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Book: Setting Out on the Great Way

Chapter: The Forest Hypothesis

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.24512


This chapter examines the ‘Forest Hypothesis’ of early Mahāyāna, which has been influential in recent decades. It argues that the theory has little evidentiary support and is primarily based on the old idea that Buddhism is essentially focused on the pursuit of religious experience or ‘awakening’.

Chapter Contributors

  • David Drewes ( - ddrewes) ' University of Manitoba'