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Volume 2: The Wonderful Adornments of the Leaders of the World, the 2nd section At that time the oceanic hosts at the Buddhas site of enlightenment had assembled: the unlimited types and species were all around the Buddha, filling everywhere.
Their forms and companies were each different. From wherever they came, they approached the world honored one, wholeheartedly looking up to him.
These assembled masses has already gotten rid of all afflictions and mental defilements, as well as their residual habits. They had pulverized the mountains of multiple barriers, and perceived the Buddha without obstruction. They were like this because Vairochana Buddha in past times, over oceans of aeons, cultivating the practices of enlightening beings, had received them and taken care of them with the four saving practices of generosity, kind words, beneficial action, and cooperation, and while planting roots of goodness in the company of each Buddha in those eons, had already taken good care of them and had taught and developed them by various means, establishing them on the path of omnipotence, where they sewed innumerable virtues, gained great merits, and had all entered completely into the ocean of skill in liberative means and undertaking of vows.
The actions they carried out were fully pure, and they had well embarked on the way to emancipation. They always saw the Buddha, clearly illuminated, and by the power of supreme understanding, entered into the ocean of the qualities of Buddhahood.
They found the doors of liberation of all Buddhas, and roamed freely in spiritual powers. That is to say, Ocean Of Subtle Flames, a King of a Heaven of Great Freedom, found the door of liberation through the tranquility and practical power of the realm of space and the cosmos.
The Celestial King, Light of the Name of Freedom, gained the door of liberation through freely observing all things. The Celestial King Eye of Pure Virtues found the door of liberation of effortless action knowing that all things are not born, do not perish, and do not come or go.
The celestial king Enjoyable Great Intelligence found the door of liberation through the ocean of wisdom directly perceiving the real character of all things.
The Celestial King Freedom Of Immutable Light found the door of liberation through the great practical concentration of bestowing boundless peace and happiness on living beings. The Celestial King Eye Of Sublime Adornments found the door of liberation through causing observation of the truth of nullity and annihilating all ignorance and fear.
The Celestial King Light Of Skillful Meditation found the door of liberation through entering infinite realms without producing any activity of thought about existents.
The Celestial King Delightful Great Knowledge found the door of liberation by going everywhere in the ten directions to preach the truth, yet without moving and without relying on anything. The celestial King Universal Sound Array Banner found the gate of liberation by entry into the Buddhas realm of tranquility and everywhere manifesting great light.
The celestial King Light Of Fame Of Extreme Exertion found the gate of liberation by abiding in his own enlightenment, yet having an infinitely broad perspective. At that time the Celestial King Ocean Of Subtle Flames, imbued with the spiritual power of the Buddha, surveyed the whole host of celestial beings of the heavens of great freedom, and said in verse: The Buddha Body Extends throughout all the great assemblies, It fills the cosmos without end.
Quiescent, without essence, it cannot be grasped; It appears just to save all beings. The Thus Come One, the Dharma king, appears in the world, Able to light the lamp of sublime truth, which illuminates the world; His state is boundless and inexhaustible: This is what Name of Freedom has realized.
The Buddha is inconceivable beyond discrimination, Comprehending Forms everywhere as Insubstantial. For the sake of the world he opens wide the path of purity: This is what Pure Eyes can see. The Buddhas wisdom is unbounded -- No one in the world can measure it. It forever destroys living beings' ignorance and confusion: Great Intelligence has entered this deeply and abides there in peace. The Buddhas' virtues are inconceivable; In beings who witness them, afflictions die out They cause all worlds to find peace: Immutable Freedom can see this.
Sentient Beings, in the darkness of ignorance, are always deluded; The Buddha expounds for them the teaching of dispassion and serenity. This is the lamp of wisdom that illuminates the world: Sublime Eyes knows this technique.
The Buddhas Body of pure subtle form Is manifest everywhere and has no compare; This Body has no essence and no resting place: It is contemplated by Skillful Meditation. The Voice of the Buddha has no limit or obstruction; All those capable of accepting the teaching hear it. Yet the Buddha is quiescent in forever unmoving; This is the liberation of Delightful Knowledge.
Serene, emancipated, master of the celestial and the human, There is nowhere in the ten directions he does not appear. The Buddha sought enlightenment for the sake of all beings Over boundless oceans of eons; With various spiritual powers he teaches all; Light of Fame has realized this truth.
Furthermore, the celestial king Banner of the Delightful Light of Truth found the door of liberation in observing the faculties of all beings, expounding the truth for them, and cutting off their doubts. The celestial king Ocean Of Pure Adornments found the door of liberation, causing vision of Buddha whenever brought to mind.
The celestial king Light Of Supreme Wisdom found the door of liberation realizing the body of adornments that have no basis and are equal in terms of phenomenal nature. The celestial king Banner of Independent Wisdom found the door of liberation of comprehending all mundane things and in a single instant setting up oceans of inconceivable adornments.
The celestial king Delight in Tranquility found the door of liberation of manifesting inconceivable Buddha Lands in a single pore without hindrance. The celestial king Eye of Universal Knowledge found the door of liberation of all sided observation of the universe. The celestial king Delight in Use of Intellect found the door of liberation producing all kinds of displays for the benefit of all beings always appearing eternally. The celestial king Light of Intellect Sewn With Virtue found the door of liberation observing all objects in the world and entering into the truth of inconceivability.
The celestial king undefiled tranquil light found the door of liberation showing all beings the essential ways of emancipation. The celestial king Vast Pure Light found the door of liberation of observing all teachable beings and guiding them into the way of enlightenment.
At that time the celestial king Banner of the Delightful Light of Truth, imbued with the Buddha's power, surveyed all the hosts of the heavens of minor vastness, infinite vastness and vast results, and said in verse: The realm of the Buddhas is inconceivable, No sentient being can fathom it.
The Buddhas cause their minds to develop faith and resolution And great enjoyment without end. If any beings can accept the teaching, The Buddha, with spiritual powers, will guide them Causing them to always see the Buddha before them: Ocean of Adornments sees in this way.
The nature of all things has no resting place, The Buddhas' appearance in the world is the same way. They have no resting place in any state of being: Supreme Wisdom can contemplate the meaning of this.
Whatever be the hearts desire of sentient beings, The Buddhas' spiritual powers can manifest. All lands existing in the past, They can show in a single Pore: This is the great spiritual power of the Buddhas: Delight in Tranquility can expound this. The inexhaustible ocean of all teachings Is assembled in the sanctuary of one teaching.
Such is the nature of truth explained by the Buddhas: Eye of Knowledge can understand this Technique. In all lands, in all quarters Expounding the truth in each in everyone, The Buddha's body has no coming or going: This is the realm of delight in use of intellect. The Buddha sees things of the worlds as like reflections of light; He enters into their most recondite mysteries, And explains that the nature of all things is always quiescent: Intellect Sewn With Virtue can see this.
The Buddha knows all phenomena And rains the rain of truth according the beings faculties, In order to open the inconceivable gate of emancipation, Tranquil Serenity can understand this.
The World Honored One Always, with great kindness and compassion, Appears in order to benefit sentient beings, Equally showering the rain of truth to the fill of their capacities Pure Light can expound this. Furthermore, the celestial king Repute of Pure Wisdom found the door of liberation comprehending the ways and means of emancipation of all sentient beings. The celestial king Supreme Vision found the door of liberation of shadow like demonstration according to the wishes of all celestial beings.
The celestial king Virtue of Tranquility the found the door of liberation of great skill in means adorning the realms of all Buddhas. The celestial king Sound of the Polar Mountain found the door of liberation of following all sentient beings into the eternally flowing cycle of birth and death.
The celestial king Eye of Pure Mindfulness found the door of liberation remembering the Buddha's ways of taming and pacifying sentient beings. The celestial king Delightful Universal Illumination found the door of liberation that flowed forth from the ocean of universal memory and concentration power.
The celestial king Sovereign Lord of the World found the door of liberation of ability to cause sentient beings to meet the Buddha and produce the treasury of faith. The celestial king Light Flame Sovereign found the door of liberation of ability to cause all beings to hear the truth, to believe and rejoice, and become emancipated. The celestial king Enjoyer of Meditating on the Truth and Creating Demonstrations found the door of liberation entering into the civilizing activities of all enlightening beings, boundless and inexhaustible as space.
The celestial king Banner of Miraculous Displays found the door of liberation observing the infinite afflictions of sentient beings with universal compassion and wisdom.
At that time the celestial king Repute of Pure Wisdom, imbued with the power of the Buddha, surveyed the host of celestial beings of the heavens of little purity, boundless purity, and ubiquitous purity, and said in verse: He who realizes that the nature of things is without solidity, Appears in all the boundless lands of the ten directions: Expounding the inconceivability of the realm of Buddhahood, He causes all to return to the ocean of liberation.
The Buddha is in the world without a resting place -- Like a shadow or reflection he appears in all lands. The nature of things is ultimately non-origination: This is the entryway of the King Supreme Vision.
Cultivating Skill in means over countless ages, Purifying all lands in the ten directions, The Suchness of the Universe never moves: This is the realization of virtue of tranquility. Sentient Beings are shrouded and veiled by ignorance; Blind, in the dark, they remain always in Birth and Death. The Unexcelled Path that the Buddhas traverse Cannot be plumbed by any sentient being. It is shown by various expedient methods: Pure Eye, clearly observing, can comprehend them all.
The Buddha, by means of concentration formulae, Numerous as the atoms in oceans of lands Teaches sentient beings, covering everything: Universal Illumination can enter this.
The appearance of a Buddha is hard to encounter; It may be met once in countless eons; It is capable of inducing faith in sentient beings: This is the realization of the Celestial Sovereign. The Buddha explains that the nature of things is nature less; Profound, far-reaching, it is inconceivable. He causes all beings to engender pure faith: Light Flame can comprehend this. The Buddhas of all times are replete with virtue; They teach sentient beings inconceivably.
Contemplating this produces joy: Enjoyer of Truth can teach in this way. Sentient beings are sunk in the ocean of afflictions: Their ignorance and pollution of views are much to be feared. The great teacher pities them and frees them forever: This is the realm of contemplation of Banner of Miracles. The Buddha constantly emits great beams of light; In each light beam are innumerable Buddhas. Each makes displays of sentient beings affairs; This is the entryway of wonderful sound.
Furthermore, the celestial king Pleasing Light found the door of liberation of always experiencing the bliss of tranquil serenity yet being able to appear in order to eliminate the sufferings of the world.
The celestial king Pure Subtle Light found the door of liberation of the ocean of great compassion, the mine of joy and happiness of all sentient beings. The celestial kings Sound of Freedom found the door of liberation manifesting in a single instant the power of virtue of all sentient beings of boundless eons.
The celestial king supreme awareness and knowledge found the door of liberation causing all becoming, existing, and disintegrating worlds to be as pure as space. The celestial king Delightful Pure Subtle Sound found the door of liberation of joyfully believing and accepting the teaching of all sages.
The celestial king Sound of Skilful Meditation found the door of liberation of ability to spend an eon expounding the meanings and methods of all stages of enlightenment. The celestial king Adornment Explaining Sound found the door of liberation of methods of making great offerings when all enlightening beings descend from the Tushita Heaven to be born in the world. The celestial king Profound Light Sound found the door of liberation of contemplation of the inexhaustible ocean of spiritual power and wisdom.
The celestial king Great Fame found the door of liberation of techniques for appearing in the world, having fulfilled the ocean of virtues of all Buddhas. The celestial king Supreme Pure Light found the door of liberation of the mine of faith and delight produced by the power of the Buddha's ancient vows. Then the celestial king Pleasing Light, imbued with the power of the Buddha, surveyed all the celestial hosts from the heavens of little light, infinite light, and intense light, and said in verse: I remember the past practice of the Buddha, Serving and providing offerings for innumerable Buddhas; His pure deeds, in accord with his original faith, Are now all visible, through the Buddha's spiritual power.
The Buddhas body is formless, free from all defilement; Always abiding in compassion and pity, He removes the distress of all worlds: This is the liberation of Subtle Light. The Buddha's teaching is vast and boundless; It is manifest in all fields, According to their becoming and decay, Each Different: This is the power of liberation of Sound of Freedom.
The Buddha's spiritual power is incomparable; It appears everywhere, in the vast fields of all directions, And makes them all pure, always manifest: This is the technique of Liberation of Supreme Mindfulness.
Respectfully Serving all the Buddhas, Numerous as atoms in oceans of lands, Hearing the teaching, getting rid of defilement, not acting in vain, This is subtle sounds application of the Teaching.
The Flower Ornament Scripture A Translation Of The Avatamsaka Sutra By Thomas Cleary
The bodhisattva Samantabhadra. Photo by Lyle Vincent. Chinese Huayan Buddhism is considered by many Buddhist scholars to be one of the highpoints of Mahayana thought, even of world philosophy. It was hardly predominant in ancient times either. The major Huayan commentators were active in China for a relatively brief period—from the sixth to ninth centuries—and their profound, dense, and challenging writings were never widely read. Furthermore, the school they established in China never achieved any lengthy institutional prominence, and in Japan, Huayan barely survives formally today as the Kegon school.
The Flower Ornament Scripture
We are shipping to all international locations. Learn more here about our many free resources and special digital offers. Amazon eBook. Nook eBook. 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. Single-handedly he has gone a long way toward building the beginnings of a Buddhist canon in English.
The Phenomenal Universe of the Flower Ornament Sutra
Volume 2: The Wonderful Adornments of the Leaders of the World, the 2nd section At that time the oceanic hosts at the Buddhas site of enlightenment had assembled: the unlimited types and species were all around the Buddha, filling everywhere. Their forms and companies were each different. From wherever they came, they approached the world honored one, wholeheartedly looking up to him. These assembled masses has already gotten rid of all afflictions and mental defilements, as well as their residual habits. They had pulverized the mountains of multiple barriers, and perceived the Buddha without obstruction. They were like this because Vairochana Buddha in past times, over oceans of aeons, cultivating the practices of enlightening beings, had received them and taken care of them with the four saving practices of generosity, kind words, beneficial action, and cooperation, and while planting roots of goodness in the company of each Buddha in those eons, had already taken good care of them and had taught and developed them by various means, establishing them on the path of omnipotence, where they sewed innumerable virtues, gained great merits, and had all entered completely into the ocean of skill in liberative means and undertaking of vows. The actions they carried out were fully pure, and they had well embarked on the way to emancipation.
The Flower Ornament Scripture: A Translation of the Avatamsaka Sutra
It has been called by the translator Thomas Cleary "the most grandiose, the most comprehensive, and the most beautifully arrayed of the Buddhist scriptures. This sutra was especially influential in East Asian Buddhism. The sutra is also influential in Chan Buddhism. This work has been used in a variety of countries. Some major traditional titles include the following:. One source claims that it is "a very long text composed of a number of originally independent scriptures of diverse provenance, all of which were combined, probably in Central Asia, in the late third or the fourth century CE. Fragmentary translation probably began in the 2nd century CE, and the famous Ten Stages Sutra , often treated as an individual scripture, was first translated in the 3rd century.