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The Jeweled Net of Indra

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conditions, tacitly conjoining, without rejecting anything, suddenly appearing, yet not
without before and after. Therefore the sutra says, The sphere of the universal eye,
the pure body, I now will expound; let people listen carefully. By way of explanation,
the universal eye is the union of knowledge and reality, all at once revealing many
things. This makes it clear that reality is known to the knowledge of the universal eye
only and is not the sphere of any other knowledge. The sphere means things. This

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illustrates how the many things interpenetrate like the realm of Indras net of jewels
multiplied and remultiplied ad infinitum. The pure body illustrates how all things, as
mentioned before, simultaneously enter each other. Ends and beginnings, being
collectively formed by conditional origination, are impossible to trace to a basis the
seeing mind has nothing to rest on.

Chinese Translation of

Now the celestial jewel net of Kanishka, or Indra, Emperor of Gods, is called the net of
Indra. This imperial net is made all of jewels: because the jewels are clear, they reflect

Ikusi orrialdea hizkuntza honetan: euskara


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Desaktibatu hizkuntza honetarako:


each others images, appearing in each others reflections upon reflections, ad

infinitum, all appearing at once in one jewel, and in each one it is so ultimately there
is no going or coming.

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Now for the moment let us turn to the southwest direction and pick a jewel and check
it. This jewel can show the reflections of all the jewels all at once and just as this is
so of this jewel, so it is of every other jewel: the reflection is multiplifed and
remultiplifed over and over endlessly. These infinitely multiplying jewel reflections are
all in one jewel and show clearly the others do not hinder this. If you sit in one

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jewel, then you are sitting in all the jewels too. And the reverse applies to the totality

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if you follow the same reasoning. Since in one jewel you go into all the jewels without

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leaving this one jewel, so in all jewels you enter one jewel without leaving this one

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Question: If you say that one enters all the jewels in one jewel without ever leaving
this one jewel, how is it possible to enter all the jewels?
Answer: It is precisely by not leaving this one jewel that you can enter all the jewels.
If you left this one jewel to enter all the jewels, you couldnt enter all the jewels. Why?
Because outside this jewel there are no separate jewels.
Question: If there are no jewels outside this one jewel, then this net is made of one
jewel. How can you say then that its made of many jewels tied together?
Answer: It is precisely because there is only one jewel that many can be joined to

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form a net. Why? Because this one jewel alone forms the net that is, if you take

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away this jewel there will be no net.

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aspect of totality, containing the many in its formation. Since all would not exist if

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there were not one, this net is therefore made by one jewel. The all entering the one

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can be known by thinking about it in this way.

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Question: Although the jewel in the southwest contains all the jewels in the ten
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Answer: All the jewels in the ten directions are in totality the one jewel of the
southwest. Why? The jewel in the southwest is all the jewels of the ten directions. If
you dont believe that one jewel in the southwest is all the jewels in the ten directions,
just put a dot on the jewel in the south-west. When one jewel is dotted, there are dots
on all the jewels in all directions. Since there are dots on all the jewels in the ten
directions, we know that all the jewels are one jewel. If anyone says that all the jewels
in the ten directions are not one jewel in the southwest, could it be that one person
simultaneously put dots on all the jewels in the ten directions? Even allowing the
universal dotting of all the jewels in the ten directions, they are just one jewel. Since it

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is thus, using this one as beginning, the same is so when taking others first

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multiplied over and over boundlessly, each dot is the same. It is obscure and hard to

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fathom: when one is complete, all is done. Such a subtle metaphor is applied to things

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to help us think about them, but things are not so; a simile is the same as not a simile

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they resemble each other in a way, so we use it to speak of. What does this mean?

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These jewels only have their reflected images containing and entering each other

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their substances are separate. Things are not like this, because their whole substance

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merges completely. The book on natural origination in the Hua-yen Sutra says, In

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order to benefit sentient beings and make them all understand, nonsimiles are used to

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practice should think of this in accord with the similes.

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Made oceans of Buddha-fields all pure.

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He freely permeates all places.

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Formless, signless, without comparison,

It manifests material forms for the sake of beings.

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In the ten directions they receive its teaching,

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Nowhere not manifest.

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From Garma C.C. Chang's "The Buddhist Teaching of Totality. The

Philosophy of Hwa Yen Buddhism.":

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One day Empress Wu asked Fa Tsang the following question: Reverend

Master, I understand that man's knowledge is acquired through two
approaches: one is by experience, the direct approach, and the other by
inference, the indirect approach. I also understand that the first five
consciousnesses and the Alaya only take the direct approach; whereas,
the mind, or the sixth consciousness, can take both. Therefore, the
findings of the conscious mind are not always trustworthy. The superiority
and reliability of direct experience over indirect inference is taught in
many scriptures. You have explained the Hwa Yen Doctrine to me with
great clarity and ingenuity; sometimes I can almost 'See the vast
Dharmadhatu in my mind's eye, and touch a few spots here and there in
the great Totality. But all this, I realize, is merely indirect conjecture or
guesswork. One cannot really understand Totality in an immediate sense
before reaching Enlightenment. With your genius, however, I wonder
whether you can give me a demonstration that will reveal the mystery of
the Dharmadhatu including such wonders as the "all in one" and the "one
in all," the simultaneous arising of all realms, the interpenetration and
containment of all dharmas, the Non-Obstruction of space and time, and
the like? After taking thought for a while, Fa Tsang said, "I shall try, your
Majesty. The demonstration will be prepared very soon."

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A few days later Fa Tsang came to the Empress and said, "Your Majesty, I
am now ready. Please come with me to a place where the demonstration
will be given." He then led the Empress into a room lined with mirrors. On
the ceiling and floor, on all four walls, and even in the four corners of the
room were fixed huge mirrors-all facing one another. Then Fa Tsang
produced an image of Buddha and placed it in the center of the room
with a burning torch beside it. "Oh, how fantastic! How marvelous!" cried
the Empress as she gazed at this awe-inspiring panorama of infinite
interreflections. Slowly and calmly Fa Tsang addressed her: Your Majesty,
this is a demonstration of Totality in the Dharmadhatu. In each and every
mirror within this room you will find the reflections of all the other mirrors
with the Buddha's image in them. And in each and every reflection of any
mirror you will find all the reflections of all the other mirrors, together
with the specific Buddha image in each, without omission or
misplacement. The principle of interpenetration and containment is clearly
shown by this demonstration. Right here we see an example of one in all
and all in one-the mystery of realm embracing realm ad infinitum is thus
revealed. The principle of the simultaneous arising -of different realms is
so obvious here that no explanation is necessary. These infinite reflections
of different realms now simultaneously arise without the slightest effort;
they just naturally do so in a perfectly harmonious way. . . . As for the
principle of the non-obstruction of space, it can be demonstrated in this
manner . . . (saying which, he took a crystal ball from his sleeve and
placed it in the palm of his hand) . Your Majesty, now we see all the
mirrors and their reflections within this small crystal ball. Here we have an
example of the small containing the large as well as of the large
containing the small. This is a demonstration of the non-obstruction of
"sizes," or space. As for the non-obstruction of times, the past entering
the future and the future entering the past cannot be shown in this
demonstration, because this is, after all, a static one, lacking the dynamic
quality of the temporal elements. A demonstration of the non-obstruction
of times, and of time and space, is indeed difficult to arrange by ordinary
means. One must reach a different level to be capable of witnessing a
"demonstration" such as that. But in any case, your Majesty, I hope this
simple demonstration has served its purpose to your satisfaction.

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dramas of religion are being enacted in numerous dimensions of

space/time throughout eternity.
Thusness: Is your experience beingness or maha suchness? (comments:
on the term 'maha suchness' see Then in the most ordinary and mundane activities,
every action is fully exerted.
Me: Yes, it is like universe activity... not drop of water dissolved into static
beingness but oceanic activity in which drop and ocean is seamlessly
Thusness: No sense of beingness anymore... that is good. Rather it is this
maha suchness of total exertion in this immediate moment... yet empty.
Mature this experience. Feel this maha suchness... until it becomes as
natural as breathing.
Now you know the difference? Tell me the difference between anatta and
this experience and what is exactly obscuring the smooth progress to this
insight and experience?
Me: The dualistic agent may be gone but maha requires the replacement
of inherent view with D.O. so that when you see this, you see that... you
see everything as entirely seamless self-arising activity. Not just this but
how this arise without self, this is, that is.
Thusness: Well said. First you must be left with only manifestation. Solely
that. Then into the general [principle of] D.O. Before that, there is this
mini sense of activity but will not be thorough. But you must make this a
continuous practice and keep integrating the view of general D.O. to
replace dualistic and inherent framework. Till even this view is also
p.s. Yesterday a dream of clarity arose in conjunction with Thusness's
visions and meditative experiences (due to karmic links this is not the first
time it happened) regarding a drop of water placed in an ocean, upon
hearing this phrase in the dream there was an immediate shift where
dream dawns as non-dual clear light (without the dream dissolving into
formless clear light) which is free from subject/object duality,
boundless/oceanic, vividly intense, blissful and exhilarating.

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Examination of the Five Aggregates

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What are the two examinations? The first is the examination of the emptiness of
persons. The second is the examination of the emptiness of phenomena
The root of birth and death nothing goes beyond the two attachments of
persons and phenomena.
One misunderstands the body and mind's characteristic of totality and thus
grasps the self of the person as an actual existent.
One misunderstands the five aggregates' individual characteristics and thus
conceives the self of a phenomenon as an actual existent.
For the conception of the self of person we utilize the first examination and
investigate it.
We then know the five aggregates come together and are provisionally called a
Each are carefully examined. We only see the five aggregates. We seek out the
self-characteristic of the person and in the end it cannot be found.
What are called the five aggregates? They are form (rpa), sensation (vedan),
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The body is the aggregate of form. This is said to be earth, water, fire and wind.
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Feeling is sensation. Apprehending characteristics is perception. Creating

actions is volitional formations. Cognition is consciousness.
If we rely on these characteristics of body and mind, carefully examine and see
clearly, then in all places we only see the five aggregates. We search out the
self-characteristic of the person and in the end it cannot be found.
We call this the examination of the emptiness of persons. If one utilizes this
examination then one departs birth and death within the six realms and forever
abides in nirva. We call this the liberation of the two vehicles.
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We call this the examination of the emptiness of phenomena. If we investigate

with both examinations we understand the person's self and the phenomenon's
self are ultimately empty without existence.
Free from all fears, crossing over all pains and emerging into existence as a
Bodhisattva we call this ultimate liberation.
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It is asked, Seeking liberation is only just understanding delusion and realizing

the truth. It is merely being able to realize the principle of tatht in quietude
without thoughts and then binds are removed. How does one provisionally
arouse the mind, examine the aggregates and then seek liberation? Is this not
in opposition to the principle?

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We answer: with what do you stand without aggregates, truth and delusion? For
the moment the five aggregates are a different name for the body and mind.
Supposing the practitioner is not aware of the truth and delusions of body and
mind, how could they completely understand them?
They do not reach the source of truth and delusion and practises are vainly
Thus the scripture states, It is like in emptiness ultimately nothing being able
to be established.
The conception of the self of the person is a delusional attachment of the
ordinary person. The conception of the self of a phenomenon is a hindrance of
the two vehicles.

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The Net of Indra

The Net of Indra is a metaphor
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Interdependent Origination.
Here are a few artic...
Bernadette Roberts Interview
Here's a very interesting
interview with Bernadette
Roberts, a modern Christian
contemplative who spoke about
her experience of moving f...
The Buddha on
(The following is
written by Ajahn
Amaro on the
teachings of Non-Duality, Anatta

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Awakening to Reality: Huayan

01/09/14 01:04

and Emptiness by Buddha, as

well as being a great descri...
Realization and Experience and
Non-Dual Experience from
Different Perspectives
(Written by PasserBy) AEN, you
have posted some very
interesting and good quality
articles in this blog. I enjoy
reading them as well as ...
Experience, Realization, View,
Practice and Fruition
Here's something I just added to
my e-book . I was trained in
these 3 aspects and Thusness
asked me to write ...
My e-book/e-journal
Here's a link to my e-book/ejournal, which is not just a
'journal' but also contains
pointers/instructions (including
the pra...
A Sun That
Never Sets
Here are some
postings from
Dharma Wheel
forummer " asunthatneversets "
(Kyle Dixon). He is a student of
the Dzogchen master Namk...
Some forum posts by Longchen
(note: more articles by
Longchen can be found at
Longchen/Simpo's Articles )
Here are some recent posts by
my Buddhist forum modera...

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