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Luminous BlissA Religious History of Pure Land Literature in Tibet$
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Georgios T. Halkias

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835903

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835903.001.0001

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Indian Mahayana Origins and Departures

Indian Mahayana Origins and Departures

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(p.3) Chapter One Indian Mahayana Origins and Departures
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Luminous Bliss
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Georgios T. Halkias

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835903.003.0001

This chapter discusses the Mahāyāna soteriology of reaching “supreme and perfect awakening.” The Mahāyāna scriptures emphasize the spiritual pursuits and glory of bodhisattvas, which, in conceptual terms and practical expression, eventually meant acknowledgement of the interdependent origination of self and phenomena through a rigorous course of training aimed at refining six “perfections” generosity, morality, patience, vigor, concentration and discriminating understanding. The partisans of Mahāyāna idealism held the view that the two seemingly distinct soteriological endeavors—Great Vehicle and Small Vehicle—converge in the altruistic vocation of bodhisattvas who vowed to become buddhas in order to deliver all sentient beings from unwanted states of suffering.

Keywords:   Mahāyāna soteriology, bodhisattvas, Mahāyāna scriptures, Mahāyāna idealism, Great Vehicle, Small Vehicle

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