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The Origins of Mahayana - Dhamma Wheel

The Origins of Mahayana

Textual analysis and comparative discussion on early Buddhist sects and texts.
Bankei
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The Origins of Mahayana

Postby Bankei » Sat Jan 29, 2011 12:32 am

Hi

I am interested in early Buddhism and the latest theories regarding the emergence of the Mahayana. Recently there have been a number of studies published and I am just wondering if anyone is up to date on all this - I just haven't got the time (or access) to read the vast amount of materials out there.

One theory is that the Mahayanists were actually forest monks trying to get back to the original teachings of the Buddha away from the Abidharmist influence. Another theory is that Mahayana arose as a result of lay communities centering on Stupa veneration. Another is that it arose out of the Sarvastivada etc etc.

Whats the latest research?

Thanks

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Re: The Origins of Mahayana

Postby Kusala » Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:55 am

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Re: The Origins of Mahayana

Postby Mr. G » Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:23 pm

Even if my body should be burnt to death
In the fires of hell,
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice
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Re: The Origins of Mahayana

Postby JIMBOSAN » Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:29 pm

Although it's not the latest research - History of Indian Buddhism from Sakayamuni to early Mahayana - Hirakawa Akira is available at scribd.com as a pdf.

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Re: The Origins of Mahayana

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Re: The Origins of Mahayana

Postby Dmytro » Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:50 am

Hi,

There's a good book:

Mahāyāna Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations
By Paul Williams

http://books.google.com/books?id=jrHi1a ... frontcover

Best wishes, Dmytro


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Re: The Origins of Mahayana

Postby Nibbida » Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:19 am

Not this Paul Williams:


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Re: The Origins of Mahayana

Postby Dan74 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:18 am

No, this one:
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