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?
如無為、如是難見、不動、不屈、不死、無漏、覆蔭、洲渚、濟渡、依止、擁護、不流轉、離熾焰、離燒然、流通、清涼、微妙、安隱、無病、無所有、涅槃。
Like this is the uncreated, like this is that which is difficult to realize, with no moving, no bending, no dying. Utterly lacking secretions and smothered in the dark, it is the island shore. Where there is ferrying, it is the crossing. It is dependency's ceasing, it is the end of circulating transmissions. It is the exhaustion of the flame, it is the ending of the burning. Flowing openly, pure and cool, with secret subtlety, and calm occultation, lacking ailment, lacking owning, nirvāṇa.
Asaṁskṛtadharmasūtra, Sermon on the Uncreated Phenomenon, T99.224b7, Saṁyuktāgama 890

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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.
如無為、如是難見、不動、不屈、不死、無漏、覆蔭、洲渚、濟渡、依止、擁護、不流轉、離熾焰、離燒然、流通、清涼、微妙、安隱、無病、無所有、涅槃。
Like this is the uncreated, like this is that which is difficult to realize, with no moving, no bending, no dying. Utterly lacking secretions and smothered in the dark, it is the island shore. Where there is ferrying, it is the crossing. It is dependency's ceasing, it is the end of circulating transmissions. It is the exhaustion of the flame, it is the ending of the burning. Flowing openly, pure and cool, with secret subtlety, and calm occultation, lacking ailment, lacking owning, nirvāṇa.
Asaṁskṛtadharmasūtra, Sermon on the Uncreated Phenomenon, T99.224b7, Saṁyuktāgama 890

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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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