It seems as though only the Theravada school is the only surviving school that stays true to the Buddha’s teachings. Other schools seem way too attached to rites and rituals especially in China where they practice a lot of Taoism and Chinese ancestor veneration. Monks in many Mahayana other schools also are doing things that would have been forbidden such as handling money. I know this international student from Japan who said her father is a monk. Apparently, in some Mahayana schools, they are allowed to get married and have...
Not only Theravadans, but also there are objective historians (no source) that say mahayana texts have adhamma added to the dhamma. Some scholars also say Mahayana have contradictory teachings within Mahayana texts themselves. How do Mahayanans know they’re following only original teachings with no apocryphal ideas mixed in?
What did the Buddha really say about the after life? I have heard that Buddha said the soul is not permenant. That the soul dies with death, and reincarnation is just your conciousness moving on. I have even heard that He originally never spoke of Nirvana, but one just becomes enlightened to end the cycle. Than why in the Dhammapda does He speak of immortality, surpassing the gods, conquering death, heaven, and hell?
Or do you have to become an ordained monk ? How would a lay Buddhist attain Buddhahood? What are some difficulties the lay Buddhist might encounter that an ordained monk or nun might not? I’m just wondering, because this is my goal. Or would they take a vow to become a monk in a future rebirth?
A. It developed an institutional hierarchy. B. It began to emphasize Buddha’s descent from God. C. It split into three main traditions. D. It began to require that Buddhists give up all their earthly possessions. Thanks for help!
I have heard and read only from small samples that a buddhist civilisation existed in what is now called afghanistan. In the 1st century. In the bible it says about jesus going into the desert and coming back a holy man, many of the stories of jesus lend themselves very much to the ideals and answers buddhism provides. I am looking for clarification, not for someone to tell me there point of view.