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Re: Itthi & Matugama

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  • Ong Yong Peng
    Dear friends, I must be thinking of the movie s title An Inconvenient Truth . What I meant is that the Buddha s teachings can be either /conventional/
    Message 1 of 6 , Oct 2 4:13 AM
      Dear friends,

      I must be thinking of the movie's title "An Inconvenient Truth".

      What I meant is that the Buddha's teachings can be either
      /conventional/ teachings or /ultimate/ teachings. This is widely
      recognised in all Buddhist schools. It is a non-dogmatic
      characteristic of the Buddha's teachings, which can be difficult for
      people from a non-Buddhist background to comprehend.

      On the other hand, there may be some others who think this is not
      /conventional/, but unauthentic, and probably a later addition. This
      is possible, and Buddhists have no problem if it can be shown this
      passage is really not authentic. Until then, it shall not be used to
      avoid a meaningful discussion.

      A good example is the case of bhikkhuni ordination. Buddhism is the
      first religion in the world to endorse and give official recognition
      to women taking up religious oaths. We may extend this discussion if
      someone like to deliberate on this case, or cite other examples.

      Yong Peng.

      --- In Pali@yahoogroups.com, Ong Yong Peng wrote:

      At times, when we read the suttas, we have to understand that the
      Buddha is saying the "conventional truth", i.e. what is acceptable at
      his time, _not_ the "ultimate truth", i.e. women can do equally well
      if given equal opportunities as men.
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