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Is Theravada straightforward? - Dhamma Wheel

Is Theravada straightforward?

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Is Theravada straightforward?

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Re: Is Theravada straightforward?

Postby daverupa » Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:25 am

I think "teacher" and "reciter" were roughly equivalent in the early days of formulating the oral corpus; therefore, there is a modern splice into the sequence, i.e. reading relevant literature regarding this oral corpus, whereupon ..."he remembers it, he investigates the meaning of the ideas remembered. When he does that he acquires a preference by pondering the ideas. That produces interest. One interested is actively committed."

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Re: Is Theravada straightforward?

Postby contemplating » Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:24 am

To answer the thread question yes I believe that Theravada is relatively straight forward. There is nothing that abstract about it really - nor do I think that any of the Buddhas teaching are that abstract.

It's interesting the point Dave brings up about reading being a sort of modern counterpart to being educated from a teacher via spoken word. This is a fair question; how many people during the early days of Buddhism were literate? Therefore was learning via teacher a necessity? And is it one today?

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Re: Is Theravada straightforward?

Postby contemplating » Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:32 pm

Perhaps I was getting a little off topic with my questions - apologies.

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Postby Mr Man » Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:15 pm

I think a good example of Theravada being fairly straight forward is the Forest tradition in Thailand. There is a structure which is the Vinaya and you work within that. Living within the structure becomes the teacher/teaching. Opportunity for realization is hopefully created within the structure.

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"Life is a struggle. Life will throw curveballs at you, it will humble you, it will attempt to break you down. And just when you think things are starting to look up, life will smack you back down with ruthless indifference..."

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Re: Is Theravada straightforward?

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"Life is a struggle. Life will throw curveballs at you, it will humble you, it will attempt to break you down. And just when you think things are starting to look up, life will smack you back down with ruthless indifference..."

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Re: Is Theravada straightforward?

Postby Dan74 » Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:52 am

I wonder if one could teach himself (herself) why do we need the Sangha at all? Why did people like Ajahns Sumedho and Amaro go to Thailand, train for so many years, endured mosquitoes and tropical diseases when they could've just stayed home?

I mean yes, sure, one can make some progress on one's own, but can we really pull ourselves out by the bootstraps? Can a blind person in a dark labyrinth find his way out even with the most accurate map?
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"Life is a struggle. Life will throw curveballs at you, it will humble you, it will attempt to break you down. And just when you think things are starting to look up, life will smack you back down with ruthless indifference..."

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