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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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. The sutra is also influential in Chan Buddhism. 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. Also, for the Avatamsaka, the historical Buddha Sakyamuni is simply a magical emanation of the cosmic Buddha Vairocana.

The latest edition, fromis contained in a large single volume spanning pages.

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Sign up using Email and Password. In his body are all sorts of lands of sentient beings. I just came across it 10 minutes ago. Archived from the original on These two are the only sections of the Avatamsaka which survive in Sanskrit.

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The flower ornament scripture: The term “avatamsaka” means “a garland of sufra indicating that all the virtues that the Buddha has accumulated by the time he attains enlightenment are like a beautiful sutga of flowers that adorns him. Views Read Edit View history. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The body of [Vairocana] Buddha is inconceivable. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Part of a series on. Buddhism Stack Exchange works best with JavaScript enabled. According to a page on About. Endless action arises from the mind; from action arises the multifarious world.


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. A Dictionary of Chinese Buddhist Terms.

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Even in a single pore are countless vast oceans. Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions.

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. It is best known for its sumptuous descriptions of the inter-existence of all phenomena. According to Luis Gomez, this sutra can also be “regarded as emblematic of the whole collection. This sutra was especially influential in East Asian Buddhism.


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. Chinese Wikisource has original text related to this article: Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered.

During the teaching, Shakyamuni Buddha now and then transforms himself into the sapphire-blue Vairochana, radiating magic light rays from his forehead that temporarily bestow on each member of the audience the intensely accelerated vision of all their past life experiences and all their future life attainments, up to and including attainment of perfect buddhahood in a future universe and performance of buddha deeds for the sake of all beings. Buddhist Text Translation Society.

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Scholars conclude that sutras were being added to the collection. These stages espalo spiritual attainment are also widely discussed in various parts of the sutra book 15, book A Dictionary of Buddhism. Retrieved 12 June 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.