Questions tagged [mahayana]

One of the two major vehicles of Buddhism.

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Stages of Compassion • Mahayana

Dear friends, I am looking for references pertaining to the notion of the Four Stages of Compassion in the Mahayana traditions. Thank you for your kind and generous help, may you all be well and safe. ...
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Avataṃsaka Sutra in Sanskrit

I've recently begun reading up on the Avataṃsaka Sutra and was curious if anyone here is aware of any available Sanskrit text. Thank you.
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text for the 2013 course: Shamatha and the Bodhisattva Way of Life. Class 2 on Motivation and 7 Point Mind Training

Alan mentions a handout for this class from which he's teaching the Lojong. Is there any way to acquire this hand out or; is there a text that goes along with this lojong portion of the class?
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Not remembering past life(s)?

I wanted to ask how Buddhism explains why we dont remember our past lifes ? Why bother with the Buddhist path when we will not remember this temporary life in our next?I heard that for example ...
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Difference in the number of verses in the chapters of Madhyamakavatara

Can someone please explain or inform me about the substantial difference in number of verses in Arya Candrakirti's work Madhyamakavatara (The Entry into the Middle Way)(Particularly between Chapter 6 (...
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Is the dependent nature called that because the consummate nature depends on the illusory nature?

Is the dependent nature called that because the consummate nature depends on the illusory nature? It's the sort of thing I can imagine a sastra saying, but I'm not sure what the answer is: if anyone ...
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Is Scientific Realism/Materialism and/or Historicity compatible with Mahayana?

In my estimation the answer is decidely no, but I am interested to hear what others think from a Mahayana or Madhyamaka perspective. First, to try and clarify terms I am using scientific realism/...
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Does a sexual union with one's body incarnation of an opposite sex count as a misconduct?

According to Mahayana doctrine (at least within Nyingma linbeage), different incarnations of body, mind and/or speech of a same sentient being are possible. By which I deduce that a sentient being of ...
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Clarification on a different notion of Prince Rahula's parentage said to be in Mahayana buddhism

If we refer to Buddhist literature there are several versions of the same story. It differs between the branches Theravada and Mahayana and even within one branch the interpretation varies. Recently ...