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Early Mahāyāna: Laying out the Field

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1. Title Title of document Early Mahāyāna: Laying out the Field - Setting Out on the Great Way
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Paul Harrison; Stanford University;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Buddhism
4. Subject Keyword(s) Mahāyāna Buddhism; araṇyavāsins; sūtra-literature; nikāya
5. Subject Subject classification Mahayana Buddhism
6. Description Abstract This chapter begins with some general observations about the study of early Mahāyāna Buddhism and of its origins. It goes on to consider briefly a number of issues which continue to pose challenges to our understanding. These include the controversial role of araṇyavāsins or ‘forest-dwellers’; the role of the laity; the periodization of Mahāyāna sūtra-literature (and of this form of Buddhism as a whole); the relationship between Mahāyāna engagement and nikāya affiliation; and the problem of the archaeological and art-historical record. True to the ambiguity of its title, the chapter concludes by asking whether early Mahāyāna and Mahāyāna origins remain worthwhile objects of study in the 21st century, or whether they should be prepared for burial.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 30-Jun-2018
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.24510
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Setting Out on the Great Way
16. Language English=en en
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd