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Greek Edition of Burton Watson's The Lotus Sutra Published

Greek edition of Burton Watson's translation of The Lotus Sutra

Kedros Publishers, Athens, Greece, recently released a Greek edition of The Lotus Sutra, widely considered to be the most important scripture of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. This edition is translated from Burton Watson's translation published in 1993 by Columbia University Press, New York. The 500-page Greek version includes an introduction, full text of the Lotus Sutra's 28 chapters, a glossary and an index. Kedros Publishers, specializing in contemporary literature and the classics, has also published important religious and philosophical works. Panos Bolanakis, the translator and Kedros's religious publications advisor, remarked that it is significant that the Greek edition of the Lotus Sutra was completed on the 1600th anniversary of Kumarajiva's Chinese translation completed in 406 (one of the recognized prevailing dates). SGI-Greece General Director Dimitri Dimopoulos and other SGI-Greece members supported the effort. [Kumarajiva (344-413 C.E.) was a prominent Central Asian scholar who translated a number of Buddhist scriptures into Chinese during his lifetime. Dr. Watson's translation of this pivotal text is made directly from Kumarajiva's Chinese version, regarded as the most historically legitimate text.]

[Adapted from an article in the December 21, 2006 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]