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on 18 August 2011
This is a monumental and magnificent translation of a very long mahayana sutra, which expounds in well-chosen words many tenets of buddhism such as the interconnectedness and lack of intrinsic nature of all objects, the impossibility of describing reality in words, the equality and non-discriminating nature of all times and places and also reality as being born from actions, presenting it (reality) as an all-accepting field in which the wise and virtuous beings (bodhisattvas) should untiringly sow seeds of goodness to produce future fruits of goodness for the benefit of all. The sutra draws on the principle that its main characters are already highly developed beings capable of projecting goodness on all lands of the universe in an instant. These beings know the minds of all the universe and use skillful means to further enlighten all these minds without exception. The sutra also describes the universe as being of a fractal-like nature - the whole universe is contained in an atom and conversely an atom contains all lands of the universe. The text often uses powers of ten to ennumerate actions, virtues, beings, lands or phenomena.
To me this is the best manual on awakening bodhicitta and developing the practices of bodhisattvas.
The work is both dense, cryptic, and logic and plain at the same time. I believe it is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read.