Posts Tagged ‘Hua-yen’

The Astounding Assembly

Our choice of translation for this series on the Mahāparinirvāṇasūtra is by Kosho Yamamoto, from Dharmakshema’s Chinese version and edited and revised by Dr. Tony Page in 2007. From time to time we will also draw-upon the translation from the Chinese by Mark L. Blum and the redacted version from the Chinese of Dharmakshema by Huiyan, Huiguan, and Xie Lingyun, translated into English by Charles Patton. Chapter One: Introductory Thus have I heard. At one time, the Buddha was staying Read more [...]

Hua-Yen, or a View of Totality

Bringers of life by Alex Groseth Before engaging the Sutra it is advisable that we present a brief overview of its doctrinal foundation, which is rooted in Hua-yen Buddhism. Also translated as “Flowery Splendor” (thus the title of the Sutra), Hua-yen is an all-encompassing matrix of syncretic-connections that are inter-dependent and thus constitute a resolution of form and principle as defined in such concepts as shih (phenomena) and li (noumenon)—both of which we shall explore more fully Read more [...]

Entry into the Dharmadhātu

Our next series (beginning in November) will be focusing on a sutra which is the final chapter of the much larger-one, none-other than the majestic Avataṃsaka Sūtra, commonly known as the Flower Ornament Sutra. The Gandavyūha-sūtra is the climax of this marvelous Hua-yen text and highlights the following: The Gandavyūha-sūtra is one of the great sacred scriptures of Mahāyāna Buddhism, widely known and deeply revered throughout the Buddhist world. Sometimes regarded as the Buddhist counterpart Read more [...]
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