This interesting article from the BBC shows a man from New York State who copied the entire King James Bible by hand. The KJB is quite long so copying the whole thing is really, really impressive.
After reading that, I thought it would be interesting to hand-copy a Buddhist sutra as well. After all, monks in the old days would travel a long distance to even see a sutra, then they would carefully copy it and bring it home. It made people appreciate the teaching. I’ve copied quotations before, but not an entire sutra.
Also, I’d have to consider a few things:
- Should I copy in English or the original Chinese?
- If English, which translation?
- Which sutra would be suitable to copy?
What about you? If you were going to copy a Buddhist text (or any text), which would you do and in what way?