Compare Mahayana vs. Theravada Buddhism

What's the Difference?

Buddhism is one of the oldest religions in the world, and while adherents agree on many fundamental aspects of the religion, there are is also some diversity.

Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism are different schools of Buddhist thought that sometimes have different convictions, different sources of authority, and different practices.

The chart below is intended to help the reader begin to understand similarities and differences of these two Buddhist paths.