Lotus Sutra

(ca. 100 BCE–200 CE)

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At least some parts of the Lotus Sutra were likely composed in a local Indian or Central Asian dialect, which was then translated into a form of Sanskrit (known as Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit) in order to lend it an air of authority and to allow the teachings to be shared with others. The Lotus Sutra’s self-referential claims to transcendent authority and its insistence on the “one vehicle” of dharma—that is, of Buddhist law and teachings—are indicative of some of the disputes and...