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I don't consider myself a Buddhist although I find it the religion to which I am most drawn.

Many of the questions appear to my untutored eyes to be referring to a default Buddhism that most people here adhere to. To give just one example, I can't find a single question referring to Nichiren Buddhism.

Nichiren Buddhism a Japanese Buddhist sect founded by the religious teacher Nichiren (1222–82) with the Lotus Sutra as its central scripture. Google Dictionary

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Is there in fact a particular type of Buddhism that prevails on this site?

If so does it have a name so that I can find out more about it?

If not, what are the main teachings that people are discussing here?

  • Was your question answered, or were the answers not quite helpful? Would you like to ask another question, here or on the main site? To find out more about Buddhism, apart from or as well as reading existing Q&A and asking new questions, I can recommend some of the "Useful resources" (listed in no particular order) which we edited into the Help page; and/or maybe look at some of the questions tagged book-of-the-month: especially the first one suggests several gratis introductory books. – ChrisW Aug 15 '15 at 11:03
  • Yes the question was answered very well. I have now accepted the one of the answers to indicate the fact . Both were very useful. I do have other questions and will get around to them at some point. Thanks for the resources. – chasly from UK Aug 15 '15 at 11:14
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Welcome to the site.

Does this site show preference for any particular form of Buddhism?

I hope that, theoretically, the site has no preference: there are at several meta-topics in which we say that we hope to invite questions about (and welcome people from) any or all forms of Buddhism.

Theoretically, also, unless otherwise specified the answers have no preference. So for example if you ask a question then you might get an answer from a Theravada or a Vajrayana perspective (or, perhaps even better, several answers from several perspectives).

One exception is if a question specifically asks for a specific perspective. So for example if you ask a question, and use a tag like , then that question should only get a specific form of answer.

To give just one example, I can't find a single question referring to Nichiren Buddhism.

Yes: there are only a half a dozen questions tagged or , so that's basically true.

I hope that's not because "the site" shows preference, but instead simply reflects the demographics or history of the site's users.

Even if a form isn't frequently-asked-about, a question about it might still get a good answer.

And if someone asks new questions, then possibly they might find some new answers.

Is there in fact a particular type of Buddhism that prevails on this site?

Possibly so; but among the site's 'regular users', who often answer questions, are various people who could answer from various perspectives including Theravada, Zen, Tibetan Buddhism, secular Buddhism, etc.

If so does it have a name so that I can find out more about it?

I think you can name but don't necessarily need to name a specific form of Buddhism, to ask a question on this site.

If not, what are the main teachings that people are discussing here?

I suppose, broadly, the teachings which people discuss include theoretical doctrine (for example the "teachings" such as are found in the Pali suttas and elsewhere); and about the practice of meditation.

Many of the questions appear to my untutored eyes to be referring to a default Buddhism that most people here adhere to.

Well, yes you may be right, but I think that's not quite so.

Instead I think that people often refer to their own understanding (whatever it is) when they answer questions; and that people's experience is fairly diverse.

Also people refer to other people's understanding, for example by including a reference with their answer, for further reading or so that you can see what the answer is based on.

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Hi Chasly and welcome to the site. Buddhism.SE embraces questions about all schools and traditions of Buddhism. There is no intentional partiality towards any particular school or tradition and we have a 99% answer rate for all questions.

That said, there have been far more questions that have been asked and answered about Theravada Buddhism, (sometimes called Early Buddhism), then there have been about other schools of Buddhism including Nicheran Buddhism.

The reasons for this are unclear and we've discussed in a couple of threads here, including this one, how to attract more participants from underrepresented traditions to answer questions. But to date, we've found no effective way to do this. The best we can do is to welcome all and try our best to be helpful.

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