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Sutiro
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Theravada

Postby Sutiro » Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:20 am

I think 'Theravada' actually means "word of the Elders' which can be stretched to mean 'doctrine of the elders'. It pays tribute to those bhikkhus who have been ordained the longest regardless of their actual age, whose words are most learned and wise:)

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Re: Theravada

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:34 pm

Sutiro wrote:I think 'Theravada' actually means "word of the Elders' which can be stretched to mean 'doctrine of the elders'. It pays tribute to those bhikkhus who have been ordained the longest regardless of their actual age, whose words are most learned and wise:)


Theravāda. Vada, speaking, and vāda are to different words derived from the same roots, vac/vad. The "stretching," making vāda -- doctrine --, was done well before thera -- elder -- was put together with vāda.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

dheamhan a fhios agam

"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson

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Re: Theravada

Postby Sutiro » Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:21 pm

I guess, then, that you are agreeing with me???

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Re: Theravada

Postby tiltbillings » Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:29 am

Sutiro wrote:I guess, then, that you are agreeing with me???
Clarifying the terminology. Vāda in Theravāda means doctrine or school.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

dheamhan a fhios agam

"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson

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Re: Theravada

Postby gavesako » Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:51 pm

Bhikkhu Gavesako
Kiṃkusalagavesī anuttaraṃ santivarapadaṃ pariyesamāno... (MN 26)

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Re: Theravada

Postby Bonsai Doug » Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:13 am

gavesako wrote:This might be useful to read:

http://www.cittaviveka.org/index.php/te ... -theravada

A very nicely designed and informative site. Kudos to the webmaster and any-&-all involved!
Now having obtained a precious human body,
I do not have the luxury of remaining on a distracted path.

~ Tibetan Book of the Dead


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