Arhat and bodhisattva

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  • Created on: 18-05-18 19:09

As Buddhism spread, further splits occurred than those that happened at the first council and eventually a new and distinct form of Buddhism emerged

  • This new form of Buddhism is known as Mahayana or the 'Greater Vehicle'

Mahayana Buddhism is characterised by the following:

  • An emphasis on the bodhisattva path rather than the path of the arhat
  • A new and extended Buddhology that saw the Buddha as a glorious being and played down his historical side
  • New sutras claiming to be utterances from the still extant (still in existence) Buddha
  • A focus on karuna (compassion) to balance prajna (wisdom)
  • The idea that merit could be 'turned over

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