Esoteric Theravada meditation

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Esoteric Theravada meditation

Post by form » Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:25 am

Is everything that is outside from literal meditation content in the Nikayas considered as Esoteric?

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Re: Esoteric Theravada meditation

Post by Caodemarte » Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:17 pm

form wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:25 am
Is everything that is outside from literal meditation content in the Nikayas considered as Esoteric?
“Esoteric Buddhism” refers to Buddhist sects or schools that rely on secret instruction (as distinct from private). In Mahayana the main examples of esoteric schools would be Shingon, Mantrayana, Tantricism. There are some Tendai esoteric instructions, but Tendai is not exclusively esoteric. Zen, Pure Land etc.would be exoteric. I am unaware of any explicitly Theravada esoteric sects. There are several esoteric schools or sects in Theravada majority countries (see the discussion on Tantric Theravada).

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Re: Esoteric Theravada meditation

Post by salayatananirodha » Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:30 pm

https://suttacentral.net/dn16/en/anandajoti wrote:The Teaching has been taught by me, Ānanda, without having made a distinction between esoteric and exoteric, for the Realised One there is nothing, Ānanda, of a closed teacher’s fist in regard to the Teaching.
16. 'In what has the world originated?' — so said the Yakkha Hemavata, — 'with what is the world intimate? by what is the world afflicted, after having grasped at what?' (167)

17. 'In six the world has originated, O Hemavata,' — so said Bhagavat, — 'with six it is intimate, by six the world is afflicted, after having grasped at six.' (168)

- Hemavatasutta


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