Threefold Lotus Sutra

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The Threefold Lotus Sutra (法華三部経 pinyin: fǎ huá sān bù jīng, Jp: Hokke-sambu-kyo) is the composition of three complementary sutras that together form the "three-part Dharma flower sutra": [1] [2] [3]

1. The Innumerable Meanings Sutra (無量義經 Ch: Wú Liáng Yì Jīng, Jp: Muryōgi Kyō), prologue to the Lotus Sutra.
2. The Lotus Sutra (妙法蓮華經 Ch: Miào Fǎ Lián Huá Jīng, Jp: Myōhō Renge Kyō) itself.
3. The Sutra of Meditation on the Bodhisattva Universal Virtue / Samantabhadra Meditation Sutra (普賢經 Ch: Pǔ Xián Jīng, Jp: Fugen Kyō), epilogue to the Lotus Sutra.

They have been known collectively as the Threefold Lotus Sutra in China and Japan since ancient times. [4]


  1. Reeves 2008 , p. 4
  2. Katō et al. 1993 , p. x
  3. Suguro 1998 , p. 4
  4. Katō et al. 1993 , p. xiii

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