early exchanges between Sri Lanka and Burma?

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early exchanges between Sri Lanka and Burma?

Postby Sekha » Wed Jun 23, 2010 4:46 pm

from wikipedia
The Theravada school had also reached Burma around the time it arrived in Sri Lanka and something of a synergy gradually developed. Around the end of the 10th century, for example, war in Sri Lanka had extinguished the Theravadan ordination lineage, and a contingent of Burmese monks had to be imported to rekindle it. Burmese and Sri Lankan Theravada reinforced each other sufficiently, so that by the time Buddhism died out in India in the 11th century, it had established a stable home in these countries.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theravada# ... _tradition

It seems to me that this claim is overrated. I feel it is difficult to find documents about early buddhism in Burma. The first documents relate what happened during 11th century. Is it that sinhalese chronicles support this statement about relations between Sri Lanka and Burma?
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Re: early exchanges between Sri Lanka and Burma?

Postby plwk » Wed Jun 23, 2010 4:55 pm

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Re: early exchanges between Sri Lanka and Burma?

Postby Sekha » Wed Jun 23, 2010 5:05 pm

Your links are about events dating back only to recent history, XVIIth century or later.

I am talking about early buddhism, which I would define as what happened before 500 CE, not to be too strict.

anyway, thank you

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Re: early exchanges between Sri Lanka and Burma?

Postby cooran » Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:56 am

Hello Dukkhunirodha, all,

Once you open this booklet, press Control F and type in Sri Lanka .... it should bring up 59 hits.

Buddhism in Myanmar - A Short History by Roger Bischoff
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... 9.html#ch1

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Re: early exchanges between Sri Lanka and Burma?

Postby Sekha » Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:19 am

very interesting resource, thank you

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Re: early exchanges between Sri Lanka and Burma?

Postby Bankei » Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:50 am

I am also interested in the interaction between the various countries in the early period. Here are some notes that I had made:

In around 1050AD the ordination lineage in Sri Lanka was broken and King Anawrahta of Burma sent monks to Sri Lanka to re-establish the lineage. (does this mean the current Theravada lineage doesn't come from the Mahavihara?)

Sri Lanka was invaded and most of it ruled, from 1215 to 1236 CE, by King Magha of Kalinga (modern-day Orissa, East India). During this period, the Sri Lankan bhikshu sangha was severely weakened. With the defeat of King Magha, Theravada bhikshus from Kanchipuram, a Buddhist center within the weakened Chola Kingdom in present-day Tamilnadu, South India, were invited to Sri Lanka in 1236 CE to revive the bhikshu ordination lineage.

During the reign on King Parakramubahu IV 33 senior monks frm Chiang Mai and Cambodia and 6 monks from Arakan all under the leadership of the Elder Medhankara visited Sri Lanka and obtained the higher ordination under Vanaratana Mahasami of Karagala. On their return in 1430 they persuaded 2 Sinahalese monks to accompany them to act as preceptors. They conducted large numbers of higher ordination ceremonies in Northern Thailand and Laos


See
- Jayawickrama, N. A., 1991 “The Medieval History of Buddhism in Sri Lanka : From the Polonnaru Period to the Kotte Period.”, Journal of Pali and Buddhist Studies.
- http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/en/ar ... art_1.html

There are also some Ph.D thesis done on monastic history at UK universities which are downloadable from http://ethos.bl.uk
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Re: early exchanges between Sri Lanka and Burma?

Postby Bankei » Mon Jul 05, 2010 12:00 pm

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