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The Uttaratantra cites a verse from the Buddhāvataṃsakasūtra that appears in the section titled the Daśabhūmikasūtra.
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Once, the Buddhāvataṃsakasūtra uses the term tathāgatagarbha with its typical meaning of buddha nature, speaking of "possessing the tathāgata heart, which will be freed from the cocoons of the five doors of ignorance of all sentient beings." In addition, the text uses tathāgatagarbha several times as an epithet of buddhahood and also says once that certain bodhisattvas are one with the body of the tathāgata heart. Once, a bodhisattva with the name Tathāgatagarbha is mentioned. (pp. 41-42)
- The corresponding passage (Daśabhūmikasūtra, edited by Johannes Rahder [Leuven: J.B. Istas, 1926], 20.14–18) says: "O sons of the victors, it is as follows. For example, to whichever extent pure gold is heated in a fire by a skilled goldsmith, to that extent it becomes refined, pure, and pliable as he pleases. O sons of the victors, likewise, to the extent that bodhisattvas make offerings to the buddha bhagavāns, make efforts in maturing sentient beings, and are in a state of adopting these kinds of dharmas that purify the bhūmis, to that extent their roots of virtue that they dedicate to omniscience will become refined, pure, and pliable as they please."
- D44 (four vols.) and Taishō 278. For an English translation from the Chinese, see Cleary 1993.
- Narthang Kangyur, vol. ca, fol. 312a.5–6.
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|Canonical Genre||~ Kangyur · Sūtra · phal chen · Avataṃsaka|
|Literary Genre||~ Sūtras - mdo|
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