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    Branches of one bodhi tree (Lama Surya Das)

    Post by Mukti Da on Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:36 pm

    The Branches of One Bodhi Tree: Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana
    by Lama Surya Das Source HERE

    quote - The Theravada, the Tradition of the Elders, is the venerable ancient school of Buddhism, dating to the time of Sakyamuni Buddha. It is sometimes mislabeled the Hinayana, a term which is both incorrect and pejorative. When referring to the Theravada path of individual liberation, my own Tibetan teacher Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche often called it the Root Vehicle, or the original Teachings. He used to say that you should venerate even a small piece of cloth the color of the Buddhist robes, and never criticize a monk or nun who has dedicated their entire life to the path. Theravada is also known as Southern Buddhism, since it is predominantly practiced in South Asian countries like Burma, Thailand, and Sri Lanka.

    Historically speaking, then the Mahayana, or Great Vehicle, then arose; it is renowned as the path of universal liberation, because its teachings emphasize that all practice must be dedicated to the liberation of all beings, since we are all inseparable. The main teachings of the Mahayana arose as the Buddha appeared in the form of various meditation deities through various visions. These Mahayana teachings laid the groundwork for a lay revolution, stressing integrating the Dharma practices and principles into everyday life through practicing wisdom and compassion, the two wings of enlightenment. Mahayana is now familiar to Americans in the form of Zen Buddhism.

    The Vajrayana, or Diamond Vehicle, emerged later among the Indian and Himalayan siddhas (spiritual adepts), probably around the sixth and seventh centuries CE. This Lightning Path of the non-dual Tantric Vehicle taught enlightenment in one life, that nirvana is right here and now, and that it is experienceable now. This is the profound, esoteric, mystical path of tantra. This is the Vajrayana, the lightning-bolt path– the quick path, the rocket path. The Vajrayana is predominantly associated with Tibetan
    Buddhism, which developed in Tibet and the greater trans-Himalayan region. - end quote

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