Was the dispute between the two sects confined to the matter of discipline?

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At first, the dispute was confined to displine, but its chief cause was the different approach to the cultivation and study between the two sects. The Theravadins strictly observed and maintained the Vinaya precepts, engaging themselves in study and practice bhavana, and paying much attention to their own spiritual cultivation, while the Mahasamghikas sought for large-scale learning, and engaging in propagating the Buddha Dhamma and guiding the masses. These two different orientations not only led to the dispute over the commandments tut also impelled subsequent variant developments in Buddhist doctrines and philosophy at different times. (From Essentials of Buddhism: Questions and Answers)


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