History of Mahāyāna Buddhism: Innovation and Perfection

| August 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

We’ll take a quick overview of the history of Mahāyāna Buddhism, beginning with its earliest developments and how it separated from the rest of mainstream Buddhism. Then we’ll look at a few of its later developments that came to define the Mahāyāna approach. It’s a huge topic so this video only can provide an introduction!

Sutta mentioned:

Uttara on Failing (AN 8.8)

Other references:

Anālayo, “The Genesis of the Bodhisattva Ideal

Johannes Bronkhorst, Buddhist Teaching in India

Rupert Gethin, Foundations of Buddhism

Richard Gombrich “How the Mahāyāna Began” in Paul Williams Buddhism: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies (Routledge, 2005).

Jayarava, “Early Mahāyāna: Everything You Know is Wrong.

Paul Williams, Mahāyāna Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations, 2nd Ed.

Paul Williams, et al., Buddhist Thought

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Doug is Study Director of the Secular Buddhist Association. He has a PhD in Philosophy, with a minor in Buddhist philosophy and Sanskrit. In 2013 he completed the year-long Integrated Study and Practice Program with the BCBS and NYIMC. A long time scientific skeptic, he pursues a naturalized approach to practice. He is also interested in scholarship about the Tipiṭaka, and the theoretical and historical origins of the dhamma. He posts videos at Doug's Secular Dharma on YouTube. Some of his writing can be found at academia.edu.

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