|Buddhist devotion of the Hindu-influenced Mahayana movement (Kazempson/flickr)|
[A bodhisattva is an "enlightenment being" or a "being bent on gaining supreme enlightenment," that is, buddhahood. And Mahayana is the "Great Vehicle" school, sometimes also referred to as Northern Buddhism].
This division is explored within the broader context of the social environment in which Mahayana formed and further developments that lead to the formulation of the full-fledged bodhisattva path.
As such, this collection of essays provides a good overview for a wider Buddhist readership of the history of changes that eventually led to the emergence of the Mahayana.
|Mahayana Buddhist images Buddha, Kwan Yin, arhats (Pauloslachevsky/flickr)|
THE SIX ESSAYS
- “Arahants, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas” (famed American scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi)
- “The Bodhisattva Ideal in Theravāda Theory and Practice” (Jeffrey Samuels)
- “Bodhi and Arahattaphala From Early Buddhism to Early Mahāyāna” (Karel Werner)
- “Vaidalya, Mahāyāna, and Bodhisatva in India: An Essay Towards Historical Understanding” (Peter Skilling)
- “The Evolution of the Bodhisattva concept in Early Buddhist Canonical Literature” (Bhikkhu Anālayo)
- “Orality, writing and authority in South Asian Buddhism: Visionary Literature and the Struggle for Legitimacy in the Mahāyāna” (David McMahan)
- Available from Buddhist Publication Society
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