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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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Can anyone explain Sanskara / Sankara indepth?

Can someone provide a canonical explanation to Sanskara/Sankara? I appreciate if you can provide some sources,Suttras/Suttas so that i can expand my knowledge.
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What is the most accurate translation of the word 'dukkha'?

This question is a sequel to my previous question about First Noble Truth. It seems that there is discord about the exact rendering of the word 'dukkha'. Sorry if I sound like a pedantic dou*h. I am ...
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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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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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'Antarabhava' existence between rebirth and the death

Does a state called "Antarabhava" an existence between death and rebirth exist? Traditional Theravada sources, highly respected scholars and texts in Abhidhamma directly decline this as ...
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What is the middle way?

When there is reduced thinking in a one door out of five sense doors ,which means if you have seen a pleasant thing and if no thoughts arise regarding them,Whether that apply to the other doors as ...
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Is there anything else beyond realization of the five skhandas?

What happens when individuality totally disappears by recognizing the five skhandas as not "me" or "mine"? Which platform or ground remains after one has fully realized that the five skhandas are ...
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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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Why emphasise the EBT when anyone who has achieved Arhathood can teach from direct experience?

This question concerns some Theravada-based practices, with which I am not familiar. It is not a dig but a genuine query that puzzles me. Yet I'm not sure that I have asked this question well. I have ...
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About the authencity of modern meditation methods

I've been reading a few sources, books, essays and teachings that discuss the idea that the current orthodoxy of Theravada and its modern meditation methods show great differences with what the suttas ...
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The Complex Abhidhamma

I have been having trouble analyzing the Abhidhamma. Can someone explain all or the main points of the Abhidhamma, but simply, just so I can understand it better as I continue my studies? Thanks!...
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Are there any similar characteristics between Nama and Rupa?

We can define location, size, velocity for rupa. Can we define these for Nama ? Can we say "a moving mind", "mind is located inside the body", "after the death, mind leaves the body and step into a ...
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Is there any Buddhist society / group / organisation in Mumbai, India? Where we can meet similar like minded people, attend cultural events

I am looking for some kind of Buddhist society/group/organization in Mumbai, India, where we can meet similar like-minded people, attend cultural events, discuss/talk/teachings (dharma talk) on ...
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What are the Buddhist guidelines for choosing the true Dhamma?

With many traditions and teachers to choose from, how should one go about figuring out what is the true Dhamma? I prefer answers based on Buddhist scriptute and references to Sutta, ideally to the ...
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Accurate and Concise Translation of Dhamma Qualities

The common stanza describing qualities of dhamma goes as "Swakkatho bhagawatho dhammo sandittiko..." which describes six of them. I am looking for an accurate and concise translation of this ...
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Was the Abhidhamma taught by the Buddha?

According to the Theravada tradition, the Abhidhamma was taught by the Buddha. From "The Abhidhamma in Practice" by N.K.G. Mendis: Theravaada tradition holds that the Buddha conceived the ...
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Can a monk live with a male lay person?

I've found a similar question; Are theravada monks allowed to stay in lay people's house? However it was asked by a woman and nobody answered otherwise. What i wonder is if there are any ...
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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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What's the difference between eating food and adultery?

A question for the initial phase of starting meditation. To start meditation, it's important to know food first as per satipatthana. Materialistic food preserves cell-offspring reproduction inside ...
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What is the attitude toward homosexuality in Buddhism?

I am specifically interested in the attitude of Theravadan Buddhism toward homosexuality (if it has one at all.) I don't recall ever seeing any references to homosexuality in the suttas...I do recall ...
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Devotion to parents

As a Buddhist, I believe devotion to mothers is very important if we want to have a good life. Since I was child I followed my mother's instructions until I became an adult. This included getting ...
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A question about DN 23 and existence of soul

Here is a part of DN 23: “Even though Master Kassapa says this, still I think that there’s no afterlife.” “Can you prove it?” “I can.” “How, exactly, chieftain?” “Suppose they were to arrest a bandit,...
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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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Permission of parents to be a Monk

I already know this much https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/a/35802/17220 Still ,there is a particular case where ,I have no experience/knowledge which is below. Person with 27 yrs. of age and ...
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Sutta on which Buddha states the gravity of merits

What is the sutta where Buddha says about the order of merits as in for example "Observing the 5 precepts gives more merit than offering alms" and such.
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Is this the correct translation and exact meaning of these epic verses in Tripitaka?

There are two sentences found in Tripitaka. Do they mean, "the Divine one come to teach on earth"? Please forgive me, but it very close to Jesus's savings. As Jesus says, "I'm son of Lord, come for ...
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Theravada and Nagarjuna

I appreciate that various aspects of Nagarjuna's teachings are rejected by Theravadans but I'm wondering where the line is drawn. For some of his teachings I can see room for scepticism, but what ...
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Why is contributing to the market demand for meat not wrong?

According to this article by Ven. Dhammavuddho Thero: Majjhima Nikaya 55 ..... The Buddha denied this, adding “Jivaka, I say that there are three instances in which meat should not be eaten: ...
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Is karma of arms giving depends on the reciever?

Consider the following situation There are two people. One of them is enlightened. Other one is not. If I gave something to them equally without knowing anything about them, Are there any deference ...
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Dhatu-vibhanga sutta question?

Why consciousness not discussed as internal and external in Dhathu-vibhanga sutta? "And what is the space property? The space property may be either internal or external. What is the internal ...
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Samma ditthi vs Miccha ditthi

Can someone guide me? Whenever I try to concentrate on Samma Ditthi, some obstacle generate within this body? It's like mirage of something real! Its like a whirlpool of mass of atoms. Help me!
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Is it even possible to attain Nirvana?

Sorry, I've just read Satipatthana Sutta (MN 10) and feel a bit overwhelmed. As far as I understand, this is some sort of instruction on how to attain enlightenment. It teaches, that one has to ...
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Does the first precept require me to check the shower for bugs and make sure to remove all of the bugs before using it?

I recently noticed that perhaps fewer than 10 bugs seem to be in my shower. I can try to remove all of the bugs from the shower before using it so that they don’t get washed away and killed. However,...
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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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Are the 16 stages of Insight mentioned by the Buddha in the early Pali texts or are they a later addition to the Dharma?

I am reading Practical Insight Meditation: Basic and progressive stages by Mahasi Sayadaw. In the book he elaborates on the 16 stages of insight meditation as a kind of road map of what to expect. I ...
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Steward to a monk/monastery

I am trying to recall the formal/traditional way of offering help to a monk for the longevity of their ordination. Being a steward doesn't seem like it's the answer I'm looking for. I have both met ...
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Can this Buddhist do this job?

At my university I and my group were offered a case of opinion on Buddhism. Neither I nor my colleagues are Buddhists so we have done a lot of research in the last few days, but we are afraid of ...
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Who should we regard as role models?

When practicing the Dhamma there are many exemplary characters found in Buddhist texts who are worthy of emulation,I want to know whether it would be right for a layman to regard an Arahant Bhikkuni ...
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is cessation of perception and felling the Nibbana?

Furthermore, take a good person who, going totally beyond the dimension of neither perception nor non-perception, enters and remains in the cessation of perception and feeling. And, having seen with ...
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Monk wanting to upgrade technology

If there have been donations for technology upgrades... Is it possible for someone to ask an abbott exactly what he wants donated funds to be used for? To ask the what specific items he could use?
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What should a 11-17 years old Buddhist do?

Can a 11-17 years old meditate and become arahant? Is Buddhism only for adults?
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Do monks HAVE to accept anything offered to them?

Does a theravada abbott have to accept everything / anything that is offered to them? I'm referencing technology, things beyond requisites. I know it is important for abbotts to set a good example ...
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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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What teachings do all schools of Buddhism share?

Among the many schools and traditions, what core teachings are shared by all Buddhists?
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Is suffering always present?

I'm reading Thich Nhat Hanh's "The heart of the Buddhist teaching". When discussing the three dharma seals he talks about misconceptions of suffering. He says that teachings where suffering is ...
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Do the Theravādins believe in the Buddhaguṇas?

In the Pāli Theravāda tradition, are there any specific guṇas that a sammāsambuddha has that an arhat has not?
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Sati • Yonisomanasikara

Dearest friends, seeking to clarify my fragmentary understanding of these matters, I would very much appreciate your comments on the distinction between Sati Mindfulness and Yonisomanasikara Attention ...
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What are your thoughts on Ajahn Maha Bua?

Shedding Tears in Amazement of the Dhamma I am posting this because I've yet to post a question. I should note that I respect Ajahn Maha Bua a lot. In fact, both of my teachers were students of his. ...
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Taking refuge in the three jewels with respect to DN 26

“Mendicants, be your own island, your own refuge, with no other refuge. Let the teaching be your island and your refuge, with no other refuge. And how does a mendicant do this? They meditate ...
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Is all property communal for the monks?

The bowl, the robes, the lodgings, the medicines - are these private property, or shared within a Sangha of monks?

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