Dasabhumika-sutra. (Skt. Daśabhūmikasūtra; T. Sa bcu pa’i mdo ས་བཅུ་པའི་མདོ་; C. Shidi jing/Shizhu jing; J. Jūjikyō/Jūjūkyō; K. Sipchi kyŏng/Sipchu kyŏng 十地經 / 十住經) In English, "Sutra of Ten Stages" or "Sutra of Ten Bhumis" or "Sutra of Ten Grounds". The definitive sutra regarding the "ten stages” (dasabhumi) of the bodhisattva path. The sutra is included as a chapter in the Avatamsaka Sutra, and also circulated as an independent text.
In the Daśabhūmika Sūtra, the Buddha describes ten bhumis (stages or grounds) that a bodhisattva must progress through in order to accomplish full Enlightenment and Buddhahood; the sutra also describes Buddha-nature and the awakening of the aspiration for Enlightenment.
The Avatamsaka Sutra, of which the Daśabhūmika Sūtra is a part, is the foundation text of the Huayan school. The Huayan school declined in China after the death of its fifth and best known patriarch, Zongmi (780–841), but they provided major foundational teachings for the Mahayana schools which exist today, such as Zen.
Journey of Sudhana
The Daśabhūmika Sūtra can also be found in modified form in the thirty-ninth chapter as part of the journey of the bodhisattva Sudhana.
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