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3. The Avatamsaka-Sûtra as a 'Bodhi Mandala Text'

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According to the author, Huayan jing [Avatamsaka-sûtra] is organized according to a certain mandala structure, and that it therefore cannot be simply read and commentated upon for the sake of its mere meaning or doctrinal and intellectual understanding. It has indeed to be loudly recited in its vast entirety and engrossment of time, and its own liturgical structure has to be ritually followed. Its enormous augmentation of societally organized time extinguishes the floating character of time. This is itself already part of its "doctrine". The Huayan jing is not a "text mandala" in the sense that a mandala form is laid out beforehand and inscribed with a text afterwards, as is the case for instance with the Tibetan Zung 'khor mandala of the 9th century from Dunhuang.

Keywords: Dunhuang; Huayan jing; text mandala; Tibetan Zung 'khor mandala



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