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Fazang The Philosopher.

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The Avataṃsaka tradition usually conceives of the cosmos with an infinite number of interdependent and interpenetrating components; these make a web of connections of immeasurable magnitude. The Avataṃsaka literature frequently deploys the metaphor of Indra’s Net to demonstrate the simultaneous, mutual identity and mutual causality of all phenomena. As the cornerstone of the Avataṃsaka philosophical and religious system, the worldview symbolized by the metaphor of Indra’s Net has been the beneficiary of sustained scholarly attention for some time. This chapter addresses the issues with a different approach. It discusses the formation and development of two celebrated stories related to Fazang’s effort to expound on this fundamental Avataṃsaka view.

Keywords: Avataṃsaka; Fazang



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