Avatamsaka Sutra

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Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:45 pm

From beginning of Ten Grounds chapter; Master Hua comments:
All that Bodhisattvas did to teach, transform, tame, and subdue living beings was done at the right time.

The vocation of a Bodhisattva is to teach and transform living beings, tame and subdue living beings, and cause all living beings quickly to accomplish Buddhahood, all at the right time. Sometimes if one speaks inappropriately, and teaches living beings before their roots have ripened or the time is right by blasting Dharma at them, they cannot receive it.

They get scared, have doubts, and they never want to listen to the Buddhadharma again. Bodhisattvas teach and transform living beings at the most appropriate moment. It is just like planting seeds: if planted at the wrong time, they will not come up, and the planting will have been done in vain. If one plants the seeds at the exact time they should be planted, they will grow. Right at the time the seeds of Bodhi should be planted, Bodhisattvas break open the mind-ground of living beings, teach them to bring forth the thought for Bodhi, and plant the seeds which gradually grow, ripen, and yield a harvest of liberation. That is the meaning of “at the right time.”
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Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:11 pm

Good indeed, disciple of the Buddha, I wish you would proclaim all the grounds of practice to approach and enter Bodhi; of all the comfortable Honored Ones throughout the ten directions, none is not proactive of and mindful of the basic roots of wisdom.

Secured in them, that wisdom is also fundamental; all the Buddhas’ Dharmas are produced from them; just as written words are comprised by alphabets, so, too, the Buddhas’ Dharmas are based upon these grounds.
Ten Grounds, chapter 26
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Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:48 pm

What is a buddha? Chapter 37 treats of the body, voice, mind, actions etc. of a buddha. Here is an example re the body:
Third, Buddha-Sons, the sun rises in Jambudvīpa and benefits all sentient
beings in countless ways, such as dispelling darkness, removing coldness and
wetness, nurturing trees and grass, ripening grains and crops, lighting the open
sky, opening flowers, enabling travelers to see their way, and inhabitants to do
their work. Why? Because the sun emits immeasurable radiance.

Buddha-Sons, likewise a Tathāgata, a wisdom sun, appears in the world and benefits all
sentient beings in countless ways, such as ending their evil to produce good,
changing their stupidity into wisdom, rescuing and protecting them with great
lovingkindness, delivering them with great compassion, expanding their
capacities, strengths, and aspirations for bodhi. He enables them to elicit
profound belief and discard the muddled mind, to see and hear [the Dharma]
without destroying causes and conditions, to acquire the god-eye to see the
places of their births and deaths, to acquire the hindrance-free mind without
damaging their roots of goodness, to develop wisdom and open the flower of
enlightenment, and to activate the bodhi mind to complete all Bodhisattva
actions. Why? Because a Tathāgata’s body is a vast wisdom sun, which emits
immeasurable radiance to illuminate all. Buddha-Sons, this is the third
characteristic of a Tathāgata’s body. In this way a Bodhisattva-Mahāsattva
should see His body.
From Rulu's book Two Holy Grounds, page 216
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Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:18 pm

Rulu has just added, from one of her books, an excellent short survey of the Huayan corpus, lineage & teachings:

http://www.sutrasmantras.info/introbook5.html

Also has hot links to Glossary.


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