Larger Sutra with illustrations from the Larger Sutra Mandala


CONTENTS



(1-2) Preface and bodhisattvas' virtues;

 

(3-5) The Buddha's manifestation of glorious features, fifty-three past Buddhas, Lokeshvararaja's appearance in the world, Dharmakara's renunciation of the world, and the Hymn in Praise of the Buddha;

 

(6-7) Dharmakara's Forty-eight Vows;

 

(8-9) The Hymn Confirming the Vow and Dharmara's bodhisattva practice;

 

(10-12) Amida's attainment of Buddhahood, his Infinite Light and Infinite Life;

 

(13-15) The first assembly, jeweled trees, and the Bodhi-tree;

 

(16-17) Adornments of the palace-buildings, jewel ponds, and food;

 

(18-21) Physical glory of the inhabitants, wonderful adornments of the land, and glorious display of light;

 

(22-25) Fulfillment of the 11th, 17th and 18th vows and three grades of aspirants;

 

(26-27) Bodhisattvas' visit to the Pure Land from the eastern quarters;

 

(28-30) Bodhisattvas' light, especially that of Avalokiteshvara and Mahasthamaprapta, Amida's preaching of the Dharma, and bodhisattvas' virtues;

 

(31-33) Admonition against three kinds of evil acts;

 

(34-40) Admonition against five great evils;

 

(41-48) Amida and his land seen by the audience, two kinds of birth in the Pure Land and their causes, embryonic birth compared to a jailed prince, visit to the Pure Land from 14 Buddha-lands, the sutra to remain longer in the world, and benefits gained by the audience.