It’s autumn in the southern hemisphere. The sky is clear and the air comfortably cool as leaves in the mountains are slowly turning colors. Many practitioners favor the fall and its seasonal landscape because this is the best season for spiritual practice. The frequent changes of the autumn scene make it easier to perceive impermanence.
At Auckland University in New Zealand I discussed the relationship between the Avataṃsaka Sūtra (or the Flower Garland Sutra) and the theory of relativity. The theory of relativity as presented in the Avataṃsaka Sūtra completely overturns mankind’s common-sense understanding of time and space.