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Unformatted text preview: Doctrine I ARHAT , Arhat literally means, "One Who is Worthy" The way to enlightenment for Theravada is the path followed by the Buddha, who was himself an Arhat- namely, mediation & detachment Upon death an Arhat will cease in the cycle of Samsara - they will reach Nirvana I Mahayana (Cont.) I 4/28/2011 Mahayana History Mahayana means 'Big Veh"k!' Essentially an umbrella term for dozens of other schools that are not strict followers of Theravada , Began by asect of monks about four hundred years afier thedeath of Buddha 'Originally very Indian- many ritual ideas can be tied back to Hinduism , Became the most dominant formof Buddhism North & East of the Himalayas Has an uncanny ability to be very syncretist" Mahayana (Cont.) Doctrine , Based on 'new' Sutras and a~ered monastic rules, none of which are systematic , Much more ritualistic than Theravada - adopted many rituals from Hinduism and re-interpreted them , tdeas about the historical Buddha changed radically 1.The Buddha notjust a human, and hedid1....
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This note was uploaded on 09/01/2011 for the course RELIGION 210 taught by Professor Glenn during the Spring '11 term at Iowa State.
- Spring '11