Lotus Sutra, Lecture No. II-2
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Wind Bell: Teachings from the San Francisco Zen Center, p. 3
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[The Lotus Sutra] -- which was [not] told by a historical Buddha. But some people may be disappointed who believe in historical Buddha. This is not a characteristic of any religion except Buddhism. Only Buddhism went through a long history before having a complete understanding of the historical Buddha. It took a pretty long time for us to understand who he was.
At first his disciples were attached to his character, or to what he said and did. So his teaching became more and more static and solid. ... Read Transcript (this version is updated and corrected at times. Any other transcripts below are not).