Jikan wrote:I'd say that many streams of Tibetan Buddhism (not all) frontload reason and dialectics instead of devotional practices, where East Asian Buddhist traditions generally start with devotion or meditation or liturgy. The difference is in pedagogy and emphasis.
d.sullivan wrote:I would argue that a defining characteristic of most of the Tibetan Buddhist schools is the devotional - devotion to the Guru. That doesn't mean that they don't also put a lot of emphasis on reason and dialectics, but we can't ignore that devotion plays a big part in Tibetan Buddhism.
d.sullivan wrote:I wonder how general HHDL's original statement is, and if he includes the Thai Forest tradition, for example, in the group of traditions that are less rational than his tradition?
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