Theravada meditation traditions

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Theravada meditation traditions

Postby Tom » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:28 pm

Out of the countries that practice theravada (sri lanka, burma, thailand, etc.), which focuses most on meditation? And in which country can the most skilled meditators be found?
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Re: Theravada meditation traditions

Postby twelph » Sun Aug 05, 2012 1:33 am

ccharles wrote:Out of the countries that practice theravada (sri lanka, burma, thailand, etc.), which focuses most on meditation? And in which country can the most skilled meditators be found?


How is this related to your practice, are you looking for a place to travel? A teacher to read up on?
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Re: Theravada meditation traditions

Postby Tom » Sun Aug 05, 2012 4:24 am

I'm considering traveling, but I would also appreciate information on relevant teachers.
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Re: Theravada meditation traditions

Postby twelph » Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:08 am

All three countries have excellent teachers, I believe that if a teacher comes off as sincere to you, then their location should have no bearing. For an excellent overview of this forum's favorIte teachers, this thread is most useful: viewtopic.php?f=27&t=9135
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Re: Theravada meditation traditions

Postby Goofaholix » Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:09 am

You can find good teachers in all three countries however Burma emphasises meditation more than the other two, in Thailand the emphasis tends to be on monastic life, and in Sri Lanka the emphasis tends to be on on study.
"Whenever we feel that we are definitely right, so much so that we refuse to open up to anything or anybody else, right there we are wrong. It becomes wrong view. When suffering arises, where does it arise from? The cause is wrong view, the fruit of that being suffering. If it was right view it wouldn't cause suffering." - Ajahn Chah
"Remember you dont meditate to get anything, but to get rid of things. We do it, not with desire, but with letting go. If you want anything, you wont find it." - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Theravada meditation traditions

Postby twelph » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:00 am

Goofaholix wrote:You can find good teachers in all three countries however Burma emphasises meditation more than the other two, in Thailand the emphasis tends to be on monastic life, and in Sri Lanka the emphasis tends to be on on study.


Sri Lanka/study = understanding the teachings of the Buddha
Thailand/monastic Life = renunciation
Burma/meditation = incorporating the teachings

They all seem equally important.

If I were to become slightly abstract, I could even relate them to the Triple Gem.

(Buddha) Sri Lanka/study = understanding the teachings of the Buddha
(Sangha) Thailand/monastic Life = renunciation
(Dhamma) Burma/meditation = incorporating the teachings

This is fun :)
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Re: Theravada meditation traditions

Postby Goofaholix » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:16 am

twelph wrote:This is fun :)


Trouble is what do you do with Laos and Cambodia?
"Whenever we feel that we are definitely right, so much so that we refuse to open up to anything or anybody else, right there we are wrong. It becomes wrong view. When suffering arises, where does it arise from? The cause is wrong view, the fruit of that being suffering. If it was right view it wouldn't cause suffering." - Ajahn Chah
"Remember you dont meditate to get anything, but to get rid of things. We do it, not with desire, but with letting go. If you want anything, you wont find it." - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Theravada meditation traditions

Postby twelph » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:37 am

Goofaholix wrote:
twelph wrote:This is fun :)


Trouble is what do you do with Laos and Cambodia?


The trouble is, what would YOU do with Laos and Cambodia? Give me a broad categorization of their teachings, and I will do my best to fit them into some sort of generalization of my own :P
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