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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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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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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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 ...
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How compatible are (Theravada) Buddhism and the Western life?

There are a lot of people practicing their religion at home (to some extent). But how practical is that for a Buddhist? My question came boiling up when a family-member said that I ultimately have to ...
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How should a theravada centre approach the lay people for support?

I was planning to visit a centre, so first I checked their webpage, I thought they are a lit too pushy when it comes to donations, asking for money in a very explicit way to pay their bills. OK, let ...
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What happens if a monk is called for jury duty?

Is it possible for a monk to be called for jury duty in the U.S.A.? If so, does the Buddhist religion prevent them from taking part int he judicial process, as it involves passing judgment on others? ...
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What are the 4 wheels and 9 doors in Snp 1.29?

What are the four wheels and nine doors mentioned in the sutta below? Why is it "born from a bog"? What is the meaning of the sutta? From the Four Wheels Sutta (Sutta Nipata 1.29): “Having four ...
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What is the difference between approaching the idea 'no-self' and the act to 'depersonalize'?

In modern days, 'de-personalization' is seen as negative and in some cases, a symptom of an emotional disorder. In Buddhism, seeing through no-self/identity view is the minimum criteria to attain the ...
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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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Where is the complete William Hamilton's “Saints and Psychopaths”?

I have been trying to find a complete copy of William Hamilton's "Saints and Psychopaths" and although it seems to be distributed on the web in various places in electronic format, it also seems that ...
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Right knowledge and right relase or right release and right knowledge

In ten Noble path the sequence is right knowledge and right release. (Samma Nana and samma vimutti) In SN 12.23 it says: Dispassion is a vital condition for freedom. virāgūpanisā vimutti, Freedom ...
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Sakkāya-Ditthi and Self-View

It's mentioned in many references that when someone becomes Sotāpanna (= stream-entrant = Person-who-has-seen-Dharma) then the first three fetters (saŋyojana) are dropped. My question is, if the ...
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What do Birth, Age, and Death mean in the first noble truth?

Below is from Ariyapariyesana Sutta "Monks, there are these two searches: ignoble search & noble search. And what is ignoble search? There is the case where a person, being subject himself ...
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Escaping alone is not enough

I am attached to my parents, children and other close family members quite heavily. Me alone escaping the suffering is not enough. I want to make sure they are on track to escape suffering as well. ...
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What is actually Nirvana — what are some Tripitaka sources?

What do you know about the Nirvana? Most of this community people are from all around the world, and may have different teachers, and level of knowledge may vary. A brief explanation, with reference ...
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Do I get more merits if I give more?

Do I get more merits if I give more? What is considered a reasonable donation? Please give some examples.
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How many types of Buddhism exists in this world?

many times, I stumbled to start to dig something towards teaching of Buddha and at some point want to make focus on Buddhism. During my journey of looking bird eye of view, I passed through Vipassana, ...
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What are the main differences — in meditation practice and discipline — between different schools of Theravada?

Wikipedia lists schools in this section ... Schools of Buddhism (Theravāda subschools) ... but, those pages which describe each school focus on doctrine or philosophical aspects (and don't always ...
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Vipassanā Without Samatha?

I have heard it stated that vipassana can be practiced without samatha. Since samatha leads us to the early jhana factors of vitarka and vicara, how is it possible to do vipassana with wandering ...
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What is Sanna Samapatti and Nirodha Samapatti?

What is Sanna Samapatti and Nirodha Samapatti? How this differs from Sanna Vedaniya Nirodha? What is the sutta reference? This question based on the following Dhamma talk in the Sinhalese language. ...
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Dependent Origination in terms of conventional truth or teaching (Vohara Desana) and Ultimate truth or teaching (Paramattha Desana)?

It appears many of my doubts and questions about Buddhism is the result of not being able to marry the teaching of conventional truth and the ultimate truth. For instance, when we take Jati in ...
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Why do you have sadness in the first Jhana?

Why do you have sadness in the first Jhana? It appears you still have the sadness in first Jhana. What sort of sadness it is? The Vitakka and Vicara in First Jhana are wholesome. That is loving ...
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Did Ledi Sayadaw teach that Vipassanā should be practised by observing bodily sensations with equanimity?

A very short summary of the Vipassanā technique taught by S.N. Goenka would be: "observe your bodily sensations with equanimity". The role of physical bodily sensations is the key aspect of the ...
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Reference for the teaching of not-self

I have heard in the past a kind of argument to show that there is no self along the lines of: are you your body? No, your cells regenerate all the time. Are you your emotions? No, they come and go. ...
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How much does the Bodhisattva way influence Theravadan practices?

I've read Walpola Rahula on this, and so I think I already understand that the frequently held view that the Bodhisattva concept is far less a part of Theravada than Mahayana, etc. is at best an over-...
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Sutta request: dedication of offerings in another ones name

This is a request for sutta references. I'd like to know the sutta's that describe how one can dedicate offerings in the name of a dearly departed one so that (s)he can, hopefully, have a better ...
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Sutta jhana vs. Visuddhimagga jhana

In the paper "Multiple Buddhist Modernisms: Jhāna in Convert Theravāda", Natalie Quli compares what the following teachers have taught about jhana: Ayya Khema, Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, Pa-Auk ...
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Given that Buddhism could accommodate people's prior religious beliefs, why is Buddhism itself now described as a religion?

Read somewhere that Buddhism does not advocate to go away from the beliefs of a person. Or in a way accommodate one's rooted beliefs from childhood. The main objective of following the path of Buddha ...
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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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What is knowledge and vision?

I just wonder whether the translation of the following is correct. And what are those things that are better and finer than knowledge and vision? Katame ca, brāhmaṇa, dhammā ñāṇadassanena ...
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Is the concept of Gandhabba Brahmanical teaching?

Is the concept of Gandhabba Brahmanical teaching? I just wonder the teaching of Gandhabba is not a Buddhist teaching. ‘But do you know ‘Jānanti pana bhonto— how an embryo is conceived?’ yathā ...
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What should you do when someone teaches false Dharma?

I was part of a religious group that claimed to be everything that the Buddha teaches. But, when you listen to their teachings, you can tell discrepancies between their teachings and Buddhist ...
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What is the destination (rebirth) of a person with Vibhava Tanha?

What is the destination (rebirth) of a person with Vibhava Tanha? There are three kinds of Tanha. (Kama, Bhava, Vibhava) some description of Vibhava Tanha: “And how do some slip right past? Some, ...
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What is the meaning of Pali word “Apannaka”

his question is based on the sutta translation of MN60. What is the Pali translation of “apannaka” https://suttacentral.net/mn60/en/sujato Ven. Sujato translate it as “guaranteed” Bhikkhu Bodi ...
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What is the duration of Jhana?

What is the duration of Jhana? How long the duration of each Jhana. For instance, what is the duration of the first Jhana? Say if I have first Jhana only for one minute, can I say that I was in the ...
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Other types of consciousness (viññāṇa) in Theravada?

There are the six types of consciousness (viññāṇa) based on MN 38, namely those related to the six sense media: eye, ear, nose, tongue, touch or mind. In MN 49, there was a "consciousness without ...
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Are eating raw oysters a violation of the first Precept? [duplicate]

The first Precept is to abstain from Killing a "living being". Is there a consistent definition of Living Being that we should not kill to avoid violating the first Precept? I have heard of a ...
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Why don't some buddhists believe in karma and rebirth?

According to MN 60 and other suttas, believing in karma and afterlife is right view and believing that there is no karma and afterlife is unskillful and a wrong view because there is actually karma ...
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How to reconcile Mahayana ideas of “nama-rupa” with the Pali definition?

I read the following ideas on the internet by Mahayana faithful: Namarupa means "name-form" - meaning "a concept of form", "an idea of form" - referring to our subjective representations of ...
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Is Papanca (i.e., hindrance) always unwholesome?

Is Papanca always unwholesome? The above question is based on MN 18 the honey cake -- https://suttacentral.net/mn18 Ven. Thanissaro has given a detailed explanation in his translation -- https://...