philosophical differences, sometimes expressed with great
vigour, the relations between different Buddhist traditions
and schools has generally been good, the exceptions being
Tibet and Japan where there are cases of different sects
actually going to war with each another. In India, Savakayana and Mahayana monks
often shared the same monasteries as they sometimes did
in Sri Lanka and the lay community respected monks and
nuns no matter their sectarian affiliations. Chinese Mahayanists
have lived in Theravadin Thailand for several hundred
years without any hindrance. In the 1960s Vietnamese Theravadins
and Mahayanists united to form a single school.
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