One of the major forms of Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism is not necessarily what its scriptures purport it to be. Your Enlightened Mind Wants to Know: Mahayana's Origins and the Implications for Buddhism uncovers the origins of the Mahayana traditions by exploring its various historical and spiritual layers.
J. M. Walsh believes that Mahayana as both a religion and philosophy has much to offer the modern world. Practiced primarily in Tibet and Eastern Asia, Mahayana is one of several Buddhist variants that have emerged since the Buddha first lived and taught in the Indian subcontinent between the sixth and fourth century B.C.E.
Through the teachings of one school, Walsh explains the doctrinal basics of Mahayana while revealing the discrepancies at work in its core beliefs. He then examines these contradictions through an investigation into the origins of Mahayana Buddhism. He identifies its connected faith traditions in Japanese Vajrayana Buddhism, Chinese and Indian Mahayana, and the ancient Central Asian religion of Zoroastrianism. In essence, he goes on a metaphorical archaeological dig through the layers of Mahayana Buddhism, touching on other Asian faiths along the way. On this reverse journey along the Silk Road, he essentially reconstructs the emergence and development of Mahayana Buddhism.
In the final part, he uses his religious investigations to construct support for his ultimate beliefs. He reveals how Mahayana can be viewed as a cosmic law, life philosophy, and universal religion. Intended as a treatise on an ancient religion, this book shows the spiritual tradition’s relevance to a fragmented, modern world. Avoiding academic debates and jargon, it is written in a clear, logical progression accessible to the everyday reader.
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Published November 12, 2012
by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
Religion & Spirituality.