The Avataṃsaka Period of Teaching

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The Avataṃsaka Period of Teaching

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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?
savi saghara aṇica di, savi saghara dukha di, savi dhama aṇatva di:
yada paśadi cakhkṣuma tada nivinadi dukha eṣo mago viśodhia.

"All formations are inconstant," he said.
"All formations are stressful," he said.
"All phenomena are selfless," he said.
When one sees this, one becomes adverse to stress, and this is the path of purity.

(Gāndhārī Dharmapada fragments)
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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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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.
savi saghara aṇica di, savi saghara dukha di, savi dhama aṇatva di:
yada paśadi cakhkṣuma tada nivinadi dukha eṣo mago viśodhia.

"All formations are inconstant," he said.
"All formations are stressful," he said.
"All phenomena are selfless," he said.
When one sees this, one becomes adverse to stress, and this is the path of purity.

(Gāndhārī Dharmapada fragments)
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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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Never mind, just saw that he hadn't uploaded the document.
Here's a link
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