tiltbillings wrote:while Dogen obviously did not use the Agama sutras, he certainly did reference and was very well versed in the Mahayana Sutras and the Tendai interpretation of them.
surely. but today his writings have largely replaced sutra reference in the soto school. instead of referencing meditation instructions from a sutra, many soto practitioners and teachers will reference dogen's fukan zazenji or another writing of his and so on with other specifics of the school. similar things have come about in many other schools, zen and others. for example nichiren buddhism, which may have been a better example but his complete and utter reinterpretation of the dharma is not the best comparison for the counterpart idea i'm looking for in the theravada school.
that's really beside the point, just an example. perhaps i should have worded this differently.
do you know of a theravada master whose school and teachings (specifically writings by his/her own hand) stand almost or totally independent from the pali canon? particularly on a large scale?