Theravada or Mahyanaa

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Re: Theravada or Mahyanaa

Postby Spiny Norman » Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:04 pm

barcsimalsi wrote:It is more like Atheism vs Pagansim with the help of Buddha's footsteps.


Interesting analogy.
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Re: Theravada or Mahyanaa

Postby Raitanator » Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:51 pm

porpoise wrote:
barcsimalsi wrote:It is more like Atheism vs Pagansim with the help of Buddha's footsteps.


Interesting analogy.


I wonder what's it's based on.
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Re: Theravada or Mahyanaa

Postby barcsimalsi » Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:52 am

Raitanator wrote:
porpoise wrote:
barcsimalsi wrote:It is more like Atheism vs Pagansim with the help of Buddha's footsteps.


Interesting analogy.


I wonder what's it's based on.


Just my personal opinion on what i read:
Theravada (The Teachings of the Elders)
The teaching of the Buddha according to this school is very plain. He asks us to ‘abstain from all kinds of evil, to accumulate all that is good and to purify our mind’. These can be accomplished by The Three Trainings: the development of ethical conduct, meditation and insight-wisdom...

Mahayana (The Great Vehicle)
The Mahayana is more of an umbrella body for a great variety of schools, from the Tantra school (the secret teaching of Yoga) well represented in Tibet and Nepal to the Pure Land sect, whose essential teaching is that salvation can be attained only through absolute trust in the saving power of Amitabha, longing to be reborn in his paradise through his grace...

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/bud ... hools1.htm
http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/snapshot02.htm

Plus the observable fact that
>most users in Theravada forum aren't keen in going to Boddhisattva pure land.
>lots of questions & opinions post on this forum are very much atheist or agnostic minded rather than being indigenous.

Despite my statement above, i consider the true meaning of this 2 different schools are much deeper and complex than what i thought.
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