, Japanese Buddhism is divided into numerous traditions which include various sects of Pure Land Buddhism, Tendai, Nichiren Buddhism, Shingon and Zen. Rather than being datable to the beginning of the common era, this strand of Mahayana Buddhism, at least, appeared to have no visible impact on Indian Buddhist cult practice until the 2nd century, and even then what impact it had was extremely isolated and marginal, and had no lasting or long-term consequences – there were no further references to Amitabha in Indian image inscriptions. , The term appeared in some of the earliest Mahayana texts, including Emperor Ling of Han's translation of the Lotus Sutra. But nowhere in this extensive body of material is there any reference, prior to the fifth century, to a named Mahāyāna.". The universal accessibility of awakening, together with the idea that the universe has no beginning in time and is filled with an infinite number of beings and an infinite number of worlds, leads to the conclusion that there are not only an infinite number of bodhisattvas in the universe but also an infinite number of buddhas, each dwelling in his own world-realm.  It is also possible that, formally, Mahāyāna would have been understood as a group of monks or nuns within a larger monastery taking a vow together (known as a "kriyākarma") to memorize and study a Mahāyāna text or texts. An important feature of Mahāyāna is the way that it understands the nature of a Buddha, which differs from non-Mahāyāna understandings. According Paul Williams, in these systems, the first bhūmi is reached once one attains "direct, nonconceptual and nondual insight into emptiness in meditative absorption", which is associated with the path of seeing (darśana-mārga). Bodhisattvas could reach the personal nirvana of the arhats, but they believe it is more important to remain in saṃsāra and help others. It is a synthesis of numerous practices and ideas. Indian Mahāyāna developed various schools of thought, some groupings include: Mādhyamaka, Yogācāra, Buddha-nature (Tathāgatagarbha), and Buddhist logic as the last and most recent. Thus the Śrīmālādevī Siṃhanāda Sūtra claims that the Buddha said that devotion to Mahāyāna is inherently superior in its virtues to following the śrāvaka or pratyekabuddha paths. , Mahāyāna generally holds that pursuing only the personal release from suffering i.e. Korean Tiantai), and the esoteric Jingak and Chinŏn schools. Therefore, ordinary reality is ultimately nothing more than convention or tacit agreement. 5. Vajrayana Buddhism, also known as Esoteric Buddhism, is sometimes classified as a variation of Mahayana Buddhism. As with Eastern Buddhism, the practice of northern Buddhism declined in Tibet, China and Mongolia during the communist takeover of these regions (Mongolia: 1924, Tibet: 1959). In the 7th century, the Chinese Buddhist monk Xuanzang describes the concurrent existence of the Mahāvihara and the Abhayagiri Vihara in Sri Lanka.  The doctrine of a "really existing permanent element" within all sentient beings is a source of much debate and disagreement among Mahāyāna Buddhist philosophers as well as modern academics. Copyright © 2008 - BDEA / BuddhaNet. (1991). , Gregory Schopen meanwhile has argued that a series of loosely connected movements developed during the 2nd century around cult shrines where Mahāyāna sutras were kept, and the "cult of the book" theory is also popular among other current scholars.  New Mahāyāna movements have also developed in the modern era, perhaps the most influential of which has been Thích Nhất Hạnh's Plum Village Tradition, which also draws from Theravada Buddhism. Crucial to the Mahayana salvific vision is the doctrine of skillful means (upaya). But outside of texts, at least in India, at exactly the same period, very different – in fact seemingly older – ideas and aspirations appear to be motivating actual behavior, and old and established Hinayana groups appear to be the only ones that are patronized and supported., "In other words, once nontextual evidence is taken into account the picture changes dramatically. One of the current leading theories is what Paul Harrison calls "the forest hypothesis" and defines as: ‘the Mahāyāna … was the work of hard-core ascetics, members of the forest dwelling (aranyavasin) wing of the Buddhist Order’, Some scholars point to how some of the earliest Mahāyāna texts often depict strict adherence to the path of a bodhisattva, and engagement in the ascetic ideal of a monastic life in the wilderness, akin to the ideas expressed in the Rhinoceros Sūtra. p. 94. Yogācāra philosophers developed their own interpretation of the doctrine of emptiness which also criticized Madhyamaka for falling into nihilism. " Some Mahāyāna sutras also warn against the accusation that they are not the word of the Buddha (buddhavacana), such as the Astasāhasrikā (8,000 verse) Prajñāpāramitā, which states that such claims come from Mara (the evil tempter). Depending on the sect, liberation into a buddha-field can be obtained by faith, meditation, or sometimes even by the repetition of Buddha's name. The exact split between these two schools is not known. " Schopen also sees this movement as being in tension with other Buddhists, "struggling for recognition and acceptance". The rulers of Tibet introduced Mahayana Buddhism to their court and to some noble families in the eighth century, but the country's general population did not embrace Buddhism until centuries later.  The Saṃdhinirmocana calls its doctrine the 'third turning of the dharma wheel'. 1999). Mahayanism was able to capture the minds of the masses by giving up the icy coldness of some forms of early Buddhism and framing a religion that could appeal to the inner emotions.\[Footnote:] Ibid, p. 591.\ 6. Which of the following is NOT one of the Four Noble Truths? , Some scholars think the definition is different from the common explanations of later generations. The modern development of an ideaology called Humanistic Buddhism (Chinese: 人間佛教; pinyin: rénjiān fójiào, more literally "Buddhism for the Human World") has also been influential on Chinese Buddhist leaders and institutions. , According to Jan Nattier, the term Mahāyāna ("Great Vehicle") was originally an honorary synonym for Bodhisattvayāna ("Bodhisattva Vehicle"), the vehicle of a bodhisattva seeking buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. Various classes of Vajrayana literature developed as a result of royal courts sponsoring both Buddhism and Saivism. These individuals often ridiculed tradition… 1999).  Seishi Karashima has suggested that the term first used in an earlier Gandhāri Prakrit version of the Lotus Sūtra was not the term mahāyāna but the Prakrit word mahājāna in the sense of mahājñāna (great knowing). Buddhism is the dominant religion in Bhutan,Myanmar,Cambodia,Tibet,Laos,Mongolia,Sri Lankaand Thailand.  By this time, Chinese pilgrims, such as Faxian, Yijing, and Xuanzang were traveling to India, and their writings do describe monasteries which they label 'Mahāyāna' as well as monasteries where both Mahāyāna monks and non-Mahāyāna monks lived together. For example, the inferior was taught to the merchants Trapuṣa and Ballika because they were ordinary men; the middle was taught to the group of five because they were at the stage of saints; the eightfold Prajñāpāramitās were taught to bodhisattvas, and [the Prajñāpāramitās] are superior in eliminating conceptually imagined forms. In East Asia, the Satyasiddhi śāstra was also influential. While North Korea's totalitarian government remains repressive and ambivalent towards religion, at least 11 percent of the population is considered to be Buddhist according to Williams. The same is true of the contrast frequently found in modern studies between Mahayana and Hinayana (“Lesser Vehicle”), a term used in some Mahayana texts to criticize unacceptable and deviant opinions; it has no real-world referent and is never equivalent to non-Mahayana Buddhism, much less to any specific sect such as the Theravada. Today Mahayana is the dominant form of Buddhism in those countries. Their view is based on a different understanding of the concept of Hīnayāna. They are thus “self-less,” both philosophically, in the sense of understanding the absence of self or essence in all things and persons, and ethically, since they act for all beings without discrimination. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. The main contemporary traditions of Mahāyāna in Asia are: There are also some minor Mahāyāna traditions practiced by minority groups, such as Newar Buddhism practiced by the Newar people (Nepal) and Azhaliism practiced by the Bai people (Yunnan). (3rd edn. , Although it was initially a small movement in India, Mahāyāna eventually grew to become an influential force in Indian Buddhism.  These were also not recognized by some individuals in the early Buddhist schools. Tibetan Buddhism is a religion in exile, forced from its homeland when Tibet was conquered by the Chinese. It spread at one point also to Southeast Asia, including Myanmar (Burma) and Sri Lanka, but has not survived there. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). Consciousness Mysticism in the Discourses of the Buddha. Get exclusive access to content from our 1768 First Edition with your subscription. Gombrich, Richard F. (1997). Vajrayana, in the history of Buddhism, marks the transition from Mahayana speculative thought to the enactment of Buddhist ideas in  The Guhyasiddhi of Padmavajra, a work associated with the Guhyasamaja tradition, prescribes acting as a Shaiva guru and initiating members into Saiva Siddhanta scriptures and mandalas.  It has also appeared in Āgama. The earliest Western views of Mahāyāna assumed that it existed as a separate school in competition with the so-called "Hīnayāna" schools.  According to Paul Williams, a Mahāyāna bodhisattva is best defined as: that being who has taken the vow to be reborn, no matter how many times this may be necessary, in order to attain the highest possible goal, that of Complete and Perfect Buddhahood. The Birth and Death of a Buddhist Cognitive Metaphor, Fo Guang University, Journal of Buddhist Philosophy , Vol. The Buddha nature genre of sūtras can be seen as an attempt to state Buddhist teachings using positive language while also maintaining the middle way, to prevent people from being turned away from Buddhism by a false impression of nihilism. , After the fifth century, Mahāyāna Buddhism and its institutions slowly grew in influence. Under the Gupta and Pala empires, a new movement began to develop which drew on previous Mahāyāna doctrine as well as new ideas and which came to be known by various names such as Vajrayāna, Mantrayāna, and Tantric Buddhism. Shiro Matsumoto, Critiques of Tathagatagarbha Thought and Critical Buddhism. At one time it was thought that 1 in 6 Tibetan men were Buddhist … A prominent example of this idea is the bodhisattva Dharmakara, whose vows set the conditions under which he would attain awakening and become the Buddha Amitabha (Japanese: Amida). Boin-Webb, Sara (tr). Approximately half are practitioners of Mahayana schools in China and it continues to flourish. China is the country with the largest population of Buddhists, approximately … Swearer, Donald (2006). Guang Xing. This sect can primarily be found in Bhutan, Mongolia, Tibet, and the Kalmykia region of Russia. Please select which sections you would like to print: Corrections? Japan - Dating from the year 522, Buddhism came originally from Korea. Rahula, Walpola (tr). "The most important evidence – in fact the only evidence – for situating the emergence of the Mahayana around the beginning of the common era was not Indian evidence at all, but came from China. Mary Hendriks commented:  Some influential Mahāyāna sutras are the Prajñaparamita sutras such as the Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra, the Lotus Sutra, the Pure Land sutras, the Vimalakirti Sutra, the Golden Light Sutra, the Avatamsaka Sutra, the Sandhinirmocana Sutra and the Tathāgatagarbha sūtras.  Buddha Sakyamuni's life and death on earth is then usually understood as a "mere appearance", his death is a show, while in actuality he remains out of compassion to help all sentient beings. The terms 大乘 or even 小乘 do not appear in the Pāli Canon of the Theravada school. ", Several scholars such as Hendrik Kern and A.K. There is also a transliteration 摩诃衍那. , After examining the epigraphic evidence, Schopen also argues that Mahāyāna remained "an extremely limited minority movement – if it remained at all – that attracted absolutely no documented public or popular support for at least two more centuries. [note 5] Reginald Ray has also defended this view in his Buddhist Saints in India (1994). vijñapti-mātra, "perceptions only" and citta-mātra "mind only") is another important doctrine promoted by some Mahāyāna sutras and later became the central theory of a major philosophical movement which arose during the Gupta period called Yogācāra. Amitabha assured his devotees entry into Sukhavati by transferring to them some of the infinite merit he acquired during eons of practice as a bodhisattva.  Obtaining a deep understanding of this is said to be the prajñāpāramitā, the perfection of wisdom. As developed by later philosophers, such as Jnanagarbha in the 8th century, the doctrine of the Two Truths, absolute truth (paramarthasatya) and conventional truth (samvritisatya), resolves the apparent conflict by stating that ultimately things do not exist as such, which is to say, do not exist as they seem to exist, substantially. Basic Buddhism (what Mahāyāna would term śrāvakayāna or pratyekabuddhayāna) is an expedient method for helping people begin the noble Buddhist path and advance quite far. Spread of the Mahayana Buddhism in Central Asia, China and other Countries Kanishka like Asoka left no stone upturned to make Buddhism a world religion. An idol at the Mahayana Buddhist Temple complex near Catskill, New York. 2, 2016. However, it is important to note that predominantly Mahayana countries such as China and Japan have significant numbers of Theravada Buddhists (China – 53.5 million and Japan- 6.1 million). But the path is not wholly traversed, according to some schools, until the practitioner has striven for and attained Buddhahood for the liberation of all other sentient beings from suffering.  There are two models for this which are seen in the various Mahāyāna texts, one is the idea that a bodhisattva must postpone their awakening until Buddhahood is attained. , Taking the bodhisattva vow to "lead to Nirvana the whole immeasurable world of beings" as the prajñaparamita sutras state, is the central characteristic of the bodhisattva. nirvāṇa is a narrow or inferior aspiration, because it lacks the resolve to liberate all other sentient beings from saṃsāra (the round of rebirth) by becoming a Buddha.  Nattier writes that in the Ugra, Mahāyāna is not a school, but a rigorous and demanding "spiritual vocation, to be pursued within the existing Buddhist community. According to David Drewes, for most of the 20th century, the leading theories about the origins of Mahāyāna were that it was either a lay movement (first argued by Jean Przyluski and supported by Etienne Lamotte and Akira Hirakawa) or that it developed among the Mahāsāṃghika Nikaya. The Nalanda complex eventually became the largest and most influential Buddhist center in India for centuries. Mahāyāna Buddhists believe that enlightenment can be achieved during an individual’s single or current lifetime. The primary sutra associated with this school of thought is the Saṃdhinirmocana Sūtra, which claims that śūnyavāda is not the final definitive teaching (nītārtha) of the Buddha. This could take aeons and in the meantime they will be helping countless beings. 印順《初期大乘佛教之起源與開展》第1章〈序說〉：「佛教的傳入中國，開始譯經，已是西元二世紀中，正是印度佛教「大小兼暢」的時代。......佛教的傳入中國，是大小同時的，所以傳統的部派佛教，在中國沒有能造成堅強的傳統。加上小乘與中國民情，也許不太適合，所以大乘 – 直在有利的情勢下發展。」, 印順〈雜阿含經部類之整編〉：「宋譯《雜阿含經》，譯出的時代遲了些，而譯者求那跋陀羅，是 – 位唯心大乘師，所以譯文中偶有大乘的名義。......「菩薩摩訶薩」的稱呼，受到了大乘的影響。不過，每成立 – 部派，就有部派所審定集成的經典，在傳承的同 – 宗派中，是不可能大事更張的。《雜阿含經》的「修多羅」部分，與『攝事分』所依經本 – 致，即可以證明。當然，經典在長期流傳中，會因時因地而有多少差別的。求那跋陀羅為唯心大乘師，所譯《雜阿含經》，就偶有 – 二大乘名義，然如依此而說宋譯《雜阿含經》，是大乘佛教時代所完成的，那就誤謬不經了！」. "Mahāyāna" also refers to the path of the bodhisattva striving to become a fully awakened Buddha (samyaksaṃbuddha) for the benefit of all sentient beings, and is thus also called the "Bodhisattva Vehicle" (Bodhisattvayāna). In Hsu, Mutsu; Chen, Jinhua; Meeks, Lori (eds.). the dharmabhanaka) that this action can lead to rebirth in hell. Approximately half are practitioners of Mahayana schools in China and it continues to flourish. Over time, several schools of the Mahayana Buddhist philosophy evolved, but the main ones today are Pure Land and the Zen, both of which originally developed in China.A third school, the Nirchiren group developed in most recent times and is based on the White Lotus Sutra teaching of the Buddha. The origins of Mahāyāna are still not completely understood and there are numerous competing theories. This tradition originated in south India and later spread to many other Asian countries like China, Tibet, Nepal, Mongolia, Japan, etc. Mahāyāna sees itself as penetrating further and more profoundly into the Buddha's Dharma. First, it seems that there was a schism around the time of the Second Buddhist Council in 334 BCE. , The earliest stone inscription containing a recognizably Mahāyāna formulation and a mention of the Buddha Amitābha was found in the Indian subcontinent in Mathura, and dated to around 180 CE. , Paul Williams writes that some modern Theravada meditation masters in Thailand are popularly regarded as bodhisattvas.. The definition of the Mahayana as one of three vehicles was intended to establish the Mahayana’s superiority over other teachings, and it has no historical basis. In Werner, Karel ed.. Bingenheimer, Marcus (2007).  Paul Williams has also noted that Mahāyāna never had nor ever attempted to have a separate Vinaya or ordination lineage from the early schools of Buddhism, and therefore each bhikṣu or bhikṣuṇī adhering to the Mahāyāna formally belonged to an early school. Many scholars, however, consider it an independent branch of the Buddhist faith. Lopez, Donald S. and Dge-ʼdun-chos-ʼphel (2006). Schopen, G. "The inscription on the Kusan image of Amitabha and the character of the early Mahayana in India", This page was last edited on 5 December 2020, at 18:20.  As noted by Paul Williams, earlier Mahāyāna sutras like the Ugraparipṛcchā Sūtra and the Ajitasena sutra do not present any antagonism towards the hearers or the ideal of arhatship like later sutras do. There is also a tendency in Mahāyāna sūtras to regard adherence to these sūtras as generating spiritual benefits greater than those that arise from being a follower of the non-Mahāyāna approaches to Dharma. Korean Seon also includes some Pure Land practice.  In Mahāyāna Buddhism, the Mahāyāna sūtras are often given greater authority than the Āgamas. Guanyin and attendant bodhisattvas, detail of a painted cave mural, Kansu province, China, early 8th century. The Yogacara school philosopher Asanga is also credited with numerous highly influential commentaries. , Buddhas and bodhisattvas are central elements of Mahāyāna. The main countries that practice Buddhism currently are … It taught that life is eternal, alternating b/w the stags of life and death and that all ppl innately share what is known as the Buddha-nature, or the highest state of life. "Vajra" refers to the diamong-hard thunderbolt used by the Hidndu god of thunder and rain. , Evidence from sutras which depict a close connection of Mahāyāna with monasticism eventually revealed the problems with the lay origins theory. These “cosmic” buddhas play a role in many Mahayana sutras and much more so in later Tantric traditions. The śūnyavāda philosophers were adamant that their denial of svabhāva is not a kind of nihilism (against protestations to the contrary by their opponents). Zen), primarily represented by the Jogye Order and the Taego Order. Tibetan Buddhism. The Mahayana Buddhism gives us positive ideas of the ultimate issues of life. , Some contemporary Theravādin figures have indicated a sympathetic stance toward the Mahāyāna philosophy found in texts such as the Heart Sūtra (Skt. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. In the early Buddhist texts, and as taught by the modern Theravada school, the goal of becoming a teaching Buddha in a future life is viewed as the aim of a small group of individuals striving to benefit future generations after the current Buddha's teachings have been lost, but in the current age there is no need for most practitioners to aspire to this goal. , Expedient means (Skt. Mahāyāna has a vastly expanded cosmology, with various Buddhas and bodhisattvas residing in different worlds and buddha-fields (buddha ksetra). The majority of scriptures of this school is based upon the teachings of Buddha himself and requires meditation for attaining enlightenment. Mahāyāna Buddhism is therefore more commonly practiced in the United States among immigrants from the countries where it is practiced. Mahāyāna Buddhism takes the basic teachings of the Buddha as recorded in early scriptures as the starting point of its teachings, such as those concerning karma and rebirth, anātman, emptiness, dependent origination, and the Four Noble Truths. Examples of these include: Hòa Hảo, Won Buddhism, Triratna Buddhist Community and Sōka Gakkai. "What is particularly disconcerting here is the disconnect between expectation and reality: We know from Chinese translations that large numbers of Mahāyāna sutras were being composed in the period between the beginning of the common era and the fifth century. Furthermore, there are also various new religious movements which either see themselves as Mahāyāna or are strongly influenced by Mahāyāna Buddhism. During this period, all temples and monasteries closed, and many were destroyed. Cholvijarn observes that prominent figures associated with the Self perspective in Thailand have often been famous outside scholarly circles as well, among the wider populace, as Buddhist meditation masters and sources of miracles and sacred amulets.  Because of such evidence, scholars like Paul Harrison and Paul Williams argue that the movement was not sectarian and possibly pan-buddhist. Many non-Mahayana literary sources date from a time when the Mahayana had already become established, and therefore both sets of sources reflect mutual influences. " Drewes states that the evidence merely shows that "Mahāyāna was primarily a textual movement, focused on the revelation, preaching, and dissemination of Mahāyāna sutras, that developed within, and never really departed from, traditional Buddhist social and institutional structures. Contemporary Northern Buddhism is traditionally practiced mainly in the Himalayan regions and in some regions of Central Asia, including:. Various schools eventually appeared from China. Self-image and Identity Among the Followers of Early Mahayana.’ 1987. Most of the major forms of contemporary Mahāyāna Buddhism are also practiced by Asian immigrant populations in the West and also by western convert Buddhists. "But apart from the fact that it can be said with some certainty that the Buddhism embedded in China, Korea, Tibet, and Japan is Mahayana Buddhism, it is no longer clear what else can be said with certainty about Mahayana Buddhism itself, and especially about its earlier, and presumably formative, period in India. " Drewes points out the importance of dharmabhanakas (preachers, reciters of these sutras) in the early Mahāyāna sutras. Since it was simply an honorary term for Bodhisattvayāna, the adoption of the term Mahāyāna and its application to Bodhisattvayāna did not represent a significant turning point in the development of a Mahāyāna tradition. In contrast to the dominant thinking in non-Mahayana Buddhism, which limits the designation of bodhisattva to the Buddha before his awakening (bodhi), or enlightenment, Mahayana teaches that anyone can aspire to achieve awakening (bodhicittot-pada) and thereby become a bodhisattva. Popular bodhisattvas include Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri and Maitreya. "The south (of India) was then vigorously creative in producing Mahayana Sutras" – Warder, A.K. ", "It has become increasingly clear that Mahayana Buddhism was never one thing, but rather, it seems, a loosely bound bundle of many, and – like Walt Whitman – was large and could contain, in both senses of the term, contradictions, or at least antipodal elements.". " The concept of the three bodies (trikāya) of the Buddha was developed to make sense of these ideas, with nirmanakaya Buddhas (like Sakyamuni) being seen as an emanation from the Dharmakaya. All rights reserved. " Regarding the forest hypothesis, he points out that only two of the 12 or so texts of the Lokakṣema corpus directly advocate forest dwelling, while the others either do not mention it or see it as unhelpful, promoting easier practices such as "merely listening to the sutra, or thinking of particular Buddhas, that they claim can enable one to be reborn in special, luxurious ‘pure lands’ where one will be able to make easy and rapid progress on the bodhisattva path and attain Buddhahood after as little as one lifetime. Mahāyāna texts not only often depict numerous Buddhas besides Sakyamuni, but see them as transcendental or supramundane (lokuttara) beings. "[note 12] In fact the Pāli term upāya-kosalla does occur in the Pāli Canon, in the Sangiti Sutta of the Digha Nikāya.. Here, we examine the Six Courses from three different but interrelated perspectives: (1) as skillful means, (2) as metaphysics, and (3) as psychological theory.  Other Mahāyāna philosophies like Madhyamaka were mainly dominated by a discourse of emptiness, which used primarily negative or apophatic language. Another influential tradition is that of Dignāga's Buddhist logic whose work focused on epistemology. Likewise, Jan Nattier's study of the Ugraparipṛccha Sūtra, A few good men (2003) argues that this sutra represents the earliest form of Mahāyāna, which presents the bodhisattva path as a ‘supremely difﬁcult enterprise’ of elite monastic forest asceticism. Though Vietnamese Buddhism suffered extensively during the Vietnam war (1955-1975) and during subsequent communist takeover of the south, there has been a revival of the religion since the liberalization period following 1986. Theravada texts do, however, hold that this is a more perfectly virtuous goal. There are also various Mahāyāna oriented Japanese new religions that arose in the post-war period. "Some Remarks on the Usage of Renjian Fojiao 人間佛教 and the Contribution of Venerable Yinshun to Chinese Buddhist Modernism". , Both the Mādhyamikas and the Yogācārins saw themselves as preserving the Buddhist Middle Way between the extremes of nihilism (everything as unreal) and substantialism (substantial entities existing). 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The Yogācārins criticized the Mādhyamikas for tending towards nihilism, while the Mādhyamikas criticized the Yogācārins for tending towards substantialism.  According to C. D. Sebastian, the Uttaratantra's reference to a transcendental self (ātma-pāramitā) should be understood as "the unique essence of the universe", thus the universal and immanent essence of Buddha nature is the same throughout time and space.. The bodhisattvas seek to understand this reality through wisdom (prajna) and to actualize it through compassion (karuna). Forms of Mahāyāna based on the doctrines of the Prajñāpāramitā sutras, Buddha Nature sutras, Lotus sutra and the Pure Land teachings are still popular in East Asian Buddhism, which is completely dominated by branches of Mahāyāna.
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