Recently I was looking at the Bodhi Monastery where Bhikkhu Bodhi is now living and teaching from. http://www.bodhimonastery.net/bm/
I was struck by the combination on Theravadin and Mahayana in Bodhi's current teachings and by the structure of the monastery itself. The monastery seems to be a combination of Theravada and Mahayana. Why is this? Can anyone comment on what is happening with Bhikkhu Bodhi? Are there other institutions that teach a combination of traditions? I've not come across any?
I was thinking, though, of several sources I've read that said Mahayana was not a schism in the sense that we may think of rift such as happened between Catholicism and Protestantism. In the early days, shortly after Buddha's death, monks in Sanghas practiced both Theravadin and Mahayana strains within the same group, and nothing was really thought about this. It wasn't until later as scripture developed and ideas became established did groups of Mahayana practitioners separate off and form new groups. So, the thought came to my mind that perhaps Bodhi combo monastery is an attempt to return to what the early structure was like???? But, I don't know.
His current talks are interesting, because he often explains the Theravadin view and then the Mahayana view of the topic. I have heard few teachers do this. It is my understanding that Bhikkhu Bodhi has been a well respected and strongly published Theravadin scholar, and I wonder what his purpose is for his teachings and writings now? What is the purpose for the dual affiliation? I don't have a problem with it, it just strikes me as singular, and I wonder why he has chosen to do this? What's it all about? Can anyone who has followed Bhikkhu Bodhi throughout the years explain? Thank you--Sher