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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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Buddha's tooth, ashes, footprints and other marks

There are many places that claim to have a part of the Buddha, a tooth, ashes, a footprint (sri pada) etc. I would like to know, according to Theravada tradition (but I accept answers from other ...
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Caught between two worlds

Hi my Name is Tobias and I am 31 years old. Of course there is a personal story behind my question and a lot of causes and conditions that led to my current situation but in brief the question goes ...
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Rebirth in the human realm

I need to find the Sutta in where it is stated how a human being will be reborn. There should be different states for example if you are born in a high society you were respectful towards parents, ...
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Reason(s) for being born as men and women

Does anyone have an explanation as to how Buddhism explains the reason(s) as to why and how humans are born as men and women? What governs the gender?
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Why is Buddhahood attained only by males? [duplicate]

Is there a particular reason(s) for a Buddha to be only of male gender? I'm interested in any explanation in scriptures as well as your interpretations and opinions.
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Are there Material Differences of Current Theravada Teachings with Pre Sectarian Buddhism?

Are some of the Suttas we have today different from the original Suttas as taught by the Buddha? Are there any surviving pre sectarian Buddhist sources and commentaries? What research has been done on ...
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Is it possible to learn sanskrit on your own? [closed]

I want to learn sanskrit so that I'll have an easier go at learning pali
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Theravada using mostly Vinaya and 4 Nikayas

There is a Buddhist monk from Theravada tradition that only follows Vinaya and the 4 Nikayas, he avoids talking about Abidhamma or other sources like Jakata Tales, he said some later stories ...
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What is the Buddhist Way to Reform and Correct People?

In early Buddhism we see that characters like: Angulimala Ajatasatru Ashoka In recent times we have seen S.N.Goenka doing prison courses. Also there are new perspectives in correction discussed in ...
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Does any Theravada Suttas / sources refer to Oozing orifices? What are the Suttas?

According to Satipatthana Mula (By Sujato Bhikkhu edited by Piya Tan) Śāripūtrābhidharma Satipatthana contains a section on oozing orifices. What exactly does Śāripūtrābhidharma sources say about ...
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What is meant by the 8 stages of insight?

I have heard that there are 8 attainments or stages of insight in the progression of Vipassana, can anyone explain? I'm familiar with the 8 stages of jhana but I believe this is in reference to ...
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Did Buddha ever say that educated people would be a problem?

I was reading the book "Daham Danum Sangrahaya 1" about facts of Buddhism written by a Buddhist monk. And it says if all the people in a region are educated it would be a problem. I want to know if ...
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Is a Theravada Buddhist permitted/able to take a Bodhisattva vow?

This is a sister question to this one. Suppose a Theravada practitioner decided they wanted to take a Bodhisattva vow, could they (and remain Theravadin)? I guess there are a few of components to ...
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Which Buddha do Buddhists take refuge in?

Does one take refuge into the concept of Buddhahood or refuge into Gautama Buddha? What about Vairocana Buddha or Amitābha Buddha for that matter? I've heard various things from taking refuge in a ...
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If the Buddha praised Samatha, why is it losing importance?

It seems like these days, teachers are looking down to Samatha meditation, I would like to understand why, based on the suttas, this the meditation praised by the Buddha. Could someone explain why ...
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Who were the wise in the Buddha's discourses?

When the Buddha said: "Censured or praised by the wise?" In a few suttas, when talking about right actions, who exactly were those wise?
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What can go wrong in Mindfulness Therapy as used in Clinics?

I just stumbled across the article Mindfulness therapy comes at a high price for some, say experts. Even when mindfulness is practiced correctly, side effects may occur, like feeling lost or ...
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Were there earlier western monks before Bhikkhu Ananda Metteyya (Charles Henry Allan Bennett)

Looking at the Bio of Ven. Nyanatiloka who was regarded as one of the earliest monks. I came across that he had met Bhikkhu Ananda Metteyya (Charles Henry Allan Bennett) who was also a Western monk ...
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Virtue of monk and lay ariya

If there's a monk without any attainment of awakening yet and a layperson with some stage of attainment (say sotapanna, anagami), what does the sutta text say about virtue of them?
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Garu kamma explanation

garu-kamma (weighty karma) - if one has killed one's mother or father, for example. These types of karma outweigh any other possible result; one who has performed these at some time in this life ...
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Theravada buddhism and Mahayana buddhism [duplicate]

What are the main differences in theravada and mahayana buddhism?
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Can a buddhist enjoy life - what are the limitations and restrictions

I see many people telling that buddhism restricts the happiness of "gihi" (non clergy) life. What do you think? Does teaching in buddhism ask people to always think of uncertainty?
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3 deliverance 8 liberations and stages of enlightenment

Is there any relations between 3 deliverance, attha vimokkha and stages of enlightenment? During meditation (like anapanasati) , how does one switch to insight (into five aggregates) after gaining ...
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Are monks allowed to travel during the rain retreat?

AFAIK, monks are not allowed to be away from their monasteries for more than 3 days during the rain season. But a monk I know had to travel out of the country due to some personal matter during this ...
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Sutras in Western Buddhism?

How should western practitioners approach the sutras? What are the most important sutras from the main Buddhist traditions for westerners to study? When studying the sutras should that be considered a ...
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Interacting with monks in Thailand

I'm planning to visit Thailand, so I would like to know some simple local "rules" to interact with monks respecting Theravada tradition, I want to avoid behaving like a tourist that (not intentionaly) ...
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Why mara wants to distract

These davas are always against Buddha, his Dhamma and those who are practicing. Since they also exist in planes of existence, why do they bother others trying to liberate themselves? They themselves ...
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Was the Buddha an arahant?

According to Theravadan Buddhism would the Buddha have been considered an arahant? Is this word synonymous with the title 'the Buddha' or does being the Buddha mean something over and above being an ...
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How to work with praise and blame?

What are the scriptural references to working with praise and blame from the Pali Canon? I am specifically looking for answers with Explanations on the significance of praise and blame, and how they ...
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What does it mean to 'advert' to the factors of jhana after emerging from jhana?

I think this all comes from the Visudhimagga's explanation of jhana. I'm not sure there's any references to a term similar to "advert" in the Canon, but I keep running into the term advert without any ...
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How can one relate Buddhism epistemology of Thought and Attention to its Western counterpart? [closed]

There are at least two possibilities, and no doubt many more besides. The first one turns around the Cartesian dictum, "Cogito ergo sum", "I think therefore I am". René Descartes got off to a ...
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Is Bhikkhu allowed to keep his food in refrigerator for next day or for long period?

From Theravada view; Recently, I saw the video and I am not sure whether a monk can store food in a refrigerator; From my understanding, a monk cannot store food for next day. I believe this should ...
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Did the Buddha approved the idea of a council or was it a decision made after he passed away?

I would like to know if the idea of having a council was something suggested by the Buddha, also I would like to know if he had any influence in the way the teachings are currently grouped.
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Is there an intermediate state between death and rebirth in Theravada tradition?

The Tibetan book of the dead is very famous and widely known, but how about rebirth in the Theravada tradition? Is there anything similar to an intermediate dimension or does death automatically lead ...
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Why do Buddhists have children? [duplicate]

In Buddhism they teach that life is suffering, that it's all about pain (which is true) and that you should try your best to achieve Nirvana and become someone who won't have any more rebirths. This ...
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Does Theravada Buddhism accept Jataka Stories?

Once in a Dhamma talk I heard a Theravada Monk saying he did not believe in such stories, because some of them contradict the Buddha's teachings (suttas), I don't know if that was his personal opinion ...
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Which Buddhist council included the conclusions that there is no creator-god and no day of judgment?

After the Buddha is said to have achieved Nirvana, there were subsequent Buddhist Councils that were held. Some years ago I came across an article that said that it was in one of these Councils that ...
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What is the best translation of Anatta into English?

Is the best translation of Anatta "non-self" or "there is nothing that you can take as me, mine, self or non-changing everlasting controllable part which can be identified as me, mine or everlasting ...
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Do Theravada monks search for reincarnation of teachers?

I know this is very common among Mahayanas, specialy in Tibet where they search for their old teachers (Lamas) all call them Rinpoche. Is this also a practice in Theravada Buddhism?
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Were robes a factor in the spread of Buddhism?

If you look at the countries where Theravada Buddhism has historically taken hold (Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar/Burma) they are all in fairly close proximity to each other in the ...
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Does anyone know of any good Asubha sites?

Does anyone know of any good Asubha sites? Am interested in suitable objects for contemplation for the overcoming of lust.
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Can personal experience generate buddhistic insight outside of meditation?

This is a question formed from an anecdotal experience, if this means that it is unsuitable for this format, I have no problem with it being removed. Specifically, after seeing the news about a mass ...
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Is there an English translation of the Abhidhamma?

I wonder if there is an English version of the Abhidhamma, in its entirety?
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Does Theravada believe in feeding food to hungry ghosts?

Certain Buddhist schools perform rituals to offer food to hungry ghosts. And I've heard and read stories that psychic mediums at the rituals saw hungry ghosts came eating the food. Some also reported ...
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Why do monastics in certain Buddhist traditions take new names?

In the Theravada tradition, and perhaps others, monastics take a new name when becoming bhikkhus/bhikkhunis. Where does this tradition come from, and what is its significance? Others don't - what's ...
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What is the difference between a Bodhisatta and a Bodhisattva?

Lots of Buddhist words have two different spellings (kamma/karma) because one is the Pali version and the other is the Sanskrit version; but the meaning is the same. My understanding of Bodhisatta and ...
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What are the main differences between the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana branches of Buddhism? [closed]

The question basically says it all, but I'll try to elaborate a bit: Are there differences in terms of the concepts used in each of these branches? Are there differences in the practices of each of ...
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How to combine Orthodox Christianity and Buddhism? [closed]

I was baptized into Orthodox Christianity in childhood. During recent years, I've been living in Thailand, attending worship in temples, offering alms to monks, and participating in other ceremonies ...