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  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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 at between 230 million and 500 million.

    Buddhist schools vary significantly in the exact nature of the path of liberation, the importance and canonicity of various teachings and scriptures, and especially their respective practices. The foundation of Buddhist tradition and practice are the Three Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma (the teachings), and the Sangha (the community). Taking refuge in the triple gem has traditionally been a declaration and committment to being on the Buddhist path and in general distinguishes a ‘Buddhist’ from a non-buddhist. Other practices may include renunciation, meditation, cultivation of mindfulness and wisdom, study of scriptures, physical exercises, devotion and ceremonies, or invocation of bodhisattvas.

  • 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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