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Differences between Mahayana and Hinayana Buddhism.

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Introduction

Buddhism is divided into two main religious groups Mahayana Buddhism and Hinayana Buddhism (also known as Theravada). These two religious groups both share a lot of similarities. But have a few differences. One of the differences is that Mahayana Buddhists believe that The Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) is a God but Hinayana Buddhists believe that The Buddha was an ordinary Human. Mahayana Buddhism followers think that The Buddha is a God because they think that the Buddha came down to earth to help people cross the sea of life. So the Buddha can be worshipped as a God because he is eternal and comes down to earth. ...read more.

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There is also another difference between Hinayana and Mahayana Buddhism this is that Mahayana Buddhism followers think that it is better to help others reach Nirvana before you do. But Hinayana Buddhism followers think that everyone needs to gain Nirvana by their own. Mahayana Buddhists all help others to reach Nirvana before they do because they think it is better to help other people reach Nirvana than to reach Nirvana for yourself. However, Hinayana Buddhists think that reaching Nirvana is the ultimate goal of all Buddhists and that you should gain Nirvana for yourself. I think it is better to help others reach Nirvana than to gain it for yourself. ...read more.

Conclusion

I think that all the forms of Buddhism will reach Nirvana if they put all their faith and trust in The Buddha, because all the forms of Buddhism started of in one person Siddhartha Gautama. These were all the Major Differences now going onto the Minor Differences: Hinayana Buddhism Mahayana Buddhism Followed as a teaching or Philosophy. Followed with reference to higher beings, more like a religion. Found mostly in the South and West covering Indochina and Ceylon (Sri-Lanka). Found mostly in the North and West, covering China, Korea, Japan, and Tibet. Early work written in Pali (e.g. kamma, dhamma). Early texts are in Sanskrit (e.g. karma, dharma) In conclusion, Hinayana and Mahayana Buddhism both started of with one goal, Nirvana. But both took different ways to get there. By Osama Aljibury ...read more.

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