Origin of the Mahayana sutras

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A talk given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2006.

Oral and written tradition

  • How oral tradition becomes written tradition
  • Effects of having a written tradition

Exploring Monastic Life 2006: Session 9, 1-3 (download)

Origin of the Mahayana sutras

  • How they originated
  • Refuting the idea that scholastic study and meditation/practice are separate

Exploring Monastic Life 2006: Session 9, 2-3 (download)

Questions and answers

  • Qualifications of a commentary author
  • What does it mean to say that the teachings are in a pure form?
  • Clarification: two versions of Abhidharma
  • Writing style of the Mahayana sutras

Exploring Monastic Life 2006: Session 9, 3-3 (download)

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