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Altered States and the Origins of the Mahāyāna

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1. Title Title of document Altered States and the Origins of the Mahāyāna - Setting Out on the Great Way
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Douglas Osto; Massey University; New Zealand
3. Subject Discipline(s) Buddhism
4. Subject Keyword(s) Early Mahāyāna Buddhism; East Asian religions; Buddhist Tantra; Vajrayana; historical Buddhism
5. Subject Subject classification Early Mahāyāna Buddhism
6. Description Abstract This chapter argues that literary accounts of visions in some Mahāyāna sources (often referred to as samādhis) possess characteristics that are strikingly similar to reports of actually visionary experiences that individuals have undergone while their psychologies and physiologies were profoundly altered in some way. Moreover, some of the methods used to induce actual visions also parallel methods recommended or described in some Mahāyāna sūtras. These parallels are strong enough to suggest that visionary altered states of consciousness formed an experiential basis for the emergence of new Mahāyāna sūtras, which contributed to the imaginative restructuring of Buddhist cosmology found within Indian Mahāyāna Buddhism.
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.34259
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