Sunday, December 1, 2019

Avatamsaka Sutra - 981

Just as the establishment of worlds
Cannot be achieved by one cause or condition,
And countless appropriate causes and conditions
Form this billion-world universe,
The manifestation of Buddha is also like this,
Only accomplished through infinite virtues;
The (number of) atoms of lands and thoughts of minds may be known,
But the productive causes of the Ten-powered none can measure.

Just as clouds pour rain at the start of one eon,
And create four great (oceans),
And the roots of goodness of sentient beings and the power of bodhisattvas
Establish the billion worlds securely,
So do the clouds of teaching of the Ten-powered
Produce (oceans) of knowledge, pure minds,
Guiding beings to (that) which they were previously dedicated
To fulfillment of the highest reward.

Just as there is a great deluge
Which no place can contain
Except the great wind-force in pure space
At the beginning of the universe,
So also is the Buddha’s manifestation,
Showering the rain of truth filling the cosmos
Which the weak-minded cannot bear,
Only those pure and broad minds.

Avatamsaka Sutra - 981
Note on the image: Chenrezig (Shadakshari Avalokiteshvara) Mandala

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