|Theravada||Sri Lanka, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia||“the way of the elders” |
|Do not worship Buddha as a god. |
|Mahayana||China, Vietnam, Korea, Japan||“the greater vehicle” |
Older forms of the religion.
Heavens are populated with Buddha or divinities to whom people can pray.
|-the buddha is the only master |
-one must take refuge in the buddha, the dharma, and the sangha
-the world was not created and ruled by a god
-one must follow the example of Buddha
-one must accept the four noble truths
-all things are impermanent
|Vajrayana||Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal||Visual representations with great concentration in his or her quest to achieve enlightenment||Emphasis on rituals. |
Good works and devotion.
Can’t be taught has to be experienced.
|Rinzai School |