School

Geography

Thoughts

Rituals

TheravadaSri Lanka, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia“the way of the elders”

Conservative

Do not worship Buddha as a god.

Meditation

MahayanaChina, Vietnam, Korea, Japan“the greater vehicle”

Older forms of the religion.

Liberal

Heavens are populated with Buddha or divinities to whom people can pray.

Bodhisattvas.

-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

VajrayanaTibet, Bhutan, NepalVisual representations with great concentration in his or her quest to achieve enlightenmentEmphasis on rituals.

-mantras

-thangkas

-mandalas

Dalai Lamas

Lamas

Rosaries

Prayer wheels

ZenJapanMeditation

Good works and devotion.

Can’t be taught has to be experienced.

Rinzai School

Soto School

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