GarudaXIX wrote: Firstly, how important is 'Lineage' in Theravada? Is there even such a concept? The seeming heavy reliance on it in other traditions has put me off them.
Then the Blessed One said to Ven. Ananda, "Now, if it occurs to any of you — 'The teaching has lost its authority; we are without a Teacher' — do not view it in that way. Whatever Dhamma & Vinaya I have pointed out & formulated for you, that will be your Teacher when I am gone.~~ http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html ~~
GarudaXIX wrote: ..Secondly, how important is a physical Sangha? Because if it is, I'm kinda stuck, even not living in the 'middle of nowhere', there appears to be a distinct lack of Theravada Sangha's or even practitioners in my local and not so-local area
..Then the Blessed One said to Ven. Ananda, "Ananda, the twin sal-trees are in full bloom, even though it's not the flowering season. They shower, strew, & sprinkle on the Tathagata's body in homage to him. Heavenly coral-tree blossoms are falling from the sky... Heavenly sandalwood powder is falling from the sky... Heavenly music is playing in the sky... Heavenly songs are sung in the sky, in homage to the Tathagata. But it is not to this extent that a Tathagata is worshipped, honored, respected, venerated, or paid homage to. Rather, the monk, nun, male lay follower, or female lay follower who keeps practicing the Dhamma in accordance with the Dhamma, who keeps practicing masterfully, who lives in accordance with the Dhamma: that is the person who worships, honors, respects, venerates, & pays homage to the Tathagata with the highest homage. So you should train yourselves: 'We will keep practicing the Dhamma in accordance with the Dhamma, we will keep practicing masterfully, we will live in accordance with the Dhamma.' That's how you should train yourselves. ~~ http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html ~~
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