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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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. Post as a guest Name. I’m not really expecting a short summary, but I’d be happy to get one. The body of [Vairocana] Buddha is inconceivable. Sign up using Email and Password. Given that, what is the best way to dig into this The Doctrinal Foundations, page 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.

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A Dictionary of Chinese Buddhist Terms. The single extant Tibetan version was translated from the original Sanskrit by Jinamitra et al.

It has been called by the translator Esspaol Cleary “the most grandiose, the most comprehensive, and the most beautifully arrayed of the Buddhist scriptures. As a result of their meditative power, Buddhas have the magical ability to create and manifest infinite forms, and they do this in many skillful ways avatamsakaa of great compassion for all beings. The sutra is also influential in Chan Buddhism.


In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The flower ornament scripture: It is best known for its sumptuous descriptions of the inter-existence of all phenomena.

Sign up or log in Sign up using Google. There Sudhana beholds the entire evolutionary history of Maitreya from a self-centered, unenlightened being to a functioning buddha.

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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.

The Practice of Huayan 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.

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Even in a single pore are countless vast oceans. What is the Avatamsaka Sutra about? An Introduction to Hua-Yen Buddhism, http: A Dictionary of Buddhism.

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.

Having understood that the world’s true nature is mind, you display bodies espaok your own in harmony with the world.

Currently over twenty volumes are available, and it is estimated that there may be volumes in the complete edition. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Retrieved 12 June espail And what is the Avatamsaka Sutra prescribing its readers to do?

Avatamsaka Sutra, The Flower Garland Sutra

Retrieved from ” https: 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. A history of Indian Buddhism: Endless action arises from the mind; from action arises the multifarious world. 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.


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Vairocana is a cosmic being who is the source of light and espao, of the ‘Lotus universe’, who is said to contain all world systems. Scholars conclude that sutras were being added to the collection. The cliff note version? Buddhism Stack Exchange works best with JavaScript enabled. This sutra was especially influential in East Asian Buddhism. 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.

A Translation of the Avatamsaka Sutra,page 2. Retrieved 28 September At the same time, the panorama unfolds in infinite resonant variations in every atom of the universe, each containing infinite micro-universes, which contain infinite worlds where infinite living Sudhanas enter infinite Vairochana towers and behold infinite evolutionary panoramas of infinite living Maitreyas.

According to Luis Gomez, this sutra can also be “regarded as emblematic of the whole collection.