Lotus Sutra (Saddharma-Pundarika) [sanskrit]

by H. Kern | 2013 | 16,351 words | ISBN-13: 9788120801226

The Lotus Sutra (Saddharma-pundarika) is an important Mahayana Buddhist scripture classified as one of the nine Dharmas. the Lotus Sutra deals with a wide range of important Buddhist teachings in twenty-seven chapters including the nature of the Buddhas and the inherent potentiality of becoming Buddha within all beings. This editions only contains the Sanskrit metrical text and the corresponding English translation. Alternative titles: Saddharma-puṇḍarīka-sūtra (सद्धर्म-पुण्डरीक-सूत्र).

किं कारणं कालमवेक्ष्य तायी क्षणं च दृष्ट्वा ततु पश्च भाषते ।
सो ऽयं क्षणो अद्य कथंचि लब्धो वदामि येनेह च भूतनिश्चयम् ॥ ४८ ॥

kiṃ kāraṇaṃ kālamavekṣya tāyī kṣaṇaṃ ca dṛṣṭvā tatu paśca bhāṣate |
so 'yaṃ kṣaṇo adya kathaṃci labdho vadāmi yeneha ca bhūtaniścayam || 48 ||

Why should not the mighty one, after having waited for the right time, speak, now that he perceives the right moment is come? This is the fit opportunity, met somehow, of commencing the exposition of what really is.

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Glossary of Sanskrit terms

Note: This extracts Sanskrit terms and links to English definitions from the glossary, based on an experimental segmentation of verse (2.48). Some terms could be superfluous while some might not be mentioned. Click on the word to show English definitions.

Kim, Karana, Kalam, Kala, Avekshya, Tayin, Kshanam, Kshana, Pashca, Sah, Aya, Idam, Adya, Labdhri, Labdha, Yena, Yah, Yat, Iha, Bhuta, Nishcaya,

Analysis of Sanskrit grammar

Note: this is an experimental feature and only shows the first possible analysis of the Sanskrit text (Lotus Sutra Verse 2.48). If the system was successful in segmenting the sentence, you will see of which words it is made up of, generally consisting of Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs, Participles and Indeclinables. Click on the link to show all possible derivations of the word.

  • Line 1: “kiṃ kāraṇaṃ kālamavekṣya tāyī kṣaṇaṃ ca dṛṣṭvā tatu paśca bhāṣate
  • kim -
  • kim (indeclinable interrogative)
    [indeclinable interrogative]
    kim (indeclinable)
    [indeclinable]
    kim (pronoun, neuter)
    [nominative single], [accusative single]
  • kāraṇam -
  • kāraṇa (noun, neuter)
    [adverb], [nominative single], [accusative single]
    kāraṇā (noun, feminine)
    [adverb]
  • kālam -
  • kālam (indeclinable)
    [indeclinable]
    kāla (noun, masculine)
    [adverb], [accusative single]
    kāla (noun, neuter)
    [adverb], [nominative single], [accusative single]
    kālā (noun, feminine)
    [adverb]
  • avekṣya -
  • avekṣya (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    avekṣya (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
  • tāyī -
  • tāyin (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
  • kṣaṇam -
  • kṣaṇam (indeclinable)
    [indeclinable]
    kṣaṇa (noun, masculine)
    [adverb], [accusative single]
    kṣaṇa (noun, neuter)
    [adverb], [nominative single], [accusative single]
    kṣaṇā (noun, feminine)
    [adverb]
  • ca -
  • ca (indeclinable conjunction)
    [indeclinable conjunction]
    ca (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    ca (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
  • dṛṣṭvā -
  • dṛś -> dṛṣṭvā (absolutive)
    [absolutive from √dṛś]
  • ta -
  • ta (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    ta (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    tan (noun, masculine)
    [compound]
  • tu -
  • tu (indeclinable particle)
    [indeclinable particle]
  • paśca -
  • paśca (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    paśca (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
  • bhāṣate -
  • bhāṣ (verb class 1)
    [present middle third single]
  • Line 2: “so 'yaṃ kṣaṇo adya kathaṃci labdho vadāmi yeneha ca bhūtaniścayam
  • so' -
  • saḥ (indeclinable correlative)
    [indeclinable correlative]
    so (noun, feminine)
    [compound]
    sa (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
  • ayam -
  • aya (noun, masculine)
    [adverb], [accusative single]
    idam (pronoun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
  • kṣaṇo -
  • adya -
  • adya (indeclinable adverb)
    [indeclinable adverb]
    adya (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    adya (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
  • Cannot analyse kathañci*la
  • labdho* -
  • labdhṛ (noun, masculine)
    [vocative single]
    labdhṛ (noun, feminine)
    [vocative single]
    labdha (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
    labh -> labdha (participle, masculine)
    [nominative single from √labh class 1 verb]
  • vadāmi -
  • vad (verb class 1)
    [present active first single]
  • yene -
  • yena (indeclinable)
    [indeclinable]
    ya (noun, masculine)
    [instrumental single]
    yaḥ (pronoun, masculine)
    [instrumental single]
    yat (pronoun, neuter)
    [instrumental single]
  • iha -
  • iha (indeclinable adverb)
    [indeclinable adverb]
    iha (indeclinable)
    [indeclinable]
  • ca -
  • ca (indeclinable conjunction)
    [indeclinable conjunction]
    ca (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    ca (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
  • bhūta -
  • bhūta (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    bhūta (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    bhū (verb class 1)
    [injunctive active second plural]
  • niścayam -
  • niścaya (noun, masculine)
    [adverb], [accusative single]

Other print editions:

Also see the following print editions of the Sanskrit text or (alternative) English translations of the Lotus Sutra Verse 2.48

Cover of edition (2001)

The Lotus Sutra (Text with Hindi Translation)
by Ram Mohan Das (2001)

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