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The Flower Ornament Scripture by Thomas Cleary
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it was amazing
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Impressive in all ways!

The Avataṃsaka Sūtra describes a cosmos of infinite realms upon realms, mutually containing one another (The Jewel Net of Indra). This Sūtra mentiones the existence of infinitely intertwined universes wherein many, many Buddhas - in the past, now and in the future - are involved.

When reading this translation in English of the Avataṃsaka Sūtra, the following question came to my mind:
How can Buddhas and Bodhisattvas achieve enlightenment for all in these infinitely intertwined universes in the past, now and in the future?
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, 1998 p. 110.).
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.

The vision expressed in this Sūtra was the foundation for the creation of the Hua-yen school, that is one of the seven branches of Zen Buddhism within Chinese Buddhism (See also: Cook, Francis, Hua-Yen Buddhism: The Jewel Net of Indra, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1977).

Highly recommended for a serious study of the Hua-yen school - one of the seven branches - of Zen Buddhism.
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Reading Progress

January 1, 2001 – Started Reading
January 1, 2003 – Finished Reading
August 13, 2014 – Shelved
August 24, 2014 – Shelved as: buddhism

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