Some Theravada Buddhists do not accept that Mahayana Buddhism is Buddhism at all.
If the Buddha of Mahayana met the historical Buddha, do you think they would recognize each other?
In other words, has Mahayana deviated so far from the teachings of early Buddhism (as seen, for example, in Document #3) that it is really a different religion? Or not?
Altruism is disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others; it characterizes the bodhisattva ideal as we see in Shantideva’s writing (Document #6).
Do you think genuine altruism is possible?
Is it a worthwhile ideal by which to guide behavior?
Discuss the role of deities in Buddhist Tantra in a way that makes it clear that you understand what deities are, how they are supposed to help the practitioner, and what the practice of deity yoga is ultimately supposed to achieve.
Thich Nhat Hanh (author, Interbeing) teaches that every person can put Buddhist principles into action in the smallest and most mundane aspects of everyday life—everything from seeking harmony in family life to the simple practice of smiling to practicing mindfulness before talking on the telephone. Many people––whether they count themselves as Buddhist or not––see some insights of the Buddhist tradition to be valuable in their lives.
In your study of Buddhism, have you encountered ideas or practices that have changed the way you think, see things, or even live?
Are there things about Buddhism that you find particularly valuable and might even try to put into practice?