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    This is something I wrote on The Flower Adornment Scripture which is an ancient Chinese
    Buddhist writing. This is on Book 1. There are 40 books and total of about 1600 pages!


    Book One: The Wonderful Adornments of the Leaders of the World

    THUS HAVE I HEARD. At one time in the land of Magic, in a state of purity,
    at the site of enlightenment, having just realized true awareness, where
    the ground was solid and firm, and made of diamond, adorned with
    exquisite jewel disks and myriad precious flowers, with pure clear
    crystals, the ocean of characteristics of the various colors appeared over
    an infinite extent, and there were banners of precious stones, constantly
    emitting shining 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 World. There were
    rows of jewel trees, their branches and foliage lustrous and luxuriant. By
    Pure spiritual power were caused all the adornments of this enlightenment
    site to be reflected therein.

    So it is enlightenment that changes the 'ordinary' world into a paradise.
    Western mystics have also described this phenomenon, e.g. Jacob
    Boehme gazing at the grass and flowers in wonder. The purpose of the
    Buddhist emphasis on 'detachment' from Samsara is to achieve purity of
    consciousness (enlightenment), one of whose effects is exquisite
    sensitivity to the beauty of all, without clinging to anything of a transient
    nature. It becomes a magical show that flows past unimpeded by any
    mental grasping arising from ego and desire. So Samsara is Nirvana, a
    key assertion of the Mahayana.

    However, the enlightened state may sometimes also produce visions,
    perhaps containing some spiritual message. Furthermore, the enlightened
    mind may spontaneously produce visions, as a kind of creative play,
    without any message, not unlike some psychotropic drugs (which I do
    NOT advocate). This may be similar to the creativity of the mind of the
    Divine, which produces the universe out of consciousness. Perhaps
    approaching the divine state in meditation induces the mind to emulate
    some of the Divine's creative power. It is not a mistake to associate the
    Buddha with a 'creative' divine power as found in other religions. Note the
    reference to the Buddha's spiritual power. He will increasingly assume a
    cosmic status, which, if anything, goes beyond the idea of a
    mere 'external creator and ruler God sitting on his throne'.


    The Divine is immanent in our very consciousness, at the very center of
    consciousness, sustaining all of reality, which is nothing but Pure
    Consciousness in creative mode ala ad infinitum.

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    Neat. Who wrote this? Some of the language sounds casual and contemporary, while the other parts reads like a Sutra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    Neat. Who wrote this? Some of the language sounds casual and contemporary, while the other parts reads like a Sutra.
    It is my writing based on Thomas Cleary's translation. This is my condensed
    interpretation of Book One. You can view the entire translation here if you want to.

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    Oh, I missed that. I'll reread it.

    Edit: Interesting. The "land of Magic" kinda gives it a New Age feel, which is like Rationalist kryptonite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    Oh, I missed that. I'll reread it.

    Edit: Interesting. The "land of Magic" kinda gives it a New Age feel, which is like Rationalist kryptonite.
    I'm not sure what you mean by "rationalistic Kryptonite?" Do you mean it
    has the powers to explode rationalism into worlds and lands of beautiful
    magicians and Buddha-fields beyond normal comprehensions of the more
    rationalistic ones who don't understnd the magical realms very well?

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