What follows is an excerpt from Entry into the Inconceivable: An Introduction to Hua-Yen Buddhism, the basis of which is the Avatamsaka or Flower Ornament. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA,The Avatamsaka Sutra (The Flower Garland Sutra) is a basic scripture of the Avatamsaka Sect of Buddhism. This sutra is. During the beginning of the 4th century CE, Buddhist scholars began composing a new series of SÅ«tras with the purpose of synthesizing and.

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A Dictionary of Chinese Buddhist Terms. The sutra is also influential in Chan Buddhism.

An Introduction to Hua-Yen Buddhism, http: This sutra was especially influential in East Asian Buddhism. The point of these teachings is to lead all beings through the ten bodhisattva levels to the goal of Buddhahood which is done for sake of all other beings.

Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions. The single extant Tibetan version was translated from the original Sanskrit by Jinamitra et al.

It has been called by the translator Thomas Cleary “the most grandiose, the most comprehensive, and the most beautifully arrayed of the Buddhist scriptures. Chapter 39, Entering the Dharma Realm.

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Buddhist Text Translation Society. Sign up or log in Sign up using Google. What is the Avatamsaka Sutra about?

The cliff note version? Mahayana sutras Vaipulya sutras Yogacara. 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.


Luis Gomez notes that there is an underlying order to the collection. 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.

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. By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use avatamsaaka the website is svatamsaka to these policies.

And what is the Avatamsaka Sutra prescribing its readers to do? I’m not really expecting a short summary, but I’d be happy to get one. This page was last edited on 29 Octoberat A Dictionary of Buddhism.

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I thought you may enjoy this article. The discourses in the sutra version with 39 chapters are delivered to eutra different audiences or “assemblies” in seven locations such as Bodh Gaya and the Tusita Heaven. The sutra also touches on the subject of the development of the “aspiration for Enlightenment” bodhicitta to attain supreme buddhahood.

These two are the only sections of the Avatamsaka which survive in Sanskrit. The term “avatamsaka” means “a garland of flowers,” indicating that all the virtues that the Buddha has accumulated by the time he attains avtamsaka are like a beautiful garland of flowers that adorns him.


City of 10, Buddhas – Sutra Texts – The Avatamsaka Sutra

I feel like somehow complete the reading of that part as a ritual. The towers are arranged in the cardinal directions, intermediate quarters, and at the zenith and nadir in a classical mandala formation. 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. Email Required, but never shown. 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 espqol the equality of things in emptiness.

Sign up using Email and Password. Dharma Realm Buddhist Association. Retrieved 28 September These stages of spiritual attainment are also widely discussed in various parts of the sutra book 15, book By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and espaoll our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. A history of Indian Buddhism: Hamar, Imre editor aavtamsaka, Reflecting Mirrors: