Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

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Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby Mkoll » Fri Nov 15, 2013 5:59 pm

Dear friends,

Scholarly writings on Buddhism are eminently useful because of the included references, the clarity with which scholars write, and most especially the (as disinterested as possible) scholarly perspective itself. This goes doubly for scholars who are also practicing Buddhists. If anyone knows of any other people, alive or passed away, who fall under this particular category (and have published something) and who I have not included on the limited list below, please provide their names.

Also, since this is a Theravada forum, we're looking for people writing about Theravada Buddhism and the Pali Canon rather than Mahayana, Vajrayana, or secular Buddhism.

Thank you.

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Bhikkhu Analayo
Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Thero
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Professor Rupert Gethin
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw
Katukurunde Nanananda Thera
Prayudh Payutto (Phra Bhramagunabhorn)
Ajahn Sujato
Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Maurice Walshe

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EDIT, 6/19/14:
Updated again and added links where possible. Also, I've added that I'm looking for people related to Theravada. Thanks for the contributions.
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Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby Unrul3r » Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:49 pm

Bhikkhu Sujato has some, of what could be considered as, scholarly books. He could fit the description I think.

P. A. Payutto, could also fit.

These could fit what you describe, assuming that the criterion for such people is meditating & publishing works with references to other scholars or source texts.

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Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby SarathW » Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:11 pm

I thought that most of usl are practicing Buddhist in different level and different degree.
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Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby bodom » Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:27 pm

The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

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Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby Jeffrey » Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:00 am

Peter Harvey
Robert Thurman

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Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby Benjamin » Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:12 am

I and many others would surely consider Mahasi Sayadaw to be a scholar, also Ven. Nanananda perhaps?
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Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby Aki » Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:16 am

Mkoll wrote:Dear friends,

Scholarly writings on Buddhism are eminently useful because of the included references, the clarity with which scholars write, and most especially the (as disinterested as possible) scholarly perspective itself. This goes doubly for scholars who are also practicing Buddhists. If anyone knows of any other people, alive or passed away, who fall under this particular category (and have published something) and who I have not included on the limited list below, please provide their names.

Thank you.


Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya (23 August 1896 – 18 July 1998)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balangoda_ ... reya_Thero
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... i/bam.html
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Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby tiltbillings » Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:23 am

Mkoll wrote:Dear friends,

Scholarly writings on Buddhism are eminently useful because of the included references, the clarity with which scholars write, and most especially the (as disinterested as possible) scholarly perspective itself. This goes doubly for scholars who are also practicing Buddhists. If anyone knows of any other people, alive or passed away, who fall under this particular category (and have published something) and who I have not included on the limited list below, please provide their names.

Thank you.

Prayudh Payutto (Phra Bhramagunabhorn)
Bhikkhu Sujato
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Bhikkhu Analayo
Professor Rupert Gethin


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I've updated the list; thank you all for your contributions and for any more forthcoming!
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Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby Mr Man » Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:35 am

A scholar and a gentleman. Maurice Walshe
http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?tit ... ell_Walshe

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Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby tiltbillings » Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:38 am

Mr Man wrote:A scholar and a gentleman. Maurice Walshe
http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?tit ... ell_Walshe
A delightful man of great kindness and good humor.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
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People live in one another’s shelter.

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Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby SarathW » Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:38 am

Ven. Thanissaro.

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Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby TheNoBSBuddhist » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:18 am

:namaste:

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Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby Sylvester » Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:14 pm

I suspect Gombrich is a closet Buddhist, despite his over-vehement insistence that he is not (owing to the rebirth issue).

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Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby Kamran » Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:50 am

Trever Ling's "The Buddha: The Social-Revolutionary Potential of Buddhism" is a great book. Makes you feel like you are walking with the Buddha, Ashoka, etc as well as provide social/historical perspecive.

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Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby Kusala » Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:32 am

Thomas William Rhys Davids - the founder of Pali Text Society. Even though he passed away long ago, his contribution to Theravada Buddhism is a pivotal moment in the history of Buddhism...

"One of the first scholars to begin the work of translating the Pali Literature into English, was the son of a well-known clergyman. His object in undertaking the work was to prove the superiority of Christianity over Buddhism. He failed in this task but he achieved a greater victory than he expected. He became a Buddhist. We must never forget the happy chance which prompted him to undertake this work and thereby make the precious Dhamma available to thousands in the West. The name of this great scholar was Dr. Rhys Davids."
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Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby SarathW » Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:46 am

H. Olcott was the first western Buddhist convert.

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Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby Phena » Sat Nov 22, 2014 11:16 am

Nyanaponika Thera would be an important augmentation to your list Mkoll. His 1954 classic The Heart of Buddhist Meditation was my introduction to Satipatthana, and still holds up well IMO.

Nyanaponika Thera has written many other publications of note and translations from Pali, and influenced many, including Bhikkhu Bodhi.


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