Arjan Dirkse wrote:I think the difference here between Mahayana thought and Theravada thought isn't as big as it seems from some comments. Part of it I'm afraid is just some philosophical "battle for superior righteousness": pointing out that Mahayana practitioners strive to achieve Buddhahood for all beings, whereas Theravada practitioners care only about their own enlightenment, and therefore Theravada must be a selfish teaching, and inferior.
If in Theravada practitioners are solely concerned with themselves, how can there be Theravada teachers? The moment one realizes compassion, the wish to liberate all beings comes naturally.
smcj wrote:Theravadins have a very plausible and credible gripe with the Vajrayana, and are polite enough to hold their tongue mostly.
The ones i have met refuse to take the effort to understand Vajrayana due to way too much predjuice and samskaras; and end up disparaging it with arguments that show not being able to have a deep understanding of it. I say this with sadness, not with anger.
Right now i'm abandoning said Theravada group i mentioned previously, exactly because of this.
villkorkarma wrote:So said Dalai Lama in the book A simple path. How come?
"enlightenment just for oneself isnt right enlightenment according to mahayanawiew."