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The sutra emphasizes that because beings are empty of

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presents the idea and realization of emptiness. The sutra emphasizes that because beings  are empty of self-nature and inherent characteristics, they are neither born nor destroyed  (O’Brien). It is essential for Buddhists to understand this concept to reach enlightenment  and liberation from suffering. Overall these two branches of Buddhism chose different  approaches to incorporate the Buddha’s teachings into their religion. Theravada chose a 
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more traditional route and solely focuses on the Buddha’s teaching as a central text.  Mahayana took an interpretative view of the teachings and chose to adapt them to reach a wider audience to help explain the complex teachings (Peto).  Meditation is often times considered to be a traditional monastic practice that is  present in both Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism. Theravada focuses on Vipassana  meditation, which is also known as insight meditation. Vipassana meditation is a rational  method for purifying the mind of the mental factors that cause distress, suffering, or pain  (Thatcher). In a way this form of meditation is a detox for the mind from desire and  ignorance. Insight mediation cultivates wisdom by developing a systematic mindfulness  to see characteristics of existence such as impermanence (Thatcher). Impermanence is a  essential concept in Theravada Buddhism because it explains everything is constantly  changing whether it is emotionally or physically, therefore suffering is impermanent as  well. Mahayana Buddhism recognizes Vipassana and Samatha meditation as necessary to
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