Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Theravadin fundamentalism?

Venerable Dhammavuddho was formerly known as Bhikkhu Hye. Among Mahayana circles, he was known as a staunch anti-Mahayana monk. He asserts the Theravada teachings as the original Buddha's teachings. And all others are false teachings.

Venerable Boon Kean told me that he was "indoctrinated" by the late Reverent Suvanno, a popular monk at Lunas. Reverent Suvanno was notorious for going around telling people that Kuan Yin does not exist, Amitabha Buddha is false, ...that all these Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are a figment of the Mahayana imaginations.

There was also another anti-Mahayana by the name of Ven. Phra Hoe, but it seems he had mellowed. But I really don't know.

So, these few monks are the ones notorious and regarded as such by those within the Mahayana circles for leading the "crusade" against Mahayana Buddhism. They did not just started this recently but had been around since the eighties. I am sure there are more people like them slowly but surely being influenced. Venerable Aggacitta could be one of them too. But he is not that direct. I don't know. We'll see.

In the newspapers, we often read about muslim fundamentalists. Now, are these Buddhists Therevadin fundamentalist (taking this word to mean "extremists")? You judge. I have no more to say.

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