Mahayana vs Theravada, crucial differences
My position is of Mahayana the Chinese lineage, selected Sutras I studied, all or parts: Agamas (& some Pali Nikayas), Perfect Enlightenment, Avatamsaka, Surangama, Lotus Sutra, Lankavatara, Saṃdhi-nirmocana-sūtra, Mahayana Parinirvana, Amitāyurdhyāna-sūtra, Diamond Sutra, Platform Sutra, Prajna ...
Well one of the most famous lack of understanding from the 3 main indian philosophers who invented mahayana by speculating on 1 of the abidhammas, is about their fantasy of the buddha nature, especially the claim ''everybody has the potential to be enlightened'' remains false, no matter how much they love to push for the contrary.
it is as if nibanna is ...
From the wikipedia entry about Satori:
Satori is considered a "first step" or embarkation toward Buddhahood
This is very much what Stream Entry means in Theravada. Everything else in that entry makes Satori appear to be the same thing as Stream Entry.
The meaning of Satori as "seeing into one's true nature" is also the same as the meaning of Stream ...
Just like with any other religion, when the author of the teachings is no longer alive to clarify what is authentic and what is not, the followers of the teachings will naturally come up with different interpretation and also mix things up with teachings of other religions or belief systems. Even in the time of the Buddha, Devadatta was able to have his own ...
Traditionally from Mahayana perspective, the contrast with non-Mahayana is an important part of the teaching, so the differences is something we study in-depth, in order to understand and avoid non-Mahayana mistakes. For each of the following points, there's a traditional elaboration, explaining in detail how and why each side says what it says.
You said 8 and listed 7 -- I think you're missing one.
The one you didn't mention is the one about "flower garlands and music" which I understand to mean "pursuing sensuality".
I think people are meant to give that (pursuit of sensual delight) a rest, and instead have some time to think (i.e. meditate).
I was at a retreat hosted at a Theravada monastery.
I learn that the Venerable Mangala (Theravada Myanmar) and my teacher (a bhikku) when I was there do Not eat meat at all.
On youtube, I have seen animals crying and even begging (with 4 limbs on the ground) when they know they are being slaughtered.
The Buddha spoke of compassion and also quelling ...
Bhava tanha (craving to become) -- we want to be something,
"fat person want to become thin person"
Vibhava tanha (craving to become not) -- we don't want to be something,
"skinny person don't want be thin"
"Becoming craving" is self-denial, "not-becoming craving" is also self-denial --
both suffer in this craving.
I think it is wrong to say that either insight (panna) or concetration (samadhi) comes through Vipassana. They both come through Vipassana, they both aid each other in their "coming through" and further growth. Of course, it is relativly easier to develop samadhi as compared to panna; nonetheless samadhi is perfected only when one has panna and panna cannot ...
The difference between Arhantship and Buddha is that the Buddha rediscovers the meditative technique through his/her own effort (rediscovers the technique since the technique is lost as it has been a long time since the last Buddha) that leads to liberation while the arhat learns the technique through Buddha or a line of teachers that have preserved the ...
"Bodhisatta" in your question is a word mean "a man who enlightened by himself, then help uncountable others to enlighten follow him too".
According above meaning, there is very less person, uncommon, who going to be a Buddha because almost everyone hates suffering, loves happiness. Helping others are suffering. And if one chooses to help uncountable people,...
There are many who aspire to be Buddhas even in the Theravada community. But it is not something that is usually encouraged. It is left up to the individual choice.
Those who make such aspirations out of ego and lack of understanding of the enormity of the task are discouraged and adviced to give it up. Those who have mastered the Tipitaka at the highest ...
In Theravada, the word 'Bodhisatta' refers to an unenlightened person seeking Buddhahood.
In other words, a Bodhisattva is not a Buddha in Theravada.
Bhikkhus, before my enlightenment, while I was still only an
This is why most Theravada reject the Mahayana doctrine of Bodhisattva Vehicle and this is why there ...
What have you experienced that has given you confidence? Hopefully you will have some seed of confidence that you can cultivate through reflecting & chanting the reflections. Then there is no need for distracting yourself with a whole other technique.
After attaining Nirvana, there is not any anusaya kilesa lying dormant. Nirvana is the uprooting of the anusaya kilesa.
Also, anusaya kilesa is not exclusively karmic influence. Anusaya kilesa starts as a natural in-born element, unrelated to kamma, as follows:
For a young tender infant lying prone does not even have the notion
‘identity,’ so how could ...
According to Theravada teachings, Anusaya will be removed only by following the Noble Eightfold Path. Samma Sati (Goenka re-introduce this as Vipassana) is the seventh factor of the Noble Eightfold Path. Dana or giving Sila or virtues are only one aspect of the Noble Eightfold Path. (third, fourth and fifth factors of Noble Eightfold Path)
Noble Eightfold ...
In my unbiased opinion Gautama Buddha did somewhat support and oppose the caste system.
Anyone of any caste can join the order
Anyone of any caste can become an arahant
Laws of kamma apply to all castes
States that people gain higher or lower births based on karmic causes
Sammasambuddhas are always born as high caste (Kshatriya, ...
Nirvana is its own purpose ,its when complete dis-identification with all that manifests has occurred. Buddha's problem was suffering ,suffering's reason he figured out was attachment IN THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS .Thus when there is complete detachment from all forms ,ideas and feelings there is the state of Nirvana .
Actually Nirvana is already here its not ...
So Radha is asking kimatthiya --
“But sir, what is the purpose of extinguishment?”
“Nibbānaṃ pana, bhante, kimatthiyan”ti?
That is kim plus atthiya
So asking "kimatthiya?" is like asking, "Nibbana is with the intention of satisfying a desire for what beyond nibbana?"
The question implies that nibbana is a stepping-stone to something else -- like a ...
Thee purpose of Nirvana is to eliminate mental fabrication which leads to rebirth. Brith brings about a host of suffering and unsatisfactoriness. By realising Nirvana one does not get reborn hence do experience the suffering which is part and parcel of life.