I will try and keep this as brief as possible.
Having been through the Tibetan traditions and flirted with other Meditation practices I eventually settled sometime ago into the Theravada tradition opting for its (on the surface) simple approach to practice and the relatively simple practices in comparison to the Tibetan Vajrayana practices I was weaned on! I like the way, certainly from the teachings of Ajhan Cha, there seems to be a "...if it works do it..." attitude.
In the light of this and following through my apparent subconscious wish to simplify my practice I came across the Chan practice of Silent Illumination as taught by Hongzhi. I have had some really quite deep moments of clarity and quiet using this method-less method.
You have been really patient!!! So, my question; does this practice 'fit in' with Theravadin methods or is it too 'Zen'. I only ask as the Theravada tradition is more accessible to me than any other but I'd feel uncomfortable doing a Chinese Zen practice whilst reading the works of Ajhan Cha...like eating custard and curry together....both great in themselves.
I gues this also throws up issues about reading per se...ie Can/Do/Should theravadins read the Diamond Sutra (for example) or does this effectively make them mutate into a Mahayanist....
Does that make any sense at all...???
Thanks for listening!