Therefore, having seen that they lack the path pleasing to the wise, the supreme complete instructions, the key points of the teaching, I was inspired to explain this path of the great trailblazers. 【故离智者欢喜道 圆满教要胜教授 见已释此大车道 故我心意遍勇喜。】
Known in Chinese as Hua-yen and in Japanese as Kegon-kyo, the Avatamsaka Sutra, or Flower Ornament Scripture, is held in the highest regard and studied by Buddhists of all traditions. Through its structure and symbolism, as well as through its concisely stated principles, it conveys a vast range of Buddhist teachings.
This one-volume edition contains Thomas Cleary’s definitive translation of all thirty-nine books of the sutra, along with an introduction, a glossary, and Cleary’s translation of Li Tongxuan’s seventh-century guide to the final book, the Gandavyuha, “Entry into the Realm of Reality.”