He believed that freedom from desires set people free from the cycle of rebirth. For millennia, people around the world have asked this question.
This Council was called to condemn certain practices of some monks which were contrary to the Vinaya or Monk's Code of conduct. Although the majority of monks succeeded in excommunicating the erring monks, the remaining monks disputed the rules and certain aspects of the Dharma.
One group, opposed to any change whatever, came to be known as the Sthaviravadins Theravadins who followed what was believed to be the original teaching as agreed at the first Council following the passing of the Buddha.
These Sthaviravadins followed a realist line, stating that all phenomena exist and are unstable compounds of elements. They taught that it is necessary for all humans to strive for Arahantship or release from the constant round of rebirth Samsara.
They taught that Buddhas are men - pure and simple, rejecting any notion of their being transcendental. The other group, which were in the majority, were known as the Mahasanghikas, which means followers of the great or major group of clergy.
Like the Sthaviravadins, they accepted the fundamental doctrines as taught by the Buddha, such as: They differed in believing that Buddhas are supramundane and transcendental, they have no defiling elements, their lives and powers are unlimited.
They also believed that the original nature of the mind is pure and that it is contaminated when it is stained by passions and defilements.
It was from the Mahasanghikas that the Mahayana was to evolve. The fathers of the Mahayana were considered to be Nagarjuna, who lived between the first and second ceturies of our era, and founded what is known as the Madhamika philosophy or philosophy of the Middle Way and Maitreyanatha who lived in the third century of our era.
Maiteyanatha's philosophy was developed in the fourth century by two brothers, Asangha and Vasubandhu and was known as Yogacara or Vijnavada philosophy.
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Yoga means meditation and Vijna means consciousness or mind. This also became known as the "Mind Only" school as it emphasised subjective idealism - that consciousness is the ultimate reality. Legend has it that Nagarjuna recieved instruction from the Nagas Serpent Kings when he visited their Dragon's Palace under the sea.
Nagarjuna taught that there is neither reality nor non-reality but only relativity. Madhyamika attacked the Sthaviravada belief that everything, even component parts are in perpetual flux or state of becoming. Madhyamika introduced the concept of Sunyata or emptiness.
It taught that all elements Dharmas are impermanent and have no independent existence in themselves. They may be broken down into parts, the parts into sub-parts and so on infinitely. Therefore, taught Nagarjuna, all phenomena have a relative as opposed to an absolute existence.
All of life is reduced to a single, underlying flux, a stream of existence with an everlasting becoming.
However, madhyamika tells us nothing of the nature of this stream of life. Nagarjuna used the dialectic method to ruthlessly negate all pairs of opposites. He taught that Sunyata is the absolute realityand that there is no difference between Samsara the phenomenal world and Sunyata the indescribable absolute.
Another important concept attributed to Nagarjuna is his teaching of Samvrti or relative truth and Paramartha or ultimate truth. Relative truth is conventional or empirical truth - that experienced by the senses, whereas, the ultimate truth is Sunyata which can only be realised by transcending concepts through intuitive insight.
The Idealism of the Yogacara school teaches not only non existence of the self but also of things in the world. It says that all elements are derived from the mind.
It talks of Alaya Vijnana or repository consciousness. This is neither matter nor mind itself but a basic energy that is the root of both. It is the imperceptible and unknowable noumenon behind all phenomena. Alaya Vijnana is a kind of collective unconscious in which seeds of all potential phenomena are stored and from which they occasionally pour into manifestation.
It is, in effect, what many might understand as and call "God". The Yogacara school emphasised that the ultimate truth can only be known through meditation. The study of scriptures or Dharmas are only in the realm of relative truth and are subject to change and constant improvement.» Buddhist Studies» Mahayana» The Rise of Mahayana The earliest traces of Mahayana ideas arose with the division of the Buddhist sangha into two vadas or schools of thought around b c., some years after the Buddha's death, at .
The Birth and Spread of Buddhism 8d. The Birth and Spread of Buddhism Resentment of such rituals and continued anger about unbalanced social power prompted the development of new intellectual teachings and philosophies. For almost years, these humble disciples were overshadowed by the dominant Hindu believers.
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This essay serves to outline the factors that contributed to the rise of sociology and the latter`s development. In simply terms, sociology is the scientific study of the society and human behavior. Origin & Early Development. The origin of Buddhism points to one man, Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, who was born in Lumbini (in present-day Nepal) during the 5th century BCE.
Rather than the founder of a new religion, Siddhartha Gautama was the founder and leader of a sect of wanderer ascetics (Sramanas), one of many sects .
The Origin of Buddhism | The rise of Buddhism Category: History of Ancient India, Religion in India On August 5, By Vinay Pandey The causes for the origin of Buddhism are many.
Buddhism’s Rise & The Development of Vajrayana. May 1, Robert Thurman Around four hundred years after the Buddha had left his body, the Sangha institution had produced many, many free people.