By Alan Cole
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This fantastically written paintings sheds new mild at the origins and nature of Mahayana Buddhism with shut readings of 4 recognized texts—the Lotus Sutra, Diamond Sutra, Tathagatagarbha Sutra, and Vimalakirtinirdesa. Treating those sutras as literary works instead of as basic philosophic or doctrinal treatises, Alan Cole argues that those writings have been conscientiously sculpted to undermine conventional monastic Buddhism and to realize legitimacy and authority for Mahayana Buddhism because it used to be veering clear of Buddhism’s older oral and institutional types.
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Text as Father: Paternal Seductions in Early Mahayana Buddhist Literature (Buddhisms) by Alan Cole