The Ten Grounds (Flower Garland Sutra, Chapter 26)

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  1. Cino

    Cino Big Love! (Atheist mystic)

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    On with the text. We are here:
    • PDF version: p.701 as printed in the pdf; a pdf reader will take you there if you tell it to go to page 748.
    • On the 10000 Buddhas web page, search for "At that time, within the platform of light")
    From within the fireworks display of illuminated clouds, a voice commands Vajra Treasury Bodhisattva to explain the Ten Grounds in detail. V.T. Bodhisattva then lectures the assembly on how subtle, hard to speak of, hard to understand, hard to attain these teachings and practices are. Check your credentials, make sure you did your homework, this is advanced material, seems to be the message. He finishes off this particular passage (in verse) by re-stating his authorization to teach. The message here seems to one-up the previous warnings: don't even think of teaching this without proper authorization.

    He continues in prose, enumerating all the required qualities, for example "well-developed roots of goodness", having attended the Buddhas well, having a solid practice, having spiritual friends, having thought through the whole thing, and so on. He dwells a bit on how the intention to follow through with this training should be grounded in compassion.

    Then he finally starts to expound on the first ground: The Ground of Happiness/Joy. The qualities of Joy, Happiness, Calm, and freedom from anger are mentioned. This joy can be accessed by thinking of the Buddhas and other enlightened beings, the majesty of the teachings.

    We are at the end of PDF p.704. Next up: more on the Ground of Happiness.
     
  2. Nicholas Weeks

    Nicholas Weeks Bodhicitta

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    Not sure which translation is being used - Cleary or BTTS. The latter is better as coming from the Hua Yan tradition. Even better than the BTTS root text translation is this one that incorporates the commentary of Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua.

    http://www.cttbusa.org/fas26/fas26.asp

    Here is how Master Hua begins his commentary:

    "The Flower Adornment Sutra has 81 rolls and 39 chapters, of which this is Chapter 26, the Ten Grounds. Why are these ten called grounds? All things that exist are born from the ground, grow because of the ground, come to maturity by means of the ground, and obtain liberation due the ground.

    Within the ground are found a variety of treasuries like gold mines, diamond mines, silver mines, copper, iron, and various other kinds of mines which people excavate. The Ten Grounds contain the mines of Buddhas, the mines of Bodhisattavas, the mines of Hearers and those Enlightened to Conditions, the mines of gods and people, and the mines of animals, hungry ghosts, and hell beings. In all the Ten Dharma Realms there are mines. If we knew how to excavate them, then we could obtain a variety of treasures.

    The Dharma doors of the Ten Grounds contain all Dharma doors; there is an interconnection between them. If we want to cultivate the Bodhisattva Path, it will come about through cultivation of the Grounds. If we want to develop the Bodhisattva Path, we will do it through development of the Dharma doors of the Ten Grounds. If we want to bring cultivation of the Bodhisattva path to maturity, we will do it through maturation of the Ten Grounds. If we want to obtain liberation by means of the Bodhisattva Path, we even more must rely on the Dharma doors of the Ten Grounds in our cultivation in order to gain that liberation.

    The Dharma doors of the Ten Grounds make up the 26 chapter in the Flower Adornment Sutra, and this is part one of the chapter."

    However only the first four grounds are covered online. This translation is slowly proceeding beyond the fourth ground, but may be a few more years before a print or online version appears.

    The Kalavinka translations that I mentioned before were done by a close disciple of Master Hua, Bhikshu Dharmamitra. So when you want to go beyond the Fourth Ground go to that Dharma Jewel link (post #17) within Kalavinka Press to read onward. But go down and pick the second version by Master Śikṣānanda
     
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  3. Cino

    Cino Big Love! (Atheist mystic)

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    I was going by Cleary, which is that PDF I keep mentioning.
     

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