Sunday 19th May Buddhist Library Camperdown | 9:00am - Noon
Having looked at the profound and deep Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana on the first session, the next session will take a step back to consider the origin of the Mahayana and some of its main themes.
The purpose of this month's session is to provide a sense of how Mahayana emerged and became a distinctive religious and philosophical movement in its own right.
Mahayana incorporated themes and ideas found in existing teachings, but was also boldly innovative and even novel in its approach.
We will discuss how Buddhism accomodated the idea of innovation through the 'first and second turnings' of the Wheel of Dharma and also consider the legendary origins of the Prajnaparamita Sutras.
I'll mention Edward Conze's pioneering work in translation of the earliest Mahayana Scriptures and his account of the development of what he describes as the 'new wisdom school'.
Finally some consideration will be given to the overarching themes of emptiness, bodhicitta and the role of the Bodhisattva in Mahayana.