Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths - what can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
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What is best religion next to Theravada?
What is best religion next to Buddhism?
Same answer I got from several Theravada monks.
Another monk mentioned rishis/hermits who attain jhanas. Is it a religion or just an individual practice?
'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.
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.
The teaching is a lake with shores of ethics, unclouded, praised by the fine to the good.
There the knowledgeable go to bathe, and cross to the far shore without getting wet.
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Early Taoism and samkhya yoga. Because they have many similarities in practice with which i believe could lead to very high spiritual level of buddhism. In their highest level, both school also let go a lot.
But i must say i do not think regular theravada interpretations is of the highest level because they are too fixed both by words and systems.
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