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.

Books

 
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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

Texts

 
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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