Vepacitta wrote:It means a discussion on the teachings of the Tathagata as set forth in the pali canon (Nikayas, Vinana and Abhidhamma); supplemented by 'later' teachers of such Dhamma.
It's ok I guess to look at and compare with other traditions or even other philosophies - but within a limited scope - as in "golly, that's sort of similar to what Epicticus said - that's interesting, isn't it?" Not in a "my trad is better than your trad" kinda way.
Well, that's rather what was meant by it, with a bit of flexibility allowed where people don't become disruptive or engage in proselytizing.
Dhamma Wheel is intentionally separate from the Maha/Vajra Dharma Wheel because Theravadins should be able to engage in Dhamma discussion on their own terms, without being "hinayanists" - a term the Buddha never heard and would probably slap down within seconds if he ever had the misfortune of hearing sravakas referred to in this way by those who proclaim to be "Buddhists".
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh
"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)
"You've got to focus on what's really worthwhile in life, which means resisting a lot of the currents in our culture" (Thanissaro)