Free Online Bible Classes | The Mahayana Sutras

The Mahayana Sutras

Please Log in to Attend this Lecture

Please log into your free account so you can attend this lecture.

Create account    Login

Lesson

The Mahayana Sutras include the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras, Lotus Sutra, Heart Sutra, Vimalakirti Sutra and the Lankavatara Sutra.

Outline

The Emergence of the “Great Vehicle”

Part 2
 

II. The Mahayana Sutras

A. The Perfection of Wisdom Sutras

1. A new goal

2. New philosophical insights

3. Forerunner of Madhyamika school as espoused by Nagarjuna

B. Heart Sutra

1. Wisdom of perfected enlightenment – no distinctions

2. Everything is empty of ‘own-being’

C. Vimalakirti Sutra

1. Wisdom of perfected enlightenment – no distinctions

2. Powerful anti-monastic / clergy dissent

D. Lankavatara Sutra

1. Mediation for perfected enlightenment

2. Mind only – forerunner of Yogacara

3. Storehouse of consciousness

E. Lotus Sutra

1. Traditional Mahayana teaching

2. Unique insight into multiple ‘vehicles’

a. Monastic vehicle

b. Messianic vehicle

c. Solitary vehicle



Terms to Know from this lecture:

avalokitesvara (male/female bodhisattva in Heart Sutra)
storehouse of consciousness
tathagata-garbha (Womb or Embryo of Enlightenment)