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difference between theravada-mahayana-vajrayana

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#1 Mar 19, 2013
what is theravada
what is mahayana
what is vajrayana
Hello

Danielson, CT

#2 Mar 20, 2013
1) Theravada delves deeply into the study of the Tipitika, understanding the 4 Noble Truths and practicing varied recollections and divine abidings. It is the base teachings where you are introduced to investigate who Lord Buddha is.

2) Mahayana- once you know who Lord Buddha is (God) and the basic teachings, Mahayana studies the eternal nature of Buddha and how to become Buddha yourself. Buddha is the true self of all beings. The Mahayana elaborates on the three bodies of Buddha. The 3rd Noble Truth, The Cessation of Suffering is considered the one eternal truth.

3) Vajrayana - Tantra=Transformation of the human body elements into Nirvana or eternal Vajra elements to progress to the Bodhisatva Bhumis.

“bungai terong”

Since: Mar 08

lantang senang belama

#3 Mar 24, 2013
Hello wrote:
2) Mahayana- once you know who Lord Buddha is (God) and the basic teachings, Mahayana studies the eternal nature of Buddha and how to become Buddha yourself. Buddha is the true self of all beings. The Mahayana elaborates on the three bodies of Buddha. The 3rd Noble Truth, The Cessation of Suffering is considered the one eternal truth.
Lord Buddha is not God.
Appli

San Diego, CA

#4 Mar 24, 2013
Lord Buddha was a God in various past lives, but after Awakening these temporary and transient roles are considered to be part of samsara not considered as one's true identity.
Hello

College Point, NY

#5 Mar 24, 2013
sampuna wrote:
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Lord Buddha is not God.
Yes He is. Dhamma is the Buddha--Buddha is the Dhamma- no difference. Buddha is the Tao, Bhagvan, the Dhamma, the Sangha.

That is why you are a Theravada.
Hello

College Point, NY

#6 Mar 24, 2013
Hello wrote:
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Yes He is. Dhamma is the Buddha--Buddha is the Dhamma- no difference. Buddha is the Tao, Bhagvan, the Dhamma, the Sangha.
That is why you are a Theravada.
Theravada is the investigative stage as to who Buddha is.

“bungai terong”

Since: Mar 08

lantang senang belama

#7 Mar 24, 2013
Hello wrote:
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Yes He is. Dhamma is the Buddha--Buddha is the Dhamma- no difference. Buddha is the Tao, Bhagvan, the Dhamma, the Sangha.
That is why you are a Theravada.
Do Theravadans 'investigate' who the Buddha is? Please show me the relevant scripture.

As far as I know, whatever yana you're in,it's all about one's journey to attain Nibbana.

None of the yanas describe the Buddha as 'god', god here means the 'creator' as per theistic religious view point

Buddhism was never concerned about the question of creation, which in theistic religions,is the central point.

I remember discussing with you over this issue.

first,you need to check out Dhammacakkapavatana Sutta for the central question of Buddhism. It all boils down to the question of Dukkha
Hello

College Point, NY

#8 Mar 25, 2013
It is unnecessary that Buddhists constantly try to split hairs about god. There is no equivalent term as Tao or Buddha Dharmakaya, Tathagatha.

Buddha is god in the sense of being the ultimate truth.

Theravada begins with investigation and reasons to convert and take refuge in the Triple Gem, The Vimamsaka Sutta and KALAMA Suttas are a case in point:

http://dharmafarer.org/wordpress/wp-content/u...

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