As you will see I am new to this group but not new to Buddhism, I have been skirting it for at least 20 years, never coming close to the heart of its teachings. But the more I read and digest the more 'muddy' the waters become. As I get close I find another form of Buddhism which has a slightly different twist. I know that if one asks for a simple explanation it is 'never' simple.
So here's the question, asked by an enquiring mind from a soul that has lost his way.
'Why are there so many types of Buddhism'?
Hi, I don't know why there are so many different schools of Buddhism - probably because people like to be separate and important in some way. Having practiced for 20 years I have realized, as Dharmavidya points out, that no matter what, there is the unconditioned. All forms of Buddhism point in some way at That. Some schools give the impression that you can make enlightenment happen. I think this is not true. For the unconditioned to be seen the dream of separation has to die - obviously the individual cannot bring this about - it would be a contradiction in terms. I still sit in 'meditation' but I no longer meditate. The thrust of my practice is now outward. I have faith that when the time is right the veil will fall - till then it's best to be useful and human. There is one thing we all share - we are alive! Let's celebrate that and work for the happiness of all. There is one life in many forms.