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Buddhism in China 10/02/2011 12:00:00 Buddhism is one of the major religions in historical and modern times. Theravada and Mahayana Theravada: small, limited. o Sri Lanka, Thailand, burma, Laos, Cambodia o Sakyamuni as the only Buddha (a historical person) o Transience/physical reality as a chain of causation o Illusion/no eternal Self o Suffering/dissatisfaction universal o For Noble Truths/Eightforld Noble Path o Monastic life/mediation and concentration Mahayana is larger, more accessible. In China, further divided into more  branches.  o China, Vietnam, Tibet, Korea, Japan o A series of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas (Buddha-in-waiting) as deities o Trikaya (The Three Bodies): Body of Magical Transformation (occupying the earth- Guatama  Siddhartha) Body of Bliss (occupying the heavens – Amithaba in Sukhavati) Body of Essence (principle of the universe – Nirvana) o
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