Mahayana and Theravada

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Mahayana and Theravada

Postby Prometheus » Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:09 pm

I'm looking to practice Buddhism, but i have some concerns on where to start. I'm wondering if anyone can help me with these beginner questions

What are the differences between Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism?

If the Buddha only taught one dharma, why are there these two vehicles to choose from?

Perhaps most important:In choosing a path, how best to find the best one for me?

Sorry if these question have been addressed elsewhere, please direct me there.

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Re: Mahayana and Theravada

Postby Anders » Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:01 pm

"Even if my body should be burnt to death in the fires of hell
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice"

--- Gandavyuha Sutra

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Re: Mahayana and Theravada

Postby NIRMAL2 » Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:18 pm

Common ground in meditation

Breathing with sunyata corresponds to breathing in Theravada.

The 'victorious bodhicitta' corresponds to 'the merciful mind'

The 'unattainability of mind in the three times' corresponds to 'mind is impermanent'

The 'eight negatives' correspond to 'discrimination of elements'

The 'three wheels of sunyata' correspond to 'all dharmas without self'

The 'six similes of the Diamond Sutra' correspond to "dependent origination', 'all feelings are painful' and 'the body is impure'

The 'four unborns' corresponds to 'all dharmas without self'

The 'eight negatives' corresponds to 'discrimination of elements'

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Re: Mahayana and Theravada

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"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche

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Re: Mahayana and Theravada

Postby Spirituality » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:48 pm

Just take it slow. Try out the various groups in the neighborhood. Google terminology you don't know. Try meditation. If you believe in reincarnation, the group that ignores it (following Steve Batchelor perhaps?) is probably not the one for you. You don't have to pick one anyhow. If at some point you feel you trust Buddhism enough to take refuge, that still doesn't imply having to choose a particular school of buddhism. Most of us aren't going to be either Buddhas or arhats or even Bodhisattvas in this lifetime anyhow.

And even if you do become a Buddhist and settle on a particular school: the Dalai Lama himself says that when he finds Buddhism is wrong, he goes with what he knows is right. You do not have to shelve your analytical mind to become a Buddhist.

Just take whatever of Buddhism that helps you become a better person and seems reasonable, shelf the rest.

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