The Flower Ornament Scripture

The Flower Ornament Scripture

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, ...

Author: Thomas Cleary

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834824096

Category: Religion

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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. 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 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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The Flower Ornament Scripture

The Flower Ornament Scripture

A Buddhist text discusses the ten stages of enlightenment, the universal good, the qualities of the Buddha, and detachment from the world

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ISBN: 0394552520

Category: Religion

Page: 400

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A Buddhist text discusses the ten stages of enlightenment, the universal good, the qualities of the Buddha, and detachment from the world
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The Ecstasy of Enlightenment

The Ecstasy of Enlightenment

The Ecstasy of Enlightenment is an inside look at the spiritual world of Tantra--one of the most sophisticated, alluring, and controversial forms of Buddhism.

Author: Thomas Cleary

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 160925564X

Category: Religion

Page: 232

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The Ecstasy of Enlightenment is an inside look at the spiritual world of Tantra--one of the most sophisticated, alluring, and controversial forms of Buddhism. Cleary unlocks the mysteries of the Carya-Giti, a collections of teachings by more than twenty famous Siddhas, or Tantric adepts, who lived during the illustrius Pala dynasty of old Bengal. These teachings emanate from one of the most dynamic sources of international Buddhism, at the height of its religious development, and as such, they are completely nonsectarian. Particularly noteworth is Cleary's demonstration of the parallels between Tantric Buddhism in Old Bengal and the original Zen Buddhism of China.
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The Secrets of Tantric Buddhism

The Secrets of Tantric Buddhism

Renowned translator and scholar Thomas Cleary unlocks the mysteries of these texts and provides commentary for each that explains the ancient teachings in a way that makes them seem fresh and contemporary.

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Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 9781609259631

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Unlocking the secrets of Tantra—one of the most alluring forms of Buddhism Often misunderstood, Tantrism focuses on a particular style of meditation and ritual. Having far more to do with the sacred than the sexual, Tantric Buddhism is believed to have originated around the 5th Century AD in the rich cultural basin of Bengal and spread throughout the Asian world. Today it is widely practiced in Tibet, Japan, and the West. The Secrets of Tantric Buddhism presents accessible translations of 46 classic texts found in the Carya-Giti, a collection of teachings by more than twenty famous Siddhas, or Tantric adepts, who lived during the illustrious Pala dynasty of the 10th and 11th centuries. Renowned translator and scholar Thomas Cleary unlocks the mysteries of these texts and provides commentary for each that explains the ancient teachings in a way that makes them seem fresh and contemporary. These teachings emanate from one of the most dynamic sources of Buddhism, at the height of its religious development. They are completely nonsectarian and will be greeted enthusiastically by those interested in spirituality, world religions, and classic Buddhism.
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The Voice of God on Mount Sinai Rabbinic Commentaries on Exodus 20 1 in the Light of Sufi and Zen Buddhist

The Voice of God on Mount Sinai  Rabbinic Commentaries on Exodus 20 1 in the Light of Sufi and Zen Buddhist

Mariasusai Dhavamony, Gregorianum I concur a and welcome Neudecker's comparative approach as fundamentally sound and potentially fruitful.John Renard, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations R. Neudecker's study, The Voice of God on Mount ...

Author: Neudecker Reinhard

Publisher: Gregorian Biblical BookShop

ISBN: 9788876536595

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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He whole study is well-documented and extremely clearly exposed. Mariasusai Dhavamony, Gregorianum I concur a and welcome Neudecker's comparative approach as fundamentally sound and potentially fruitful.John Renard, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations R. Neudecker's study, The Voice of God on Mount Sinaia I believe pioneered a new and promising field of interdisciplinary efforts in Judaism, Islam, (Christianity, ) and Buddhism with regard to religious philosophies of scriptural interpretation.Isaiah Teshima, Annual of the Japanese Biblical Institute a this publication merits the attention of the intercultural scholars, since it has widened the horizon of revealed texts by implication at least a Anand Amaladass, Satya Nilayam: Chennai Journal of Intercultural Philosophy Er (Neudecker) geht aus von den hochst interessanten rabbinischen Interpretationen...die eine ganze Theologie der Offenbarung umfassen konnten. a Ein ausserordentlich anregendes Werk aMichael von Bruck, Theologische Literaturzeitung a Il faut savoir gre a l'auteur d'avoir constitue un riche dossier et suggere une methode de lecture meditative capable d'ouvrir bien des portes. a A peine entame, le chantier semble prometteur.Jacques Scheuer, Revue Theologique de Louvain
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Minding Mind

Minding Mind

The instructions in this book focus on the highest type of all, "pure, clear meditation": a state of true objectivity that enables the practitioner to use all the other types of meditation freely and consciously, without becoming fixated or ...

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Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834824867

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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Some types of meditation are aimed at promoting a sense of confidence and well-being in everyday life, while other types focus on producing altered states of consciousness, transcending the world, or developing skills for serving other people. The instructions in this book focus on the highest type of all, "pure, clear meditation": a state of true objectivity that enables the practitioner to use all the other types of meditation freely and consciously, without becoming fixated or obsessed. Minding Mind is based on traditional texts by renowned teachers from various Buddhist schools of China, Japan, and Korea.
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The Undying Lamp of Zen

The Undying Lamp of Zen

No other English translations of this classic are available and Zen aficionados will want to add this to their collection.

Author: Torei Enji

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834823136

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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The Undying Lamp of Zen is a pure and powerful distillation of Zen doctrine and practice written by Torei Enji (1721–1792), a Zen master and artist. Torei was best known as one of two "genius assistants" to Hakuin Ekaku, a towering figure in Zen Buddhism who revitalized the Rinzai school, which focuses on koan practice. Torei was responsible for much of the advanced work of Hakuin’s later disciples and also helped systemize Hakuin’s Zen teachings. The Undying Lamp of Zen includes a range of principles and practices, from the most elementary to the most advanced. It is an indispensable aid to the practice of Rinzai Zen, while also providing tested traditional techniques for public access to Zen experience. Premier translator Thomas Cleary provides a thorough introduction and illuminating footnotes throughout, and his masterful translation lets Torei’s distinctive voice shine through; Torei is energetic, no-nonsense, and full of personality. No other English translations of this classic are available and Zen aficionados will want to add this to their collection.
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Zen Essence

Zen Essence

Drawn from the records of Chinese Zen masters of the Tang and Song dynasties, this collection may surprise some readers.

Author: Thomas Cleary

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834829275

Category: Religion

Page: 136

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Drawn from the records of Chinese Zen masters of the Tang and Song dynasties, this collection may surprise some readers. In contrast to the popular image of Zen as an authoritarian, monastic tradition deeply rooted in Asian culture, these passages portray Zen as remarkably flexible, adaptive to contemporary and individual needs, and transcending cultural boundaries. The readings contained in Zen Essence emphasize that the practice of Zen requires consciousness alone and does not depend on a background in Zen Buddhism and Asian culture. The true essence of Zen resides in the relationship between mind and culture, whatever that culture might be. This unique collection of writings creates a picture of Zen not as a religion or philosophy, but as a practical science of freedom.
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The Five Houses of Zen

The Five Houses of Zen

These include: • The sayings of Pai-chang, famous for his Zen dictum "A day without work, a day without food" • Selections from Kuei-shan’s collection of Zen admonitions, considered essential reading by numerous Buddhist teachers • ...

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Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834830189

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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For all its emphasis on the direct experience of insight without reliance on the products of the intellect, the Zen tradition has created a huge body of writings. Of this cast literature, the writings associated with the so-called Five Houses of Zen are widely considered to be preeminent. These Five Houses—which arose in China during the ninth and tenth centuries, often referred to as the Golden Age of Zen—were not schools or sects but styles of Zen teaching represented by some of the most outstanding masters in Zen history. The writings of these great Zen teachers are presented here, many translated for the first time. These include: • The sayings of Pai-chang, famous for his Zen dictum "A day without work, a day without food" • Selections from Kuei-shan’s collection of Zen admonitions, considered essential reading by numerous Buddhist teachers • Sun-chi’s unique discussion of the inner meaning of the circular symbol in Zen teaching • Sayings of Huang-po from The Essential Method of Transmission of Mind • Excerpts from The Record of Lin-chi, a great classical text of Zen literature • Ts’ao-shan’s presentation of the famous teaching device known as the Five Ranks • Selections of poetry from the Cascade Collection by Hsueh-tou, renowned for his poetic commentaries on the classic Blue Cliff Record • Yung-ming’s teachings on how to balance the two basic aspects of meditation: concentration and insight
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The Taoist Classics

The Taoist Classics

This Buddhist scripture uses the same idea to explain one of the most ancient associations of Taoism, that of the originators ... †''The Meditation of the Enlightening Being Universally Good,'' from The Flower Ornament Scripture, vol.

Author: Thomas F. Cleary

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9781570629068

Category: Religion

Page: 560

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This collection of translated texts includes: • Understanding Reality: A Taoist Alchemical Classic: A tenth-century text on the principles of inner alchemy. • The Inner Teachings of Taoism: The essentials of self-transformation according to the Complete Reality School of Taoism, with commentary by Liu I-ming. • The Book of Balance and Harmony: These essays, conversations, poetry, and songs about the secrets of Taoism teach how to live a centered and orderly life. • Practical Taoism: A collection of the most accessible of the texts on inner alchemy.
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Fictions of Enlightenment

Fictions of Enlightenment

Cleary , trans . , Flower Ornament Scripture , 3 : 397-398 . I have replaced Cleary's translation of bodhisattvas— " enlightening beings " -with the term more commonly used ; this will not be noted in subsequent text .

Author: Qiancheng Li

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824825977

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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Fictions of Enlightenment is the first book to examine the fascinating and intricate relationship between Buddhism and the development of Chinese vernacular fiction. Qiancheng Li brings Buddhist models to bear on the vision, structure, and narrative form of three classics of late imperial literature—Journey to the West, Tower of Myriad Mirrors, and Dream of the Red Chamber—arguing that by fashioning their plots after the narratives of certain Mahāyāna sutras, the novelists transformed Buddhist concepts into narrative structures. Within the traditional Chinese novel Li even defines a new genre: the fiction of enlightenment.
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Miracles of Book and Body

Miracles of Book and Body

How, then, did such devotees access these texts? Charlotte Eubanks argues that the medieval genre of "explanatory tales" illuminates the link between human body (devotee) and sacred text (sutra).

Author: Charlotte Eubanks

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520265615

Category: History

Page: 269

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Miracles of Book and Body is the first book to explore the intersection of two key genres of sacred literature in medieval Japan: sutras, or sacred Buddhist texts, and setsuwa, or "explanatory tales," used in sermons and collected in written compilations. For most of East Asia, Buddhist sutras were written in Classical Chinese and inaccessible to many devotees. How, then, did such devotees access these texts? Charlotte Eubanks argues that the medieval genre of "explanatory tales" illuminates the link between human body (devotee) and sacred text (sutra). She focuses on the sensual aspects of religious experience and on the act of reading, understood as the literal incorporation of sutra texts into the body and thus a bridge between text and flesh. Eubanks's highly original approach to understanding Buddhist textuality also looks beyond Japan to explore pre-modern book history, practices of preaching, miracles of reading, and the Mah y na Buddhist "cult of the book."
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The Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment

The Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment

Chin - kang ching shu - lun tsuan - yao AJ KE BLIA * ( Collected Essentials of the Diamond Sutra ) . ... Hsin Hua - yen ching lun $ # LE TA ( Treatise on the New Translation of the Flower Ornament Scripture ) , 40 fasc .

Author: A. Charles Muller

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791441016

Category: Religion

Page: 329

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A concise guide to the key practice systems of the East Asian Meditational schools Ch'an, Son, and Zen.
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The Treasury of Knowledge Book Five

The Treasury of Knowledge  Book Five

406) Display of Miracles Scripture Buddhabalavardhanapratihāryavikurvānanirdeşasūtra Sangs rgyas kyi Stobs skyed pa'i cho ... 2490) Flower Array Scripture Gandhavyuhasutra sDong po bkod pa'i mdo Part of The Flower Ornament Scripture.

Author: Jamgon Kongtrul

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9781559398855

Category: Religion

Page: 568

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In Tibetan religious literature, Jamgön Kongtrül's Treasury of Knowledge in ten books stands out as a unique, encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as it was preserved in Tibet. This volume is the fifth book of that work and is considered by many scholars to be its heart. Jamgön Kongtrül explains the complete code of personal liberation as it applies to both monastic and lay persons, the precepts for those aspiring to the life of a bodhisattva, and the exceptional pledges for practitioners on the tantric path of pure perception.
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Buddhist Goddesses of India

Buddhist Goddesses of India

Flower. Ornament. Scripture. Then Sudhana, having seen the night goddess's enlightening liberation, prostrated himself before her, enraptured: ''I have seen your immense body, beautified as the sky is by stars.

Author: Miranda Shaw

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691168548

Category: Religion

Page: 592

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"The Indian Buddhist world abounds with goddesses--voluptuous tree spirits, maternal nurturers, potent healers and protectors, transcendent wisdom figures, cosmic mothers of liberation, and dancing female Buddhas. Despite their importance in Buddhist thought and practice, these female deities have received relatively little scholarly attention, and no comprehensive study of the female pantheon has been available. Buddhist Goddesses of India is the essential and definitive guide to divinities that, as Miranda Shaw writes, "operate from transcendent planes of bliss and awareness for as long as their presence may benefit living beings." Beautifully illustrated, the book chronicles the histories, legends, and artistic portrayals of nineteen goddesses and several related human figures and texts. Drawing on a sweeping range of material, from devotional poetry and meditation manuals to rituals and artistic images, Shaw reveals the character, powers, and practice traditions of the female divinities. Interpretations of intriguing traits such as body color, stance, hairstyle, clothing, jewelry, hand gestures, and handheld objects lend deep insight into the symbolism and roles of each goddess. In addition to being a comprehensive reference, this book traces the fascinating history of these goddesses as they evolved through the early, Mahayana, and Tantric movements in India and found a place in the pantheons of Tibet and Nepal."--Publisher's website.
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The Voice of God on Mount Sinai

The Voice of God on Mount Sinai

the Sutra , which does not know of the Triple Body of the Buddha as described above , Buddha refers primarily to the fully ... T. YOSHINORI ) ( New York 1993 ) 160-170 ; T. CLEARY , The Flower Ornament Scripture : A Translation of the ...

Author: Reinhard Neudecker

Publisher: Gregorian Biblical BookShop

ISBN: 8876536191

Category: Religion

Page: 157

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This study presents an attempt to read the biblical verse that introduces God's revelation on Mount Sinai a verse which, for the Rabbis, bears deep meaning in a unusual and broad context. In the hope of throwing more light on the often brief and enigmatic rabbinic views on Exodus 20:1, relevant texts, often equally enigmatic, from Sufism and from Zen-Buddhist tradition are taken into consideration. All these texts express various degrees of spiritual insight or mystical experience.
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