Sunday Dharma Service

Sun, December 17 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Buddha's Light Scouts

Sun, December 17 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Yoga Class

Wed, December 13 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Fo Guang Shan Temple Chinese School

Sun, December 17 - 9:30am to 11:45am

Eight Precepts Dharma Service

Sat, December 16 - 9:30am to 9:00pm

Bright Light Chanting Service

Mon, December 18 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

What is Theravada and Mahayana and are they the same?

Shortly after the death of the Buddha, sectarisation began splitting first into 2 major groups, the conservative in the north and the liberal in the south. Over time, each of them again broke into smaller subgroups, which later either merged or became extinct. What remain today are the 2 major branches, the Theravada which spread along the southern route in Asia and the Mahayana in the north. Their differences may be in the rituals, ways of practice, and chanting but they embrace the same core values and teachings of the Buddha. Some Buddhists and scholars stress that the final quality of enlightenment of these two branches is not the same in quality but such later interpretation is divisive and false as enlightenment is enlightenment and there is no difference in the foundation of nor the state of attainment and enlightenment.