Simply Buddhism: Mantrayana Vs Sutrayana (秘宗与显教)
Many people stumbled into Buddhism and expect all Buddhist schools are created equal would experience a culture shock of their lives. The fact is that teachings in various schools can go to both extreme ends;
The difference between the two system lies in that the Anuttara Tantra which is an important part of Indo-Tibetan system and the related sex yoga failed to spread in China and Japan due to Confucianism.
Sutrayana can also be subdivided into the Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism. Mahayana is the Buddhism that spread from India to China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam which is also known as the ‘Northern Tradition’.
The Theravada Buddhism spread from India down south to Sri Lanka, to Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia. Now comes the fun part: the arguments of which school is authentic never ceased until today:
Within general Buddhism, Sutrayana attacks Mantrayana especially the Indo-Tibetan system as not Buddhism because of the worships of Hindu deities and yab-yum deities (two deities hugged together naked).
Of course, time has changed now days as all Buddhist schools are treated as one. Everyone try to be politically correct and all practices are accepted as one Buddhism as a whole. Having said so, confusions remain as this liberty causes more confusion:
Do I eat meat or do I not?
So, how does one go about in choosing which school is suitable?
Study the history of Buddhism thoroughly and understand the special traits of each school.
Finally, whatever you do, please don’t ask yourself this question:
“Have I regretted in following this school of thought?” For If you do, you will go crazy!