Which Style of Buddhism is the Best?

Student: Buddhism have Hinayana, Mahayana, Tibetan & Zen, how do I know which is the best for me?

Zen Master: (Pick up a glass of water) Please taste this. (Student then drink the glass of water.)

Zen Master: When you are drinking the water, you by yourself will know its cold and warm. (The student seemed to attain something and he continued his meal.)

When the student started to eat, Zen Master again asked: Is this Hinayana, Mahayana, Tibetan or Zen? (Student returned with a big smile and happily enjoyed his food.)


Buddhism consists of eighty four thousand teachings. They all help us to wake up from our illusion. If you only attached to words and its differences, you cannot taste the truth. Zen means put it into practice. Don’t indulge in empty talk.

Zen Master Dae Kwan

(From The Kwan Um School of Zen)