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Theravada vs Mahayana Buddhism – what are the differences?

Theravada vs Mahayana Buddhism – what are the differences?.

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 4
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source

Initial Post Instructions
For the initial post, respond to one of the following options:

  1. Define Theravada and Mahayana. Describe the Arhat and the Bodhisattva. Explain how each achieves the goal of nirvana. Examine how they relate to some of the key concepts/teachings (e.g., the Four Noble Truths, the three marks of reality).
  2. Many scholars feel that “suffering” may be a misleading translation of the word dukkha. Why might the term suffering be misleading? What might be a better translation? What was the Buddha trying to explain in his commentary on dukkha?

Follow-Up Post Instructions
Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Respond to a peer who chose an option different from the one you chose. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification.

Writing Requirements

  • Minimum of 3 posts
  • Initial Post Length: 200-300 words
  • APA format for in-text citations and list of references

Grading
This activity will be graded using the Discussion Grading Rubric. Please review the following link:

Molloy, M. (2013).  Experiencing the World’s Religions, (6th ed). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Terrell, S. (2019). Theravada vs Mahayana Buddhism – what are the differences?
Retrieved from https://blog.mindvalley.com/theravada-vs-mahayana/

Dukkha (n.d.). In Encyclopedia of Buddhism. Retrieved from: https://encyclopediaofbuddhism.org/wiki/Dukkha

Theravada vs Mahayana Buddhism – what are the differences?

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