Zen Buddhism Expert B. He is one of the Five Dhyani Buddhas. The Brahmajala is thought to have been composed in the early 5th century CE, possibly in China. Vairocana also makes a significant early appearance in the Avatamsaka Flower Garland Sutra. The Avatamsaka is a large text that is thought to be the work of several authors. The earliest section was completed in the 5th century, but other sections of the Avatamsaka possibly were added as late as the 8th century.
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Vairocana is located in the center. There are translations from both into English. It is possible that the Sanskrit text was taken to China circa by the Chinese pilgrim Wu-xing. Hodge translates it into English alongside the text itself. Attached here and there are doctrinal passages, and sadhana practices which relate back to the main mandalas. The Chinese version has differences in the order of the chapters. In chapter one, Mahavairocana Buddha expounds the Dharma to a great host of bodhisattvas , with emphasis on the relationship between form and emptiness.
They are at the end in the Chinese version. Includes a series of glosses on meditating using the letters of the alphabet in various combinations. XVII A stand alone chapter that may once have circulated separately. XX A standalone chapter address to bodhisattvas.
Instead it comes directly from Mahavairocana. This is also the understanding of Enlightenment found in Yogacara Buddhism. Writing on the Mahavairocana Sutra, Buddhist scholar and translator of that scripture, Stephen Hodge, comments:  Mahavairocana Tantra] speaks of knowing your mind as it truly is, it means that you are to know the inherent natural state of the mind by eliminating the split into a perceiving subject and perceived objects which normally occurs in the world and is wrongly thought to be real.
This also corresponds to the Yogacara definition We may further elucidate the meaning of Perfect Enlightenment and hence of the intrinsic nature of the mind by correlating terms [which Buddhist commentator on the Mahavairocana Sutra,] Buddhaguhya, treats as synonyms. For example, he defines emptiness sunyata as suchness tathata and says that suchness is the intrinsic nature svabhava of the mind which is Enlightenment bodhi-citta.
Moreover, he frequently uses the terms suchness tathata and Suchness-Awareness tathata-jnana interchangeably. But since Awareness jnana is non-dual, Suchness-Awareness is not so much the Awareness of Suchness, but the Awareness which is Suchness. In other words, the term Suchness-Awareness is functionally equivalent to Enlightenment.
Finally, it must not be forgotten that this Suchness-Awareness or Perfect Enlightenment is Mahavairocana [the Primal Buddha, uncreated and forever existent]. In other words, the mind in its intrinsic nature is Mahavairocana, whom one "becomes" or vice-versa when one is perfectly enlightened.
Therefore one must transcend even emptiness with the emptiness of emptiness, when it is seen that the mind is primordially unborn and unarisen. Vajrapani salutes the Buddha Vairocana with the following words: I salute you who are bodhicitta [Awakened Mind]!
I salute you who are the source of Enlightenment! I directly realized that there is no arising, and abandoned the perceptual range of words; I became free from all faults, and separated from causes and conditions.
The Teachings of the Mahavairocana Sutra Shingon Buddhism takes the seven chapters of the Mahavairocana Sutra Dainichi-kyo as the basic sutra for propagation, and has spread the belief in it to people. Its fundamental doctrine is explained in the "Chapter on the Stages of the Mind" in the first chapter. At the beginning of that chapter, it says, "How do we become enlightened? It is by knowing our own mind as it truly is. This is the first thing that must be understood. The doctrines of Shingon Buddhism and the teachings of Kobo Daishi can be said to begin and end with the aspiration for the realization of enlightenment.
There are translations from both into English. It is possible that the Sanskrit text was taken to China circa by the Chinese pilgrim Wu-xing. Hodge translates it into English alongside the text itself. Attached here and there are doctrinal passages, and sadhana practices which relate back to the main mandalas. The Chinese version has differences in the order of the chapters.
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