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What are your thoughts on Tibetan and Theravada teachings? I know Zen is Mahayana. This question is not to look for duality between different forms of Buddhism. What are your experiences regarding different forms of Buddhism?

Even within Buddhism, the expression changes in different eras. There is Mahayana, Hinayana Buddhism, yet at the time of the Buddha there was also a practice, where daily life was seen as pure and fresh, and people would live accordingly. Yet 500 years later, this purity thinned out, and from the wish of the Kassisho people, the Mahayana was born. In this way, Mahayana Buddhisma became the innovation of that time. That is how Buddhism changes. Within the Mahayana tradition we have Shingon, Tendai, Jodo, Zen, so many differet expressions, and each one has their special ways. Like our body has skin, flesh, bones, bonemarrow, that is how our body is made up. Each one has their special qualities, yet all combined make up the body. The same is true for Buddhism. You cannot say which one is better, but that each school has its appropiate expression in time and place.

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