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What are the big differences between each type of buddists?

I have heard about Theravada, Mahayana, Zen, Bodhisattvas, etc…
.What’s the big dfference about each one? What is the type of buddha thatfocus more on meditation than anything else?

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(sassy & tangy)
(sassy & tangy)
9 years ago

There are three main types of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana (Tibetan).

Here are links to two different charts outlining the major differences between Theravada and Mahayana:
http://www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/fastfacts/differences_theravada_mahayana.htm
http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/snapshot02.htm

The most prominent difference between Mahayana and Theravada are their ideas regarding liberation from samsara. Mahayana Buddhism focuses on helping each other reach enlightenment, whereas Theravada focuses on total self-reliance to reach enlightenment.

Most types of Buddhism use meditation as simply one part of the path to cultivating virtue (sila), concentration (dhyana) and wisdom (panna).

Asian kid
Asian kid
9 years ago

i think it is the same way as our christian religion how we all branched off and one thinks ones better than the other. if you think about it, meditation is a form of relaxation and clearing the mind. just like in some martial arts you meditate to increase focus. each one has diffrent beliefs. ive been to a buddist temple and if a pregnant woman saw a certain statue the baby would be a boy. of course im sure other budist religions believe diffrent.

Matthew
Matthew
9 years ago

Two major branches of Buddhism are recognized: Theravada (“The School of the Elders”) and Mahayana (“The Great Vehicle”). Theravada, the oldest surviving branch, has a widespread following in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, and Mahayana is found throughout East Asia and includes the traditions of Pure Land, Zen, Nichiren Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Shingon, Tendai and Shinnyo-en. In some classifications, a third branch, Vajrayana, is recognized, although many see this as an offshoot of the Mahayana. While Buddhism remains most popular within Asia, both branches are now found throughout the world. Various sources put the number of Buddhists in the world… Read more »

Jess
Jess
9 years ago

Simply the different traditions that arose from the one single philosophy set up by the Buddha.

Jeff Spicoli
Jeff Spicoli
9 years ago

Some buddists can afford Humboldt purple cush, but most are stuck with Mexican brown or corporate orange out of Canada.

Oh, wait. You meant Buddhists. Never mind.

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