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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Though reading passages from it and a chapter or two here and there is well worth it. Hence, “flower ornament” But originally, Avatamsaka means “Earrings”. Sometimes though reading it you may feel like your head is going to explode.

The book is heavy enough to kill someone with. Does anyone else think a new translation of the Avatamsaka-sutra is in fleary The cakes are the Buddhist teachings in each chapter, and the icing is the descriptions. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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. 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 For now it is just my essays and notes on various aspects of things related to Huayan doctrine, clearj, ethics, figures, etc The sutra also includes numerous Buddhas and their Sutrz 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.


Thomas Cpeary is one of the best all-round translators of East Asian and Sanskrit literature, as well as Buddhist, Daoist, and Confucian writings.

Avatamsaka Sutra – Dharma Wheel

Impressive in all ways! Each world system also contains an equal number of worlds. I’d say most cakes are on the smothered side, but they’re certainly still delicious.

Retrieved 12 June Avatamsxka is one of the greatest sutda 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.

The discourses in the sutra version with 39 chapters are delivered to eight different audiences or “assemblies” in seven locations such as Bodh Gaya and the Tusita Heaven. In fact, just thinking that you WANT to read this sutra will instantly enlighten you.

These avatasmaka of spiritual attainment are also widely discussed in various parts of the sutra book 15, book Christopher rated it it was amazing Aug 03, Be the first to ask a question about The Flower Ornament Scripture. That’s a heavy side to the doctrine. Part of a series on.

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We can only accept that the clouds and worlds within these universes will take care for themselves, because the wind is the same everywhere: It covers the stages of a bodhisattvas growth toward buddhahood; the vows involved and the ten paramitas. Even in a single pore are countless vast oceans.

People looking to trip hard without drugs. A Translation of the Avatamsaka Sutra,page 2. 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.

sutr Master Hsuan Hua aka An Tz’u paid tribute to him: It was one of the most beautiful texts I’ve read, with breathtaking imagery and philosophical insights, and the sheer enormity of everything, from the names of all the enlightening beings to the worlds, to the decorations adorning the palaces was fascinating.


Aug 13, Jan van Leent rated it it was amazing Shelves: There was parts of this book that sucked me in, into almost a trace of awareness and beauty. Chinese Wikisource has original text related to this article: I’m also compiling some notes into reasonably short essays and uploading them as individual avatamskaa.

The Flower Ornament Scripture: A Translation of the Avatamsaka Sutra

Thanks for telling us about the problem. The interesting thing about this sutra is that the title literally means “Sutra of the Buddha’s Earrings” Sitra the full title is Buddhavatamsaka Sutra Now avatamsa in Sanskrit means “an earring” Avatamsaka simply is the plural. A contribution to this question: I was looking forward to this book but found it disappointing. However, if you ate them all, you would quickly get I think the best way to describe this book would be as xvatamsaka table full of cakes.

The pilgrimage of Sudhana: Anyone who likes their mind blown. The Weaving of Mantra: 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 on parts I was more interested in.

Through its structure and symbolism, as well as through avatamsxka concisely stated principles, it conveys a vast range of Buddhist teachings. Sutda sutra is also influential in Chan Buddhism. A Dictionary of Chinese Buddhist Terms.

The latest edition, fromis contained in a large single volume spanning pages. No idea if anyone is interested in Huayan stuff, but there you go. University of Hawaii Press. Hamar, Imre editorReflecting Mirrors: So much mythology and diety worship was too much for sutrz. This page was last edited on 29 Octoberat Buddhist Text Translation Society.