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Unformatted text preview: MAHAYANA BUDDHISM Was Buddha selfish for entering Nirvana? one difficulty Buddhism was facing Another difficulty was as Buddhism was trying to spread to Tibet, etc, saw they were coming up against an indigenous opposition (believed in ancestors gave life, to be revered/respected) o In Theravada Buddhism, direct opposite no soul, no afterlife 2 issues: 1 w/in Buddhist tradition (looking @ the Buddha) and 1 w/the acceptance among all the people of ancestors o Mahayana Buddhism acceptance of the soul (major division w/Theravada) o What happened to the Buddha? Not selfish the Buddha himself did enter Nirvana, but that is not the final stage Mahayana cosmos 5 Buddhas Center Vairocana, cardinal pts w/each a different Buddha Bodhisattva the Buddha himself b/c; ppl here on earth can b/c; a person who will not enter Nirvana but out of compassion for his fellow men will remain on earth and guide others towards Nirvana BUDDHISM IN TIBET: SOME NAMES AND TERMS Tibet is a modern Mongolian term abode of snow Bon (Bon-po) native religion o Animistic, spirits, gods (mts, valleys) o Eventually this native set of beliefs attaches itself to Buddhism => Lamaism conjunction of Bon + Mahayana Buddhism Not politically united mt region King Song-tsen-gam-po founder of Tufan dy in Tibet o Issue of uniting country peace o Married a princess from each of the provinces (633/650AD), Nepal (Krichan brought Buddhist images) and China (Wen-cheng Tang dy imperial fam) o Wants peace along borders and how Buddhism enters o Sets up capital in Hlasa o...
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- Spring '08