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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:11 pm 
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Whose Buddhism is Truest?
No one’s—and everyone’s, it turns out.
Long-lost scrolls shed some surprising light.
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http://www.tricycle.com/feature/whose-b ... t?page=0,0


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uslic001 wrote:
Whose Buddhism is Truest?
No one’s—and everyone’s, it turns out.
Long-lost scrolls shed some surprising light.
Linda Heuman

http://www.tricycle.com/feature/whose-b ... t?page=0,0


This is a nice article, but I think that the title is misleading. It's far too PC.

There is no way that one can conclude from the Gandhari findings that to the question of "Whose Buddhism is truest?" the answer is "No one's and everyone's". It really only could conclude that if we were only comparing say Pali Theravada from Sri Lanka with Sarvastivada or Dharmagupta from Kasmir / Gandhara.
In fact in many ways, this article just further shows that the Mahayana in its various forms and later spin offs, is even more divergent from the common threads that existed in the mainstream traditions prior.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:40 pm 
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Venerable,

I do not get your point. If so many early texts appear in differing languages with differing words why not conclude that there is no single, definitive written Dharma? Buddha had many Arhat disciples with, I assume, great memories, so why should Ananda's versions be the best & only "true" record?

This link permits one to read the full article: http://www.douban.com/group/topic/22375578/

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:34 pm 
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The Chinese Canon - in fact, several canons edited in China - contains thousands of texts, including multiple translations of the same work, but they did not start any movement saying that "nobody and everybody is correct". Since Buddhism never had a uniform and single Holy Scripture, the diversity of texts has been always present. At the end of the day, it is naturally MY (teacher's) BUDDHISM is the truest.

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Ok fine, you go practice your way, and I'll go practice Buddha's way. :rolling:

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Alan Watt's buddhism is fer true.

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Astus wrote:
The Chinese Canon - in fact, several canons edited in China - contains thousands of texts, including multiple translations of the same work, but they did not start any movement saying that "nobody and everybody is correct". Since Buddhism never had a uniform and single Holy Scripture, the diversity of texts has been always present. At the end of the day, it is naturally MY (teacher's) BUDDHISM is the truest.


The point of the article that impressed me had not to do with diversity of translations so much, as that different languages have different versions of a text, all of which are of the same date. So there is no Ur-text, but parallel recensions, which means (for now) that no lineage, sect or school can brag that they represent fully & accurately what Buddha taught. Everyone has versions of what Buddha taught and we cannot say, based on the texts, that any one version is exactly what he said; only that it is a report of what someone recalled him teaching.

This will (hopefully) lead to the dying of sectarianism and the accepting of the plausibility that many Dharma heresies of the "lower" "mistaken" schools may have been genuine Dharma teachings direct from Buddha.

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In contrast to theism...where there is a strict qualification of this thing, and peoples presuppose....things have not changed or been changed over the years....historical record seems to deny that.

In any event I would say most lineages represent the teaching with nuance. But it is nuance not substantial part.
And it seems such is buddhism always the buddha presented things in such a fashion each to their own level and propensity.
So in that is it perhaps consistant.

Many many more similiarities then differences in this thing.

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Does it strike anyone else as odd that this is such a concern here in the west?

I imagine that in thailand people don't sit around (at least as frequently as western students do) comparing one yana to another. and so on.

If you're a peasant in burma, or if you were a villager in pre-occupied tibet, then the dharma that was taught locally was "the dharma." And it was satisfactory in that it sated the spiritual needs of the population better than no-dharma at all.

I almost think about those ancient chinese monks who might live in a remote region, during a time when access to duplications of various scriptures was rare. They might have one or two sutras, and that'd be it. But they'd study those few texts religiously, and gain much enthusiasm and profound inspiriation for practice from those few textual sources.

We're so spoiled to live in a time and place with so many variant strains accessable to us. Most sutras are a mouse-click away on google. This is a revolutionary development.

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Does it strike anyone else as odd that this is such a concern here in the west?


It's the anxious, neurotic concern of someone who is out shopping for the best newest and brightest Dharma widget, and fears serious buyer's remorse. It's the logic of consumerism projected onto the spiritual scene IMO.

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Does it strike anyone else as odd that this is such a concern here in the west?


It's the anxious, neurotic concern of someone who is out shopping for the best newest and brightest Dharma widget, and fears serious buyer's remorse. It's the logic of consumerism projected onto the spiritual scene IMO.


I would say that it's more a wariness of inauthenticity - maybe even a reaction against the logic of consumerism. Most religions tend to claim of themselves that they are the only or real or highest truth; I think modern folk are suspicious of this. So they want what is 'real' 'original' 'authentic' not what is fabricated.

I would say, primarily, a desire for truth in a world of (marketing) deception.

The error seems to me to be the assumption that philosophical-spiritual truth/authenticity is necessarily found externally.

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Huifeng wrote:
In fact in many ways, this article just further shows that the Mahayana in its various forms and later spin offs, is even more divergent from the common threads that existed in the mainstream traditions prior.

Indeed.


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Jnana wrote:
Huifeng wrote:
In fact in many ways, this article just further shows that the Mahayana in its various forms and later spin offs, is even more divergent from the common threads that existed in the mainstream traditions prior.

Indeed.


Hi Jnana, :hi:

After going through this in depth elsewhere, do you want us to go through it all again? :tongue:
I'll wink at you, and you can wink back, and we can call it quits then, huh?

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After going through this in depth elsewhere, do you want us to go through it all again?

I'd sooner submit to a bit of corporal self-mortification.... :tongue:

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Jnana wrote:
Huifeng wrote:
After going through this in depth elsewhere, do you want us to go through it all again?

I'd sooner submit to a bit of corporal self-mortification.... :tongue:

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Okay, but only if it'll help us attain samyaksambodhi a little faster ... :tongue:

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Will one of you superior "winkers" deign to (not repeat, that would be tooo much) but give us a link to your previous "going over" of the article?

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Will wrote:
Will one of you superior "winkers" deign to (not repeat, that would be tooo much) but give us a link to your previous "going over" of the article?


Sorry Will, it was just a bit of personal between myself and Jnana, didn't mean to sound snooty.

We talked about it at length at Dhamma Wheel on this thread here, about half way down the page the article in question is mentioned and linked.

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Huifeng wrote:
Will wrote:
Will one of you superior "winkers" deign to (not repeat, that would be tooo much) but give us a link to your previous "going over" of the article?


Sorry Will, it was just a bit of personal between myself and Jnana, didn't mean to sound snooty.

We talked about it at length at Dhamma Wheel on this thread here, about half way down the page the article in question is mentioned and linked.

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I will check it out, thanks Venerable.

This is a reminder to myself & everyone - this is the public area of Dharma Wheel. For privacy there is PM or email.

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