What are the divisions within Buddhism?
Theravada and Mahayana. Within Mahayana, you find Zen Buddhism.
Answer: Theravada ('way of the elders') is more similar to original Buddhism, whereas Mahayana ('greater vehicle') has an unknown origin.
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What are the divisions and denominations of Buddhism?
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How did Buddhism spread within china from there when did it spread?
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Who runs the Buddhism church?
There are many leaders within the Buddhist traditions. There are three major branches of Buddhism: Mahayana, Therevada and Vajrayana. From these three major divisions there are many schools. The schools each have lineage holders, revered teachers and most monasteries or temples have abbots. For example, within Vajrayana lies Tibetan Buddhism. Tibetan Buddhism consists of several lineages, Nyigma, Gelug, Sakya, and Kagyu. The Ganden Tripa is the spiritual head of the Gelugpa and His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the temporal head (a position with more political power).
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Is the Dalai Lama the Head of Buddhism?
No. The Dalai Lama is the head of the Tibetan Government in Exile. He is not even the head of any of the 4 schools of Tibetan Buddhism (Sakya, Gelug, Nyingma, and Kagyu). In fact, the 14th Dalai Lama's political role in Buddhism has cause many problems within Buddhism. He has caused huge divisions in both the Kagyu and Gelug traditions. Search 'Dorje Shugden Controversy' and 'Karmapa Controversy' on Google or click on the related links below to learn more about problems in Tibetan Buddhism created by the 14th Dalai Lama.
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Is there an accepted canon of sutras across Buddhism or within the sects?
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What is the Dalai lama's role in Buddhism?
The Dalai Lama is the temporal head of Gelug(pa), "Way of Virtue" school of Tibetan Buddhism. He has also assumed the role of the Panchan lama while his latest reincarnation is sought. Gelug is one of four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Tibetan Buddhism is a part of Mahayana (Greater Vehicle) tradition of Buddhism. Mahayana Buddhism is one of the two major divisions of Buddhism, the other is Theravada (The School of the Elders)
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What are two characteristics of Japanese Zen Buddhism?
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What are the two major divisions of Buddhism?
They are Theravada and Mahayana. Theravada is closest to the Buddhism that the Buddha taught with very few embellishments. It is called "The Doctrine of the Elders". Mahayana Buddhism uses the same basic set of teachings from The Buddha but have also added many teachings and insights from later Bodhisattvas and Buddhas.