Refuge in the Theravada tradition

Refuge in the Theravada tradition

Shravakayana or what we, which the Theravada tradition is categorized by the Mahayana chauvinist like myself. Each different tradition of Buddhism basically has a different approach to refuge. They do not contradict, they are a little bit like a paradox. In the Shravakayana the truth, the absolute truth, is what is absolutely non-deceiving object of refuge. So Shakyamuni Buddha who was bound by elements like history, time, citizenship and all that, is not really, his body basically, his body is not the object, his body is not the ultimate object of refuge. His mind or his dharmakaya, in a more appropriate way of putting it, is definitely object of refuge but his body, the Buddha’s body, Shakyamuni Buddha, historical Buddha, his body was not ultimately non-deceiving. His body decayed and got old and died. Very crudely speaking, right. So that’s not, you know – Theravada tradition or the Shravakayana tradition is very strict, no compromise, which is so good. Really no compromise. So the things like Four Noble Truths is the truth that, if you accept that, if you follow that, if you take refuge to that, is undeceiving. Whether it is not deceiving or not you have to find out through hearing, contemplation, meditation and all kinds of other disciplines.

Outer, Inner and Secret Refuge, London 2010

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