Just ignore any attempts at being told what position is the proper one.Sanghamitta wrote:I used to wonder what the " Heathen" might feel about having to be rescued from their darkness...I think I am beginning to see just what it is like
when another mission sets up its tent near the village.
Oh sorry Tilt, I have just rembered your smilophobia..
Buddha's Dancer wrote:Dear Fortunate Ones
I want to tell you about my collection of extra-canonical Theravada texts, in case some of you don't know about these extraordinary works.
Leaving aside the Milindapanha and Pitakopadesa, these are the texts I love that fall into the category of extra-canonical Theravada
Birth Stories of the Ten Bodhisattas
Jewels of the Doctrine
The Legend of Queen Cama
In Praise of Mount Samanta
The Storehouse of Sundry Valuables*
Rules For Nuns*
*Warning: Contains some Mahayanist doctrine/elements.
These are all wonderful texts and readily available and worthy of study and reflection and meditation.
If any have any more to add, please do.
Sanghamitta wrote:By which criterion the Bible is an extra- canonical text.
This is a well-meaning but misguided case of the name Theravada being used as a substiture for the word hinayana.Paññāsikhara wrote:Buddha's Dancer wrote:Dear Fortunate Ones
I want to tell you about my collection of extra-canonical Theravada texts . . . .
ummm, are you sure these are ex-canonical Theravada texts? (Unless by "ex-" you mean "totally outside of...".)
Buddha's Dancer wrote:and are every bit as precious and virtuous as their better-known canonical brethren.
Buddha's Dancer wrote:I know there are at least a few more notables I've forgotten.
Whether they should be classed ex-canonical from some or other school, they are predominantly Pali and occasionally Sinhalese texts authored by highly adept and enlightened devotees of the Buddha, beautifully written in prose and verse, and to any follower of Buddhism of any sect, these stories are inspiring and enlivening and highly auspicious!
And come highly recommended and are every bit as precious and virtuous as their better-known canonical brethren.
BlackBird wrote:Buddha's Dancer wrote:and are every bit as precious and virtuous as their better-known canonical brethren.
Respectfully friend, I think that is a matter of opinion
Ben wrote:Hi Buddha's Dancer
You are welcome here. Just as all people who share an interest in the Theravada, regardless of which school or tradition they follow, are welcome here.
But as you are beginning to pick up, there are some sensitivities with regards to non-Theravadin and revisionistic interpretations of Theravadin literature. You need to be aware of those sensitivities even, as I am sure, your intention is not to prosetylize or to correct others.
Thank you for joining us and sharing your enthusiastic love of the Dhamma!
pt1 wrote:I guess the point is that the decline of the teachings is normal
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