Important Cultural PropertyMyôhôrengekyô (Lotus Sutra with Single Character on Lotus Pedestals), Chapters 21, "The Supernatural Powers of the Buddha" and 22, "Entrustment"

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  • Two handscrolls
  • Kamakura period/13th century
  • Kyoto National Museum
  • B甲105

This edition of the Lotus Sutra (J., Myohorengekyo, or commonly known as Hokekyo) has been copied with each character on a colorful lotus pedestal as if they represented buddhas. This set formerly belonged to Ryuko-ji Temple in Fukushima Prefecture (missing the opening and closing sutras The Sutra of Innumerable Meanings and The Sutra of Contemplation of the Dharma Practice of Universal Sage Bodhisattva, and volume 6) and was reputedly copied in the late Heian period (794-1185). The paper is lined with silver margins and the lotus pedestals are colored in green, ultramarine, crimson, yellow, gold, and silver paint.