The dynamic nature of Buddhism lends itself to offering diverse flavors of the practice, catering to various cultures and personalities. Within a single nation with a myriad of cultures, the manifestation of Buddhism can truly reflect this diversity. Delve into the varied expressions of the dharma within the three main vehicles of Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. Ultimately, amidst this diversity, the essence of the teachings remains focused on liberation.
While the term is seldom employed in the Western context, the essence of the lineage centers around the purity of Buddha's teachings. Traditionally associated with personal liberation, its manifestation in the West, as seen in formations like Insight Meditation, has undergone expansion and evolution.
The Theravada path is rooted in personal liberation, but the Mahayana schools extend the motivation beyond individual salvation, aiming for the liberation of all beings from samsara. This pivotal departure point is seamlessly integrated into the teachings and practices of modern lineages like Zen, Plum Village tradition, and Chan.
The Vajrayana path extends the teachings and practices of the Mahayana path, introducing advanced practices that expedite the potential for achieving enlightenment within a single lifetime. While commonly associated with Tibetan Buddhism, lesser-known lineages also fall into this category.
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