Flower Ornament Scripture A Translation Of The Avatamsaka Sutra By Thomas Cleary The Avataṃsaka Sūtra (Sanskrit; alternatively, the Mahāvaipulya The Avataṃsaka Sūtra describes a cosmos of infinite realms upon. The Avataṃsaka Sūtra is one of the most influential Mahayana sutras of East Asian Buddhism. The title is rendered in English as Flower Garland Sutra, Flower Adornment Sutra, or Flower Ornament Scripture. It has been called by the translator Thomas Cleary “the most grandiose, the. Blaine said: The Avatamsaka Sutra is the definitive statement of Indra’s Net, the book about Buddhist meditation which is also translated by Thomas Cleary).
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Fragmentary translation probably began in the 2nd century CE, and the famous Ten Stages Sutraoften treated as an individual scripture, was first translated in the 3rd century. It is hoped that he unfolds his cherished trust, opening up the Dharma Realm.
It actually says in there that there is three versions of this particular sutra and that this is the short version, that the other versions are not in physical form on this Earth plane but exist on the other spiritual planes of existence. Jul 22, Blake rated it it was amazing. Jul 16, Brady is currently reading it Shelves: How can Buddhas and Bodhisattvas achieve enlightenment for all in these infinitely intertwi Impressive in all ways! These stages of spiritual attainment are also widely discussed in various parts of the sutra book 15, book The East Asian view of the text is that it expresses the universe as seen by a Buddha the Dharmadhatuwho sees all phenomena as empty and thus infinitely interpenetrating, from the point of view of enlightenment.
I think the best way to describe this book would be as a table full of cakes.
Now there are 13, with Master Hsuan Hua’s commentary: Apr avatamsaia, Volmarr Wyrd rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Christopher rated it it was amazing Aug 03, Retrieved 28 September The sutra, among the longest Buddhist sutras, is a compilation of disparate texts on various topics such as the Bodhisattva path, the interpenetration of phenomena dharmasthe visionary powers of meditation and the equality of things in emptiness.
The body of [Vairocana] Buddha is inconceivable. Although i am not a Buddhist practitioner but belong to The Sikh Dharma from This is one of the greatest scriptures i have ever read it is a long read but very rewarding the translator has performed an amazing task of bringing out the essence of the teachings in this translation of the Avatamsaka sutra.
Apr 24, Grace rated it did not like it Shelves: Quotes from The Flower Orname I personally would recommend a course of meditation which would compliment this reading and also Buddhist yoga a short book about Buddhist meditation which is also translated by Thomas Cleary. Return to Book Page. Khenpo Gurudas rated it liked it Jan 14, Vairocana is a cosmic being who is the source of light and enlightenment of the ‘Lotus universe’, who is said to contain all world systems.
For now it is just my essays and notes on various aspects of things related to Huayan doctrine, history, ethics, figures, etc Hamar, Imre claryReflecting Mirrors: Later, because of my Dharma duties connected with the opening of the Summer Vacation Lecture and Cultivation Session, I have been too busy and it has been difficult to pull myself away. Following the Chinese tradition, Gomez states that the major themes in each “assembly” are: Dec 06, Jeffrey Osthoff rated it avatamaka was amazing.
However, if you ate them all, you would quickly get I think the best way to describe this book would be as a table full of cakes. May 12, Thjodbjorn rated it it was amazing. Avatamwaka Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition, page The longest of the avatamsaaka versions is millions of pages long it says.
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I find doing these kind of projects helps me immensely in the learning process. Of course a chapter summary of the Avatamsaka-sutra and some other basic information is in order too.
This one-volume edition contains Thomas Cleary’s defi Known in Chinese as Hua-yen and in Japanese as Kegon-kyothe Avatamsaka Sutra, or Flower Ornament Scripture, is held in the highest regard and studied by Buddhists of all traditions. Cleary certainly worked hard and we should commend him for his efforts, but the translation he produced lacks citation and as I understand it only is a translation from the Chinese.
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The Flower Ornament Scripture A Translation Of The Avatamsaka Sutra By Thomas Cleary
Some major traditional titles include the following:. Clfary 09, Mary-Jean Harris rated it really liked it Shelves: Daniel Scharpenburg rated it liked it Jan 09, So, as you can tell this was quite the book.
I was looking forward to this book but found it disappointing. Although i am not a Buddhist practitioner but belong to The Sikh Dharma from my reading of this scripture i would say that the level of consciousness attained by the people who originally wrote this is very similar to the Gian Khand stage described by Guru Nanak Dev Ckeary in the Xutra ji Sahib prayer, where the adept experiences seeing countless Buddhas countless Brahmas, countless Shivas and countless Gods and Goddesses, countless Demons and countless Jewel ocean worlds.
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Can the complete sutra be found anywhere online? The term “avatamsaka” means “a garland of flowers,” indicating that all the virtues that the Buddha has accumulated by the time he attains enlightenment are like a beautiful garland of flowers that adorns him. It would be interesting to do a translation with several scholars maybe? The sutra also includes numerous Buddhas and their Buddhalands which are said to be infinite, representing a vast cosmic view of reality, though it centers on a most important figure, the Buddha Vairocana great radiance.
A contribution to this question: A history of Indian Buddhism: Having understood that the world’s true nature is mind, you display bodies of your own in harmony with the world. I’ve somehow managed to read pages of it, which is itself no small accomplishment considering how tripped out reading it is. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Not just one cake, but an enormous table with cakes of all shapes and sizes and flavours. This is one of the greatest scriptures i have ever read it is a long read but very rewarding the translator has performed an amazing task of bringing out the essence of the teachings in this translation of the Avatamsaka avatamdaka. The descriptions of the Buddhist teachings in the book were also very well laid out and poetic, and explained in many different ways which was again, over the top for me from the avatamxaka beings.
However, it wasn’t something I would have read straight through–I read parts of it, covering more or less all of the chapters, and focusing ckeary parts I was more interested in.