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Foreword
Introduction
1 Gautama as a Bodhisattva
1.1 Gautama’s Progress to Awakening
1.2 Gautama’s Motivation
1.3 Gautama’s Marvellous Qualities
1.4 The Lineage of Former Buddhas
2 Meeting the Previous Buddha
2.1 The Jātaka Genre
2.2 Gautama Meets Kāśyapa
2.3 The Meeting with Kāśyapa as a Jātaka65
2.4 Gautama’s Vow under Kāśyapa
3 The Advent of the Next Buddha
3.1 Maitreya in the Discourse on the Wheel-turning King
3.2 The Maitreya Episode in Comparative Perspective
3.3 Maitreya in the Discourse on an Explanation about the Past
3.4 The Prediction of Maitreya
Conclusion
Abbreviations
References
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THE GENESIS OF THE BODHISATTVA IDEAL - CENTER FOR BUDDHIST STUDIES UNIVERSITY OF HAMBURG -

THE GENESIS OF THE BODHISATTVA IDEAL - CENTER FOR BUDDHIST STUDIES UNIVERSITY OF HAMBURG -

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The notion of a bodhisattva is such a central motif in Buddhist thought that the way in which this basic idea may have come into existence is almost beyond being questioned. Intending to do just that, I invite the reader to join me in a search for what could be found in the textual corpus of early Buddhist discourses that may be related to the arising of this conception. My frame of reference is that of the thought-world of the early Buddhist discourses themselves, whose perspective forms the point of departure for my attempt to collect indications relevant to the genesis of the bodhisattva ideal. My examination falls into three chapters. In the first chapter I investigate the bodhisattva conception as such, surveying relevant passages from the early discourses. With the second chapter I turn to the meeting between the previous Buddha Kāśyapa and the bodhisattva Gautama, examining the relation of this meeting to the notion of a vow the bodhisattva took to pursue the path to Buddhahood. The future Buddha Maitreya is the theme of the third chapter, in which I take up the notion of a prediction a bodhisattva receives in assurance of his future success.

The notion of a bodhisattva is such a central motif in Buddhist thought that the way in which this basic idea may have come into existence is almost beyond being questioned. Intending to do just that, I invite the reader to join me in a search for what could be found in the textual corpus of early Buddhist discourses that may be related to the arising of this conception. My frame of reference is that of the thought-world of the early Buddhist discourses themselves, whose perspective forms the point of departure for my attempt to collect indications relevant to the genesis of the bodhisattva ideal. My examination falls into three chapters. In the first chapter I investigate the bodhisattva conception as such, surveying relevant passages from the early discourses. With the second chapter I turn to the meeting between the previous Buddha Kāśyapa and the bodhisattva Gautama, examining the relation of this meeting to the notion of a vow the bodhisattva took to pursue the path to Buddhahood. The future Buddha Maitreya is the theme of the third chapter, in which I take up the notion of a prediction a bodhisattva receives in assurance of his future success.

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