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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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Mahayana sutras Vaipulya sutras Yogacara. However, if you ate them all, you would quickly clesry I think the best way to describe this book would be as a table full of cakes. Jul 22, Blake rated it it was amazing.

The Flower Ornament Scripture: A Translation of the Avatamsaka Sutra by Thomas Cleary

Every line is beautifully rendered Kelly Evans rated it it was amazing Dec 15, Being creative and trying to make my learning of benefit to others is far more rewarding and useful than just reading books and thinking about it on the bus. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Hence, “flower ornament” But originally, Avatamsaka means “Earrings”.

Maybe even a pun or play on words in the original title? How can Buddhas and Bodhisattvas achieve enlightenment for all in these infinitely intertwi Impressive in all ways! In these seas of fragrant waters, numerous as atoms in unspeakably many buddha-fields, rest an equal number of world systems.

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 Ji in the Jap 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.


Basically the fundamentals of the lineage as it existed and developed in the Sui-Tang.

So much mythology and diety worship was too much for me. S M rated it it was amazing Jul 08, Currently over twenty volumes are available, and it is estimated that there may be volumes in the complete edition. I find doing these kind of projects helps me immensely in the svatamsaka process.

The Flower Ornament Scripture A Translation Of The Avatamsaka Sutra By Thomas Cleary

The sutra also touches on the subject of the development of the “aspiration clrary Enlightenment” bodhicitta to attain supreme buddhahood. Susan rated it really liked it Jul 03, No trivia or quizzes yet. The cakes are the Buddhist teachings in each chapter, eutra the icing is the descriptions. An Introduction to Hua-Yen Buddhism, http: The Weaving of Mantra: This one-volume edition contains Thomas Cleary’s definitive translation of all thirty-nine books of the sutra and is outrageously expensive but worth the cost.

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Having understood that the world’s true nature is mind, you display bodies of your own in harmony with the world. The Practice of Huayan Buddhism, The book is heavy enough to kill someone with.

Mar 18, Blaine rated it it was amazing Shelves: Although i am not a Buddhist practitioner avatamsaa 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 avataksaka performed an amazing task of bringing out the essence of the teachings in this translation of the Avatamsaka sutra. This is a very intense Buddhist sutra. This book is basically written from the mind state consciousness of Bodhisattvas and so readin This book is massive at pages with fairly fine print.

It is the ultimate mind-tripping read that will take you into a multi-dimensional mind-space that you never knew existed, wheeling you around the infinity of consciousness from the smallest most insignificant spec in the universe to boundless worlds-within-worlds-upon-worlds 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.


These two are the only sections of the Avatamsaka which survive in Sanskrit. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. So, as you can tell this was quite the book. The flower ornament scripture: Oct 01, me rated it liked it Shelves: This next year I plan to do a lot of extensive reading like the whole Dharmagupta vinaya coupled with translating and researching more stuff about Huayan in the Tang.

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. Who is online Users browsing this forum: One source claims that it is “a very long text composed of a number of originally independent scriptures of diverse provenance, all of which were combined, probably in Central Asia, in the late third or the fourth century CE.

For now it is just my essays and notes on various aspects of things related to Huayan doctrine, history, ethics, figures, etc The second translation includes more sutras than the first, and the Tibetan translation, which is still later, includes many differences with the 80 scrolls version.

It was one of the most beautiful texts I’ve read, with breathtaking imagery and philosophical insights, and the qvatamsaka enormity of everything, from the names of all the enlightening beings to the worlds, to the decorations adorning the palaces was fascinating.