By Thomas Cleary

Recognized in chinese language as Hua-yen and in jap as Kegon-kyo, the Avatamsaka Sutra, or Flower decoration Scripture, is held within the maximum regard and studied through Buddhists of all traditions. via its constitution and symbolism, in addition to via its concisely said rules, it conveys an enormous diversity of Buddhist teachings.

This one-volume version includes Thomas Cleary's definitive translation of all thirty-nine books of the sutra, in addition to an creation, a word list, and Cleary's translation of Li Tongxuan's seventh-century consultant to the ultimate ebook, the Gandavyuha, "Entry into the world of Reality."

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Additionally they prompted to seem ten forms of clouds of drapes embellished with all plant life of sapphires, ten sorts of clouds of drapes of all aromatic jewels, ten different types of clouds of drapes of lamps with jewel flames, ten forms of clouds of drapes of regal jewels exhibiting the Buddhas’ non secular powers expounding the lessons, ten sorts of clouds of drapes of gem stones within the varieties of all garments adornments, ten varieties of clouds of drapes of lighting of plenty of all jewels, ten varieties of clouds of drapes of sounds of chimes on jewel nets, ten sorts of clouds of drapes on jewel pedestals with lotus nets, and ten types of clouds of drapes showing the varieties of all impossible adornments. Clouds of drapes of jewels comparable to those, as many as atoms in an ocean of worlds, all stuffed house with no dispersing. Having prompted those clouds to seem, the enlightening beings bowed to the Buddha and provided them as choices. Then, to the southeast, each one magically produced a lion seat of banks of jewel lotuses and sat crosslegged thereon. Southwest of this Flower financial institution ocean of worlds is an ocean of worlds referred to as solar Shining in all places; between its global platforms is a land referred to as Lion solar. The Buddha there has been referred to as Sound of sunshine of common wisdom. between that Buddha’s sizeable congregation was once a very good enlightening being named Topknot of Flames of Radiant Flower lighting fixtures, who got here to the Buddha with a gaggle of enlightening beings, as many as there are atoms in an ocean of worlds, each one manifesting ten forms of clouds of parasols of gorgeous decorative jewels, filling area with out dispersing. additionally they produced ten varieties of clouds of parasols of plant life of arrays of sunshine beams, ten sorts of clouds of parasols of treasures of pearls of boundless shades, ten varieties of clouds of parasols of diamonds emanating the sounds of compassion of all enlightening beings, ten different types of clouds of parasols of blazing garlands of jewels, ten types of clouds of parasols draped with nets of chimes adorned with beneficial stones, ten varieties of clouds of parasols embellished with branches of jewel timber, ten forms of clouds of parasols of diamonds just like the solar shining in all places, ten forms of clouds of parasols of every kind of fragrance and incense, ten types of clouds of parasols of shops of sandalwood, and ten sorts of clouds of parasols of arrays of common lighting fixtures of the enormous sphere of buddhahood. Such clouds of parasols of beneficial ingredients, a number of as atoms in an ocean of worlds, all stuffed house with no dispersing. Having brought on those clouds to seem, the enlightening beings bowed to the Buddha and provided them as choices. Then, to the southwest, they every one magically produced a lion seat of banks of adornments of flames of sapphire mild and sat crosslegged thereon. Northwest of this Flower financial institution ocean of worlds is an ocean of worlds referred to as beneficial mild Radiance. between its international platforms is a land known as Array of Myriad Fragrances. The Buddha there has been referred to as mild of the sea of countless Virtues.

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