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Mahayana or Theravada, both are equal

Some say that having 84,000 paths or as we would say an infinite number of paths, means there are no core values or traditions. Nothing could be further from the truth in theory or practice. Buddhism can be divided into two main branches, the Theravada and the Mahayana. The Theravada or Hinayana is also called the smaller vehicle or wheel. Theravada is also known as the way of the elders., from Thera-vada. This is the tradition where to progress a person renounced their secular life and became a monk or nun. This is known as the smaller vehicle as it can’t apply to everyone at once, therefore turns the Dharma wheel slowly. The Mahayana or larger wheel is the way that allows all to progress towards enlightenment, while engaging in their daily lives. Thus the Mahayana is considered to turn the Dharma wheel at a much faster speed. Neither the Mahayana or the Theravada is better, both support each other.


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