Setting Out on the Great Way - Essays on Early Mahāyāna Buddhism - Paul Harrison

Setting Out on the Great Way - Essays on Early Mahāyāna Buddhism - Paul Harrison

The Forest Hypothesis

Setting Out on the Great Way - Essays on Early Mahāyāna Buddhism - Paul Harrison

David Drewes [+-]
University of Manitoba
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David Drewes is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba, Canada. His publications focus mainly on early Mahāyāna and early Buddhism.

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This chapter examines the ‘Forest Hypothesis’ of early Mahāyāna, which has been influential in recent decades. It argues that the theory has little evidentiary support and is primarily based on the old idea that Buddhism is essentially focused on the pursuit of religious experience or ‘awakening’.

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Drewes, David. The Forest Hypothesis. Setting Out on the Great Way - Essays on Early Mahāyāna Buddhism. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 73-93 Jun 2018. ISBN 9781781798539. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24512. Date accessed: 20 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24512. Jun 2018

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