Poll on Theravada Sutta Study

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Do You Study Theravada Suttas?

1. Frequently
17
61%
2. Occasionally
8
29%
3. Never
3
11%
 
Total votes : 28

Poll on Theravada Sutta Study

Postby Will » Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:44 am

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Re: Poll on Hinayana Sutta Study

Postby plwk » Sat Dec 11, 2010 2:14 am

I only know of Theravada's Pali Suttas...Hinayana? What's that? The latest Mini Cooper?
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Re: Poll on Theravada Sutta Study

Postby ground » Sat Dec 11, 2010 5:17 am

These suttas are more important for my practice than the Mahayana sutras because I find the commentarial Mahayana literature more important than the Mahayana sutras.

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Re: Poll on Theravada Sutta Study

Postby Jikan » Sat Dec 11, 2010 3:58 pm

I made a systematic study of the Pali literature a long time ago, but now only infrequently return to it. And that's a shame, to be honest.

I find Buddhaghosa's _Path of Purification_ to be a very useful document.
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Re: Poll on Theravada Sutta Study

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Sat Dec 18, 2010 8:41 pm

TMingyur wrote:These suttas are more important for my practice than the Mahayana sutras because I find the commentarial Mahayana literature more important than the Mahayana sutras.

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Re: Poll on Theravada Sutta Study

Postby Tharlam Gyatso » Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:49 am

I have voted 'Frequently'
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Re: Poll on Theravada Sutta Study

Postby Individual » Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:11 pm

Originally voted frequently but changed it to occasionally.

I only read them occasionally, but it is BETTER to read them as much as possible.
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Re: Poll on Theravada Sutta Study

Postby Chaz » Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:04 pm

I voted "Never".

What are these so-called "Theraveda" suttras? I didn't know that Theraveda had it's own set of suttras. I do know about Pali texts, but my understanding is that they pre-date what we call Theraveda, so it couldn't possibly be those.
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Re: Poll on Theravada Sutta Study

Postby Individual » Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:11 pm

Chaz wrote:I voted "Never".

What are these so-called "Theraveda" suttras? I didn't know that Theraveda had it's own set of suttras. I do know about Pali texts, but my understanding is that they pre-date what we call Theraveda, so it couldn't possibly be those.

What a d***he
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Re: Poll on Theravada Sutta Study

Postby Mr. G » Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:20 pm

Individual wrote:
Chaz wrote:I voted "Never".

What are these so-called "Theraveda" suttras? I didn't know that Theraveda had it's own set of suttras. I do know about Pali texts, but my understanding is that they pre-date what we call Theraveda, so it couldn't possibly be those.

What a d***he


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Re: Poll on Theravada Sutta Study

Postby Chaz » Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:58 pm

Individual wrote:
Chaz wrote:I voted "Never".

What are these so-called "Theraveda" suttras? I didn't know that Theraveda had it's own set of suttras. I do know about Pali texts, but my understanding is that they pre-date what we call Theraveda, so it couldn't possibly be those.

What a d***he



Well Indi, I sorry to disappoint, but yknow, there really is no such thing as "Theravedin" sutras. :jawdrop: Theradvedins did not originally compose what we call the Pali Canon. They have no ownership of said sutras and they aren't the only tradition that uses them, either. To call them "Theravedin", IMO, is meaningless.
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Re: Poll on Theravada Sutta Study

Postby Tatsuo » Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:11 pm

I agree - there are no Theravada Sutras just like there are no Nichiren or Zen sutras. Theravada may focus on those sutras more than other schools, but that doesn't make them Theravada (maybe the term "Hinayana" sutras or rather Sravakayana sutras might be better).
But I didn't vote "never" because of that, but because I am more able to make use of Mahayana Sutras.
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