Being originated in India, theBuddhist outlook has always been one of the most popular religions all over theglobe. Dissimilarly to the other religions, the philosophic thought of Buddhismis mainly based on the teachings and their inner compound. Such a situation isdetermined, as a rule, by the fact that the Buddhist approach is based on theperception of human life on the foundation of reincarnation. This practicehelps to sustain the so-called timelessness of the teachings and explains thefame of the religion in question. Such a vision of Buddhism is proper for both TheravadaBuddhism or the Mahayana Buddhism regardless of the numerous dissimilarities ofthe two trends within the philosophic thought given. In addition to this, ingeneral, the essence of Buddhism is frequently dedicated to the fact that “Buddha’slife is less important than their mythological and symbolic significance”(Nadeau, 2014, p.143)This endlessness, which Theravadaand Mahayana believe in, can presuppose oppositely different concepts. Predominantly,for the Mahayana this endurance of being is personified via the great beings,which are referred to as galactic and commanding mahasattvas.
For the Mahayana, it is always possible to have manifoldBuddhas, who are thought to exist at the same time. In contrast to thisstatement, the Theravada have another opinion, which goes totally apart fromthe one by Mahayana. Another difference between these two trends of Buddhistphilosophy is the fact that one Buddha only exists. The most recent Buddha’sreincarnation had had the form of Siddhartha Gautama.
Nonetheless, one of themost noteworthy discrepancy, which, as a rule, are observed between these trendsdeclared are the foundations, backgrounds, and foundation of their wisdoms. Thoughthe two Buddhism kinds promote wisdom, consideration and simplicity of anguishin its teachings, this is generally committed via the following in commonplacelife, which is as a rule referred to as the holy Eightfold Path for the Theravada.The supporters of this teaching claim that it may be abridged to the procurementof knowledge by having the Four Noble Truths (prajna) accommodated.
Theyinclude, herein, practicing having the mental self-control to advance theawareness and body (samadhi) and the right conduct (sila) and. The Mahayana incomparison is characterized by a respectable and honorable life. As a rule, itis guided by the Five Precepts Compared to the Eightfold Path and the FourNoble Truths of the Theravada. These are apparent from side of being guided bytheir “great beings”. The latter ones possess certain customs, which seem tohave more apprehensions with the world in a more superior approach to itsvision. Hence, “the Mahayana tradition developed a great cosmic system ofmultiple realms featuring mythical mountains, parallel worlds, layereddestinies of richly described heavens and hells” (Nadaeu, 2014, p.181)The differences between the Mahayanaand the Theravada Buddhist practices and their essential distinctions and dominantapproaches to the transmission of the philosophic thoughts and teachings seemto be totally new for me. The first time I heard of them is when I prepared andstarted to write the current paper.
If I am asked to point to the one which ismore preferable for me, I can state that the Theravada is more closer to me.This is due to the fact that it is the most grounded trend which is closelyrelated to the reality of the contemporary world. As a consequence, I believethat it is, then, easier to follow. What is more, I have a strong convictionthat they both are interesting as they possess their distinctive features.However, the core of these teachings is advancement of compassion.