Mahayana is one of the main directions of Buddhism. After the influence of the sect in its early days, the Mahayana Buddhism evolved into two distinct sects with their own names—Hinayana and Mahayana. According to some historians, the Vajrayana is also one of the Mahayana denominations, but over the years, it has developed its own identity and traditions.
Mahayana teachings are based on the knowledge of one's own suffering that emerges from the practice of the Four Noble Truths (First Dharma). A person develops the Mahayana compassion for the suffering of other beings and wishes to redeem it completely from their suffering. The focus of the Mahayana stands, this compassion to all beings impartially - without exception - to extend and increase steadily until it reaches the depth of love, as a mother feels for her single and dearest child.
To help all human beings get freedom from suffering to (enlightenment), the practitioner seeks motivation through the meditation and the teachings of Buddha. This motivation is in Mahayana Buddhism as bodhicitta, which means "mind of enlightenment". This spirit has two goals:
First: To help others
Second: To get enlightenment from Buddha.
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Vajrayana is from the fourth century in India. Vajrayana is the Buddhist tradition of the highlands of Tibet. The sect saw a full-fledge growth in Tibet and parts in Mongolia. Moreover, the ideology also influenced the Chinese and Japanese Buddhism.
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