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Great lay-masters of Theravada

Postby zen man » Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:24 am

Hello

I'd like to know if there has been great lay-masters in the Theravada-tradition in history? People at Dharma Wheel mentioned several modern lay-teachers but how about in history? Thank you.

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Re: Great lay-masters of Theravada

Postby cooran » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:05 am

Hello zen an,

This is an A to Z List of both ordained and lay Theravada teachers - easy enough to distinguish one from the other:

http://www.dharmanet.org/teach-t.html

I hope others will add their favourites.

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Re: Great lay-masters of Theravada

Postby zen man » Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:56 am

Thanks Chris. The info I'm looking for is about lay-masters before, say 1900's. Have there been any or many?

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Re: Great lay-masters of Theravada

Postby cooran » Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:24 am

Hello zen man,

Some here from 1879 - maybe others have some other information....
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/history.html

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Re: Great lay-masters of Theravada

Postby Jhana4 » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:10 pm

In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: Great lay-masters of Theravada

Postby Jhana4 » Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:38 pm

In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: Great lay-masters of Theravada

Postby Kingdubrock » Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:55 pm

Goenka, as you might know is a lay teacher, but his teacher, U Ba Khin, and his teacher, Saya Thetgyi (who was taught by the legendary monk Ledi Sayadaw) were also lay teacher so their lay-lineage goes back to the turn of the century and possibly a little before that. In Thetgyi's biography it mentions that prior to meeting Ledi Sayadaw he also learned from lay people, but also that they were rare and didnt command respect as easily as monks. He became very well known though, and through U ba Khin and Goenka that lineage has continued.

I would also imagine that throughout history, so long as there were great meditation masters they conceivably had lay benefactors as students at the very least.

http://www.vridhamma.org/Teachers-1

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