Enlightenment in Mahàyàna Buddhism consists in transmut-ing the mind into the Great Mirror Wisdom. And so theøåraïgama Såtra points directly at the Mind which whenstirred by the first thought creates the basic illusion of an egoand splits the Whole into subject and object. In consequenceit is still a primary source for the Ch’an or Zen school.In this såtra the Buddha began by stripping ânanda ofthis attachment to the illusory body and mind before reveal-ing the One Mind. To teach how this One Mind can be real-ised he asked twenty-five Bodhisattvas to describe thedifferent methods by which each had attained Enlighten-ment. Avolokitesvara
s method was judged the most suitablefor mankind today.The Buddha disclosed the cause of transmigrationthrough the six worlds and of the attainment of the four saintlyplanes, describing these ten regions in some detail. Finally hedetailed and warned against clinging to the various mentalstates experienced when practising the øåraïgama Samàdhi.We in the West know of the Creation according to theBible, but readers will now find in this såtra how man and hisworld came into being as taught by the Buddha.