A discussion on all aspects of Theravāda Buddhism
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Is the Thai forest tradition the most stripped down version of the Theravada? I.e less emphasis on the pali canon and more emphasis on meditation?
"The original heart/mind shines like pure, clear water with the sweetest taste. But if the heart is pure, is our practice over? No, we must not cling even to this purity. We must go beyond all duality, all concepts, all bad, all good, all pure, all impure. We must go beyond self and nonself, beyond birth and death. When we see with the eye of wisdom, we know that the true Buddha is timeless, unborn, unrelated to any body, any history, any image. Buddha is the ground of all being, the realization of the truth of the unmoving mind.” Ajahn Chah
One could argue that but the details depend on the particular stream of the forest tradition you are referring to. The various followers of Ajahn Chah, Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, Ajahn Maha Bua (to name a few "streams" of forest monks that are well-known in the West) have rather different flavours.
It depends on from which side you start the stripping. You can strip off the Pali canon and only have meditation left. Or you can strip off meditation and only have the Pali canon left. My view is that in both cases you are left with a reduced and impoverished version of the Dhamma.