Buddhism Follow the Noble Eightfold Path The Middle Way
Fundamentals Siddhartha Gautama Types – Theravada – Mahayana – Tibetan – Zen – Modern Beliefs – Reincarnation – Four Noble Truths – Eightfold Path
Siddhartha Gautama Born in Royalty Miraculous Birth The visions/journeys Moderation & Meditation Under the Bodhi Tree The Dharma
Theravada Southern Buddhism Scriptural inspiration from the Tripitaka Monastic life Intellectualism Meditation and Concentration Bodhisattva
Mahayana Effort to bring Buddhism to the people. The greater ox cart Vow to continue reincarnating until suffering ends Enlightenment through patient discipline, meditation, right living, and compassion for all life.
Differences Intense time-consuming effort to attain enlightenment Goal: Reach Nirvana Wisdom first Meditation: Monk/Nun Teaching or Philosophy Primarily moved South and West Primary Texts in Pali Regular life with spiritual involvement Goal: Be reborn to help all sentient beings reach Nirvana Compassion first World/Community Higher beings/Religion Moved North Primary Texts are in Sanskrit
Chaan (Zen) China, from Mahayana Japan Dhyana No-Mind- Wu-hsin Simply Observe, but not label Non-symbolic Abandon theory and systems