLS number 3, etc., going back and forth until finishing the chapter.

All line numbers refer to the line number within the paragraph, not the page. The text following the line number are the first words of the sentence where the new reading begins.

 

The Sutra of Innumerable Meanings

Chapter 1 Virtues

1          TLS     Page 3 Line 1 Entire Chapter

2          BFT     Page 3 Line 1 Entire Chapter

Chapter 2 Preaching

1          TLS     Page 11 Line 1

2          BFT     Page 7 Line 1

3          TLS     Page 12 Para 3 Line 12 – Bodhisattva-mahasattvas

4          BFT     Page 9 Para 3 Line 1 – The Buddha taught…

5          TLS     Page 13 Para 3 Line 1 – At that time…

6          BFT     Page 10 Para2 Line 1 – Then the Bodhisattva Great…

Chapter 3 Ten Merits

1          TLS     Page 18 Line 1

2          BFT     Page 13 Line 1

3          TLS     Page 19 Para 2 Line 1

4          BFT     Page 14 Para 4 Line 1 – The Bodhisattva-Mahasattva Great…

5          TLS     Page 20 Para 2 Line 1 – Good sons! Secondly…

6          BFT     Page 17 Para 4 Line 1 – The merit-powers mentioned…

7          TLS     Page 20 Para 4 Line 1 – Good sons! Thirdly…

8          BFT     Page 17 Para 6 Line 1 –  The third inconceivable…

9          TLS     Page 21 Para 2 Line 1 – Good sons! Fourthly…

10        BFT     Page18 Para 3 Line 1 – The fourth inconceivable…

11        TLS     Page 22 Para 2 Line 1 – Good sons! Fifthly…

12        BFT     Page18 Para 4 Line 1 – The fifth and sixth inconceivable…

13        TLS     Page 22 Para 4 Line 1 – Good sons! Seventhly…

14        BFT     Page19 Para 1 Line 1 – The seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth…

15        TLS     Page 22 Para 2 Line 1 – Good sons! The Sutra of Innumerable…

16        BFT     Page19 Para 3 Line 1 – At the close of the Buddha’s…

 

The Lotus Sutra

Chapter 1 Introduction

1          BFT     Page 23 Para 1 Line 1

2          TLS     Page 31 Para 1 Line 1

3          BFT     Page 24 Para 4 Line 1 – This chapter is called…

4          TLS     Page 42 Para 2 Line 1 – All ye good sons!…

5          BFT     Page 25 Para 4 Line 1 – Infinite, boundless, countless…

6          TLS     Page 42 Para 3 Line 1 – Next again there was…

7          BFT     Page 38 Para 4 Line 1 – Now to return to chapter 1…

Chapter 2 Tactfulness

1          TLS     Page 51 Para 1 Line 1

2          BFT     Page 41 Para 1 Line 1

3          TLS     Page 52 Para 1 Line 8 – Enough, Shariputra, there…

4          BFT     Page 42 Para 5 Line 1 – Three Requests and Three Refusals…

5          TLS     Page 58 Para 5 Line 1 – When he had thus spoken…

6          BFT     Page 44 Para 7 Line 1 – Five Thousand Leave The Assembly…

7          TLS     Page 60 Para 2 Line 1 – The Buddha addressed…

8          BFT     Page 46 Para 3 Line 1 – A Buddha Teaches Only Bodhisattvas…

9          TLS     Page 60 Para 2 Line 2 – Whatever they do is always…

10        BFT     Page 48 Para 3 Line 1 – Only One Buddha-Vehicle…

Chapter 3 A Parable

1          TLS     Page 77 Para 1 Line 1

2          BFT     Page 53 Para 1 Line 1

3          TLS     Page 78 Para 2 Line 1 – At that time Sariputra…

4          BFT     Page 54 Para 2 Line 1 – Then Sariputra…

5          TLS     Page 84 Para 2 Line 1 – At that time all…

6          BFT     Page 55 Para 2 Line 1 – When all the great…

7          TLS     Page 85 Para 4 Line 1 – Sariputra! Suppose in a…

8          BFT     Page 56 Para 3 Line 1 – The Parable Of The Burning…

9          TLS     Page 103 Para 1 Line 14 – Again, Sariputra…

10        BFT     Page 61 Para 2 Line 1 – Fourteen Sins of Slandering…