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Decline of the Law Sutra

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Decline of the Law Sutra
[法滅尽経] (Chin Fa-mieh-chin-ching; Jpn Hometsujin-kyo )

    A very short sutra that describes how Shakyamuni's teaching will disappear after his death. The translator of this sutra into Chinese is unknown. It says that, in the latter age, the devil will appear in the form of Buddhist monks and carry out slanderous acts against the Law. According to the Decline of the Law Sutra, Shakyamuni Buddha preached this sutra to Ananda three months before his death. The sutra reads: "After I have entered nirvana, in the troubled times when the five cardinal sins prevail, the way of the devil will flourish. The devil will appear in the form of Buddhist monks and attempt to confuse and destroy my teachings.... Those who do evil will become as numerous as the sands of the ocean, while the good will be extremely few, perhaps no more than one or two persons."

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