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The oldest of the two big branches in Buddhism. Theravada tries to follow the original teachings of Gautama Buddha as closely as possible

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Is Uposatha on full moons or specific days?

I want to start observing Uposatha, but I'm a little unclear on what days it is. I'm finding calendars that it is the days of full moons in Sri Lanka or other countries. Should it just be celebrated ...
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Sutra Study as Meditation?

When studying the sutras should that be considered a form of meditation, if so what are the guidelines for sutra meditation?
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To debate or not to debate? and When to debate? and How to debate?

When we have several people with different understanding of Buddhism, how should we decide who is right? Debate is very tempting in Buddhism, but on the other hand, we must respect other people's ...
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What additional ethics you find in Buddhism which are not found in other religions?

What additional ethics you find in Buddhism which are not found in other religions? Other religions mean Abrahamic religions, Hinduism, Taoism or any other religion you know. I also like to know ...
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Authenticity of rules for monks and nuns

Is there any way we can know that all these rules are from the Buddha and not made up after him, based on cultural and/or persons agendas?
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Theravada Monks and meat in daily meals

Can I assume that Theravada monks are to eat any kinds of food given to them during alms round? What if they are given food with seafood or any meat? Is it considered breaking the 1st precept? Cos ...
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Trouble understanding “sensual misconduct”

Is this phrase analogous to over-indulgence in sense pleasures, or is indulgence in any sense pleasure at any level considered a form of misconduct? Thankya
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What is the meaning of Anicca and Anatta?

Most of the English translation I read, Anatta is translated as not-self and Anicca as impermanence. However many Sri Lankan Buddhist monks do not agree with this translation. They say it is a miss ...
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Proper way to address a bhikkhu?

I have seen many ways to address a bhikkhu, and I'm wondering about the proper way to address a bhikkhu, in writing?
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Greed over meat

Is greed over meat is more unwholesome compare to greed over non-meat dishes? Meat is non-living thing, greed is greed, they're the same. Many studies have shown that meat consumption involve in far ...
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Not breaking the first precept vs. developing compassion

In Theravada, we have established that eating meat does not break the first precept in many Buddhism SE questions (for example, this question and other questions linked in its comments). However, ...
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Does Theravada Buddhism encourages animal release?

Does Theravada Buddhism encourages animal release? Would it be conflicting if one is under the branch Theravada Buddhism but perform animal release?
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Vipassana meditation with samadhi

In vipassana meditation either samadhi or insight comes as the vehicle .When samadhi comes as a vehicle it's called Samanthayanika vipassana .In Samanthayanika meditation how yogi see the ...
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What is Vibhava Tanha?

What is Vibhava Tanha? What is the destination (rebirth) of a person with Vibhaba Tanha? Is the view non-existence considered Vibhava Tanha? What is the Sutta reference relating to this teaching? Why ...
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Are there Theravada practitioners that aspire to be Buddhas?

As far as I know, most Theravada followers practice according to the Pali Canon even though they accept the Bodhisattva vehicle as well. So, the main focus is to attain Arahantship for most people. My ...
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What practices can aid (or not ruin) the mahasi style meditation?

This question goes specifically to theravada insight practicioners - but everyone can answer if they think they have something useful to add - even from other traditions since my mahasi style ...
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Did Gautama Buddha endorse the caste system?

Did Gautama Buddha endorse the caste system? Buddhism: An Atheistic and Anti-Caste Religion? Modern Ideology and Historical Reality of the Ancient Indian Bauddha Dharma by Edmun Weber Hans ...
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What does Anusaya Kilesa means? How to remove them completely?

(2000 years old Buddhist cave near my village) Anusaya kilesa is lying dormant karmic influence after attaining Nirvana. I am putting various views as under; SN goenka told in his speech that it ...
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Purpose of cessation or Nirvana!

What is the purpose or cause of cessation or extinction or Nirvana. Did Buddha ever talk about it? For example, see how SN 23.1 ends: “But sir, what is the purpose of extinguishment?” “Your ...
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Beginner's Buddhist Course Syllabus By Ancient Pali Canon (Ganthadhura And Vipassanādhura)

How to learn dhamma as Māhāvihāra Theravāda Buddhists? How Māhāvihāra Theravāda Buddhists learn kammaṭhāna and dhamma for over 2600 years?
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Where can I find Nagita Thera Apadana

I searched in the Apadāna part of Tripitaka..But couldn't find it...This includes a story of Nagitathera's previous life, and merits Nagitathera got for the god-deeds done in that life...
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How does the exterior is suffering?

How does the exterior is suffering? In this Sutta series from SN35.140 it says the following. Eye etc and its objects are impermanence, notself, and suffering. I understand all except that eye etc ...
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How do Buddhists justify or explain that monks and/or temples amass and use wealth?

This question applies mainly to Theravada Buddhism, which is the prevailing branch of Buddhism in my country (Sri Lanka). I've observed, many times, how many temples and monks are amassing wealth and ...
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Is discussing bad practices of monks a sin?

I've heard in several dhamma deshana that discussing the bad practices practiced by monks is a sin. But I feel that if we don't discuss such with our family & just continue giving, we won't have ...
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Explanation of the six temperaments

Greedy, hating, deluded, faithful, intelligent, speculative I know they may seem self exploratory on the surface, but I'm looking for an understanding to more properly determine how one is to know ...
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From a Buddhist point of view, what are the benefits of supernormal powers?

I've heard that intensive meditation of certain kinds can lead to the development of supernormal powers such as penetration into others minds (reading minds) and hearing sounds from far away (Divine ...
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Categories of Dhammanupassana (Satipatthana)

What are the components, the categories (the dhammas)that have to be observed in dhammanupassana (the 4th field of satipatthana)?
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Will Buddhism last only 5,000 years after Buddha's Mahaparinirvana?

Is there any reference/citation saying that Buddhism or Buddha's teachings will last only 5,000 years after Buddha's Mahaparinirvana? How can this be possible if more people like to learn more about ...
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What are any and all of the exceptions to eating after noon if you've taken 8 precepts?

Is broth and vegetable juice allowable? I am preferably looking for an answer by an experienced monk.
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Arahants, Precepts, Monasticism, & Worldly Things [closed]

Namo Buddhaya! I had four questions pertaining to conduct & the Buddha: (I am Theravāda Buddhist) How could the Buddha have been on this Earth as an Arahant if Arahants can only be reborn in a ...
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What is the basis of Lotus Sutta with respect to original Tipitaka?

I would like to know the basis of Lotus sutra and it's relationship with the original teachings of Buddha mentioned in the Tipitaka. I would like to also know where Lotus Sutra contradicts with things ...
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How does killing bear consequences?

How can I explain to a non follower of the dhamma that killing living beings intentionally has mental and physical consequences? This person started saying: "old hunter-gatherers, had no consequences ...
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Looking for a book that covers the biography of the Buddha's life

Which biography of the Buddha is written in (or translated into) English, and is the most widely read (from a Theravada perspective)?
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What are the different meditation types & how to do them?

I know there are many types of meditation, but can someone help clarify the following questions on meditation: - What types of meditation is essential for the practice & why? - How do those types ...
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The Animal Plane & Evolution?

(Please Theravada perspective if possible) NAMO TASSA BAGAVATO ARAHANTO SAMMA-SAMBUDDHASA (I am not fluent, forgive errors) These are my following questions: Do animals feel emotions just like ...
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Can a Sikh enter a buddhist temple with a turban?

As I went to worship at one of the most famous & sacred temples in Sri Lanka a Sikh person entered with his turban. As per the religious traditions we are not allowed to wear any head coverings ...
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Does emptiness & no-self work together?

Emptiness seems to be very prevalent in Dhamma after Theravada. But I have seen that it still exists in Theravada, it has just been ignored compared to other teachings. Why is emptiness ignored so ...
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How to ordain as a Theravada monk?

What is the most prominent way to ordain as a monk? Like who's involved, and how to contact the respective person to ordain?
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What are great forty?

What are great forty? What are the great forty according to following Sutta. I can identify 30. Noble tenfold path with mundane and supermundane account for 20 Wrong tenfold path account for ...
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Sacca-pabba Is The Reason That Commentary Commented “Viññāṇa Is Jāti And Paṭisandhi”, Right?

In saccapabba of mahāsatipaṭṭhānasutta: Jāti is "khandhānaṃ patubhāvo" and "āyatanānaṃ paṭilābho". Khandhānaṃ patubhāvo included viññāṇa-khandha. Viññāṇa-khandha is viññāṇa-paṭiccasamuppāda. Rūpa-...
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Where did the belief about monks' mothers going to heaven come from?

Some people believe that in Buddhism when the mother of a monk dies she would hold on to the monk's robe and go to heaven. I never read the Buddha say anything like that, but of course I haven't ...
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How do monks live with medical conditions that require regular meals?

Theravada monks are supposed to eat only one or two meals per day, only between dawn and noon. For the rest of the day, they can drink water or fruit juices. The exception to this rule is if they are ...
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Theravada Buddhism and Art

In Mahayana Buddhism we can see various artistic expressions: Thangka and Songs of Milarepa in Tibetan Buddhism, Chinese and Japanese art also were influenced heavily by Buddhism. Is there any forms ...
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Is rebirth a delusional belief?

I find it difficult to assign a meaning to the word 'rebirth'. Here are some hints that rebirth might not be real: Views regarding one's past and future existence are included in the "62 false ...
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Why don't we realise space instead of Nibbana?

Modes of Production “What is it that is kamma-born, what cause-born, and what season-born? What is it that is none of these?” “All beings, O king are kamma-born. Fire, and all things growing out of ...
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Have the copies of original Tipitaka written in Aluvihara Sri Lanka now been lost?

Have the copies of original Tipitaka written in Aluvihara Sri Lanka now been lost? It appears that the Tipitaka used in Sri Lanka an import from Thailand or Myanmar. I ask because in this essay, The ...
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Can a Bhikkhu yell at or beat a lay person under the vinaya?

In the vinaya of the Theravāda, it is an offense for a monk to insult or be abusive to another monk (pacittiya 2). But I don’t see any reference to a prohibition from yelling at a lay person (and I ...
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Is there such a thing as craving for enlightenment and would it be unwholesome?

I was wondering if for example an obsession or craving that someone has for attaining Nirvana would be considered something unwholesome. On one hand it seems to me like it would, since that person ...
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Is “impermanence” a bad translation of “anicca”?

This article explains Anicca, Dukkha, and Anatta -- and in this question I'd like to ask about Anicca. The article says that Anicca doesn't mean, or shouldn't be translated as, "impermanence": ...
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How to identify Pada Parama Persons?

As preached by Buddha there are four types of people in the world, they are ugghaṭitaññū, vipañcitaññū, neyya and padaparama. The last person is definition is here. Can anyone please guide me how how ...