The first time I visited a Mahasi retreat center, I was quite surprised to hear attendees referred to as ‘yogis’. In the decades since, I’ve found this term in widespread use within Burmese meditation circles.
I’ve had a cursory glance at the suttas, but don’t find yogin- attested there. This is supported by the PTS dictionary (s.v. yogin-) which suggests in its earliest usage it is ‘nearly synonymous with muni-’.
Can anyone shed light on when and possibly why this term gained traction in the Burmese meditation tradition? Is it similarly used in, say, the Thai forest tradition?
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