Mahayana Buddhism

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    If I had to pick one Mahayana text that covers every aspect of doctrine, path & results, I would suggest this one - in Sanskrit titled Mahayanasutralamkara. There are two excellent English translations, with commentaries. It is a large book with the commentaries, but those comments are needed to clarify these many altruistic verses

    One came out in 2014 done by the Dharmachakra translation group and the other from the Padmakara translators just came out late in 2018.

    The root text was taught to Asanga (a bodhisattva of the 5th century) by Maitreya a 10th stage bodhisattva, who will become in the distant future our next Buddha.

    Ornament of the Great Vehicle Sutras is the title of the Dharmachakra version.

    The Padmakara version is called A Feast of the Nectar of the Supreme Vehicle.

    Both are in epub versions also.
     
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    You need to explain why we should be interested in your religion, not just tell us where to read up on it.
     
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    Motivation is supplied from within, so whether others decide to investigate Mahayana or not, is up to them. I am not a preacher.
     
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    Not preach, simply explain why it's worthwhile.

    And brah, you didn't even supply a link to the texts. You know you're on the internet, right?
     
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    It may not be worthwhile to many, they will decide, yea or nay.

    You also are on said internet - seek and ye shall find.
     
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    Your thread, you add the links. I’m not doing it for you, just telling you how it is.
     
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    Christ... :cuckoo:
     
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    A tiny sample from the Padmakara Foreword:

    FOREWORD

    JIGME KHYENTSE RINPOCHE

    In an age when science claims to have an answer for everything and is even attempting to prove the validity of Buddhist meditation, while many people’s ideas about different religions and spiritual paths reduce these to simplistic and misleading stereotypes, it is hard to comprehend the true breadth and profundity of the Buddha’s teachings. During his lifetime, Buddha Śākyamuni taught on countless occasions, on many different levels, and to different individuals, in order to help each particular person understand something that would bring him or her closer to enlightenment. For us to consider the vast scope of these teachings is as mind-blowing and awe-inspiring as gazing into the immensity of space.

    In the Sūtrālaṃkāra, the Buddha’s regent, Maitreya, brings this vast array of teachings together, arranging them in an orderly fashion and putting them into perspective so that we can begin to understand them and use them as a path to enlightenment. Of the three principal aspects of the path—view, meditation, and conduct—this text, like Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicaryāvatāra), deals mainly with the view and conduct of the great bodhisattvas, whose sole aim is the enlightenment of all beings. Once we have an inkling of the extraordinary kindness and wisdom of these bodhisattvas, whom we can meet even today as our teachers, we can begin to infer that the incredible qualities and deeds that Maitreya describes are possible.

    I hope that this translation of Maitreya’s presentation, along with Mipham Rinpoche’s clear explanation, will help readers to gain a glimpse of the Buddha’s message in all its vastness, taking them beyond limited conceptions and inspiring them to practice the path it describes.
     

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