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There is no doubt in my mind that Thomas Cleary is the greatest translator of Buddhist texts from Chinese or Japanese into English of our generation, and that he will be so known by grateful Buddhist practitioners and scholars in future centuries. Single-handedly he has gone a long way toward building the beginnings of a Buddhist canon in English. This he has achieved in spite of the astonishing reaction from almost all scholars in the field and a great many so-called practitioners. Even though one might have thought the spirit of Buddhism would have rubbed off on them a little, they seem not to have been able to restrain themselves from unleashing upon him an enduring wave of sheer envy. If he is ever grudgingly acknowledged as prodigious at least in productivity, this praise is quickly drawn back by some apparently more damaging critique. In this handsome new single volume edition, the thirty-nine books of the Flower Ornament each really a sutra in itself are rendered in 1, pages of beautiful, evocative, poetic, and accurate English.

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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Through its structure and symbolism, as well as through its concisely stated principles, it conveys a vast range of Buddhist teachings.

This one-volume edition contains Thomas Cleary's defi Known in Chinese as Hua-yen and in Japanese as Kegon-kyo , the Avatamsaka Sutra, or Flower Ornament Scripture, is held in the highest regard and studied by Buddhists of all traditions. This one-volume edition contains Thomas Cleary's definitive translation of all thirty-nine books of the sutra, along with an introduction, a glossary, and Cleary's translation of Li Tongxuan's seventh-century guide to the final book, the Gandavyuha , "Entry into the Realm of Reality.

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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 18, Blaine rated it it was amazing Shelves: buddhism , china-japan-korea , all-time-favorites. The Avatamsaka Sutra is the definitive statement of Indra's Net, the cosmic Buddhist vision of radical interconnectedness, interrelatedness, interdependence, and nondual interpenetration of all phenomena.

It is the ultimate mind-tripping read that will take you into a multi-dimensional mind-space that you never knew existed, wheeling you around the infinity of consciousness from the smallest most insignificant spec in the universe to boundless worlds-within-worlds-upon-worlds Indeed, even pronouncing one syllable of this sutra will provide you with more merit than constructing ten ka-jillion stupas in this world, while circumambulating Mt.

Kailas ten thousand times, and simultaneously teaching the dharma to every sentient being of every eon of ten thousand worlds in each of the ten directions. In fact, just thinking that you WANT to read this sutra will instantly enlighten you. Seriously, this prodigious text is one of the most fantastic reads that humans have ever created but clearly isn't for the light-hearted or simple-minded.

Based on a recommendation from a reviewer on Amazon. I know nothing that compares to this text. In fact, I know nothing at all. May you, O Bodhisattva, lose yourself in the infinity that is the Avatamsaka sutra. View 2 comments. Apr 09, Mary-Jean Harris rated it really liked it Shelves: esoteric-philosophy-or-science. I think the best way to describe this book would be as a table full of cakes.

Not just one cake, but an enormous table with cakes of all shapes and sizes and flavours. The cakes are the Buddhist teachings in each chapter, and the icing is the descriptions. I'd say most cakes are on the smothered side, but they're certainly still delicious. However, if you ate them all, you would quickly get I think the best way to describe this book would be as a table full of cakes. However, if you ate them all, you would quickly get a stomach ache. So, as you can tell this was quite the book.

It was enormous, and I actually only read the first book out of three of them. It was one of the most beautiful texts I've read, with breathtaking imagery and philosophical insights, and the sheer enormity of everything, from the names of all the enlightening beings to the worlds, to the decorations adorning the palaces was fascinating. However, it wasn't something I would have read straight through--I read parts of it, covering more or less all of the chapters, and focusing on parts I was more interested in.

It's just too overwhelming to read it all, and it would become tedious to read pages and pages of names of enlightening beings, kings, etc, though the names are certainly creative, and I often just liked to read the names of things for fun. The descriptions of the Buddhist teachings in the book were also very well laid out and poetic, and explained in many different ways which was again, over the top for me from the enlightening beings.

This was the highlight for me, rather than the descriptions. So I would suggest this book to anyone interested in Buddhism, however, don't try to read it cover to cover or you will go insane with names and descriptions! Though reading passages from it and a chapter or two here and there is well worth it. Nov 04, Matt Brownlie marked it as to-read. I'm only beginning to dig my way into this text, but would like to mention that the introduction is a masterful piece of writing in and of itself, comparing the teachings found in the Avatamsaka Sutra to those of other significant Mahayana sutras.

Not only does the context help to provide intimacy with the concepts found here, but it provides a quick run through important Buddhist concepts that this sutra seeks to encompass and surpass.

Personally, I'm spending about minutes a day reading I'm only beginning to dig my way into this text, but would like to mention that the introduction is a masterful piece of writing in and of itself, comparing the teachings found in the Avatamsaka Sutra to those of other significant Mahayana sutras. Personally, I'm spending about minutes a day reading this massive thing, and alternating between the intro and the sutra itself day to day.

It has been a really great experience! Jul 16, Brady is currently reading it Shelves: spirituality. Aug 13, Jan van Leent rated it it was amazing Shelves: buddhism. Impressive in all ways! A contribution to this question: We can only accept that the clouds and worlds within these universes will take care for themselves, because the wind is the same everywhere: ultimately there are no two kinds of wind See also: Cleary, Thomas, Book of Serenity — One Hundred Zen Dialogues.

Bosten: Shambhala, p. Breathing this wind breath by breath, we are part of The Jewel Net of Indra and hereby we are completely interconnected with the infinitely intertwined universes in the past, now and in the future.

Highly recommended for a serious study of the Hua-yen school - one of the seven branches - of Zen Buddhism. Nov 08, Rajvinder Singh rated it it was amazing. This is one of the greatest scriptures i have ever read it is a long read but very rewarding the translator has performed an amazing task of bringing out the essence of the teachings in this translation of the Avatamsaka sutra.

I personally would recommend a course of meditation which would compliment this reading and also Buddhist yoga a short book about Buddhist meditation which is also translated by Thomas Cleary. Although i am not a Buddhist practitioner but belong to The Sikh Dharma from This is one of the greatest scriptures i have ever read it is a long read but very rewarding the translator has performed an amazing task of bringing out the essence of the teachings in this translation of the Avatamsaka sutra.

Although i am not a Buddhist practitioner but belong to The Sikh Dharma from my reading of this scripture i would say that the level of consciousness attained by the people who originally wrote this is very similar to the Gian Khand stage described by Guru Nanak Dev Ji in the Jap ji Sahib prayer, where the adept experiences seeing countless Buddhas countless Brahmas, countless Shivas and countless Gods and Goddesses, countless Demons and countless Jewel ocean worlds.

Mar 17, BonB rated it it was amazing Shelves: buddhist-texts. This one-volume edition contains Thomas Cleary's definitive translation of all thirty-nine books of the sutra and is outrageously expensive but worth the cost.

Every line is beautifully rendered Thomas Cleary is one of the best all-round translators of East Asian and Sanskrit literature, as well as Buddhist, Daoist, and Confucian writings. A jewel. Oct 01, me rated it liked it Shelves: buddhism. I was looking forward to this book but found it disappointing. All the talk of buddhas bordered on magic and delusion. It made me realize I am not a traditional Buddhist. So much mythology and diety worship was too much for me.

May 12, Thjodbjorn rated it it was amazing. It took far too long, but I have finally finished. It was a bit uneven, as a collection of different works could be expected, and some of it was kind of a chore. But there was enough great stuff in it that I'm glad I persisted. Dec 06, Jeffrey Osthoff rated it it was amazing. Great translation - the standard for English. The book is heavy enough to kill someone with. You may need a lot of coffee to get through this voluminous sutra, but it is well worth it!

Dec 30, Carl Waluconis rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction. Cleary theorizes that whether you are following every word or not, reading this book, especially out loud, will lead your brain into patterns of thought that become a sort of liberating training practice. I have read it through three times, twice out loud, and each time it has guided me through new realms.

It took about a ye "Appearance showing matrix of the source of light. It took about a year each time, and each time added to the previous experience.

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The bodhisattva Samantabhadra. Photo by Lyle Vincent. Chinese Huayan Buddhism is considered by many Buddhist scholars to be one of the highpoints of Mahayana thought, even of world philosophy. It was hardly predominant in ancient times either. The major Huayan commentators were active in China for a relatively brief period—from the sixth to ninth centuries—and their profound, dense, and challenging writings were never widely read. Furthermore, the school they established in China never achieved any lengthy institutional prominence, and in Japan, Huayan barely survives formally today as the Kegon school. Nevertheless, Huayan—with its intricate dialectical philosophy—provides the philosophical underpinning for Zen and much of the rest of popular East Asian Buddhism and its offshoots in the West.

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Volume 2: The Wonderful Adornments of the Leaders of the World, the 2nd section At that time the oceanic hosts at the Buddhas site of enlightenment had assembled: the unlimited types and species were all around the Buddha, filling everywhere. Their forms and companies were each different. From wherever they came, they approached the world honored one, wholeheartedly looking up to him. These assembled masses has already gotten rid of all afflictions and mental defilements, as well as their residual habits. They had pulverized the mountains of multiple barriers, and perceived the Buddha without obstruction.

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