The Amitayur DhyanaSutra

As I did not succeed in getting possession of a MS. of the original Sanskrit text of this Sutra, I had given up all hope of being able to give in this volume a translation of all the classical texts used by the two leading sects of the Buddhists in Japan. Fortunately at the last moment a young Japanese scholar who is reading Sanskrit with me at Oxford, Mr. J. Takakusu, informed me that he possessed the Chinese translation of this Sutra, and that he felt quite competent to translate it. It so...

The Larger SukhavatiVYUHA

ACCORDING to the census of 1891 Japan has about forty millions of inhabitants, of whom more than thirty millions are Buddhists. Of these Buddhists the Shin-shiu sect claims about ten millions of followers, with 19,208 temples, and 11,958 preachers, with ten chief priests, and 3,593 students. The books on which the members of this sect chiefly found their faith are the two Sukhavati-vyuhas, the large and the small, and the Amitayur-dhyana-sutra. They are sometimes called the Large Sutra, the...