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Flower Ornament Scripture  :  A Translation of the Avatamsaka Sutra - Thomas Cleary

Flower Ornament Scripture

A Translation of the Avatamsaka Sutra

Hardcover Published: 1st August 1993
ISBN: 9780877739401
Number Of Pages: 1643

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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 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

Introductionp. 1
The Wonderful Adornments of the Leaders of the Worldsp. 55
Appearance of the Buddhap. 150
The Meditation of the Enlightening Being Universally Goodp. 176
The Formation of the Worldsp. 182
The Flower Bank Worldp. 202
Vairocanap. 254
Names of the Buddhap. 270
The Four Holy Truthsp. 276
Awakening by Lightp. 282
An Enlightening Being Asks for Clarificationp. 298
Purifying Practicep. 312
Chief in Goodnessp. 330
Ascent to the Peak of Mount Sumerup. 368
Eulogies on Mount Sumerup. 371
Ten Abodesp. 384
Religious Practicep. 401
The Merit of the Initial Determination for Enlightenmentp. 404
Clarifying Methodp. 425
Ascent to the Palace of the Suyama Heavenp. 438
Eulogies in the Palace of the Suyama Heavenp. 441
Ten Practicesp. 454
Ten Inexhaustible Treasuriesp. 485
Ascent to the Palace of the Tushita Heavenp. 497
Eulogies in the Tushita Palacep. 516
Ten Dedicationsp. 530
The Ten Stagesp. 695
The Ten Concentrationsp. 812
The Ten Superknowledgesp. 863
The Ten Acceptancesp. 870
The Incalculablep. 889
Life Spanp. 905
Dwelling Places of Enlightening Beingsp. 906
Inconceivable Qualities of Buddhasp. 908
The Ocean of Physical Marks of the Ten Bodies of Buddhap. 933
The Qualities of the Buddha's Embellishments and Lightsp. 946
The Practice of Universal Goodp. 952
Manifestation of Buddhap. 970
Detachment from the Worldp. 1022
Entry into the Realm of Realityp. 1135
Appendix 1: Technical Terminology and Symbolism in The Flower Ornament Scripturep. 1521
Appendix 2: Amplifications of Book 39p. 1535
Appendix 3: Commentary on Book 39p. 1545
Glossaryp. 1631
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ISBN: 9780877739401
ISBN-10: 0877739404
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 1643
Published: 1st August 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 16.1  x 6.2
Weight (kg): 1.64
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition