Monthly Archives: May 2005
‘The Flower Garland Sutra contains many, many passages that reveal visions of infinite worlds, beings, life, space, light, and time — all of which, according to Cleary, in his introduction to the “Entry into the Realm of Reality,” can be understood as material or occasions for practicing meditative visualization.
An example of this [visualization] practice is made explicit in a short scripture of the Flower Ornament corpus, called “Section on Cultivation of Love from the Flower Ornament Scripture.” Part of the visualization involves imagining every particle of one’s own body as a buddha-land, replete with such adornments as are described at great length throughout the scripture; then one visualizes all the beings in the universe entering into those buddha-lands within oneself and consciously evokes thoughts of love and wishes of well-being for them all. Another visualization practice, as evidenced in Chinese records, focuses on the lights emanated by buddhas in various scenes of the scripture.
Besides, what my first Pilgrim left conceal’d, — , Preface to Part Two of the Pilgrim’s Progress
Thou my brave Second Pilgrim hast reveal’d
What Christian left lock’t up and went his way;
Sweet Christiana opens with her Key.