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So-Wide Space MARCH 2011 - 2

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Visit of Venerable Dhammika to the OCBS

Venerable Dhammika was spending some time at the Oxford Vihara with one of our Board Members - Venerable Dhammasami.  As part of his visit to Oxford he gave a talk at the OCBS offices.

Venerable Dhammika is the author of about 20 books.  "The Broken Buddha", which was originally a private document, was printed on the website without his consent and has since provoked controversy.  In this text he critiques several aspects of the practice of Theravada Buddhism - particularly in the Sangha - with the intent of questioning how Theravada practices can be adapted into Western societies.  This work has garnered many strong reactions of varying types.

To start his talk, Venerable Dhammika gave a short outline of this book and his intentions in writing it.  He stressed how his interest was primarily on questioning how Theravada could mesh with western societies.  He then gave an overview of the criticisms that are generally said about his book and gave his perspectives on them.   The floor was then opened to questions.

What followed was a wide ranging discussion on various aspects of the book as well as the reactions to it.

Venerable Dhammika ended by giving us an overview of his other publications and spoke a little on his current project - and Encyclopaedia of all the Flora and Fauna mentioned in the Tipitika.

The evening was very stimulating with some very interesting discussion on tradition and change.


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