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Orthodoxy

Postby theravada_guy » Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:51 pm

What is meant by "Orthodox Theravada Buddhism"? What makes one orthodox?

I did a search for "orthodox" and "orthodox theravada" and didn't find what I was looking for.

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Re: Orthodoxy

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:08 pm

There is no "official" term as such. Over at e-sangha and then later in this forum and others that term was used to differentiate those who take a "Mahavihara" position recognizing the Tipitaka as Buddhavacana and holding the Commentaries in high esteem; from those who take a more Suttanta approach.

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Re: Orthodoxy

Postby cooran » Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:09 pm

Hello Theravada guy,

or•tho•dox
1.
of, pertaining to, or conforming to the approved form of any doctrine, philosophy, ideology, etc.
2.
of, pertaining to, or conforming to beliefs, attitudes, or modes of conduct that are generally approved.
3.
customary or conventional, as a means or method; established.
4.
sound or correct in opinion or doctrine, especially theological or religious doctrine.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/orthodox

I think it would mean the scriptures and practices meticulously preserved and passed down via the Councils and the ordained Sangha.

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Re: Orthodoxy

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Re: Orthodoxy

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Re: Orthodoxy

Postby theravada_guy » Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:55 pm

Thank you all, for your replies.

Edit: Found the answer to my question, so I deleted that part of the post.
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Re: Orthodoxy

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:39 pm

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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Re: Orthodoxy

Postby theravada_guy » Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:48 am

I would agree with David as well.
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Justin


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