I was reading the Theravada section on the Religious Tolerance Web site, based in Ontario, Canada and came across this quote:
"Theravada Buddhism initially reserved the practice of meditation to monks. The laity were "... encouraged to engage in merit-making activities to improve their future rebirth status." However, in recent times, the laity have embraced meditation and aspire "to more dramatic progress along the path to nirvana."
Is this true, in any way? Did early Theravada reserve meditation for the Sangha only? And, if so, does that give us, who follow Theravada today, the choice of whether or not we wish to engage in meditation, or dispense with it?
The quotes within my own quote come from an outside source, and are not my quotations. Here is the link to the full article:http://www.religioustolerance.org/buddther.htm