Buddhism (Religions of the World) by Leslie D. Alldritt

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How can it help us to understand the Buddhist Awakening? The previous discussion on Awakening used the idea of subject and object to typify ordinary consciousness. That is to say, as we engage another person, we engage that person as an 35 36 BUDDHISM object to our consciousness. Certainly we may have different associations with that person, depending on who he or she is and how well we know him or her but nevertheless, he or she remains an object to our consciousness. The Buddhist analysis would argue that no matter how close we may get to that person in a love relationship, there still is a gulf between us.

They believed that additional texts could be canonical and important for guiding the sangha. Mahâyâna Buddhists came to see these texts as the culmination of the earlier texts and differing subgroups came to extol some texts or sutras above others. These texts contained ideas that are seminal to Mahâyâna Buddhism, and by examining a few of these ideas we can better define this type of Buddhism. The ideas we will examine are the doctrine of Trikâya and the bodhisattva ideal. THE DOCTRINE OF TRIKÂYA The Buddha passed into parinirvân¸â and no longer continued his cycle of birth and rebirth.

It provides guidance on how both monastics (monks and nuns) and laypersons are to conduct themselves. The Sutra Pitaka contains the discourses of the Buddha. In them, the Buddha discusses the main ideas of Buddhism with his followers. 24 The Abhidharma Pitaka comprises the philosophical or scholastic part of the collection. E. How does this textual history relate to the differences between Theravâda and Mahâyâna? Perhaps it isn’t surprising that disagreements arose among members of the sangha in regard to the texts and their interpretation.

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