Broken Buddha

by Ven. S. Dhammika

“Theravada Buddhism is in crisis everywhere. All Theravadin countries are suffering from corrupt or unstable democracy, dictatorship or civil war. Most are also going through a period of rampant development and rapid social change. People look to the Sangha for answers and guidance but all they get is more of the same. Like the brahmins at the time of the Buddha the Sangha seem to be able to do little more than ‘say what has been said and sing what has been sung.’ Most Buddhist leaders are so out of touch that they are not even aware of being in the midst of a crisis.”

“Quite understandably, Asian Theravadins expect you to follow their traditions and not question them. You can point out that certain practices or ideas are not in the Tipitaka or are even contrary to it but it will make no difference. Right or wrong, inane or practical, that’s how it has always been done and that’s what you must do. … I finally had to admit that this is Theravada and reluctantly and with some sadness decided that I could not be a part of it any longer. I began telling anyone who might be interested that I did not consider myself or want to be considered by others to be a Theravadin monk.

I recently arrived at the same conclusion. Download Broken Buddha from this link.

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Dev Jacobsen

Musician, author and yogi, developer of Palingenics.

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