Jan 22, 2018 in Religion

Mahayana Buddhism

Mahayana Buddhism is basically a form of Buddhism that is normally found in Northern Asia and Far East countries such as Korea, Mongolia, China and Japan among others. The tradition became into existence during the first century as a moderate form of Buddhism that was easily accessed by the locals. Mahayana Buddhism is therefore referred to as Northern Buddhism. Originally, the Mahayana Buddhism begun in India and the term Mahayana simply meant the “Great Vehicle”. It I is the largest of the two known branches of Buddhism, with the other one being Theravada (Montgomery, 2003).

According to the Mahayana canon, there are three, significant bodies (forms) of Buddha. These are the body of essence, body of bliss or enjoyment and the body of transformation or emanation (Satyananda, 2007). These moments of Buddha reinforced the tradition of Mahayana with its followers believing that there is a supernatural being in form of human being who is capable of shaping human beings life to good. They also believe that any person has the ability to possess characters of Buddha and the universe is full of Buddhas who help others to get liberated. These qualities of Buddha made the tradition to gain fame among its followers.

Some of its major practices and teaching relate to issues such as beliefs, life after death, salvation, incarnations, undeserved sufferings and cause of evil. According to this tradition, Buddha is considered as an emanation of power. They too believe that there is no Creator God and matters are just illusions or an expression of the eventual reality. On matters pertaining life after death, Mahayana does not believe transmigration of individual souls after death but what happen is that individual whole some or non-wholesome intentions are embossed in the mind hence causing suffering or happiness (Satyananda, 2007). Therefore, there is nothing like salvation and on the contrary what happens is the enlightenment of human beings.

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