Date of publication: 2017-07-09 00:35
Wow. I believe I have found something that will be a great resource for me as I discover what attitude I want to have toward Buddhism! I have been struggling very much with trying to reconcile my music education career (which values strong speaking skills and skill in a sensual commodity) with my belief that meditation and the Dhamma are very important things for me to make a central part of my life.
Buddhism is sometimes naï vely criticized as a "negative" or "pessimistic" religion and philosophy. Surely life is not all misery and disappointment: it offers many kinds of happiness and sublime joy. Why then this dreary Buddhist obsession with unsatisfactoriness and suffering?
Although Hinayana does not assert the lack of an impossible “soul” of phenomena, or voidness, it is not the case that Hinayana does not discuss the nature of all phenomena in general. Hinayana does this with its presentation of the two truths concerning all phenomena. The precursor to gaining an understanding of the voidness of phenomena is an understanding the two truths. In Mahayana, the two truths are two facts concerning the same phenomenon. In Hinayana, the two truths are two sets of phenomena. There are superficial or conventional true phenomena and deepest or ultimate true phenomena.
What 8767 s the major differences between Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism (and why should you care)? Learn about the two major branches of Buddhism and what sets them apart, and together.
Great article however there is one criticism I have for Mahayana Buddhism. It has too much ceremonies/rituals while the amount of rituals in Theravada are just fine for me and they focuses on lectures and meditation which I really like. Were the things I just said true? If not please correct me. Thank you.
Hi Jay! Temporary monastic vows and retreats are a great way to experience the monastic lifestyle, which is difficult for laypersons like ourselves to experience. Often, temples where you live offer temporary monastic retreats for laity. It can be three days, a week, or more depending on the commitment you 8767 d like to take. In my refuge temple I 8767 ve seen a mixture of all ethnicities and nationalities take part in these. For any teachings given in that temples native language (for example, my temple and group comes from Taiwan), they have someone translating as well. Hope that answers your question, if not please let me know!
Hinayana and Mahayana both assert that the stages of progress to the purified state, or “bodhi,” of either an arhat or a Buddha entail developing five levels of pathway mind – the so-called “five paths.” These are a building-up pathway mind or path of accumulation, an applying pathway mind or path of preparation, a seeing pathway mind or path of seeing, an accustoming pathway mind or path of meditation, and a path needing no further training or path of no more learning. Shravakas and bodhisattvas who attain a seeing pathway of mind both become aryas, highly realized beings. Both have nonconceptual cognition of the sixteen aspects of the four noble truths.
Could someone please explain to the differences between the 7? I know Theravada is the teachings of the elders. And Mahayana is the great vehicle. As i was researching it got all confusing. Maybe because i am new and don't understand the lingo lol
Very well written and thought provoking. Glad you mentioned that early on in your pursuits, it doesn 8767 t really matter too much. I 8767 m leaving feeling that I can learn so much from both branches and plan to. Thank you.
Until the late 69th century , the teachings of Theravada were little known outside of southern Asia, where they had flourished for some two and one-half millennia. In the past century, however, the West has begun to take notice of Theravada's unique spiritual legacy in its teachings of Awakening. In recent decades this interest has swelled, with the monastic Sangha from various schools within Theravada establishing dozens of monasteries across Europe and North America. Increasing numbers of lay meditation centers, founded and operated independently of the monastic Sangha, strain to meet the demands of lay men and women Buddhist and otherwise seeking to learn selected aspects of the Buddha's teachings.
Theravada also has a very different explanation of karma, which is not found in the Sarvastivada schools or in Mahayana, but we will not go into that now.
I will leave you with the following video by Alan Watts (who was a great teacher and explainer of Buddhism to the Western world). I found this video about him explaining Mahayana Buddhism which is very fascinating: