The Different Schools

Buddhism like all religion has different sects. Each one takes the teaching Buddha a little differently……

These come from the website http://www.gkindia.com/worldreligions/themajorsects.htm and break down the different schools in to the teaching they give.
The Major Sects of Buddhism

 

* Theravada (Hinayana) Buddhism

o Literal: School of the Elders (Small Vehicle)

o Main Focus

+ Four Noble Truths

+ Meditation

+ Sage Buddha

o Main adherents: Southeast Asia

* Mahayana Buddhism

o Literal: Large Vehicle

o Main Focus

+ Four Noble Truths

+ Meditation

+ Divine Buddha

+ Bodhisattvas

o Main adherents: China, Japan, and Korea

o Subdivisions

+ Pure Land School

+ Tian Dai (China) or Tendai (Japan) Buddhism

# Confucianism Influence

+ Chan (China) or Zen (Japan) Buddhism

# Daoism Influence

# Main Focus

* Meditation

* Chanting

* Teacher-Student dialog

* Vajrayana Buddhism

o Literal: Diamond Vehicle

o Main Focus

+ Meditation

+ Chanting

+ Enlightenment in one lifetime

+ Tibetan gods and demons

+ Religious visualizations

+ Philosophical debate

+ Ritual

+ Yoga

+ Tantric Sex

o Main adherents: Tibet

 

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