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Mahayana

The Mahayana (Large Vehicle) is a main direction of today's Buddhism aside from the Hinayana (Small Vehicle). It sees itself as the second Rotation of the wheel of the doctrine.

The Mahayana was solidified by Nagarjuna and Asanga and was taught as such about 500 years after Buddha's death.

  Bodhisattva  Kwan Yin

In the Hinayana  the practitioner desires to obtain salvation from suffering.  In the Mahayana there is the  wish that all beings are  attain a true spiritual solution.

This Bodhisattva-Yana was initially not a new line, but a view of variuos monks in the existing nikāyas. The splitting took place after the second buddhist council.

The path of the Mahayana developed two lines through the visions of Asanga and Nagarjuna:

  • The lineage of the profound way over Nagarjuna with emphasis on the emptiness (Shunyata) and Prajnaparamita (wisdom from the other shore)
  • The lineage of the wide way through Asanga (Vijnaptimatra: 'Only Consciousness'): The development of  Bodhicitta and the behavior of a Bodhisattva (Vijñānavāda, Yogacara), later spreading as Ekayana in Asia.

Among the teachings of the third rotation of the wheel of the Dharma are the Vajrayana and the explanations of the Buddha nature in the Uttara-Tantra-Shastra.

Mahayana - Sutras

The Mahayana, during its spread, produced a series of his own writings which include :

* the Prajnaparamita-Sutras,

* the Aṣṭasāhasrikā-Sutra,

* the Pañcavimśātisāhasrikā-Prajñāpāramitā-Sutra,

* the Heart-Sutra,

* the Diamant-Sutra,

* the Lotus-Sutra ,

* the Vimalakirti-Sutra,

* the Avatamsaka-Sutra,

* the Nirvana-Sutra,

* the Lankāvatāra-Sutra,

* the Samadhiraja-Sutra,

* the Sutra of the golden light(Arya-Mahayana),

* the Samadhinirmocana-Sutra,

* the Lalitavistara-Sutra as Buddha-Biography of Mahayana,

* the Brahmajāla-Sutra,

* the Śūraṅgama-Sutra,

* the Ullambana-Sutra,

* the Medicine-Master-Sūtra,

* the Plattform-Sutra.

Furthermore, the three sutras of the Pure Land, ie. the Sukhāvatīvyūha-Sūtra, the Sutra of Immeasurable Life, the small Pure-Land Amitabha Sutra, the Amida Sutra, the Amitāyurdhyāna Meditation Sutra and the Contemplation Sutra, as well as the five Buddha Maitreya writings on Asanga and Vasubandhu:

  • Mahayanasutralamkara(Jewelry of the Mahayana Sutras),
  • Dharmadharmatavibhaga (Distinguishing the facts from their true nature)
  • Ratnagotravibhaga - Uttara Tantra Shastra - about Buddha - Nature
  • Abhisamayalamkara
  • Madhyantavibhaga

In addition to Prajñāpāramitā, an adapted form of the indian Tara - cult was introduced.

Literature

  1. Uttaratantra DJKR PDF
  2. Hisao Inagaki, Harold Stewart (transl.): The Three Pure Land Sutras, Berkeley: Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research 2003. ISBN 1-886439-18-4 (PDF; 1,2 MB)
  3. Giebel, Rolf, transl. (2006) unter CC3, The Vairocanābhisaṃbodhi Sutra, Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research, Berkeley, ISBN 978-1-886439-32-0 (PDF; 1,6 MB); (Translated from the Chinese Taishō Volume 18, Number 848)
  4. McRae, John (2004). The Sutra of Queen Śrīmālā of the Lion's Roar and the Vimalakīrti Sutra. Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research. ISBN 1886439311
  5. The Lion's Roar of Queen Śrīmālā: A Buddhist Scripture on the, Alex Wayman - Hideko Wayman,1990, Motilal Banarsidass, ISBN-10: 8120807316 ISBN-13: 978-8120807310
  6. Lalitavistara Sutra
  7. Mahayana Texts
  8. Siksha-Samuccaya, a compendium of Buddhist doctrine; Santi-Deva; Bendall, Cecil, 1856-1906
  9. Mahayana Text & Teachings
  10. Mahayana texts and sutras
  11. Mahayana Buddhist Meditation: Theory and Practice, Minoru, Jones, Elvin W. ,Kiyota, Motilal Banasidass Publishers, 2009, ISBN-10: 812080760X ISBN-13: 978-8120807600 ASIN: B0082ROD92
  12. Aashvagosha : Die Erweckung des Glaubens
  13. Wiinters : Thinking in Buddhism : Nagarjunas Middle way
  14. Nāgārjuna's Middle Way: The Mūlamadhyamakakārikā
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