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Who can be rightly called a bodhisatva?

June 25 at 3:00 am - 5:00 am UTC+0

“Who can be rightly called a bodhisatva?”

(Lecture in Chinese)

by Professor Friedrich GrohmannFo Guang University

The term “bodhisatta/bodhisatva/bodhisattva” means different things to different people. In the Pali tradition, it basically refers to our buddha Gotama either in his last life before he became a fully awakened one or in one of his inspiring previous births. For a follower of the Mahāyāna, it evokes familiar images of powerful positive forces to be cultivated and perfected or, in times of need, trusted and relied upon. The philologist feels the urge to probe its etymology, while the historian of ideas is tempted to delve into the maze of long buried cultural exchanges behind its multifaceted concept. But what about addressing a real life person by this epithet –as it still happens in some Buddhist settings? As we will see, it is a problem venerable ancient Indian sources were already well aware of.

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by Professor Friedrich Grohmann, Fo Guang University

The Goodman Lectures

A series of online lectures by leading Buddhist studies scholars

The Goodman Lectures are organized in honor of long-time Khyentse Foundation friend and advisor Professor Steven D. Goodman (1945–2020), whose enduring vision to make academic talks available to people beyond the classroom inspired KF and our friends in academia to share their knowledge and insight with a more general audience.


June 25
3:00 am - 5:00 am UTC+0
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