Friday, October 10, 2008

Avatamsaka Sutra

The Avatamsaka Sutra is one of the richest texts of Buddhism, revered as a treasure of sensual imagery and as a vast storehouse of wisdom. Known in Chinese as Hua-yen and in Japanese as Kegon-kyo, this definitive translation contains all 39 books of the sutra, along with an introduction and Cleary's translation of Li Tongxuan's commentary to the final book, the Gandavyuha, or Entry into the Realm of Reality.

"The Avatamsaka 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 attained by this 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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