The Flower Adornment Sutra (Avatamsaka Sutra) is known as the ‘King of Kings’ of all Buddhist sutras because of its profundity and great length. This sutra contains the most complete explanation of the Buddha’s state of realization and the Bodhisattva’s quest for awakening. It is said: Unless you read the Avatamsaka Sutra, you will not know of the Buddha’s true blessings and honor. The Avatamsaka Sutra is the Buddha’s greatest store of treasures. In forty chapters the sutra conveys a vast range of Buddhist teachings. It presents, in detailed description, the stages of Awakening that a Bodhisattva or ‘Awakened Being must progress through on the path towards Anuttara Samyak Sambodhi Supreme Perfect Enlightenment. The sutra depicts the events that immediately unfolded upon the Buddha’s Awakening under the Bodhi tree. It describes a cosmos that has infinite realms within realms, boundless and interpenetrating. Chapter 28 describes the Ten Spiritual Powers that Bodhisattvas attain upon perfecting their meritorious virtues in the practice of the Bodhisattva Path. These powers enable Bodhisattvas to discern the potentials of living beings to teach and guide them to bring forth the aspiration for enlightenment. Chapter 29 describes the Ten Patiences that Bodhisattvas must develop in their quest towards ultimate Awakening. If Bodhisattvas can perfect these ten kinds of patience, they will attain the positions of unobstructed patience of all Bodhisattvas.
About the Author
The Buddhist Text Translation Society (BTTS) is dedicated to making the principles of the Buddhadharma available to Western readers in a form that can be directly applied to practice. Since 1972, the Society has been publishing English translations of sutras, instructional handbooks on meditation and moral conduct, and biographies. Most of the Society s sutra translations are accompanied by contemporary commentary, based on lectures spoken by Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua. The accurate and faithful translation of the Buddhist Canon into English and other Western languages is one of the primary objectives of the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association (DRBA), the parent organization of the Buddhist Text Translation Society. Translators, bilingual reviewers, English editors, and bilingual certifiers are members of BTTS. Master Hua is the founder of DRBA, which is headquartered at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, near Ukiah, California, and has 24 branch monasteries in the United States, Canada, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Australia.
- Hardcover: 350 pages
- Publisher: Buddhist Text Translation Society (February 26, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 160103010X
- ISBN-13: 978-1601030108
- Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches