'Hermits' could be Therravada; they would simply emphasize some of the Duthanga practices more. Some parts of Isaan and Laos are full of 'hermit caves' where people, at least according to depictions on Sema stones, practiced meditation.thang wrote: ↑Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:45 amSame answer I got from several Theravada monks.
Another monk mentioned rishis/hermits who attain jhanas. Is it a religion or just an individual practice?
As soon as Rishis (Yogis) come into play, you are in the sphere of Vajrayāna, Mantrayāna, Tantrayāna, etc. Since their beliefs co-existed with Theravada for over a 1,000 years within the whole region of Maritime Southeast Asia and India, their philosophies could have some attraction for you. In any case, it is known from his biography, that at least one of the early Thai Forest masters found discussing the Dhamma with one of them "interesting" and he would nearly have spent a rains retreat with one in a cave.