Luke wrote:TMingyur wrote:I am assuming that actually you do not mean "Theravada" but that you mean "the suttas of the pali canon" which is something different due to the Abidhamma (of which there is a specific one for nearly each tradition).Pema Rigdzin wrote:Well, you have to consider that the Theravadin school is not THE Shravakayana school. The Buddha's original sangha gradually split off into 18 Shravakayana traditions in India, and the Theravada is just one of those. It just so happens that the Shravakayana teachings introduced to Tibet were from the Vaibhashika and Sautrantika schools, not the Theravada.
Okay, so the Tibetans study the Abdharma texts of other Shravakayana schools, but do collections of these schools suttas (their versions of the Pali Canon) still exist?
I'm not sure how much of their pitakas is still extant outside Abidharma and Vinaya, honestly. But like I said above, one's not going to find anything fundamental in the way of guidance in developing virtue, samadhi, or wisdom in Shravakayana sutras that will not be taught by the Buddha in his Mahayana sutras. So studying the Pali or other Shravakayana sutras is not essential but rather more of the same wonderful Dharma.