alan wrote:What I'd really like to know is, are there specific Mahayana concepts that anyone here rejected? If so, why?
Web searches have resulted in "there isn't really a big difference" articles, but surely there must be.
Alan, in answer to your question, and in a desperately feeble attempt to bring or steer the topic back to your original post -
I didn't so much reject Mahayana concepts, as simply chose to not consider them as part of my practice.
What I do, that is associated predominantly with Mahayana, is use a mala and chant several different mantras, and consider Tara to be a companion.
Just like I choose to take metaphorical tea with Yama, too, as a matter of habit.....
But I like the clear, unambiguous succinct and no-nonsense approach of Theravada, though as many of those who know me well, will tell you, it took me a while to pin my Theravada colours to the Buddhist mast.....
I am not a studious and constant pupil.
Much of what Theravada brings me, is beyond my ken, and I read, try to digest, become confused and leave it aside, very much in this kind of mental mode....
I'm a simple-minded individual, so whilst I do actually take more notice than many might assume, I'm very happy to devote my time to concentrating on the Four, Eight and Five (occasionally Eight, when the occasion so warrants....)
I don't feel wrong, or.... traitorous.... for adopting certain Mahayana practices.
if it all helps, why knock it?