Vepacitta wrote:It means a discussion on the teachings of the Tathagata as set forth in the pali canon (Nikayas, Vinana and Abhidhamma); supplemented by 'later' teachers of such Dhamma.
It's ok I guess to look at and compare with other traditions or even other philosophies - but within a limited scope - as in "golly, that's sort of similar to what Epicticus said - that's interesting, isn't it?" Not in a "my trad is better than your trad" kinda way.
Well, that's rather what was meant by it, with a bit of flexibility allowed where people don't become disruptive or engage in proselytizing.
Dhamma Wheel is intentionally separate from the Maha/Vajra Dharma Wheel because Theravadins should be able to engage in Dhamma discussion on their own terms, without being "hinayanists" - a term the Buddha never heard and would probably slap down within seconds if he ever had the misfortune of hearing sravakas referred to in this way by those who proclaim to be "Buddhists".
"Having understood name-and-form, which is a product of prolificity,
And which is the root of all malady within and without,
He is released from bondage to the root of all maladies,
That Such-like-one is truly known as 'the one who has understood'." (Snp 3.6)
"Whether I were to preach in brief, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach in detail, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach both in brief or in detail, Sāriputta, rare are those who understand." (A I 333, Sāriputtasutta)