The Buddha's message, like other religious dogmas, has multiple interpretations. There are several schools of Buddhism and this paper will outline the dissimilarities between two of them. The Theravāda and Mahāyāna schools view Buddhism in different ways. Both schools share understandings of things such as the Buddha’s teachings and the path to an ultimate goal, however; elements like enlightenment, scriptures, and language are understood differently within the two traditions. Looking at the similarities and differences of both schools, this paper will outline how the two schools were developed as well as the differences between these two subsets of this growing religion.
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Buddha did not totally agree with the Brahmanical tradition teaching, which initially expresses itself in the Vedic. The S`ramana (mendicant) movement was a part Buddhism. Especially the teaching of the Karma (action) that brings tells about retribution of one spirit following existence under the S`ramana. Buddha teaches practitioners material possessions did not guarantee happiness. Buddha was not a GOD, and never claims to be but a physical representative of the Supreme Being.
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This definition is the one that was kept in mind in the composition of this paper as it allows for a wide range of practices to be interpreted as prayer. For instance the Buddhist practice of meditation fits the above definition. This paper will explore the practice of performing prayer and worship as well as the purpose of it in the traditions in questi... ... middle of paper ... ...ystems. Word Count: 1431 WORKS CITED Amore, Roy C. and Julia Ching. "The Buddhist Tradition."