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The Avataṃsaka Period of Teaching

Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:46 pm
by Coëmgenu
If I may ask a few question concerning what are likely some misconceptions of mine:

The Avataṃsaka Period: during this period, it is said that the Buddha taught a bewildering and confusing dharma that was not understood by the masses, and only by a select few bodhisattvāḥ.

Regardless of if this Avataṃsaka period occurred or not, why is the Buddha believed to have began with incomprehensible teachings? Since this information essentially comes from the internet, free flowing and uncited, what is the appropriate contextualization for the belief that there was an Avataṃsaka Period of mostly incomprehensible dharma with very little transmission occurring?

Re: The Avataṃsaka Period of Teaching

Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:04 pm
by Admin_PC
This article might help explain the background of the various classification systems (panjiao) and the development of the 5 periods system.
http://buddhism.lib.ntu.edu.tw/DLMBS/en ... seq=396962

Re: The Avataṃsaka Period of Teaching

Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:06 pm
by Coëmgenu
Admin_PC wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:04 pm
This article might help explain the background of the various classification systems (panjiao) and the development of the 5 periods system.
http://buddhism.lib.ntu.edu.tw/DLMBS/en ... seq=396962
It is a very interesting article, from the abstract. Unfortunately, I do not think that that site is hosting it anymore.

Re: The Avataṃsaka Period of Teaching

Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:57 pm
by Admin_PC
Was going to host it myself, but just found out that the author's hosting it here:
http://coastal.academia.edu/ChanjuMun
http://www.academia.edu/30839083/Wonhyo ... ifications

Re: The Avataṃsaka Period of Teaching

Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:02 pm
by Admin_PC
Never mind, just saw that he hadn't uploaded the document.
Here's a link