The Flower Adornment Sutra
(Based on audio recordings of lectures given by Master Hua at Gold Mountain Monastery in San Francisco, Gold Wheel Monastery in Los Angeles, and the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Ukiah, California, from 1971 to 1979)
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Also known as the Avatamsaka Sūtra (in Sanskrit Mahāvaipulya-buddhāvatamsaka-sūtra; in Chinese 大方廣佛華嚴經), this immense, multi-volume sutra is yet to be fully translated to English by BTTS. The volumes available include commentary by Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua that makes the text and its principles come to life by adding explanatory text and background stories.
The many chapters of this Sutra reveal the vastness of the Buddha’s realization and the bodhisattva’s mind, reveal the different stages on the bodhisattva path, and present a cosmos of infinitely interpenetrating realms. Because of its depth and great length (81 scrolls with more than 700,000 Chinese characters), it is traditionally known as the ‘’King of Kings’’ among Buddhist scriptures.
This true spiritual classic, with its depth of thought and its practical tools for spiritual cultivation, has been the foundation for many Buddhist thinkers and practitioners throughout the ages. It is the basis for the East Asian Huayan 華嚴 ( Japanese: Kegon) school of Buddhist philosophy.
When the translation of this Sutra is completed, the entire text and commentary, will comprise 75 to 100 English volumes. 28 volumes have been published to date.
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Published between 2004-2012, sold separately:
Published 1981-1985, sold as a 22-volume set
Set includes Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 17, 22, 24, 26, 36, 39, and 40
Chapters 28 & 29 “Ten Spiritual Powers” and “Ten Patiences”