The Vision of Buddhism: The Space under the Tree

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NOTES to Chapter One
1.
Karma, in Buddhism, is the moral law of cause and effect. It is not fate. What happens to me now is the result of what I, in this life or previously, have bequeathed to myself.
2.
For an abridged translation, see Garma C. C. Chang, The Buddhist Teaching of Totality ( University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1971), pp. 224-230.
3.
The English translation by Thomas Cleary runs to 1,459 pages, exclusive of introductory and explanatory material: The Flower Ornament Scripture ( Boulder: Shambhala, 3 vols., 1984- 1987). Thomas Cleary has given a summary of the sutra in his Entry into the Inconceivable. An Introduction to Hua-yen Buddhism ( Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1983), pp. 171-205.
4.
My translation from the Taisho Tripitaka (T.XLV, 665c19-666a2).
5.
Indra, as king of warriors, may have been regarded as the supreme god by the Kshatriya (warrior) caste, to which the Buddha belonged.
6.
sGam po pa, The Jewel Ornament of Liberation, translated by H. V. Guenther ( London: Rider, 1959; reprinted by Shambhala, 1971 and subsequently), pp. 241-251.
7.
This is the Japanese pronunciation of Ju-ching's Chinese, in which the remark is usually quoted by Soto Zen teachers.
8.
Retold from the Pali. For a translation of the original, see Henry Clarke Warren , Buddhism in Translations ( Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press; Atheneum reprint, 1953 and subsequently, of the 1896 edition), pp. 274-279.
9.
Since we are so accustomed to seeing "the man in the moon" it may take a little practice to see the rabbit. He is sitting upright, with his front paws raised and his left side towards us. Look for the long "V" shape of his ears, and the rest of him should suddenly become clear.
10.
Dharma Publishing of Emeryville, California, has produced a dozen of the more popular Jatakas in child's picture-book form, e.g., The King and the Mangoes, 1975 (suitable for ages 3-6) and The King and the Goat, 1986 (suitable for ages 4-7).
11.
The precise number of Jatakas is difficult to determine. Both Theravada and Mahayana possess books of collected Jataka identified as such, but tales of the Jataka type are also found scattered throughout the literature. Some stories seem to be duplicates or variants of each other, or they may just be similar. The main didactic point, however, is that the past lives of the Buddha (as of any being) are innumerable, but only those that carry a clear moral or doctrinal message are used in teaching.

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