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should there be a modern theravada

Postby jcsuperstar » Sat Jan 17, 2009 3:41 am

the branch of theravada we all have now comes from the Mahavihara, which as i understand it was not originally the only game in town as far as theravada was concerned. it's just what we have now thanks to an accident of history (or many accidents whatever)

do you think there is a respectable and respectful way to make a different branch of theravada?

how does one go about this? has it already happened in institutionalised theravada? or is it mostly a western lay movement?

actually any and all thoughts on this subject are welcome.

especially from our ordained members who's lives are more closely tied into how the dhamma plays itself out, is there a fear of change in this regard in the sangha that you can see?
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Postby jcsuperstar » Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:09 am

i dont really know what i'm getting at....

but what about how some monks accept the reinstatement of nuns, this is bound to cause a problem in the future....

do you think we'll break into two theravadas completely? or will it be similar to mahanikaya and dhammayuta?
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Postby Individual » Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:58 pm

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Re: should there be a modern theravada

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:07 pm

I like Individual's analysis, but prefer it to remain the first two options, not the last three.

There should not be any new 'branches' set-up. It sounds too schismatic. Fortunately we don't have any Pope or Vatican in Buddhism, so there can be some minor differences of opinion and we can all still be Theravadins. Even among Classical Theravadins or Modern Theravadins, just as in any married couple, there are going to be differences of opinion. I don't know if there are any two people in the world who agree on every issue and have the exact same stand on every issue. Maybe there is, but I have not seen it. :popcorn: Therefore, the minor differences are just that, no need for new branches, schools, or sects (within Theravada).
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