7. Mahayana Sutras

In this topic we consider those Mahayana Sutras not included under Topic 9, Emptiness Teachings. If early Buddhism was psychologically oriented, focusing on individual liberation and serious spiritual cultivation, Mahayana Buddhism was largely a Buddhism of enthusiasm, devotion, and faith. Its vision was cosmic and extravagant, its literature expansive, poetic, almost over the top. The Lotus sutra was a major influence on Dogen’s Zen and the most widely read Buddhist text throughout the Far East. The Avatamsaka sutra’s cosmic vision of worlds within worlds, atoms within atoms, time and space dissolved, seems to anticipate quantum physics. Its teachings stands behind much of Chinese Zen, as do those of the Vimalakirti sutra, a much shorter and pithier text. The Surangama sutra is a little more obscure but has been important to our study for its analysis of perception and consciousness.

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The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti
In this profound and beautiful sutra, translated here by Robert Thurman, Vimalakirti, a layman, teaches the Mahayana ...
Vimalakirti
Mar 01, 1987
Thomas Cleary
Oct 12, 1993
Lotus Sutra
The Lotus Sutra is an important text for all of Far East Asian Buddhism. It recasts the Buddha as a cosmic principle ...
Burton Watson
Oct 22, 2004

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Surangama Sutra - Talk 1 of 7 (Part 1)
A series of talks on this Chinese Sutra.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Aug 01, 2001
Surangama Sutra - Talk 1 of 7 (Part 2)
A series of talks on this Chinese Sutra. Includes material on perception and consciousness.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Aug 01, 2001
Surangama Sutra - Talk 2 of 7
A series of talks on the Chinese Sutra. Includes material on perception and consciousness.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Aug 01, 2001
Surangama Sutra - Talk 3 of 7
A series of talks on this Chinese Sutra. Includes material on perception and consciousness.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Aug 01, 2001
Surangama Sutra - Talk 4 of 7
A series of talks on this Chinese Sutra. Includes material on perception and consciousness.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Aug 01, 2001
Surangama Sutra - Talk 5 of 7
A series of talks on this Chinese Sutra. Includes material on perception and consciousness.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Aug 01, 2001
Surangama Sutra - Talk 6 of 7
A series of talks on this Chinese Sutra. Includes material on perception and consciousness.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Aug 01, 2001
Surangama Sutra - Talk 7 of 7
A series of talks on this Chinese Sutra. Includes material on perception and consciousness.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Aug 01, 2001
Lotus Sutra (Talk 1 of 5)
Part One of a series of five talks on the Lotus Sutra. The Lotus Sutra is important text for all of Far East Asian Bu...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 22, 2004
Lotus Sutra (Talk 2 of 5)
Part Two of a series of five talks on the Lotus Sutra. The Lotus Sutra is important text for all of Far East Asian Bu...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 22, 2004
Lotus Sutra (Talk 3 of 5)
Part Three of a series of five talks on the Lotus Sutra. The Lotus Sutra is important text for all of Far East Asian ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 22, 2004
Lotus Sutra (Talk 4 of 5)
Part Four of a series of five talks on the Lotus Sutra. The Lotus Sutra is important text for all of Far East Asian B...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 22, 2004
Lotus Sutra (Talk 5 of 5)
Part Five of a series of five talks on the Lotus Sutra. The Lotus Sutra is important text for all of Far East Asian B...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 22, 2004
Vimilakirti Sutra
Zoketsu lectures on this well known sutra.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 28, 2004
Avatamsaka Sutra 1
Norman introduces the first reading of the Avatamsaka Sutra -Thomas Cleary translation published by Shambhala Publica...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Mar 02, 2011
Avatamsaka Sutra 2
Norman introduces the second reading of the Avatamsaka Sutra - Thomas Cleary translation published by Shambhala Publi...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Mar 09, 2011
Avatamsaka Sutra 3
Norman introduces the third reading of the Avatamsaka Sutra - Thomas Cleary translation published by Shambhala Public...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Mar 16, 2011
Avatamsaka Sutra 4
Norman leads the fourth reading of the Avatamsaka Sutra -Thomas Cleary translation published by Shambhala Publication...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Mar 23, 2011
Avatamsaka Sutra 5
Norman leads the fifth and final reading of the Avatamsaka Sutra -Thomas Cleary translation published by Shambhala Pu...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Mar 30, 2011
Mahayana Buddhism 1
Norman begins the Dharma Seminar series on Mahayana Buddhism based on Paul Williams' book "Mahayana Buddhism: The Doc...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jan 05, 2011
Mahayana Buddhism 2
Norman gives the second call of the Dharma Seminar series on Mahayana Buddhism based on Paul Williams' book "Mahayana...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jan 12, 2011
Mahayana Buddhism 3
Norman gives his third talk on Mahayana Buddhism based on Paul Williams' book "Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Found...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jan 19, 2011
Mahayana Buddhism 4
Norman gives his fourth talk on Mahayana Buddhism based on Paul Williams' book "Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foun...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jan 26, 2011
Mahayana Buddhism 5
Chris Fortin gives the fifth talk on Mahayana Buddhism based on Paul Williams' book "Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal...
Chris Fortin
Feb 02, 2011
Mahayana Buddhism 6
Norman gives the sixth talk on Mahayana Buddhism based on Paul Williams' book "Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Found...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Feb 09, 2011
Mahayana Buddhism 7
Norman gives his seventh talk on Mahayana Buddhism based on Paul Williams' book "Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Fou...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Feb 16, 2011
Mahayana Buddhism 8
Norman gives his eighth and final talk on Mahayana Buddhism based on Paul Williams' book "Mahayana Buddhism: The Doc...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Feb 23, 2011
Lankavatara Sutra 1
Norman gives the first talk on the Lankavatara Sutra to the Dharma Seminar. This series is based on Red Pine's 2012 ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 07, 2012
Lankavatara Sutra 3
Norman gives the third talk on the Lankavatara Sutra to the Dharma Seminar. This series is based on Red Pine's 2012 ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 28, 2012
Lankavatara Sutra 5
Norman gives the fifth talk on the Lankavatara Sutra to the Dharma Seminar. This series is based on Red Pine's 2012 ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Dec 12, 2012
Lankavatara Sutra 6
Norman gives the sixth talk on the Lankavantara Sutra to the Dharma Seminar. This series is based on Red Pine's 2012 ...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Dec 19, 2012
Lankavatara Sutra 7
Norman gives his seventh talk on the Lankavatara Sutra to the Dharma Seminar. This series is based on Red Pine's 2012...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jan 09, 2013
Lankavatara Sutra 8
Norman gives his eighth talk on Lankavatara Sutra to the Dharma Seminar. This series is based on Red Pine's 2012 edit...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jan 16, 2013
Lankavatara Sutra 9
Norman gives the ninth talk on the Lankavatara Sutra to the Dharma Seminar. This series is based on Red Pine's 2012 e...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jan 23, 2013
Living by Vow - Prajnaparamita Sutra
Norman speaks on the Prajnaparimita Sutra based on the book Living by Vow by Shohaku Okumura .
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Sep 25, 2013
Living by Vow - Prajnaparamita Sutra 2
Norman gives the second talk on the Prajnaparamitra Sutra (Heart Sutra) based on the book Living by Vow by Shohaku Ok...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Oct 09, 2013
Living by Vow - Prajnaparamita Sutra 4
Norman gives the fourth and final talk on the Prajnaparamita Sutra based on the book Living by Vow by Shohaku Okumura.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 06, 2013
Sandokai 1 - Talk 2 Loon Lake Sesshin 2013
Norman gives his first talk on the Sandokai at the Loon Lake Sesshin 2013. This is the second talk of the Sesshin.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 12, 2013
Sandokai 3 - Talk 4 Loon Lake Sesshin 2013
Norman gives his third and last talk on the Sandokai to the 2013 Loon Lake Sesshin. This is the fourth and final tal...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 14, 2013
Lion's Roar of Queen Srimala - Part 2
Chris Fortin gives her second talk on the Lion's Roar of Queen Srimala to the Dharma Seminar.
Chris F
Feb 12, 2014
Prajna Paramita 8K Lines 2015 Calgary - Talk 1
Norman gives the first of two talks on the Prajna Paramita 8,000 Lines to the Calgary Sangha.
Mar 14, 2015
Prajna Paramita 8K Lines 2015 Calgary - Talk 2
Norman gives the second talk on the Prajna Paramita 8,000 Lines to the Calgary Sangha.
Mar 15, 2015
Virya Paramita - Angela Center Sesshin 2015 Talk 2
Norman gives the second dharma talk at the Angela Center Sesshin on Virya Paramita.
Norman Fischer
Oct 28, 2015
Meditation - Angela Center Session 2015 Talk 4
Norman gives his third talk to the 2015 Angela Center Session on Meditation.
Norman Fischer
Oct 29, 2015
Dogen's Zazen - Angela Center Sesshin 2015 Talk 5
Norman gives his fourth talk at the Angela Center Session 2015 on Dogen's Zazen.
Norman Fischer
Oct 30, 2015
Prajna Paramita - Angela Center Sesshin 2015 Talk 7
Norman gives his fifth talk at the Angela Center Sesshin 2015 on Prajna Paramita.
Norman Fischer
Oct 31, 2015
Six Paramitas 2015 - Talk 7 - Compassion
Norman gives his seventh talk in the Six Paramitas 2015 series on Compassion.
Norman Fischer
Nov 04, 2015
Old Path White Clouds, Talk 8
At the February 2016 All Day Sitting, Norman gives a talk on Two Suttas from Old Path White Clouds: On Breathing and ...
Norman Fischer
Feb 21, 2016
Mahaparinirvana Sutra 2018 - Talk 1
Norman gives the first talk on the Mahaparinirvana Sutta as found in The Long Discourses of the Buddha - Translation ...
Norman Fischer
Aug 01, 2018
Perfection of Enthusiasm - Sue Moon
Sue Moon speaks on "The Perfection of Enthusiasm" to the Sky Island Zen group.
Sue Moon
Oct 02, 2019
Imagination Saves Lives - Jaune Evans - Talk 6 - World Could Be Otherwise
Jaune Evans gives the sixth talk in the Wold Could Be Otherwise series on "Imagination Saves Lives"
Jaune Evans
Oct 16, 2019
Vimalikirti Sutra 2020 - Talk 6 - Jeff Bickner
Jeff Bickner gives the sixth talk on the Vimalikirti 2020 series to the Dharma Seminar.
Jeff Bickner
Feb 12, 2020
Vimalakirti Sutra 2020 - Talk 8
Norman gives the eighth and final talk of the Vimalakirti Sutra 2020 to the Dharma Seminar on Chapters 10, 11, and 12.
Norman Fischer
Feb 26, 2020
"The Unsurpassable Wisdom of Vimalakirti" Musical Puppet Play
To conclude our 2020 Vimalakirti Sutra series, Patricia Sullivan was joined by some sangha members in a special perfo...
Feb 26, 2020
Vimalakirti's Silence - All Day Sitting February 2020
Norman gives the last talk of the 2020 Vimalakiriti series at the February All Day Sitting at Green Gulch Farms.
Norman Fischer
Feb 29, 2020
Platform Sutra 2020 - Kathie Fischer - Talk 2
Kathie Fischer gives the second talk of the Platform Sutra 2020 series based on the teachings of the sixth ancestor H...
Kathie Fischer
Mar 11, 2020
Platform Sutra 2020 - Kathie Fisher - Talk 3
Kathie Fischer gives the third talk of the Platform Sutra 2020 series based on the teachings of the sixth ancestor Hu...
Kathie Fischer
Mar 18, 2020
Platform Sutra 2020 - Kathie Fischer - Talk 4
Kathie Fischer gives the fourth and last talk of the Platform Sutra 2020 series based on the teachings of the sixth a...
Kathie Fischer
Mar 25, 2020
Lotus Sutra 2020 - Talk 1 - All Day Sitting September 2020
Norman gives his first talk of The Lotus Sutra 2020 series to the EDZ All Day Sitting September 2020 based on the Gen...
Norman Fischer
Sep 26, 2020
Lotus Sutra 2020 - Talk 2 - Upaya
Norman gives his second talk of The Lotus Sutra 2020 series to the Dharma Seminar based on the Gene Reeves edition o...
Norman Fischer
Sep 30, 2020
Lotus Sutra 2020 - Talk 3 - Upaya Zen Center - October 5, 2020
Norman gives his third talk on The Lotus Sutra 2020 series titled "Universal Inclusion" to The Upaya Zen Center.
Norman Fischer
Oct 05, 2020
Lotus Sutra 2020 - Talk 4 - Chapters 3 & 4
Norman gives his fourth talk on The Lotus Sutra speaking on Chapters 3 and 4 based on the Gene Reeves edition.
Norman Fischer
Oct 07, 2020
Lotus Sutra 2020 - Talk 6 - Chapters 5 & 6
Norman gives the sixth talk of the Lotus Sutra 2020 series on Chapters 5 & 6 based on the Gene Reeves edition of the ...
Norman Fischer
Oct 21, 2020
Lotus Sutra 2020 - Talk 7 - Chapter 7 - Sesshin 1
Norman gives his seventh talk of the Lotus Sutra 2020 Series on Chapter 7 of The Lotus Sutra based on Gene Reeves edi...
Norman Fischer
Oct 27, 2020
Lotus Sutra 2020 - Talk 8 - Chapters 8, 9, 10 - Sesshin 2
Norman gives the eighth talk of the Lotus Sutra 2020 series and the second Sesshin Talk on Chapters 8, 9 and 10 based...
Norman Fischer
Oct 28, 2020
Lotus Sutra 2020 - Talk 9 - Chapter 11 - Sesshin 3
Norman gives the ninth talk on the Lotus Sutra 2020 series on Chapter 11 and is the third talk of the Dharma Seminar ...
Norman Fischer
Oct 29, 2020
Lotus Sutra 2020 - Talk 10 - Chapter 11 - Sesshin 4
Norman gives the 10th talk on the Lotus Sutra 2020 series on Chapter 12 and is the fourth talk of the Dharma Seminar ...
Norman Fischer
Oct 30, 2020
Lotus Sutra 2020 - Talk 11 - Chapters 12-14 - Sesshin 5
Norman gives his 11th talk in The Lotus Sutra 2020 series on Chapters 12 - 14. This is the fifth and final talk of th...
Norman Fischer
Oct 31, 2020
Lotus Sutra 2020 - Talk 12 - Chapters 15 and 16
Norman gives the 12th talk on The Lotus Sutra on Chapters 15 and 16 to the Dharma Seminar.
Norman Fischer
Nov 04, 2020
Lotus Sutra 2020 - Talk 16 - Chapters 21-24
Norman gives his 16th talk of the Lotus Sutra 2020 Series to the Dharma Seminar on Chapters 21 thru 24.
Norman Fischer
Nov 25, 2020
Lotus Sutra 2020 - Talk 17 - Chapters 24 thru 28
Norman gives his 17th and last talk of the Lotus Sutra 2020 series to the Everyday Zen November All Day Sitting.
Norman Fischer
Nov 28, 2020
Sandokai 2021 - Talk 2
Norman gives his second talk on the Sandokai 2021 series. Also known as "The Harmony of Difference and Sameness," Nor...
Norman Fischer
Mar 31, 2021
Sandokai 2021 - Talk 4
Norman gives his fourth talk of the Sandokai 2021 series, Also known as "The Harmony of Difference and Sameness," Nor...
Norman Fischer
Apr 14, 2021

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Mahayana Buddhism 7
Norman gives his seventh talk on Mahayana Buddhism based on Paul Williams' book "Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Fou...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Feb 16, 2011
Sandokai 1 - Talk 2 Loon Lake Sesshin 2013
Norman gives his first talk on the Sandokai at the Loon Lake Sesshin 2013. This is the second talk of the Sesshin.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 12, 2013
Sandokai 3 - Talk 4 Loon Lake Sesshin 2013
Norman gives his third and last talk on the Sandokai to the 2013 Loon Lake Sesshin. This is the fourth and final tal...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Nov 14, 2013
Prajna Paramita - Angela Center Sesshin 2015 Talk 7
Norman gives his fifth talk at the Angela Center Sesshin 2015 on Prajna Paramita.
Norman Fischer
Oct 31, 2015