Teachings and Commentary on the Sutra of the Eight Realizations of Great Beings

Containing only 381 Chinese characters in total, the Sutra of the Eight Realizations of Great Beings is succinct, to the point, and easy to study. Although this sutra lacks the features which most commonly characterize other Buddhist sutras, it is highly esteemed in Chinese Buddhism. The Eight Realizations of Great Beings are the eight methods for bodhisattvas to become enlightened and attain buddhahood.

Teachings and Commentary on the Medicine Buddha Sutra

The Medicine Buddha made twelve great vows, including the vow to lead sentient beings away from all kinds of hardships and disasters and guide them toward liberation. Sentient beings suffer from many physical and mental afflictions, especially from the Three Poisons of greed, anger, and ignorance. Sentient beings’ mental tribulations thus result in the 404 ailments, which bring anguish and suffering to their bodies and minds.

Teachings and Commentary on the Sutra of Infinite Meanings

In Sanskrit, the Sutra of Infinite Meanings (also known as the Sutra of Innumerable Meanings) is called the Amitarthasutra. This sutra is one volume comprised of three chapters: the Chapter on Virtues, the Chapter on Expounding the Dharma, and the Chapter on the Ten Merits. Together with the Wondrous Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra and the Sutra of Meditation on Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, they form the Threefold Lotus Sutra. Before expounding the True Dharma of the Wondrous Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra, the Buddha first taught the Sutra of Infinite Meanings in the hopes that everyone in the state of unenlightened beings could develop great compassion and reach the Bodhisattva Path.

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