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The Lotus Sutra and associated practices The standard picture of Mahayana Buddhism “Mahayana” = “Greater Vehicle” (Theravada: Way of the Elders) The key features of this picture are in fact due largely to one scripture: the Lotus Sutra The situation of early Mahayana in India Notions of Buddhahood Difficulty, sacrifices required; multiple lifetimes; only one per era; each era’s Buddha is the one who “rediscovers” the truth (Dharma) in that era How the goal of the arhat differs Prophecies of the end of Buddhism Problem: What if everyone in the community becomes an arhat? There will be no one in the future to rediscover Buddhism. 1
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Solution: Some members take the bodhisattva vow, vowing not to “settle” for arhatship but to strive across many lifetimes for Buddhahood. This is the original Mahayana or “Greater Vehicle” Buddhism. Problem: the bodhisattva path is too hard! Solutions: A. Suck it up! No easy way out. (the trunkline early Mahayana response) B. Aim for rebirth in a pure land (best
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