What text(s) do you feel make a convincing case for Mahayana

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What text(s) do you feel make a convincing case for Mahayana

Postby JKhedrup » Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:53 pm

For myself, at the top of the heap is definitely the Bodhisattvacaryavatara by the Son of the Conquerors Shantideva.

The Avatamsaka is also my lists of favourites.

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Postby Grigoris » Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:23 pm

Lankavatara Sutra and/or the Heart Sutra.
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Diamond and Heart Sutra.
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Who do you need to convince?

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Postby DGA » Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:23 am

I like The Awakening of Faith.

I don't think the texts are the most appealing aspects of Mahayana practice, though. This is a great philosophical and literary treasury, to be sure, but I'm more interested in the people I've met and the practices I've been exposed to. Being around people who "get it" is more convincing than any syllogism or parable.

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Postby Yudron » Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:32 am

It is the heart aspect of the Mahayana that turns me on, not philosophical books in translation. So:

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