Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Trinity Lions (32=T.L.) +++ महासांघिक +++ 大眾部 +++ Mahāsāṃghika

Mahāsāṃghika

Lions from Sāñchī, where the Caitika Mahāsāṃghika sub-sect was preeminent
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Early
Buddhism
Scriptures
Gandharan texts
Āgamas
Pali Canon
Councils
1st Council
2nd Council
3rd Council
4th Council
Schools
First Sangha
 Mahāsāṃghika
 ├ Ekavyahāraka
 ├ Lokottaravāda
 ├ Bahuśrutīya
 ├ Prajñaptivāda
 └ Caitika
 Sthaviravāda
 ├ Mahīśāsaka
 ├ Dharmaguptaka
 ├ Kāśyapīya
 ├ Sarvāstivāda
 └ Vibhajyavāda
  └ Theravāda

The Mahāsāṃghika (Sanskrit: महासांघिक mahāsāṃghika; traditional Chinese: 大眾部; pinyin: dàzhòng-bù), literally the "Great Saṃgha", was one of the early Buddhist schools in ancient India. One reason for the interest in the origins of the Mahāsāṃghika school is that their Vinaya recension appears in several ways to represent an older redaction overall. Many scholars also look to the Mahāsāṃghika branch for the initial development of Mahāyāna Buddhism.

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