The Problem with Modern Buddhism

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The Problem with Modern Buddhism

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Feb 24, 2011 6:07 am



This talk by Bhante Punnaji is being discussed at our sister-site / forum, Dharma Wheel. http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=66&t=3269

Some of our Dharma brothers and sisters over there are upset that this is sectarianism, perhaps because he praises the Pali Suttas as being 'original Buddhism.' But Bhante also talks against culture and dogma, even if it is from Burma or Sri Lanka.

I thought Meindzai gave some great responses in support of Bhante Punnaji and the subject of the talk is related to many of the recent topics here about the Commentaries and early Buddhism.

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Re: The Problem with Modern Buddhism

Postby lojong1 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:39 am

If I can fault this I'm screwed.

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Re: The Problem with Modern Buddhism

Postby PeterB » Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:14 am

David N. Snyder wrote:

This talk by Bhante Punnaji is being discussed at our sister-site / forum, Dharma Wheel. http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=66&t=3269

Some of our Dharma brothers and sisters over there are upset that this is sectarianism, perhaps because he praises the Pali Suttas as being 'original Buddhism.' But Bhante also talks against culture and dogma, even if it is from Burma or Sri Lanka.

I thought Meindzai gave some great responses in support of Bhante Punnaji and the subject of the talk is related to many of the recent topics here about the Commentaries and early Buddhism.



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Re: The Problem with Modern Buddhism

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:25 am

Greetings,

Well not surprisingly, I agree here with venerable Punnaji's assessment.

:anjali:

Thanks for sharing, David.

Metta,
Retro. :)
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Re: The Problem with Modern Buddhism

Postby nobody12345 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:41 am

Thank you for the posting the video.
And I agree that the Pali Suttas is original Buddhism.
The only thing that matters is the direct teaching of the Awakened one (and sincere practice according to it).
All the other interpretation and exotic decorations are irrelevant because it did not come from the mouth of our teacher.
Very few are following the correct path based upon right view.
Metta.

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Re: The Problem with Modern Buddhism

Postby Euclid » Sat Feb 26, 2011 1:50 am

Thanks for sharing. Naturally I am in agreement with Bhante.

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Re: The Problem with Modern Buddhism

Postby adeh » Sat Feb 26, 2011 2:22 am

I too wholeheartedly agree with what the venerable Bhikkhu had to say...and I would like to hear more....

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Re: The Problem with Modern Buddhism

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Feb 26, 2011 4:54 am

adeh wrote:I too wholeheartedly agree with what the venerable Bhikkhu had to say...and I would like to hear more....


Yes, Bhante Punnaji is truly a great teacher. I feel very fortunate to know him personally as a kalyana-mitta and teacher. Here are some of his other talks / teachings:

http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?tit ... la_Punnaji

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Re: The Problem with Modern Buddhism

Postby adeh » Sat Feb 26, 2011 5:29 am

Thank you David....

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Re: The Problem with Modern Buddhism

Postby legolas » Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:37 am

Whenever I read or listen to Bhante Punnaji's teachings, although he uses widely diverse language and discusses modern approaches, his teachings seem to ring true with the suttas.

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Re: The Problem with Modern Buddhism

Postby Sylvester » Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:03 am

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

Well not surprisingly, I agree here with venerable Punnaji's assessment.

:anjali:

Thanks for sharing, David.

Metta,
Retro. :)



Oh Retro, I just saw your post in Dharma Wheel, and I have to say your avatar there does not become you!

I can fully sympathise with your views there, but I wonder if you've noticed that every time "Early Buddhism" is raised as your resort, the Vajrayanists all turn skeptical a la Gregory Schopen as to the provenance of the Nikayas and Agamas? The wildest conspiracy theory I've seen coming out of that camp (Schopen and some Vajrayanists in Singapore) was to allege that the "Hinayana" had a grand exercise to levellise all their texts to defend against Mahayana incursion; that's Schopen's feeble attempt to explain the correspondences and parallels between the Pali Nikayas and Sanskrit Agamas.

I saw the same sort of annoyance creep into Bhante Hui Feng here, when he complained about Gombrich being only interested in "PTS Buddhism".


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