Similarities and Differences between Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism

Similarities and Differences between Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism


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Similarities and Differences between Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism by Dr. Ankur Barua, Prof Dipak Kumar Barua, Ms. Mary Anne Basilio

The Theravada School of Buddhism was formally established at the Third Buddhist Council during the time of Emperor Asoka in the 3rd Century B.C. In the later period, the Mahayanists took a firm stand and the terms of Mahayana and Hinayana were introduced after the 1st Century A.D. However, during the 2nd Century A.D. Mahayana became clearly defined.

There is hardly any difference between Theravada and Mahayana schools of Buddhism with regard to the fundamental teachings of the Buddha.
Though there are many similarities, but there are some important aspects in which both schools of Buddhist thoughts differ from each other.

The major aspects of these are - the Bodhisattva concept, the deification of the Buddha, emphasis on meditational aspect and the concept of emptiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781517543921
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/17/2015
Pages: 36
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.07(d)

About the Author

Dr. Ankur Barua had graduated with distinction from the University of Hong Kong (MBuddStud, 2009). He had also completed two other Master Degrees, one from Sikkim Manipal University (MBAIT, 2007) while the other from Manipal University (MBBS-2000, MD in Community Medicine - 2003) and presently working as Senior Lecturer of Community Medicine at the International Medical University (IMU) in Malaysia.

Dr. Dipak Kumar Barua was the earlier Dean of the Faculty Council for Postgraduate Studies in Education, Journalism & Library Science in the University of Calcutta (1987-1991) and the Director of Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, Nalanda (1996-1999). He is also the pioneer in developing the concept of applied Buddhism.

Ms. M.A. Basilio is a Psychologist and Guidance Counselor who has also keen passion for research on religion and science.

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