The Flower Ornament Scripture: A Translation of the Avatamsaka Sutra

By Thomas Cleary

Identified in chinese language as Hua-yen and in jap as Kegon-kyo, the Avatamsaka Sutra, or Flower decoration Scripture, is held within the optimum regard and studied by means of Buddhists of all traditions. via its constitution and symbolism, in addition to via its concisely acknowledged rules, it conveys an unlimited variety of Buddhist teachings.

This one-volume variation comprises Thomas Cleary's definitive translation of all thirty-nine books of the sutra, besides an advent, a word list, and Cleary's translation of Li Tongxuan's seventh-century advisor to the ultimate publication, the Gandavyuha, "Entry into the area of Reality."

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Like a water-clarifying mild purifying water, imaginative and prescient of Buddha purifies people’s senses. Then the enlightening being very best Moon of Vows Emanated in the course of the Cosmos, through the ability of Buddha, regarded over the 10 instructions and spoke those verses: As in every single place is made one hue via an emerald, imaginative and prescient of Buddha makes beings the hue of enlightenment. In each one atom Buddha indicates transformation of assorted varieties, past degree, purifying the enlightening beings. that's tremendous profound, limitless, challenging to procedure, within the realm of data of the clever, inaccessible to worldlings.

Buddha, in all worlds, Brings freedom from sorrow, developing nice pleasure; All potentials and aspirations he purifies: The spirit entertaining is familiar with this. The Buddha appears to be like on the planet, Observes the dispositions of all beings, And matures them through a number of ability: this is often the liberation of natural gentle. in addition, the herb spirit Auspicious stumbled on the door of liberation gazing the mentalities of all sentient beings and striving to unify them. The herb spirit Sandalwood woodland came upon the door of liberation embracing all sentient beings with mild and inflicting those that see it to not waste the adventure.

This can be referred to as the technical wisdom of the nice enlightening beings’ 5th nice focus, the focus of information of the shops of adornments of the prior. “What is excellent enlightening beings’ focus of the treasury of sunshine of information? the nice enlightening beings during this focus recognize a number of the diversified names of all buddhas in every age in all worlds sooner or later, whether or not they were spoken of but or now not, whether or not they were given the prediction of buddhahood but or no longer.

6th, concerning the distinction of the congregations within the introductions, within the meeting of the Saddharmapundarika, first it mentions the disciples of Buddha, who're twelve thousand in all, then the nun Mahaprajapati and her corporation of six thousand—she was once the aunt of Buddha; then it mentions Yashodhara, who was once one of many better halves of Buddha, then 80 thousand enlightening beings, after which the gods and spirits and so forth. The Flower decoration Scripture isn't really like this: first it mentions the leaders of the enlightening beings, who're as a variety of as atoms in ten buddha-worlds, and doesn’t speak about their fans; then it mentions the thunderbolt-bearing spirits, and after that some of the spirits and gods, fifty-five teams in all.

Right here enlightening beings preserve natural self-discipline, and their minds haven't any attachment to paint or shape, sound, body spray, taste, or feeling. additionally they hold forth this to sentient beings. they don't search strength, social prestige, wealth, visual appeal, or dominions. they've got no attachment to something, yet simply firmly uphold natural behavior, pondering, ‘As I keep natural self-discipline, I shall without doubt put off all bondage, the torment of yearning, oppression, slander, and disturbance, and may reach the neutral fact praised by way of the Buddhas.

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