Mahayana Hinayana Buddhism

During Kanishka’s time Buddhism underwent a change. It got divided into two sects namely, the Hinayana Buddhism (Lesser vehicle) and the Mahayana Buddhism (Lesser vehicle) after the Fourth Buddhist Council, Mahayanists started worshiping Buddha as God. According to Mahayanism every man can attain Buddahood. To attain Buddhahood, one should become a Bodhisathva or potential Buddha by living thousands of charitable arid strenuous lives. There was emphasis on worship, prayer, devotion and active morality. Image worship and rituals developed. Buddha and Bhodhisathvas were worshipped in the form of idols. Ashvagosha and Nagarjuna were great scholars of Mahayana Buddhism. Kanishka supported Mahayanism.




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