the illustrated lotus sutra

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Gene Reeves

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The Lotus Sutra is regarded as one of the world’s great religious scriptures and most influential texts. It’s a seminal work in the development of Buddhism throughout East Asia and, by extension, in the development of Mahayana Buddhism throughout the world. Taking place in a vast and fantastical cosmic setting, the Lotus Sutra places emphasis on skillfully doing whatever is needed to serve and compassionately care for others, on breaking down distinctions between the fully enlightened buddha and the bodhisattva who vows to postpone salvation until all beings may share it, and especially on each and every being’s innate capacity to become a buddha.

This illustrated edition features more than 110 full-page and two-page illustrations by a world-renowned and award-winning artist, and brings the fantastical and image-filled world of the Lotus Sutra vividly to life. Demi’s illustrations are both classical and contemporary in feel, perfectly complementing Reeves’s masterful and modern translation.

about the author
The Illustrated Lotus Sutra

Gene Reeves has been studying, teaching, and writing in Japan for twenty-­five years, primarily on Buddhism and interfaith relations. Now an international advisor at Rissho Kosei­-kai, he is also professor emeritus at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and a founder of the International Buddhist Congregation in Tokyo, where he serves as special minister. As a Buddhist teacher, he travels frequently to China, Singapore, Taiwan, America, and Europe to give talks at universities and churches, mainly on the Lotus Sutra. He is the translator of The Lotus Sutra: A Contemporary Translation of a Buddhist Classic, editor of A Buddhist Kaleidoscope: Essays on the Lotus Sutra, and author of Stories of the Lotus Sutra.
In addition to his work coordinating an annual international seminar on the Lotus Sutra, Reeves has been long active in interfaith conversations and organizations; he was chair of the planning committee for the 1987 Congress of the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) at Stanford University; he was one of the founders of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions; and he was a long­-term member of the Board of the Society for Buddhist Christian Studies and an international advisor to the Niwano Peace Foundation. In Japan he has been an advisor to the Japan Liaison Committee of the IARF and a participant in the Religious Summit at Mt. Hiei and in various activities of the World Conference of Religions for Peace. He has participated in both the World Buddhist Forum in China and in the International Lay Buddhist Forum in Korea and Spain. He is retired from both the University of Tsukuba in Japan and from Renmin University of China.

Other books by Gene Reeves:
Introduction to the Lotus Sutra
The Lotus Sutra
The Stories of the Lotus Sutra

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