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The growth of the Mahayana

The growth of the Mahayana

Part of an ongoing series of teachings based on Approaching the Buddhist Path, the first book in “The Library of Wisdom and Compassion” series by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron.

  • Various views on the origins of Mahayana sutras
  • The historical evolution and use of the term, Mahayana
  • Understanding the basis of monastic ordination
  • Similarities and differences of the Pali and Sanskrit traditions
  • The role of language in Buddhist scriptures and other texts

24 Approaching the Buddhist Path: The Growth of the Mahayana (download)

Contemplation points

  1. Give some reasons why the Mahayana scriptures are from the Buddha directly and add some of the academic points that question that these scriptures are from the Buddha.
  2. What is H.H. The Dalai Lama’s reasoning for why the Mahayana scriptures can be attributed to the Buddha?
  3. Tibetan and Western practitioners have different approaches to the sutras as well. What are they?
Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.