Why Theravada?

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Postby lyndon taylor » Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:54 am

Where there Mahayana temples in any numbers 100 years ago, because that's the time I was thinking of, before a big western influence, the point I was making for almost the last 1000 years in either Thailand or Tibet, i wouldn't have though there was any clear choice between Therevada/ Mahayana-Vajrayana to the people, they pretty much had their countries traditional religions to choose from, and even if there were immigrant communities that followed different traditions, it would be quite unusual for someone to follow them that was not part of that immigrant community, perhaps I'm wrong, my point is that in 1500AD thailand, switching from Therevada to Mahayana, wasn't as easy as switching from http://www.dhammawheel.com to http://www.dharmawheel.net
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Re: Why Theravada?

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:42 am

My understanding is that Mahayana predated Theravada Thailand. Theravada was firmly established in the Sukhothai era (13th C). There is a bit about this in the Wikipedia article here: . As it says there, you'll find Guan Yin in the grounds of many Thai Wats (we have one here). The historical influences that are at play in Thai Buddhism are quite rich and varied. See the topic Tantric Theravada? http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.ph ... 03&start=0

Arguably it was a 19th C reaction to colonialism that purged some of these aspects from the Theravada mainstream in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, etc. See, for example: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2853 particularly zavk's contributions.

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Re: Why Theravada?

Postby chownah » Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:22 pm

Myopia,
If someone wanted to prove the Theravada claim to you then what sort of thing would you accept as proof? I ask this because it seems to me that sometimes people ask for proof of something and then after a bunch of people suggesting ideas it becomes clear at least to me that there is no acceptable critreria for proof......so I'm asking straight away for what you think would be the kind of thing that could establish the proof.
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P.S. I see that Kim O has already recognized that a proof must be relative to some criteria (way to go Kim O!) but I think I'll leave my post here anyway.
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Postby Myotai » Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:16 pm

For me the Theravada seems to be much more to the point, less baggage as it were. I've been reading The Art of Living recently (never really exposed to Goenka) and I love the way he - and other Vipassana teachers - keep things really down to earth.

To ground myself out I sometimes ask myself 'what is it you want'?' After I put aside all the tinsel and accoutrements from some other traditions the Theravada seems to give me the answers I need.

That said I am massively intrigued by Chan and the Korean Schools, but I am not completely convinced that there is the evidence to say that they're adhering to what the Historical Buddha taught about how to practice.

Like I say though, I don't know enough to be definitively convinced either way....and does it really matter?

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Re: Why Theravada?

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Re: Why Theravada?

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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
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