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What can those following the Theravada learn when studying the Mahayana as the Mahayana see it?

What can those following the Mahayana learn when studying the Theravada as the Theravada see it?

Is it possible for individuals to use different concepts and arrive at the same goal even though those concepts are misinterpreted by many people in both schools?

  • While I appreciate the good will, all answers to this would have to be individual opinions - and I'm afraid that leaves us outside the format. – Andrei Volkov Oct 20 '19 at 17:52
  • Maybe you can ask, as Theravada or Mahayana practitioner, what have you learned from the other school? This would make it experience-based. – Andrei Volkov Oct 20 '19 at 17:55
  • What else can we give but opinion? You mean we should remember that it is just are opinion? It's my opinion that you are reading this as each word goes by in this sentence. How do you feel right now? Whatever you are experiencing, that's your opinion. – Lowbrow Oct 20 '19 at 18:00
  • I read that theoretically a "good" answer is "based on" something, either "a reference" or "personal experience". One way to ask this might be as a reference-request question, "can you give me any references to people who've talked or written about the benefit of learning from more than one school?", for example. Or ask for personal experience perhaps, "If you studied with more than one school, how is that good or better?" -- that would match Andrei's second comment-suggestion (though it's a bit of an open-ended polling question, seems alright though). – ChrisW Oct 20 '19 at 18:47
  • Another possibility can be to identify "a practical problem you actually face", the one you asked seems quite theoretical -- general, broad, universal. – ChrisW Oct 20 '19 at 18:56
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Learning -- If by this word within infinite spiritual domain, you mean as ," a type of simple but pure(dedicated towards goal) practice to understand, feel & get established into dhamma(Right teaching)".

Then yes, One can follow any path(householder or homeless or mix like this and this) and will be able to arrive at the same goal through learning.

Goal-- means to achieve state of enlightenment. It's the behaviour through which it can be said that the stated person/s above or below were either stream-enterer or enlightened ones.

Assuming that you are not a blind fan of buddha to the extent that you call only Gautama the buddha to be an enlightened one, whereas there are still other respectables like this 1, this 2, this 3 etc., there might be others of whom you would have heard in your locality as well. Along with this as per buddhism, once stream-entry occurs- journey will definitely end at same goal.

Even if you are, dhamma teaches us to respect other philosophies as well.

So here is my experience till now,

What can those following the Theravada learn when studying the Mahayana as the Mahayana see it?

My Ego remains satisfied with only a small portion of theravada but when I see in my locality, it's the mahayani and other similar religions who wins my emotions by showing so much generosity by helping poors, providing free food, free medicines etc. whereas theravadins remain buisy in free abroad travelling and this becomes a greatest learning for me without the need to even look at mahayani texts or of others.

Is it possible for individuals to use different concepts and arrive at the same goal even though those concepts are misinterpreted by many people in both schools?

As far as practicality of life is there in this modern world, mahayani wins over this race also because of it's vast support in every direction and for almost every type of person(even for the bad-asses, there is tantra way to deal with them as per mahayani texts). Even if this tantra way might not be approved by theravadins, still end purpose of this way is only to change bad behaviour of bad••• ones ,i.e. enable others to have an 'insight like in theravada'.

What can those following the Mahayana learn when studying the Theravada as the Theravada see it?

Still, when it comes to the fastest way of rectifying defiled behaviour pattern within, it's the Theravadin way as in this, we directly deal with the behaviour within our body by temporarily ignoring outside world like various types of Vipassana, whereas in Mahayani way, one may take vows to rectify outside world temporarily, like here -- even these vows might differ & hence thereby increasing samsara cycle. Still, end goal is same ,i.e. to get enlighten and help others too.

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Can Mahayana and Theravada learn from each other?

In short, Learning never stops till enlightenment.

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