Where Light Abide


the-flower-ornament-scriptureWHERE LIGHT ABIDE

THUS I HAVE HEARD. A one time the Buddha was in the land of Magadha, in a state of purity, at the site of enlightenment,  having just realised true awareness. The ground was solid and firm, made of diamond, adorned with exquisite jewel discs and myriad precious flowers, with pure clear crystals. The ocean of characteristics of the various colours appeared over an infinite extent. There were banners of precious stones, constantly emitting shinning light and producing beautiful sounds. Nets of myriad gems and garlands of exquisitely scented flowers hung all around. The finest jewels appeared spontaneously, raining inexhaustible quantities of gems and beautiful flowers all over the earth. There were rows of jewel trees, their branches and foliage lustrous and luxuriant. By the Buddha’s spiritual power, he caused all the adornments of this enlightenment site to be reflected therein. – Excerpt of the Avatamsaka Sutra, a translation by THOMAS CLEARY

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