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Stiphan
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Mahayana websites

Postby Stiphan » Sat Jul 16, 2011 2:30 pm

I want to learn more about Mahayana (just out of curiosity — I'm not gonna convert to Mahayana), but a quick google search revealed that they do not have sites like our accesstoinsight. So, can anyone suggest any good sites about Mahayana (even though I will continue to research on my own)?

Thanks.
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Re: Mahayana websites

Postby Sanghamitta » Sat Jul 16, 2011 2:34 pm

What about the sister site to this one http://www.dharmawheel.net ?
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Re: Mahayana websites

Postby Justsit » Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:08 pm

"Mahayana" covers a lot of ground. The Wiki entry gives a basic overview, then you might want to research the myriad varieties individually. Major traditions of Mahāyāna Buddhism today include Zen/Chán, Pure Land, Tiantai, and Nichiren, as well as the Esoteric Buddhist traditions of Shingon and Tibetan Buddhism. For a Tibetan Mahayana viewpoint, try fpmt.org.
If you go to dharmawheel.net, contact member Huseng, who lives in Japan and has a solid Mahayana background, he can point you to the best info sources.

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Re: Mahayana websites

Postby Platypus » Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:13 pm

Buddhanet has mahayana articles.

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Re: Mahayana websites

Postby tiltbillings » Sat Jul 16, 2011 4:00 pm

Forget the Websites. Peter Harvery's AN INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM is an excellent, readable survery of Buddhist history and of the different schools. He does not color things through a particular doctrinal lens, which is what you'll find on most websites. It is out of print, but can be gottewn cheaply as a used book. It is well worth the time spent with it.

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Re: Mahayana websites

Postby bodom » Sat Jul 16, 2011 4:22 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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Stiphan
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Re: Mahayana websites

Postby Stiphan » Sat Jul 16, 2011 6:26 pm

Thanks everyone for your replies!

I also found this useful: http://www.buddhanet.net/weblinks.htm

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Re: Mahayana websites

Postby Dan74 » Sat Jul 16, 2011 7:55 pm

There is also that book by Peter Dalla Santina, The Tree of Enlightenment. Peter was a Vajrayana practitioner and a scholar and from memory he points a broadly accurate picture of Mahayana at least as far as I could tell at the time of reading it).

As others have noted Mahayana is not a school but an umbrella term for very diverse schools using quite different texts. To learn about Mahayana and to appreciate it, it would be necessary to immerse oneself in the practice for a little while. I don't think that in most case you would have to take any vows that would conflict with your preference for Theravada.
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