Talk:Navayana

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"materialist" Buddhism[edit]

Article calls navayana:

a proposed name for materialist Buddhism, both Buddhism in the West and the Dalit Buddhist movement

Are either of these materialist? I can't speak much for the Dalit Buddhist movement, but I think Buddhism in the West is much more varied than that. Some Western Buddhists would see themselves as materialists, but many would not. And I think Western Buddhism and Dalit Buddhism are coming from very different places, motivated by very different concerns, yet this article just wants to identify them.

I think the idea of "navayana" is the claim to be a new vehicle, as opposed to Theravada/Mahayana/Vajrayana/etc. Some Dalit Buddhists claim this, some Western Buddhists claim this, but I don't think most Western Buddhists claim this, just some (don't know enough about Dalit Buddhism to comment). And even if people from both groups like the word, that doesn't mean they mean the same things by it, as this article suggests. --SJK (talk) 22:39, 27 February 2010 (UTC)