2015-09-01

Book of Serenity 67

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Book of Serenity (Shoyoroku, Congrong Lu) #67
The Wisdom in the Flower Garland Sutra

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The Flower Garland Sutra says, "Now I see all living beings everywhere, and I see that each of them possesses the wisdom and virtue of Tathagata. But because of their delusions and attachments, they cannot realize it."

About the Sutra
The Avataṃsaka (Flower Garland or Flower Ornament) Sutra is one of the most influential Mahayana sutras of East Asian Buddhism. It is among the longest in the Buddhist canon, contains 40 chapters on a variety of topics. Overarching themes include the interdependency of all phenomena (dharmas), and the progression of the Buddhist path to full Enlightenment. The Sutra describes a cosmos of infinite realms upon realms, mutually containing one another. The Avataṃsaka Sutra was written in stages, beginning from at least 500 years after the death of the Buddha. The material from different stages and originally independent scriptures were all combined, probably in Central Asia, in the late third or the fourth century CE. (adapted from Wikipedia)

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