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Religion Library: Mahayana Buddhism

Human Nature and the Purpose of Existence

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The Mahayana holds that the cultivation of wisdom, prajna—through various meditation techniques, sometimes with the help of bodhisattvas—allows individuals to cut through the ignorance and grasping that keep them stuck in samsara.