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Leo Rivers wrote:I tried doing a search on dharmawheel and putting the two words in quotes didn't glue them together in the BOOLIAN search mode.
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PS: If the "Heart Sutra" is a late consolidation from Afghanistan or anywhere on the Silk Route is it any the less wonderful? Non Hindus can express Buddha Nature too. Or not.... ; )
Indeed. I think it is difficult for modern western mahayana Buddhists to deny the evidence that the mahayana sutras are all compositions post-dating the Buddha. What matters is the question "do I think it was composed by a
Buddha?" And given that, it hardly matters if it originated in India or China. Basically, it just means we apply the same criteria to Mahayana sutras as we do in coming to the teachings of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni: Is this profound and a teaching worth following?
And fwiw, there are sutras in the Chinese canon that have always been known to have been composed in China. They were new sutras recited by largely illiterate laypeople, yet displayed many literary traits and Dharma education that should make it basically impossible for such laypeople to compose them. As such, it was considered that they received these sutras from Buddhas directly and thusly accepted into the canon.