A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Theravada and Mahayana diverge

As in yesterdays blog the quotes are from The Enlightenment Sutra with Annotation.

In the Theravada lineage Arathatship is the goal for a Buddhist to strive for, where as in the Mahayana, they strive to become Buddhas, or at least a Bhodhisattva.

The Arahat is trying to achieve enlightenment for himself, as quickly as possible. A Bodhisattva is seeking wisdom to become enlightened himself, but wants to bring everone else with him to enlightenment.

In the Theravada approach there are no prayers, no rites, no ceremonies, where as all exist in the Mahayana. The Theravada considers these to be hindrances, where as the Mahayana depends on them as stepping stones.

I am going to stop with the book and do more reading on Theravada and Mahayana, their similarities and differences.


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