The Flower Ornament Scripture: A Translation of the Avatamsaka Sutra

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Known in Chinese as Hua-yen and in Japanese as Kegon-kyo, the Avatamsaka Sutra, or Flower Ornament Scripture, is held in the highest regard and studied by Buddhists of all traditions. Through its structure and symbolism, as well as through its concisely stated principles, it conveys a vast range of Buddhist teachings.

This one-volume edition contains Thomas Cleary's definitive translation of all thirty-nine books of the sutra, along with an introduction, a glossary, and Cleary's...

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Overview

Known in Chinese as Hua-yen and in Japanese as Kegon-kyo, the Avatamsaka Sutra, or Flower Ornament Scripture, is held in the highest regard and studied by Buddhists of all traditions. Through its structure and symbolism, as well as through its concisely stated principles, it conveys a vast range of Buddhist teachings.

This one-volume edition contains Thomas Cleary's definitive translation of all thirty-nine books of the sutra, along with an introduction, a glossary, and Cleary's translation of Li Tongxuan's seventh-century guide to the final book, the Gandavyuha, "Entry into the Realm of Reality."

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"There is no doubt in my mind that Thomas Cleary is the greatest translator of Buddhist texts from Chinese or Japanese into English of our generation, and that he will be so known by grateful Buddhist practitioners and scholars in future centuries. Single-handedly he has gone a long way toward building the beginnings of a Buddhist canon in English. . . . His translation of the Flower Ornament Sutra from Shikshananda's Chinese translation of the Sanskrit is one of the monuments in Buddhist Studies of our time."—Robert A. F. Thurman, Tricycle

"As to the Avatamsaka-Sutra, it is really the consummation of Buddhist thought, Buddhist sentiment, and Buddhist experience. To my mind, no religious literature in the world can ever approach the grandeur of conception, the depth of feeling, and the gigantic scale of composition, as attained by the sutra. Here not only deeply speculative minds find satisfaction, but humble spirits and heavily oppressed hearts, too, will have their burdens lightened. Abstract truths are so concretely, so symbolically represented here that one will finally come to a realization of the truth that even in a particle of dust the whole universe is seen reflected—not this visible universe only, but a vast system of universes, conceivable by the highest minds only."—D. T. Suzuki

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877739401
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Pages: 1560
  • Sales rank: 821,699
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Wonderful Adornments of the Leaders of the Worlds 55
2 Appearance of the Buddha 150
3 The Meditation of the Enlightening Being Universally Good 176
4 The Formation of the Worlds 182
5 The Flower Bank World 202
6 Vairocana 254
7 Names of the Buddha 270
8 The Four Holy Truths 276
9 Awakening by Light 282
10 An Enlightening Being Asks for Clarification 298
11 Purifying Practice 312
12 Chief in Goodness 330
13 Ascent to the Peak of Mount Sumeru 368
14 Eulogies on Mount Sumeru 371
15 Ten Abodes 384
16 Religious Practice 401
17 The Merit of the Initial Determination for Enlightenment 404
18 Clarifying Method 425
19 Ascent to the Palace of the Suyama Heaven 438
20 Eulogies in the Palace of the Suyama Heaven 441
21 Ten Practices 454
22 Ten Inexhaustible Treasuries 485
23 Ascent to the Palace of the Tushita Heaven 497
24 Eulogies in the Tushita Palace 516
25 Ten Dedications 530
26 The Ten Stages 695
27 The Ten Concentrations 812
28 The Ten Superknowledges 863
29 The Ten Acceptances 870
30 The Incalculable 889
31 Life Span 905
32 Dwelling Places of Enlightening Beings 906
33 Inconceivable Qualities of Buddhas 908
34 The Ocean of Physical Marks of the Ten Bodies of Buddha 933
35 The Qualities of the Buddha's Embellishments and Lights 946
36 The Practice of Universal Good 952
37 Manifestation of Buddha 970
38 Detachment from the World 1022
39 Entry into the Realm of Reality 1135
Appendix 1: Technical Terminology and Symbolism in The Flower Ornament Scripture 1521
Appendix 2: Amplifications of Book 39 1535
Appendix 3: Commentary on Book 39 1545
Glossary 1631
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