Basic points unifying Theravāda and 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.[1]

Text of the original document

Expansion of the formula

Ven. Walpola Sri Rahula in 1981 [2] offered an alternative to the Nine-point formula above restating it as follows:

Other compilations of commonalities

Other lists similar to Walpola Rahula's have been produced by others. Tan Swe Eng compiled the following:

For Oo Maung the similarities between the Theravada and Mahayana are found in:

See also


  1. Phelps, Norm (2004). The Great Compassion: Buddhism and Animal Rights. Lantern Books. p. 45. ISBN 1590560698.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Ven. Walpola Sri Rahula (December 1–7, 1981). "One Vehicle for Peace". Proceedings: Third International Congress World Buddhist Sangha Council. Third International Congress World Buddhist Sangha Council. Taiwan. pp. 32–35.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  • 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

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