Questions tagged [theravada]

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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What are the views considered “false convictions”, and why are they false?

According to Brahmajāla Sutta, there are "62 False Convictions" (Views) regarding the Past & Future. False Convictions Regarding the Past Eternity of the Self and World, ...
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How is meditation considered a good deed?

I have heard it said that meditation is "the greatest good deed". Is this considered to be true in Buddhism? If so, how is meditation superior to all other good deeds? It seems self serving compared ...
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“Marks of Existence” and “Gates To Enlightenment”, are they Same?

Three gates and Four marks are shown using these tearms -Impermanence, Suffering, Non-self, Voidness, Nirvana,Shunyata (Emptiness). Some questions discuss them separatly. But some conflicts can ...
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Can one with eczema become a monk?

According to this site, one of the questions asked at ordination is "do you have eczema?" to which the reply must be "No, Venerable" in order to ordain. Is this accurate? Is it the case the one with ...
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Three Marks of Existence in Mahayana

What is the equivalent to the 3 Marks of Existence in Vajrayana or Mahayana Buddhism? I heard a version of the Buddha's enlightenment¹, where the Buddha didn't realize impermanence, dukkha and no-...
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Are good deeds superficial?

It's said that our actions are originated from unconscious mind. People are trying to become more patient, more tolerable, etc. but there are anger type of people, lustful type of people, etc.. Once ...
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The purpose of associating with the wise

The Buddha states that he sees no other thing that is so much responsible for the arising of unwholesome qualities in a person as bad friendship, nothing so helpful for the arising of wholesome ...
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What will erase our good deeds?

Our body will die but not our good deeds. If nothing can erase our good deeds, does it mean everyone will become enlightened eventually?
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Is love a destiny or coincidence in Buddhism?

There are many examples, a couple wants to be together but break up after long-term dating, they want to get married but they never get married. A person wants to get close with another person and ...
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Do five precepts protect?

All five precepts are relatively clearly defined except maybe the third precept. There are different types of women that are prohibited, prostitute is not one of the requirement to break the third ...
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If kamma is not everything, then what is that?

Kamma is one of the thing that is not ponderable. We experience many things in life, if a fatal accident is often understood as a result of kamma then what about other relatively small things such as ...
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Is there another term than “Mahayana”?

Though my practice is "Mahayana" (in quotes), I have a great and abiding respect for the Theravada school and consider (as many do) the term "Hinayana" (Sanskrit for Smaller Vehicle) disrespectful of ...
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Consciousness in Nibbana

In the Abhidhamma, it makes mention to 89 and 121 states of consciousness. It says there are four ultimate realities namely Consciousness Mental Factors Matter Nibbana. The first three are ...
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Is a Mahayana Buddhist *required* to take a Bodhisattva vow?

Is the taking of a Bodhisattva vow a requirement(1) in Mahayana, or is it merely an option (or maybe at most a recommendation)? And if it's not a requirement, then for someone who decides not to take ...
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Why did the Buddha suffer before he died?

I understand that the Buddha became severely ill prior to his death as a result of eating bad food. I also was under the impression that perfectly enlightened beings have obliterated, or rendered ...
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Did the Buddha say anything about attachment to meditation?

I was unable to meditate today and this left me feeling frustrated, disappointed and anxious about my practice. This type of emotional reaction seems equivalent to what occurs when one is prevented ...
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How to accept and surrender to the mind's non-acceptance of doubt and ill-will?

I have a question that I would like some input on. Lately, I have been able to see the fruit that total acceptance and surrender can bring to one's experience. I have tasted moments of pure joy, ...
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Intuition in Buddhism

I was told that intuition is not to be cultivated in Buddhism. Intuition is blind and not to be followed. Following something blind can be quite dangerous. At the same time, there is a book called '...
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How is a Theravada Buddhist monastery established?

There is no Theravada monastery in the country I live in. I just read a short brief about lay people going together and forming a forest monastery in Norway, and was wondering about how a monastery is ...
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Is another person necessary to produce merit?

Can someone produce merit without impacting directly another person? For instance: Meditating alone. I appreciate all answers but I'm more curious about Theravada view. While meditating with Tibetan ...
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A question on morality

As I understand it, we carry out generous and selfless deeds for the purpose of acquiring positive kamma and/or promoting our spiritual quest. However, this seems like a form of greed, one of the ...
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Detailed definition of Lokavidu

I've seen this translated as knower of worlds/cosmos and with relation to the senses as what arises, but I still don't have a solid understanding, can someone add clarity?
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What are the paṭiccasamuppāda theory and it's products?

Is there any differences in Paṭiccasamuppāda ,Dependent arising and dependent co-arising?
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What are some ways to improve my practice?

I meditate for 30 minutes each day, focusing on the feeling of my breath moving through my throat. When I am not meditating, I try to mentally "say" whatever it is I am doing (e.g. if I am angry, I ...
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What is the Theravada Buddhist lay lifestyle?

I am thinking about becoming a Buddhist, particularly a Theravada Buddhist but I must know about the lifestyle so I can change my lifestyle a bit. There is no Buddhist temple around where I am so I ...
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What is the difference between a cula sotapanna and 'faith follower' ?

I have read in many places about Cula Sotapanna or 'Lesser Sotapanna' and 'Faith Follower'. Are they the same or different? Do both of them attain to Sotapatti phala in the same lifetime?
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Why would anyone ever want to go to the heavens?

References to a rebirth in the heavenly realms seems to be viewed in a positive light in Buddhism. It's easy to see why it would be considered more favorable than a rebirth in the hell realms of ...
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Help with a weekend slump in meditation practice

On work days (5 days a week), I'm normally able to get in around 4-4.5 hours of meditation a day, normally walking and sitting for 45 minutes each and then some Anapana meditation usually at the start ...
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What is the significance of the 28 Buddhas within Buddhism?

Recently, I discovered in the Pāli Canon there is a text titled Buddhavamsa that describes the lives of 28 Buddhas. Now, I am familiar with the significance of Gautama Buddha and Maitreya Buddha, ...
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Attainment of enlightenment without desire

The Noble Truths make us aware that the cause of suffering is desire. Isn't it a desire to become enlightened and attain Nirvana; thus, causes suffering? If you drop the desire, will it be possible to ...
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What was the 1st Buddhist Council about?

I'm interested in the 1st Buddhist Council, i.e. why was it held, where was it held, who attended it and what were the outcome? I'm not looking for an in-depth and detailed answer. More like an ...
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What is the mental factor of Adhimokkkha (determination) use for?

I am interested in what many ways Adhimokkha(determination) is used in meditation or other purposes in different traditions.
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How in buddhistic terms one can explain life evolution?

How can in Buddhistic terms explain life evolution, that is how can new beings evolve from previous nama-rupa? How could a vipāka (resultant-consciousness) "move" from cuti-citta (dying-consciousness)...
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Ordination procedure in Theravada Buddhism - What if parents are not alive anymore?

I read that a person must get permission from his og her parents but what if that persons parents are not alive anymore. Can that person then not become ordained in this life? Thank you for your time....
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How does the idea of Bodhisatva in Mahayana mesh with anattā?

As this is my first posted question, I welcome input as to how to improve it. Many thanks in advance. When I have heard Mahayana practitioners discuss the concept of Bodhisatva as it varies from ...
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Ordination procedure in Theravada Buddhism - What are grievous crimes?

I read in this answer that if one wants to become a Bhikkhu then "He must never have committed any grievous crimes". What could examples of grievous crimes be? What if crimes where committed many ...
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Without an enduring quid between lifes, how to explain past life recalling?

How a being (be it a Buddha) can remember its past lives, if there is no "quid"/soul/self enduring for more time?
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How many Tibetan monks practiced meditation in “old Tibet”?

One aspect of the notion of "Buddhist Modernism" is that in modern history (ancient times aside) even the Theravada monkhood, let alone the laity, did not generally meditate, until the Burmese/Thai ...
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Can a lay person become an Arahant according to the Suttas?

I have already seen different answers to that question, but I don't know which one is based on the suttas. I would appreciate the source of the answer for this specific topic. If you think the ...
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Are there any references in the Pali canon to the experience of death?

Are there any references in the Pali canon to the experience of death and what one can expect? I looked for a similar question and couldn't find one, so apologies if this is redundant.
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Is it wrong to buy a Buddha statue in Thailand from a Buddhist point of view?

I understand in Thailand they can confiscate Buddha statues in the customs unless you have a special permit that takes days to be processed and a lot of paperwork. It is clear that from a "wordly ...
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Can Pranayama Be Derived from Anapana?

Pranayama seam to have some similarities with Anapana. What is the relationship between the two. Was this derived from Anapana? What is it's historic development?
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How buddhist meditation leads to liberation?

Buddha taught meditation to develop concentration, calm of the mind to finally experience nibbana. Other religions (Hindu yoga, etc) also taught meditation. So in which way Buddhist meditation is ...
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Meditation Retreat in India

Are there any good places for meditation retreats in India ? ( Theravada/Vipassana ) Could someone share their personal experience ?
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What are all the bhawana (meditation) methods in Buddhism?

There are two types of meditations described as "Samatha" and "Vipassana" I have heard that there are several types of samatha bhawana (40 kamatahan). Can you please elaborate this based on Theravada ...
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The time between kalpas

When a world system has gone through devolution and is in statis, before the next evolution, where are all the beings from that world system? I've read some of them are born into brahman realms, but ...
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Proper practice with the five hindrances

What is the proper way one should incorporate the concept of the five hindrances into the practice? For instance, should a lustful thought arise in the mind, followed by a bodily sensation, at what ...
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Buddhism and organ donation

Thank you for creating this website. I have a question regarding organ donation. How is organ donation understood in theravada buddhism? Is it okay to do it? Have a good day. May all beings be ...
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Is vipassana practice the same as insight practice?

Is vipassana practice the same as insight practice? Are the terms completely interchangeable? I know there is the vipassana movement but this appears to be Theravadin so it makes me think that ...
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Elder Beginner Practicing Theravada

I am new to Buddhism (Theravada). I am 80 years old and am keen to learn and practice it during my remaining time. I wish to get in touch with a well read person whom I could write and ask for ...

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