Dan74 wrote:I am sorry to butt in, Gentlemen, but is it really controversial that people have insights that are compatible with the Dhamma without ever having heard of the Dhamma?
I didn't think so. Especially when said people are following instructions derived originally from Dhamma teachings, so various Dhamma ideas will probably be transmitted implicitly.
It seems odd to me that on the one hand Dhamma is commonly said to involve investigating for oneself, but that on the other hand some progress
(we're not talking about awakening here, we're talking about very small steps) towards understanding the Dhamma is not possible unless one grasps all of the technicalities.
As I have said several times, the interesting question to me is:
What would need to be added to make the participants of such programmes "Dharma Practitioners"?
For the sake of argument, I'll throw out this opinion:
Entry-level Dhamma Practice would add a few sessions discussing Noble Truths, Aggregates, Characteristics.
[And Sila, but that's not specifically Buddhist.]