Huayan (Avatamsaka) Buddhism.
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The Vibrant Dharma of the Flower Ornament School. A 6-part class series offered in 2011 at Green Gulch Farm. Some Huayan related web videos from elsewhere are also posted below.
We sometimes think of Zen as non-religion, a technology for the mind,but in fact Zen practice emerges from and is completely suffused with the elaborate doctrines and cosmologies of medievel Chinese Buddhism. Whether we see ourselves as “religious” or not, in developing our understanding of Zen meditation we can only benefit from facing these sometimes wildly religious roots head on. This class will do just that by introducing the teachings of the Huayan or “Flower Ornament” school (also known as Huayen, Hua-yen, Hwa Yen). Based on the Avatamsaka Sutra and folding in a wide array of Buddhist teachings, Huayan is often described as the pinnacle of Chinese Buddhist thought and the cornerstone of Zen. By turning the cold and clear Classical Buddhist “Emptiness” into a bright, vividly colorful, infinitely reflecting universe of flowers and vows, Huayan marks a culmination of the Chinese transformation of Indian Buddhism. As we study Huayan, we will thus come to better understand the historical development of Buddhist thought through India and China.  This class will explore doctrine and history but will stay close to practice – as we look at teachings like “the golden lion,” “the hall of mirrors,” “Indra’s net,” the “ocean mirror concentration,” and the mutual non-obstruction of all existing things, we will seek not just to understand the teachings intellectually but to consider how to put them to use in our day-to-day life and meditation. We will also spend some time at play in the Flower Ornament Sutra itself, reading and listening to together enter its holographic and oceanic universe.
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Huayan Class #1    
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Huayan Class #2    
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Huayan Class #3    
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Huayan Class #4    
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The first 20 minutes or so of each Huayan class at Green Gulch we spent together chanting the Avatamsaka Sutra. Some recordings of that chanting together are below for anyone who'd like to participate in the sound of the sutra. Huayan Sutra Chanting
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An excellent introductory Huayan article by Taigen Leighton. An excellent introductory Huayan article by Taigen Leighton.
a compilation of some projects of Jiryu Rutschman-Byler
Huayan Links.  From elsewhere on the web. Fazang: The Mind is an Infinite Mirror Fa-Tsang Mirror House at Tsogyelgar