Basic Points Unifying the Theravāda and the Mahāyāna
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The Basic Points Unifying the Theravāda and the Mahāyāna is an important Buddhist ecumenical statement created in 1967 during the First Congress of the World Buddhist Sangha Council (WBSC), where its founder Secretary-General, the late Venerable Pandita Pimbure Sorata Thera, requested the Ven. Walpola Rahula to present a concise formula for the unification of all the different Buddhist traditions. This text was then unanimously approved by the Council.
Ven. Walpola Sri Rahula in 1981 offered an alternative to the Nine-point formula above restating it as follows:
For Oo Maung the similarities between the Theravada and Mahayana are found in:
- Rahula, Walpola (1974). The Heritage of the Bhikkhu. NY: Grove Press; pp. 100, 137-8.
- The Young Buddhist, Singapore : Buddha Yana Organization, 1982, p. 161 -163
- World Buddhist Sangha Council homepage
- Comparative Study by Tan Swe Eng
- Theravada vs Mahayana (Compiled by Oo Maung)
- Original 2004 Wikipedia article on Buddhism
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