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  1. It is more correct for a beginner not to choose, but to learn more about the philosophy of these traditions in order to determine which of them more corresponds to his worldview. There is quite a lot of literature now, even in Russian.

  2. In general, this is the choice of time direction. Therevada practices are very old, but at the same time there is no scientific evidence that they are authentic practices created during the lifetime of the Buddha. Of course, older practices may seem more attractive at first glance, but think about this: do you really think that God should be tied mainly to an older period, or figuratively speaking, it was definitely better before. If this is the case, then working with Therevada practitioners you run the risk of encountering various destructive practices, such as contemplating the dead or recommended ways to commit suicide, etc.

  3. More correct for what? What is your goal? Buddhism (whether it is Theravada or Mahayana, of which Zen is a subspecies) is a religion. Religion implies belief in some supernatural forces, and in the case of Buddhism, this is, for example, the concept of kamma (karma), 4 noble truths, etc. Dhamma (i.e., doctrine) is an extremely serious subject that requires serious choice. As serious, for example, as choosing a denomination in Christianity: You can't imagine a person asking, ” I'm studying Christianity. Can you tell me where to start: with Orthodoxy or with Lutheranism?” Or the person who says, “I've been here for six months as a Catholic and I'm thinking about becoming a Mormon for a couple of months as a joke”? You will agree that this behavior will be a little strange, because if people were not born into a particular tradition, then they, as a rule, still choose it themselves for a long time and carefully. To ask such questions here is also not very correct: atheists absolutely do not care what tradition you choose – for them all these traditions are nonsense. Buddhists will say that their tradition is good, and everyone else is bad, that is, they will act on the principle of “every sandpiper praises its swamp”. �For example, what can I, therwadin, recommend here? The question is rhetorical! )))

    If you are thinking about something like psychotherapy or self-development (not by nightfall will be mentioned), then no one can help you here, because the question will be in style: And which ball is more beautiful: football or rugby?)))

  4. It depends on what you want , but of course Theravada is much better – it is the oldest form of Buddhism now . Zen, on the other hand, is less dogmatic . Therefore, if you want a more or less authentic tradition from the Buddha, then Theravada, if you want freedom and a bit of such a pop religion , then zen

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