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The Lotus Sutra is a special teaching about what is considered to be the transcendent Buddha It depicts a sermon by the Buddha to the assembled bodhisattvas and other beings in which he teaches the basis of Mahayana Buddhism He emphasizes the goal of becoming a Bodhisattva and the notion of realizing ones own Buddha-nature The teachings of the Lotus Sutra are very influential and are one of the most powerful and popular sutras among Mahayana Buddhists In the Lotus Sutra Siddhartha stands on top of a mountain and speaks to the Bodhisattvas and Buddhas on how to live a life like him He vowed that if one believed in him and reached out for him he would help them He promised that all can be saved and will be saved but all must have faith In Mahayana Buddhism it is taught that every individual without exception possesses the life condition of Buddhahood and is capable of attaining enlightenment The Budda teaches that all people as individuals possess the tremendously brilliant and indestructible life of the Buddha Any who believe and follow can call out to the Buddha and he will guide them In order for the Buddha to help you must live everyday with compassion for others The Buddha is known as a saint because he is one who devotes himself to benefiting others True Emptiness and wonderful existence is one of the most important concepts in Buddhism Anywhere is the same as everywhere and now then never and forever are all one No one exists alone and everything one does affects someone or something else in this world We are taught to preserve life and to live in peace etc not kill and pollute the environment The Lotus Sutra is a very simple way to live life and to attain nirvana The Lotus Sutra is unique among Buddhist teachings in that it makes the attainment of enlightenment a possibility open to all beings
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