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Tantric Theravada

Postby Nibbida » Mon Dec 20, 2010 4:56 pm

Apparently there was a branch of Theravada in Cambodia that employed some tantric-like practices, including visualizing oneself as the Buddha and taking on the Buddha's qualities (what Tibetans call deity yoga).

Crosby, Kate. (2000). Tantric Theravada: A bibliographic essay on the writings of François Bizot and others on the yogvacara Tradition. Contemporary Buddhism, 1(2), 141—198

See here: http://tinyurl.com/2e7lvgc
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Re: Tantric Theravada

Postby Individual » Mon Dec 20, 2010 5:47 pm

This thread seems destined for DFFA.

If tantric-like practices are useful, it would be more suitable to debate those (probably not hear, obviously). And if tantric-like practices are useless, there is no point in bringing up historical facts which create contention.
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Re: Tantric Theravada

Postby Nibbida » Mon Dec 20, 2010 5:49 pm

That's an interesting dichotomy you have created.
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Re: Tantric Theravada

Postby Hanzze » Mon Dec 20, 2010 6:13 pm

Dear Nibbida,

You may see: Bodhisattva Path: Historical Aspects In Theravāda

You also can look at some similarities in the tread Teaching Dhamma by pictures from Buddhadasa.
Maybe also some related infos here: Lokanat (Avalokitesvara) "worship" in Myanmar
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Re: Tantric Theravada

Postby Nibbida » Mon Dec 20, 2010 6:16 pm

Thanks Hanzze. I didn't know any of that historical context. I just posted the article because it was surprising to me. I didn't know that any such practices existed.

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That's a beautiful set of pictures too. How interesting.
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Re: Tantric Theravada

Postby Hanzze » Mon Dec 20, 2010 6:28 pm

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Re: Tantric Theravada

Postby Bankei » Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:00 am

Tantric elements are also present in Theravada Buddhism in present day Thailand, especially in areas close to the Cambodian border.

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Re: Tantric Theravada

Postby Bankei » Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:01 am

And thanks for the paper by Crosby - i had been meaning to find a copy for years.
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