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Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby Mkoll » Fri Nov 15, 2013 5:59 pm

Dear friends,

Scholarly writings on Buddhism are eminently useful because of the included references, the clarity with which scholars write, and most especially the (as disinterested as possible) scholarly perspective itself. This goes doubly for scholars who are also practicing Buddhists. If anyone knows of any other people, alive or passed away, who fall under this particular category (and have published something) and who I have not included on the limited list below, please provide their names.

Thank you.

Prayudh Payutto (Phra Bhramagunabhorn)
Bhikkhu Sujato
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Bhikkhu Analayo
Professor Rupert Gethin

I've updated the list; thank you all for your contributions and for any more forthcoming!
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Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby Unrul3r » Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:49 pm

Bhikkhu Sujato has some, of what could be considered as, scholarly books. He could fit the description I think.

P. A. Payutto, could also fit.

These could fit what you describe, assuming that the criterion for such people is meditating & publishing works with references to other scholars or source texts.

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Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby SarathW » Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:11 pm

I thought that most of usl are practicing Buddhist in different level and different degree.
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Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby bodom » Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:27 pm

The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby Jeffrey » Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:00 am

Peter Harvey
Robert Thurman
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Re: Scholars Who Are Practicing Buddhists

Postby Benjamin » Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:12 am

I and many others would surely consider Mahasi Sayadaw to be a scholar, also Ven. Nanananda perhaps?
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