The Three Bodies Of Mahayana Buddhism

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Research Paper Buddhism is a philosophy that millions of people around the world study, as well as, practice in their everyday lives. Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha Gotama in the late 6th century B.C.E. Siddhartha Gotama was born as the prince of India before establishing Buddhism. At the age 29, Siddhartha Gotama realized that wealth and royalty did not guarantee everlasting happiness. He later handed over his robe and began exploring different philosophies and religions during that era to try and seek happiness and enlightenment. He spent 6 years practicing different philosophies, such as, meditation. The word Buddhism originates from ‘budhi’, which means ‘to awaken’. Siddhartha Gotama, also known as, Buddha, was enlightened at the age …show more content…
Mahayana Buddhism is also similar to Theravada Buddhism, it is nontheistic. The founder of this type of Buddhist philosophy was a monk known as Nagarjuna. Mahayana Buddhism practices the belief of deity from the Mahayana doctrine ‘The Three Bodies’ of Buddha. The three forms of the bodies of Buddha are the body of spirit, the body of bliss or pleasure, and the body of transformation. People that follow Mahayana Buddhism belief that they are liable to liberation of suffering for all human beings. Mahayana Buddhism recites that Buddha is here to help us achieve shared illumination. Mahayana Buddhist’s believe in mystical bodhisattvas who dedicate themselves to the definitive knowledge and the liberation of all human beings. To them, Buddha is seen as the superior, highest being, present in all times, in all actualities, and upmost in their everyday lives. The bodhisattvas come to symbolize the worldwide superlative of selfless dominance. Mahayana Buddhist’s believe that enlightenment is achieved through spiritual involvement during their normal life. People who follow Mahayana Buddhism vow to be reborn so that they can help all other human being reach nirvana before they do themselves. Their absolute highest virtue is compassion and they encourage that practice in the world and in their local community. The sacred text that Mahayana Buddhist’s practice from is called the Sanskrit. While Theravada Buddhism emphasizes rules and education, Mahayana Buddhism emphasizes practice and

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