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Awakening of faith in Mahāyāna

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-G043-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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The Awakening of Faith in Mahāyāna (Dasheng qixinlun) is one of the most influential philosophical texts in East Asian Buddhism. It is most important for developing the Indian Buddhist doctrine of an inherent potentiality for Buddhahood (tathāgatagarbha) into a monistic ontology based on the mind as the ultimate ground of all experience. Its most significant contribution to East Asian Buddhist thought is its formulation of the idea of original enlightenment (benjue, or in Japanese, hongaku).

Citing this article:
Gregory, Peter N.. Awakening of faith in Mahāyāna, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-G043-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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