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Authenticity of the mahayana scriptures

Authenticity of the mahayana scriptures

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.

  • Reasoning to support the authenticity of the Buddha’s teachings
  • The origin and history of the Prajnaparamita sutras
  • Understanding the Buddha’s life from different points of view
  • The importance of teaching according to the needs of sentient beings
  • Investigating the history of the Mahahaya sutras and other teachings

28 Approaching the Buddhist Path: Authenticity of the Mahayana Scriptures (download)

Contemplation points

  1. How do you personally approach the Mahayana sutras and commentaries in regard to its authenticity and do you find them beneficial for your life?
  2. Why are the Mahayana teachings valuable for humanity?
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.