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The specific differences between Mahayana and Theravada?

Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths. What can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
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Postby ground » Fri Dec 17, 2010 7:53 am

Someone in whom the Mahayana motivation is awakened can be considered a Mahayana practitioner regardless of what tradition's teachings she/he is following.
Someone in whom no Mahayana motivation is awakened or who has lost this motivation can be considered a non-Mahayana practitioner regardless of what tradition's teachings she/he is following.


This is how it is taught by Great Bodhisattvas.


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Postby Cloud » Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:29 am

To say that one has or doesn't have "Mahayana motivation" and then is either Mahayana or non-Mahayana is akin to the koan "does a dog have Buddha-nature?". It's wrong from the get-go! :)

The intention to awaken not only for one's self but for all sentient beings does not belong to Mahayana; Mahayana has no permanent or abiding self. It is a collection of teachings with emphasis on this intent; but it does not own this intent, and this intent is not called the Mahayana motivation.

This more than anything seems to be a sore point and something to look into... that one school judges another as inferior. With this logic, Mahayana then would be inferior to Vajrayana or Zen. Let us not get so stuck in our clinging to one tradition that we make this mistake. Each school or tradition can take on the aspects of a "self"; realize that these schools are tools and nothing more. Use them and then discard them; all motivation and intent is your own, and we as humans already have such great hearts of wisdom within us before ever hearing of these forms of Buddhism.

Find the Buddha within, and let your awakened heart speak out of compassion and wisdom.

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Patience, m0rl0ck .. patience!

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Re: The specific differences between Mahayana and Theravada?

Postby KonstantKarma » Fri Dec 17, 2010 2:05 pm

This was actually the hardest time I've had with Buddhism, and the biggest reason it took me so long to look into it. I don't know much about the history, the various schools, the different lines of thought...so I've read this thread with some interest (until I got lost).


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