Hoke-kyō (Saddharma-puṇḍarīka sūtra), Vol.1-8


Hoke-kyō (Saddharma-puṇḍarīka sūtra), Vol.1-8

calligraphy / Nara

Heian period, 12th century

Handscrolls, ink on coloured paper with gold and silver-leaf particles

H 24.8, L 764.3-1078.5


Formerly kept in Daisen-ji temple, Tottori


The Hoke-kyō (Saddaharma-puṇḍarīka sūtra or the Lotus sutra) was highly respected during the Nara period as a Buddhist scripture which was thought to be effective in preventing crimes and protecting the nation. According to the text of this sutra, women and even bad people can attain Buddhahood. Copying sutras was considered as a pious act. During the Heian period when the Tendai sect of Buddhism, which considered the Hoke-kyō sutra as their principal Buddhist scripture, became influential, more and more people began to pay respect to the Hoke-kyō sutra. Several Buddhist rituals and Buddhist events concerning the Hoke-kyō sutra, such as Hokke Hakkō

Masterpieces of Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 1993, pp.80-81, no.60.

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