This paper concerns Jizang’s (吉蔵) interpretation of the Saddharmapuṇḍarīka in the Fahua lunshu (法華論疏). The Fahua lunshu was written by Jizang in his later years, and is a sub-commentary on the Fahua lun, itself a commentary on the Saddharmapuṇḍarīka. The Fahua lun is the most important text, through which Jizang understood the Saddharmapuṇḍarīka.
The point in this study is as follows. In the beginning, Jizang understood that all Mahāyāna sūtras had the same value. This is the traditional understanding of the Sanlun sect (三論宗). But there is a change in his understanding. In the Fahua lunshu, Jizang states that the Saddharmapuṇḍarīka is the best sūtra among all Mahāyāna sūtras. In the Fahua lunshu, Jizang’s understanding is clarified for the first time.
Jizang states that a core of the Saddharmapuṇḍarīka is practice for ourselves (自行) and practice for others (化他行), and it is important for that to be repeated eternally.