What resources exist dealing with the claim that Nibbana is the True Self?

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Re: What resources exist dealing with the claim that Nibbana is the True Self?

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Coëmgenu wrote: Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:00 pm Dhammakaya pays a lot of money funding many scholars who connect their innovative meditation practices and doctrines with various kinds of supposedly repressed, oppressed, and marginalized versions of Theravāda. The repression of "true" folk religion by sponsored "institutional" religion is an easy boogeyman IMO.
I hope you have evidence of this claim. Cuz DW terms forbid unsubstantiated allegations against Buddhist traditions. So you would be violating terms of service if the admins actually decided to enforce that rule this time.

I can provide the sources when I get home if you want and you can decide based on the available evidence.
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"Go forth, monks, for the good of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world, for the welfare, the good and the happiness of gods and men. Let no two of you go in the same direction." - First Khandhaka, Chapter 11, Vinaya.
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Re: What resources exist dealing with the claim that Nibbana is the True Self?

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Is the claim that you want substantiated the claim that Dhammakaya funds many scholars or the claim that those scholars often depict Dhammakaya as having root in various marginalized traditions of Theravāda or both?
Then, the monks sang this gāthā:

These bodies are like foam.
Them being frail, who can rejoice in them?
The Buddha attained the vajra-body.
Still, it becomes inconstant and rots.
The many Buddhas are vajra-entities.
All are also subject to inconstancy.
Quickly ended, like melting snow --
how could things be different?

The Buddha passed into parinirvāṇa afterward.

(T1.27b10 Mahāparinirvāṇasūtra DĀ 2)
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Re: What resources exist dealing with the claim that Nibbana is the True Self?

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The claim that they fund many scholars "who" do that.
"Do not have blind faith, but also no blind criticism" - the 14th Dalai Lama

"At Varanasi, in the Deer Park at Isipatana, the Blessed One has set in motion the unexcelled Wheel of Dhamma that cannot be stopped by brahmins, devas, Maras, Brahmas or anyone in the cosmos." -Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

"Go forth, monks, for the good of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world, for the welfare, the good and the happiness of gods and men. Let no two of you go in the same direction." - First Khandhaka, Chapter 11, Vinaya.
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Re: What resources exist dealing with the claim that Nibbana is the True Self?

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I'm also interested in this claim.
scholars often depict Dhammakaya as having root in various marginalized traditions of Theravāda
As all of the things I've read have only pointed to exactly one root, if any. Not various. So I would be very interested in what you've been reading that indicates various roots. I'd be interested in this even if the scholars who did this were supposedly paid by Dhammakaya. As I'm just curious what these other supposed roots are and what the logic linking them was in the things you've read.
"Do not have blind faith, but also no blind criticism" - the 14th Dalai Lama

"At Varanasi, in the Deer Park at Isipatana, the Blessed One has set in motion the unexcelled Wheel of Dhamma that cannot be stopped by brahmins, devas, Maras, Brahmas or anyone in the cosmos." -Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

"Go forth, monks, for the good of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world, for the welfare, the good and the happiness of gods and men. Let no two of you go in the same direction." - First Khandhaka, Chapter 11, Vinaya.
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Re: What resources exist dealing with the claim that Nibbana is the True Self?

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Well, I wouldn't necessarily call getting a scholarship, funding, or a bursary being "paid by" Dhammakaya because being "paid by" to me implies they are an employee and this pay is potentially regular or agreed upon for a particular service. So I'll take back the phrasing "pays" and say "funds" instead. If Microsoft funds a grant that allows a PhD candidate to write a paper, are they necessarily compromised and some sort of hired academic goon of Microsoft? Hardly. The academic bursaries funded by Dhammakaya are not with hidden conditions of "You must write it like this." As per your other inquiries, I have seen Dhammakaya meditation linked to Borān Kammaṭṭhāna, but also to the specific movement associated with the Yogavacara manual. I have seen links to extinct Southeast Asian Vajrayāna based on the Borān connection. I have seen conflicting claims that Borān Kammaṭṭhāna is an outgrowth of orthodox Mahāvihāravāsin Buddhism that is later ostracized and disenfranchised by the religious establishment, also that Dhammakaya meditation comes from Abhayagirivihāravāsin practice and was repressed by the Theravādin mainstream.

As for papers cited, I can put some time aside from that, Ontario just entered a new Covid lockdown, but give me a while to get to it.
Then, the monks sang this gāthā:

These bodies are like foam.
Them being frail, who can rejoice in them?
The Buddha attained the vajra-body.
Still, it becomes inconstant and rots.
The many Buddhas are vajra-entities.
All are also subject to inconstancy.
Quickly ended, like melting snow --
how could things be different?

The Buddha passed into parinirvāṇa afterward.

(T1.27b10 Mahāparinirvāṇasūtra DĀ 2)
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Re: What resources exist dealing with the claim that Nibbana is the True Self?

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In that case can u provide evidence that they "Fund" scholars who do this? I know they fund scholarships. That doesn't mean that those same ppl are the ones making the links to the various older traditions as you say. But as you said, even if they "funded" them that doesn't mean the work was compromised. Unless maybe if it was only ppl who got scholarships or funding who made those links. And that's only a maybe.

I might be mistaken. But I actually thought Borān Kammaṭṭhāna was the same as Yogavacara. But either way I look forward to your papers.
"Do not have blind faith, but also no blind criticism" - the 14th Dalai Lama

"At Varanasi, in the Deer Park at Isipatana, the Blessed One has set in motion the unexcelled Wheel of Dhamma that cannot be stopped by brahmins, devas, Maras, Brahmas or anyone in the cosmos." -Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

"Go forth, monks, for the good of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world, for the welfare, the good and the happiness of gods and men. Let no two of you go in the same direction." - First Khandhaka, Chapter 11, Vinaya.
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