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Manifestation of the Tathagata

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A translation of the Manifestation of the Tathagata chapter of the Avatamsaka Sutra, one of the principal sections of a most profound and comprehensive Buddhist scripture.

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This book offers the reader a rare glimpse of the sublime realm of Buddhahood in language that is rich in meaning and in captivating imagery, along with an introductory essay that provides valuable material for understanding this important text.

"Venerable Cheng Chien is accomplished both as a linguist and an expert in the foundations of the theory of Buddhism. He has utilized the works of the ancient Chinese Hua-yen scholars, among them Tsung-mi and Li-T`ung Hsuan, to help facilitate the reader`s comprehension of this material. Most important, however, Venerable Cheng Chien lucidly introduces the reader to the meaning of Buddhahood and explains the origin, transmission, and special features of the Avatamsaka Sutra.

He presents us with an understanding of the stature of the Manifestation of the Tathagata chapter in the context of the entire sutra, as well as its relation to other scholastic texts. The present volume is an excellent work."       ~Master Sheng-yen


"Behind the depth of thought conveyed both in the recondite teachings and rich symbolism of the Avatamsaka, as well as in the teachings of the ancient masters who derived their abstruse theories from their immediate experience of the teaching of the sutra grounded on their deep contemplations, one of the primary purports of the sutra is to offer a fresh perspective on the possibilities open to humanity. And once those possibilities are acknowledged, the Avatamsaka offers an unexcelled guide to the actualization of their potential.

The spiritual journey, described in the sutra in minute detail with great beauty, which culminates in the realization of the highest awareness accessible to humanity, starts in the simple act of awakening of faith. This faith comes from the Buddha-nature inherent in the human heart, and provides the light that leads one beyond the familiar realm of meaningless obsessions, illusions, and worldly sentiments to one’s true abode—the boundless dharmadhatu."     ~Introduction

Author Chien, Cheng
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 190 pp.
Publisher Wisdom Publications 1993
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