Theravada vs. Mahayana


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Posted by Joe on December 08, 1998 at 10:48:53:

I am trying to understand how the Mahayana tradition
came to differ from the Theravada tradition. In particular
why all the celestial beings? I have read an essentially
Theravada account of the Buddha's life and a Mahayana one.
I am trying to compare them and am not sure, from my education thus far,
why the Buddha in the Mahayana account is presented with so
many powers, preforming miracles. Also, why are so many gods
reffered to in the Mahayan version which are absent in the
the Theravada account?


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