Mahayana third Bhumi and Theravada

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SarathW
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Mahayana third Bhumi and Theravada

Post by SarathW » Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:26 pm

Is there an equivalent to Mahayana third Bhumi in Theravada?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bh%C5%ABmi_(Buddhism)
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Dorje Shedrub
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Re: Mahayana third Bhumi and Theravada

Post by Dorje Shedrub » Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:59 am

It is my understanding that both Theravada and Mahayana teach that one must become a bodhisattva before becoming a buddha - both have Jakata tales of the previous lives of Buddha Shakyamuni when he was a bodhisattva. However, Theravada does not go into elaboration of the bodhisattva pathway, as does Mahayana.

I defer to those more knowledgeable in Theravada.🙏

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Re: Mahayana third Bhumi and Theravada

Post by SarathW » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:27 am

However, Theravada does not go into elaboration of the bodhisattva pathway, as does Mahayana.
I do not think it is necessary.
This does not mean to say Dana and Sila is not important.
If you want to split an atom you do not have to do everything that people who invented did it.
The prior knowledge is already tested.
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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