The following are three sets of links to my own translations or adaptation of translations and/or commentaries on Buddhist texts that I have found of particular interest over the years.

The first group of links are to those translations and commentaries that comprise my study program for those interested in being able to read and understand the Lotus Sutra for themselves. The texts chosen for this are those which cover the life and teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha and the teachings and ideals of Mahayana Buddhism. It is my hope that anyone who reads these texts will be better prepared to understand the Lotus Sutra without having to rely on anyone else to tell them what it means in terms of the general Buddhist and Mahayana background that the Lotus Sutra assumes its readers are already deeply familiar with.

Ryuei’s Study Program:

Shakyamuni Buddha’s Life and Teachings

The Heart Sutra

The Diamond Sutra

Guide to Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life

 

The second and third groups of links are to translations and/or commentaries on five provisional sutras and three Zen writings that are used in Won Buddhism, a new religion from Korea. The Society for the Study of Buddha Dharma was founded by Pak Chung-bin (1891-1943; aka the Great Master Sot’aesan) after he had a spiritual awakening on April 28, 1916. In 1947 the Society was renamed Won Buddhism. I think a fair characterization of Won Buddhism is that it is a progressive and humanistic form of Korean Zen, but it really is much more than that. If anyone wants to learn more I would recommend they read The Scriptures of Won Buddhism translated by Bongkil Chung. At any rate, Sot’aesan chose five sutras and three Zen texts from the Buddhist canon to use in teaching his contemporaries about Buddhism. I have found his selection intriguing because he assumed that his followers knew nothing about Buddhism and would have to learn it beginning with the most simple and basic teachings. From the T’ien-t’ai/Nichiren point of view these works do not go beyond the Tripitka and the Shared teachings of the Buddha. Still, I think it is a helpful selection for those who are totally in the dark about basic Buddhist insights and values, and even those who follow the Perfect teaching of the Original Gate of the Lotus Sutra should be familiar with these teachings as the Perfect teaching presumes that one has already assimilated them.

Sutras chosen by Sot’aesan:

Five Merits of the Virtuous Sutra

Discernment of Karmic Recompense Sutra

The 42 Chapters Sutra

The Heart Sutra

The Diamond Sutra

Zen texts chosen by Sot’aesan:

The Ten Ox Herding Pictures with Accompanying Verses

The Hsiu-hsiu-an Discourse on Sitting Meditation

Secrets of Cultivating the Mind by Chinul – go to p. 205 of the pdf this links to for Robert Buswell’s translation.