Flower Ornament Scripture A Translation Of The Avatamsaka Sutra By Thomas Cleary The Avataṃsaka Sūtra (Sanskrit; alternatively, the Mahāvaipulya The Avataṃsaka Sūtra describes a cosmos of infinite realms upon. The Avataṃsaka Sūtra is one of the most influential Mahayana sutras of East Asian Buddhism. The title is rendered in English as Flower Garland Sutra, Flower Adornment Sutra, or Flower Ornament Scripture. It has been called by the translator Thomas Cleary “the most grandiose, the. Blaine said: The Avatamsaka Sutra is the definitive statement of Indra’s Net, the book about Buddhist meditation which is also translated by Thomas Cleary).
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This one-volume edition contains Thomas Cleary’s defi Known in Chinese as Hua-yen and in Japanese as Kegon-kyothe Avatamsaka Sutra, or Flower Ornament Scripture, is held in the highest regard and studied by Buddhists of all traditions.
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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It is the ultimate mind-tripping read that will take you into a multi-dimensional mind-space that you never knew existed, wheeling you around the infinity of consciousness from the smallest most insignificant spec in the universe to boundless worlds-within-worlds-upon-worlds Indeed, even pronouncing one syllable of this sutra will provide you with more merit than constructing ten ka-jillion stupas in this world, while circumambulating Mt.
Kailas ten thousand times, and simultaneously teaching the dharma to every sentient being of every eon of ten thousand worlds in each of the ten directions. In fact, just thinking that you WANT to read this sutra will instantly enlighten you.
Seriously, sutfa prodigious text is one of the most fantastic reads that humans have ever created but clearly isn’t wutra the light-hearted or simple-minded. Based on a recommendation from a reviewer on Amazon. I know nothing that compares to this text. In fact, I know nothing at all. May you, O Bodhisattva, lose yourself in the infinity that is the Avatamsaka sutra.
Apr 09, Mary-Jean Harris rated it really liked it Shelves: I think the best way to describe this book would be as a table full of cakes. Not just one cake, but an enormous table with cakes of all shapes and sizes and flavours.
The cakes are the Buddhist avayamsaka in each chapter, and the icing is the descriptions. I’d say most cakes are on the smothered side, but they’re certainly still suutra. However, if you ate them all, you would quickly get I think the best way to describe this book would be as a table full of cakes. However, if you ate them clearh, you would quickly get a stomach ache. So, as you can tell this was quite the book.
It was enormous, and I actually only read the first book out of three of them. It was one of the most beautiful texts I’ve read, with breathtaking imagery and philosophical insights, and the sheer enormity of everything, from the names of all the avafamsaka beings to the worlds, to the decorations adorning the palaces was fascinating.
However, it wasn’t something I would have read straight through–I read parts of it, covering more or less all of the chapters, and focusing on parts I was more interested in. It’s just too overwhelming to read it all, and it would become tedious to read pages and pages of names of enlightening beings, kings, etc, though the names are certainly creative, and I often just liked to read the names of things for fun.
The descriptions of the Buddhist teachings in the book were also very well laid out and poetic, and explained in avatamsqka different ways which was again, vaatamsaka the top for me from the c,eary beings. This was the highlight for me, rather avatamsakka the descriptions. So I would suggest this book to anyone interested in Buddhism, however, don’t try to read it cover to cover or you will go insane with names and descriptions!
Though reading passages from it and a chapter or two here and there is well worth it. Apr 07, Volmarr Wyrd rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone who likes their mind blown.
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People looking to trip hard without drugs. This book is massive at pages with fairly xvatamsaka print. This is a very intense Buddhist sutra.
It actually says in there that there is three versions of this particular sutra and that this is the short version, that the other versions are not in physical form on this Earth plane but exist on the other spiritual planes of existence. The longest of the three versions is millions of pages long it says.
The Flower Ornament Scripture: A Translation of the Avatamsaka Sutra
This book is basically written from the mind state consciousness of Bodhisattvas and so readin This book is massive at pages with fairly fine print. This book is basically written from the mind state consciousness of Bodhisattvas and so reading it is very like how some sort of acid trip afatamsaka feel since I never done acid I clwary only guess on this point thoughbut reading this book will certainly put you into an avatamsaaka state of consciousness and make you trip out hard, but in a good way.
Sometimes though reading it you may feel like your head is going to explode. I’ve somehow managed to read pages of it, which is itself no small accomplishment considering how tripped out reading it is.
Nov 04, Matt Brownlie marked it as to-read.
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I’m only beginning to dig my way into this text, but would like to mention that xvatamsaka introduction is a masterful piece of writing in and of itself, comparing the teachings found in the Avatamsaka Sutra to those of other significant Mahayana sutras. Not only does the context help to provide intimacy with the concepts found here, but it provides a quick run through important Buddhist concepts that this sutra seeks to encompass and surpass.
Personally, I’m spending about minutes a day reading I’m only beginning to dig my way into this text, but would like to mention wutra the introduction is a masterful piece of writing in and of itself, comparing the teachings found in the Avatamsaka Clewry to those of other significant Mahayana sutras. Personally, I’m spending about minutes a day reading this massive thing, and alternating between the intro and the sutra itself day to day. It has been a really great experience!
Aug 13, Jan van Leent rated it it was amazing Shelves: Impressive in all ways! How can Buddhas and Bodhisattvas achieve enlightenment for all in these infinitely intertwi Impressive in all ways!
How can Buddhas and Bodhisattvas achieve enlightenment for all in these infinitely intertwined universes in the past, now and in the future? A contribution to this question: We can only accept that the clouds and worlds within these universes will take care for themselves, because the wind is the same everywhere: Breathing this wind breath by breath, we are part of The Jewel Net of Indra and clearyy we are completely clery with the infinitely intertwined universes in the past, now and in the future.
Cook, Francis, Hua-Yen Buddhism: The Jewel Net suhra Indra, Pennsylvania: Xleary State University Press, Highly recommended for a serious study of the Hua-yen school – one of the seven branches – of Zen Buddhism.
Nov 08, Rajvinder Singh rated it it was amazing. This is one of the greatest scriptures i have ever read it is a long read but very rewarding the translator has performed an amazing task of bringing out the essence of the teachings in this translation of the Avatamsaka sutra.
I personally would recommend a course of meditation which would compliment this reading and also Buddhist yoga a short book about Buddhist meditation which is also translated by Thomas Cleary. Although i am not a Buddhist practitioner but belong to The Sikh Dharma from This is one of the greatest scriptures i have ever read it is a long read but very rewarding the translator has performed an amazing task of bringing out the essence of the teachings in this translation of avztamsaka Avatamsaka sutra.
Although i am not a Buddhist practitioner but belong to The Sikh Dharma from my reading of this scripture i would say that the level of consciousness attained by the people who originally wrote this is very similar to the Gian Khand stage described by Guru Nanak Dev Ji in the Jap ji Sahib prayer, where the adept experiences seeing countless Buddhas countless Brahmas, countless Shivas and countless Gods and Goddesses, countless Demons and countless Jewel ocean worlds.
Mar 17, BonB rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sktra one-volume edition contains Thomas Cleary’s definitive translation of all thirty-nine books of the sutra and is outrageously expensive but worth the cost.
Every line is beautifully rendered Thomas Cleary is one of avata,saka best all-round translators of East Asian and Sanskrit literature, as well as Buddhist, Daoist, and Confucian writings. Jul 16, Brady is currently reading it Shelves: Oct 01, me rated it liked it Shelves: Eutra was looking forward to this book but ccleary it disappointing. All the talk of buddhas bordered on magic and delusion.
It made me realize I am not a traditional Buddhist. So much mythology and diety worship was too much for me. May 12, Thjodbjorn rated it it was amazing. It took avatamsqka too long, but I have finally finished. It was a bit uneven, as a collection of different works could be expected, and some of it was clearu of a chore.
But there was enough great stuff in it that I’m glad I persisted. Dec 06, Jeffrey Osthoff rated it it was amazing. Great translation avata,saka the standard for English. The book is heavy enough to kill someone with. You may need a lot of coffee to get through this voluminous sutra, but it is well worth it! Jul 22, Blake rated it it was amazing. An immense sutrra, some parts of this book really cut razor deep into the mind. There was parts of this book that sucked me in, into almost a trace of awareness and beauty.
To the closed mind, this book is dangerous, to the open mind, this book is powerful. Apr 24, Grace rated it did not like it Shelves: