. picture of Master Hua  Master Hsuan Hua
lectured the Avatamsaka Sutra in the U.S. over a nine year period.

 
 
Introduction
Table of Contents
Title
1 World Rulers
2 Thus Come One
3 Universal Worthy
4 Coming into Being
5 Flower Store
6 Vairochana
7 Names
8 Four Holy Truths
9 Enlightenment
10 Clarification
11 Pure Conduct
12 Worthy Leader
13 Mount Sumeru
14 Praises
15 Ten Dwellings
16 Brahma Conduct
17 Bringing Forth
18 Understanding
19 Suyama
20 Praises in Suyama
21 Ten Conducts
22 Ten Treasuries
23 Tushita Heaven
24 Praises in Tushita
25 Ten Transferences
26 Ten Grounds
27 Ten Samadhis
28 Ten Penetrations
29 Ten Patiences
30 Asamkhyeas
31 Life Spans
32 Dwelling Places
33 Dharmas
34 Ten Bodies
35 Characteristics
36 Conduct
37 Appearance
38 Leaving the World
39 Dharma Realm
Conclusion
Acknowledgement
Bibliography
Glossary
Transference
 
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A brief outline with annotations to inform people about the existence and accessibility of the AVATAMSAKA SUTRA, the first sutra spoken by the Buddha after he attained enlightenment.

by Soo Hoong Liung, disciple of the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua

Homage to the
Avatamsaka Assembly of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas as Vast as the sea,

Homage to the Avatamsaka Sutra

The greatest event in history is the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha because at that time, the World Honored One spoke the Great Means Expansive Buddha Flower Adornment Sutra. In Sanskrit, it is known as the Maha-Vaipulya-Buddha-Avatamsaka-Sutra. In Chinese, it is called the Ta Fang Kuang Fo Hua Yen Ching.

National Master Ch’ing Liang says,
Without Rising from Beneath the King of Trees,
He Extends to Seven Places in the Dharma Realm.

Preface

The Buddha used the Sea-Seal Samadhi to speak this Sutra with his Dharma Body in seven places and nine assemblies, in the human realm and in the heavens.

The First Assembly gathered at the site of his enlightenment; the six chapters spoken here are:

  1.    The Wondrous Adornments of World Rulers.  
  2.    The Appearance of the Thus Come One
  3.    Universal Worthy’s Samadhi
  4.   The Coming into Being of Worlds
  5.   The Flower Store Sea of Worlds
  6.   Vairochana
The Second Assembly is at the Universal Light Palace; the six chapters spoken here are;
  1.   The Names of the Thus Come Ones
  2.   The Four Holy Truths
  3.   Light Enlightenment
  4. Bodhisattvas Ask for Clarification
  5. Pure Conduct
  6. Worthy Leader

The Third Assembly is at the Trayastrimsha Heaven; the six chapters spoken here are:

  1. Ascending to the Summit of Mt. Sumeru
  2. Praises Atop Mt. Sumeru
  3. The Ten Dwellings
  4. Brahma Conduct
  5. The Merit and Virtue from First Bringing Forth the Mind
  6. Understanding Dharmas

The Fourth Assembly is at the Suyama Heaven; the four chapters spoken here are:

  1. Ascending to the Suyama Heaven Palace
  2. Praises in the Suyama Heaven Palace
  3. The Ten Conducts
  4. The Ten Inexhaustible Treasuries

The Fifth Assembly is at the Tushita Heaven; the three chapters spoken here are;

  1. Ascending to the Tushita Heaven Palace
  2. Praises in the Tushita Heaven Palace
  3. The Ten Transferences

The Sixth Assembly is at the Bliss from Others’ Transformations Heaven (Paranirmitavashavartin); the one chapter spoken here is:

  1. The Ten Grounds

The Seventh Assembly is again at the Universal Light Palace; the eleven chapters spoken here are:

  1. The Ten Samadhis
  2. The Ten Penetrations
  3. The Ten Patiences
  4. Asamkhyeyas
  5. Life spans
  6. Bodhisattvas’ Dwelling Places
  7. The Buddhas’ Inconceivable Dharmas
  8. The Sea of the Marks of the Thus Come Ones’ Ten Bodies
  9. The Light of the Merit and Virtue of the Thus Come Ones’ Minor Characteristics
  10. Universal Worthy’s Conduct
  11. The Thus Come Ones’ Appearances

The Eighth Assembly is again at the Universal Light Palace; the one chapter spoken is:

  1. Leaving the World

The Ninth Assembly is back in this world, at the Jeta Grove; the one chapter spoken here is:

  1. Entering the Dharma Realm

(Includes Universal Worthy’s Conduct and Vows Chapter)
National Master Ch’ing Liang says,

Considering that in the Proper Dharma Age
Its Pure Glory Still Remained Concealed,
How Fortunate that in Semblance and in Final Times
This Profound Teaching is Happened Upon!
Moreover, when one meets a Sagely Ruler,
Obtaining it on Magic Mountain,
Exhaustively Reflecting on its Esoteric Doctrine,
How can one but Jump for Joy

© 2000 Soo Hoong Liung. All Rights Reserved.