I purchased the Threefold Lotus Sutra to keep me company on long days working for Ulrich’s running a cash register. Sure I had heard lots about buddhism, but I had never read any of the primary literature. I’m not sure why I settled on this particular sutra, maybe something I read online or some reference to it in another book but for whatever reason I knew this was the one I wanted to read.
This sutra was collected in the 1st century BCE in Kashmir, 500 years after the death of the Buddha. It is purported to have been written down shortly before his death, and hidden away for centuries. The world described within is a kaleidoscope of worlds, with thousands or maybe even millions of different incarnations of the buddha, dragons, nagas, spirits, monsters, and the like. There’s even a rare special mention of a woman getting to reach full enlightenment, difficult and circuitous though her path may be.