The Avataṃsaka Period of Teaching

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The Avataṃsaka Period of Teaching

Post by Coëmgenu » Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:46 pm

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?
歸命本覺心法身常住妙法心蓮臺本來莊嚴三身徳三十七尊住心
城遠離因果法然具普門塵數諸三昧無邊徳海本圓滿還我頂禮心諸佛

In reverence for the root gnosis of the heart, the dharmakāya,
for the ever present good law of the heart, the lotus terrace,
for the inborn adornment of the trikāya, the thirty-seven sages dwelling in the heart,
for that which is removed from seed and fruit, the upright key to the universal gate,
for all boundless concentrations, the sea of virtue, the root perfection,
I prostrate, bowing to the hearts of all Buddhas.

胎藏金剛菩提心義略問答鈔, Treatise on the teaching of the gnostic heart of the womb and the diamond, T2397.1.470c5-8

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Re: The Avataṃsaka Period of Teaching

Post by Admin_PC » 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
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Re: The Avataṃsaka Period of Teaching

Post by Coëmgenu » Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:06 pm

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.
歸命本覺心法身常住妙法心蓮臺本來莊嚴三身徳三十七尊住心
城遠離因果法然具普門塵數諸三昧無邊徳海本圓滿還我頂禮心諸佛

In reverence for the root gnosis of the heart, the dharmakāya,
for the ever present good law of the heart, the lotus terrace,
for the inborn adornment of the trikāya, the thirty-seven sages dwelling in the heart,
for that which is removed from seed and fruit, the upright key to the universal gate,
for all boundless concentrations, the sea of virtue, the root perfection,
I prostrate, bowing to the hearts of all Buddhas.

胎藏金剛菩提心義略問答鈔, Treatise on the teaching of the gnostic heart of the womb and the diamond, T2397.1.470c5-8

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Re: The Avataṃsaka Period of Teaching

Post by Admin_PC » Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:57 pm

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
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Re: The Avataṃsaka Period of Teaching

Post by Admin_PC » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:02 pm

Never mind, just saw that he hadn't uploaded the document.
Here's a link
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