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Mahayana

Postby clw_uk » Sun Feb 01, 2009 6:05 pm

What is the difference between what Mahayana teaches and what Theravada teaches?

I know there are differences such as the role of the Bodhisattva and that Mahayana teaches Buddha nature while Theravada doesnt, but apart from this is there any other difference?
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Re: Mahayana

Postby bodom » Sun Feb 01, 2009 6:10 pm

A Basic Buddhism Guide: Differences betweenTheravada and Mahayana.

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

The Buddhist Schools: Theravada and Mahayana

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

Theravada - Mahayana Buddhism
Ven. Dr. W. Rahula

http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma3/theramaya.html


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Re: Mahayana

Postby clw_uk » Sun Feb 01, 2009 6:17 pm

Thanks BBB

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Re: Mahayana

Postby bodom » Sun Feb 01, 2009 7:59 pm

:namaste:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Mahayana

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Re: Mahayana

Postby bodom » Sun Feb 01, 2009 8:16 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Mahayana

Postby christopher::: » Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:39 am

Last edited by christopher::: on Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:58 am, edited 1 time in total.
"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Mahayana

Postby tiltbillings » Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:03 am

bodom_bad_boy,

Item 5 of the list, as an obvious example:

5 Concept of Bodhicitta Theravada: Main emphasis is self liberation.
There is total reliance on one-self to eradicate all defilements
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Mahayana: Besides self liberation, it is important for Mahayana followers to help other sentient beings

This is so singularly simplistic, making it essentially meaningless, but it is a typical sort of distinction made by Mahayanists who either know little about the Theravada or who should know better but are driven by sectarian needs.

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Re: Mahayana

Postby jcsuperstar » Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:09 am

the problem with the theravada/mahayana divide is there is also a mahayana/mahayana divide, things between mahayana sects can be just as different as between any mahayana sect and theravada.

the main differences are what texts are accepted as being spoken by the buddha, and just what exactly a buddha is.
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Re: Mahayana

Postby bodom » Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:37 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Mahayana

Postby Jechbi » Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:18 am

Another difference (in some traditions any way) seems to be the approach to upaya. The basic idea seems to be that mundane wrong view can be made a condition for supermundane right view to arise (or at least that's how it seems to be presented sometimes). There are also basic differences in the understanding of the two truths.
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Re: Mahayana

Postby Ngawang Drolma. » Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:51 am

Thank you Tilt and Venerable :namaste:


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Re: Mahayana

Postby jcsuperstar » Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:48 am

i was thinking about the origins of the mahayana buddha, and wondering if it is a sort of mistaking the buddha for the dhamma. the dhamma was not born with our buddha, but was rediscovered by him. the dhamma has an eternal quality, comming into the world whenever it is needed, or lost. and the buddha says he who sees the dhamma sees me.
so it could be easy to assume that the buddha has this same quality as the dhamma, that he is eternal, primordial, comming back to us when ever neeed or lost. and since all buddhas know this same dhamma, you get the impression that all buddhas are the same buddha or manifestations of the same primordial dhamma, or buddha. just a thought.
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Re: Mahayana

Postby christopher::: » Wed Feb 04, 2009 2:23 pm

"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
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