Translation of the Title "Mahāvaipulya Buddhāvataṃsaka Sūtra"

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Translation of the Title "Mahāvaipulya Buddhāvataṃsaka Sūtra"

Post by Seeker12 » Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:55 pm

I am looking for an etymological, perhaps, breakdown of what the full title of the Avatamsaka Sutra means.

That is, what does each part of each word in the full title mean, translated to English? I am aware that it's generally called the "Flower Garland" or "Flower Adornment" Sutra or something along those lines, but I'm looking for the full name as given in the subject.

Thank you for help.
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Re: Translation of the Title "Mahāvaipulya Buddhāvataṃsaka Sūtra"

Post by crazy-man » Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:51 pm

great means expansive (or extension, extensive) buddhas flower adornment(or ornament, garland, wreath) sutra (scripture)
more info:
https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/av ... s%C5%ABtra
http://www.academia.edu/7795238/THE_HIS ... RGER_TEXTS

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Re: Translation of the Title "Mahāvaipulya Buddhāvataṃsaka Sūtra"

Post by Dharmic » Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:11 pm

Hi,

I found four interpretations. :reading:

(1)

From Wikipedia :

Mahā-Vaipulya-Buddha-Avataṃsaka-Sūtra : The Great Vaipulya Sūtra of the Buddha's Flower Garland

- Mahā : Great
- Vaipulya : extensive - refers to sizable sūtras
- Avataṃsaka : Flower garland/wreath/adornment - refers to a manifestation of the beauty of Buddha's virtues or his inspiring glory


Dictionary meanings :

- Vaipulya - nt. (1) : (from vipula), (work of) great extent
- Vipula - mf(ā-)n : large, extensive, wide, great, thick, long (also of time), abundant, numerous, important
- Vaipulya n.(fr. vi-pula-) : largeness, spaciousness, breadth, thickness etc.
- Vaipulya n. : a sūtra- of great extension
- Avataṃsaka - mn.f(ā-) : idem or 'to employ as a garland


(2)

Source : Encyclopedia of World Religions

The Great and Vast Buddha Garland Sūtra, also called the Garland Sūtra , is a Mahāyāna Buddhist text that speaks of the deeds of the Buddha and their resulting merits that blossom like a garland of flowers.


(3)

A Long Commentary on the Title of the Sutra - Mahāvaipulya Buddhāvataṃsaka Sūtra

http://www.buddhistbooks.info/avatam/title.html


(4)

What does the term Buddhāvataṃsaka mean ?

( It is a specific miracle that can be performed by the Buddha alone according to the Sarvāstivāda school. )

https://books.google.com/books?id=ikPxI ... &q&f=false



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Re: Translation of the Title "Mahāvaipulya Buddhāvataṃsaka Sūtra"

Post by Seeker12 » Sun Jul 23, 2017 2:38 pm

Thank you both. I swear I looked at wikipedia prior to posting, and I'm not entirely sure how I missed the explanation there :P

Regardless, I appreciate the responses. With metta/best wishes.
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And thereto not the slightest thing to add.
The perfect truth viewed perfectly
And perfectly beheld is liberation.

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