November 23, 1973 (Friday evening)
158. On the Importance of the Dharma Flower Sutra
Ven. Master Hsuan Hua
[Historical note: In November, 1973, a publication came out of the first volume of an English translation of the Dharma Flower Sutra (Lotus Sutra). The translator was Bhikshu Heng Qian.]
Master: The Dharma Flower Sutra contains wonderful and interpenetrating principles. It is recognized as the sutra that describes how to become a Buddha. Only when someone who investigates the Buddhadharma has understood this sutra can he or she be said to understand Buddhism. Therefore, if you truly wish to study Buddhism, or if you want to become a Buddha in the future, you should own a copy of this sutra. When you arenít reading it yourself, you can give it to your friends or relatives. It makes a most valuable gift. This is an opportunity no one should miss.
(Timely Teachings, page 391)