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Question about Theravada tradition

Postby Wesley1982 » Mon May 28, 2012 9:10 pm

How did Theravada tradition become distinct from Mahayana & Vajrayana tradtions? . .thanks

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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Mon May 28, 2012 9:17 pm

This is a pretty sticky topic but it may be more accurate to turn the question on its head and ask how the Mahayana and Vajrayana become distinct traditions largely without reference to the Pali Canon. Let the controversy begin anew... :tongue:
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Re: Question about Theravada tradition

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Re: Question about Theravada tradition

Postby Wesley1982 » Mon May 28, 2012 10:36 pm

I didn't think it was a hot topic. :popcorn: Theravada must be regionally Indian where Gautama Buddha lived and died - Mahayana and Vajrayana must have been "introduced" to Tibet, parts of Asia, and China.
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"Upon a heap of rubbish in the road-side ditch blooms a lotus, fragrant and pleasing.
Even so, on the rubbish heap of blinded mortals the disciple of the Supremely Enlightened One shines resplendent in wisdom." Dhammapada: Pupphavagga


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Re: Question about Theravada tradition

Postby Wesley1982 » Mon May 28, 2012 10:56 pm

Of course, Theravada tradition can be looked up on Wikipedia but its better to discuss it.

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Re: Question about Theravada tradition

Postby tiltbillings » Tue May 29, 2012 1:27 am

It is not a hot topic. It is now in the "Open Dhamma" section.

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Re: Question about Theravada tradition

Postby polarbear101 » Tue May 29, 2012 1:42 am

When did followers of the Dhamma-Vinaya start calling themselves Theravadins?
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Re: Question about Theravada tradition

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Re: Question about Theravada tradition

Postby cooran » Tue May 29, 2012 7:29 am

Hello Wesley,

These two articles may contain what you are looking for:

Theravada Buddhism: A Chronology
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/history.html

What is Theravada Buddhism? by Dr. V. A. Gunasekara
http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma3/theravada.html

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Re: Question about Theravada tradition

Postby greggorious » Tue May 29, 2012 3:44 pm

Anyone know what the very first Mahayana schools were called? Tibetan Buddhism came quite a bit after the mahayana sutra's were written, Zen had many different forms quite a bit fater the sutra's were written too.
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