The Lotus Sutra and the Sutra of Immeasurable Meanings

National Headquarters  |  August 18, 2015

Tzu Chi’s Dharma path is based on the Lotus Sutra as well as the Sutra of Immeasurable Meanings. In many respects, the Sutra of Immeasurable Meanings sums up the essence of the Lotus Sutra, and also explains the Buddhist path in everyday life as one where we should strive to awaken our pure Buddha nature for the benefit of all sentient beings.

The following passage epitomizes the foundation of this compassionate path:

Our mind is clear and translucent, and our vows are as vast as the endless void. Our conviction is unwavering for countless eons.

Tzu Chi’s path is one of compassionate action, so disciples learn the essential meaning of the sutra while working to relieve human suffering directly. The blessings that result from virtues such as sincere pure heart and spontaneous unconditionally service are explained in the sutra. With the result of spiritual cultivation being:

Innumerable dharma paths become clear to us. Great wisdom shall be ours, and we will penetrate the true reality of all things.

The ancient text also expounds the workings of Dharma in nature, the universe, and human life, highlighting fundamental truths such as impermanence and the law of karma (cause and effect). The sutra is an essential guide on the path to enlightenment of infinite scope and depth.

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