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Since the conception of Buddhism in 5th c BCE the teachings and ideas presented by its founder Siddhartha Gautama have grown in area as well as interpretation Buddhism has spread far beyond its country of origin India and although basic beliefs and doctrines are common to Buddhism as a whole the original philosophy of the Buddha has expanded to include some varying and at times opposing thoughts on the Buddhas teachings Today three main sects of Buddhism survive the Theravada tradition Lesser Vehicle the Mahayana tradition Greater Vehicle and the Tibetan tradition Northern The main focus of this paper regards the Mahayanas emphasis on compassion and wisdom in reference to the Bodhisattva path and responds to criticism that compassion for all sentient beings is an attachment that proves a bodhisattva unenlightened While all forms of Buddhism strive in one way or another to end the painful cycle of life and rebirth samsara and reach nirvana the motivation and path chosen by the Mahayana distinguishes this school of thought from the rest For the Mahayana compassion is the driving force of the practitioner While other Buddhists follow the path of the disciple sravaka to Arhatship or choose to find the path on their own pratyeka the Mahayana regards the path of the Bodhisattva one who chooses to remain in samsara until all sentient beings have attained his wisdom as the highest form of Buddha hood Any other path is seen as selfish striving only for a personal nirvana This emphasis on compassion invites criticism that a Bodhisattva is not truly free of attachment According to Buddhist doctrine the second Noble Truth states a need to relinquish all attachment in order to continue on the path toward nirvana If we take this as truth
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