Theravada Mahayana and Tibetan Buddhism

There are scholars who say that the differences is not that great because the editor of the Pali Cannon is said to have been a Mahayana buddhist. It is said that he subtly introduced certain nuances that made it coherent from a Mahayana point of view. I don't know if it is true. My own teacher Alfonso Verdu wrote a book showing that everything in Mahayana Buddhism can be traced back to the original Hinayana scriptural tradition in Pali. So whether the Mahayana was infused later or whether Mahayana was there from the beginning. The fact is that the difference between Mahayana and Hinayana is not as stark as it might seem.

My own view is this. Buddhism and Jainism were both similar heresies which offered escape from Karma by realizing Nirvana. Jainism was older than Buddhism by about three centuries so we can see it as preparing the way for Buddhism. They were both non-dual in character but Buddhism was more radical because it gave up on Being. I am still not clear whether this is true of Jainism. It appears from what I have read that Jainism did not reject Being but had another idea established in the seven principles. But it is clear that the seven principles are an approach to the nondual similar but subtly different from the tetralemma. So I believe that Mahayana is a combination of Buddhism and Jainism at the theoretical level plus other elements that make Mahayana Buddhism more logical, for instance the recognition of the contradiction of Nirvana as a goal and the substitution of the Bodhisattva ideal. Or getting rid of the split between dharmas that are real and those that are empty. Mahayana is vast but it is characterized by the push toward consistency in the belief system with a refocus on compassion as the key characteristic that is emphasized over personal spiritual ends.

In Jainism there is the seven principles.

"Syādvāda provides Jains with a systematic methodology to explore the real nature of reality and consider the problem in a non-violent way from different perspectives. This process ensures that each statement is expressed from seven different conditional and relative viewpoints or propositions, and thus it is known as theory of conditioned predication. These seven propositions are described as follows:"

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