The Sutra of the Forty-Two Sections
The Sutra of Forty-two Chapters consists of a brief prologue and 42 short chapters (mostly under 100 Chinese characters), composed largely of quotations from the Buddha. Most chapters begin "The Buddha said..." but several provide the context of a situation or a question asked of the Buddha. The scripture itself is not considered a formal sutra, and early scriptures refer to the work as "Forty-two Sections from Buddhist Scriptures" or "The Forty-two Sections of Emperor Xiao Ming." Because of its association with the entrance of Buddhism to China, it is accorded a very significant status in East Asia.
- Paperback | 28 pages
- 127 x 203.2 x 1.78mm | 81.65g
- 02 Jun 2015
- United States
- black & white illustrations