Mahayana Portal

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Overview of all Mahayana books:

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The English translation of the Bodhisattvacharyavatara (“entering the conduct of the bodhisattvas”), a Sanskrit text with Tibetan commen...
246,740 words | author: Andreas Kretschmar |
Buddhacharita (of Bodhisattva Aśvaghoṣa) is an epic poem in the Sanskrit mahakavya style on the life of Gautama Buddha by Aśvaghoṣa, c...
77,962 words | author: Charles Willemen |
The Flower Adornment Sutra (Avataṃsaka Sūtra) is one of the most influential Mahayana sutras of East Asian Buddhism. The Avataṃsaka Sū...
42,486 words | translator: Shikshananda |
The story of Ksitigarbha occurs in the Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Purvapranidhana Sutra which is a popular Mahayana Sutra. This sutra is said t...
21,827 words | author: Johnny Yu |
This is the English translation of the Maha-prajnaparamita-sastra (“the treatise on the great virtue of wisdom”) by Nagarjuna (c. 2nd ce...
940,961 words | author: Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön |
The Mūlamadhyamakakārikā ("Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way") is a key text of the Madhyamaka-school, written by Nagarjuna,...
44,903 words | author: Nāgārjuna |
Ksitigarbha (Di Zang Pu-sa) is a great bodhisattva who vowed to not become a buddha until everyone was released from hell. His birthday is o...
19,954 words |
The Sūtra of the Great Vow of Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva (Kṣitigarbha Sūtra) is a story about the Buddha teaching to his mother in the Pa...
25,133 words | translator: Various authors |
(Also known as:) The Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra The Sutra of the 6th Patriarch, Whai-Nung (The full name is:) The 6th Patriarch great...
32,968 words | translator: A. F. Price |
Indispensable reference for art historians, scholars of Eastern philosophy and religion. Wealth of detailed scholarly information on names, ...
98,662 words | author: Alice Getty |
The Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra recounts a teaching primarily between the Buddha and a bodhisattva named Mahāmati ("Great Wisdom"). ...
108,282 words | translator: Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki |
The Larger Sutra on Amida Buddha is Shakyamuni Buddha's Discourse Revealing Amida Buddha as the Savior of All Beings through the Power of Hi...
17,317 words |
The Lotus Sūtra (Saddharma Puṇḍarīka Sūtra) is one of the most popular and influential Mahāyāna sūtras, and is known for its exten...
92,709 words | translator: Tsugunari Kubo |
The English translation of the Mahavastu (“great story”): one of the important and monumental canonical works of the Mahasanghika school...
502,133 words | author: J. J. Jones |
The Mahāyāna Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra is one of the major sutras of Mahāyāna Buddhism. Its main teachings centre on the eternity of th...
411,786 words | translator: Kosho Yamamoto |
The Sutra of Queen Śrīmālā of the Lion’s Roar (Śrīmālādevī Siṃhanāda Sūtra) is a Mahayana text no longer extant in Sanskrit b...
15,590 words | translator: Diana Y. Paul |
Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva Pūrvapraṇidhāna Sūtra is a Mahāyāna sūtra teaching about the bodhisattva Kṣitigarbha, and is one of the ...
152,633 words | translator: Shikshananda |
Translated and edited from the Chinese (Kumarajiva ed. T.475) by Charles Luk (Lu K'uan Yi) in 1972.
32,509 words | author: Vimalakirti | translator: Charles Luk |
The Vimalakīrti Nirdeśa Sūtra is a Mahāyāna sūtra that teaches the meaning of nonduality. It contains a report of a teaching addressed...
44,185 words | author: Vimalakirti | translator: John R. McRae |
Prajnaparamita Ratnagunasamcayagatha Translated by Edward Conze (Taisho Tripitaka 0229)
14,137 words | translator: Edward Conze |
The Vimalakīrti Nirdeśa Sūtra teaches, among other subjects, the meaning of nonduality. It contains a report of a teaching addressed to b...
37,346 words | author: Vimalakirti | translator: Robert A. F. Thurman |
Translated by Burton Watson in 1997 from the Chinese version by Kumarajiva (T.475)
43,710 words | author: Vimalakirti | translator: Burton Watson |