Avatamsaka Sutra (The Flower Garland Sutra), Zhenyuan Version, Volume 20 - The Basic Scripture of the Hwaeom Order
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The Avatamsaka Sutra (The Flower Garland Sutra) is a basic scripture of the Avatamsaka Sect of Buddhism. This sutra is based on the idea of all beings being essentially equal; along with the Saddharmapundarika Sutra (The Lotus Sutra), it exerted a great influence on the establishment of Buddhist philosophy in Korea. This book, a 40-volume edition of the Avatamsaka Sutra, was translated into Chinese by Monk Banruo during the reign of Emperor Dezong (785-805) of the Tang Dynasty. The contents concern Shancai tongzhi’s efforts for enlightenment undertaken at the recommendation of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva. The Zhenyuan version of the Avatamsaka Sutra was frequently published during the Goryeo Period. It is presumed that this print was made based on the woodblock originally made during the reign of King Sukjong (reigned 1095-1105) of the Goryeo Dynasty.