Differences Of Theravada And Mahayana Buddhism

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There are two major divisions of Buddhism. These two major divisions are Theravada Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism. Both of these divisions of Buddhism are similar but also different in some aspects. Theravada Buddhism is known as the traditions of the elders and Mahayana Buddhism is known as the expansive way. I will talk about three difference in Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism. There are also many little differences in both they will also be brought up in the describing the two divisions. One difference would be the scriptures at which they follow. The last difference I will talk about is the teachings or the journey to enlightenment. But first I will be talking about Buddhism and giving background information in order to get a better…show more content…
After he became mature he decided to leave and only left with little amount of supplies. Gautama thought the answers to the questions that troubled him were to be found in the various schools of philosophy. The second avenue was to try asceticism. He joined five other monks and with them began a life of asceticism. At this time Gautama became thin that when he grasped his stomach he touched his background. After sitting in weird position did not find enlightenment. Hendrickson states, “ Because he had been terribly weakened by his ordeals, he fainted and fell into the stream” (102-103). Even after this he did not find enlightenment and so he decided to meditate until he achieved enlightenment. Enlightenment in Buddhism is different from other religions. Enlightenment or Nirvana, for Buddhist involves escaping from samsara. Next I will give a little background on Theravada Buddhism in the next paragraph. But I will also talk about the enlightenment path. Theravada is one of the two major forms of Buddhism and is more common in Southeast Asia. In the Southeast Asia in areas like Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, and Myanmar. But there are also areas in Europe, Australia, and North America have growing communities. In the article “Theravada” from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide states, “ The Way of the Elders, is also known as the Hinayana, or Lesser School”(1). It believes itself to be closer to the original teachings of the Buddha.

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