Hua-Yen Buddhism: The Jewel Net of Indra (Google eBook)

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Penn State Press, Nov 1, 2010 - Religion
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User Review  - FrankJudeBoccio - LibraryThing

I think this is one of the clearest, interesting, and creative treatments of Avatamsaka thought that I've read. It is both a great introduction to this very important "school" of philosophy, as well as simply a wonderful treatment in general. Read full review

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This is probably the best and most straightforward English language introduction to Hua-yen thought. Read full review

Contents

The Jewel Net of Indra
2
The Huayen School
21
The Indian Background of Huayen
35
Identity
57
Intercausality
68
The Part and the Whole
76
Vairocana
91
Living in the Net of Indra
110
Notes
124
Glossary
140
Index
144
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Page 8 - ... that warty bliggens considers himself to be the center of the said universe the earth exists to grow toadstools for him to sit under the sun to give him light by day and the moon and wheeling constellations to make beautiful the night for the sake of warty bliggens...
Page 16 - The Buddhist, in viewing things as being interdependent in this manner, comes to have, ideally, a profound feeling of gratitude and respect for things, however humble they may appear to people who do not share his understanding, for in some manner that eludes the rest of us, he is aware that what he is depends utterly upon them.
Page 8 - Xlll warty bliggens, the toad i met a toad the other day by the name of warty bliggens he was sitting under a toadstool feeling contented he explained that when the cosmos was created that toadstool was especially planned for his personal shelter from sun and rain thought out and prepared for him do not tell me said warty bliggens that there is not a purpose in the universe the thought is blasphemy a little more conversation revealed...
Page 18 - The Human Beings believe that everything is alive: not only men and animals but also water and earth and stones and also the dead things from them like this hair. The person from whom this hair came is bald on the Other Side, because I now own this scalp. This is the way things are. "But white men believe that everything is dead: stones, earth, animals, and people, even their own people. And if, in spite of that, things persist in trying to live, white men will rub them out. "That...
Page 3 - In accordance with the extravagant tastes of deities, the artificer has hung a single glittering jewel in each "eye" of the net, and since the net itself is infinite in dimension, the jewels are infinite in number. There hang the jewels, glittering like stars of the first magnitude, a wonderful sight to behold. If we now arbitrarily select one of these jewels for inspection and look closely at it, we will discover that in its polished surface there are reflected all the other jewels in the net, infinite...

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