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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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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Kesi Sutta, what is an untamable person?

"It is true, Kesi, that it's not proper for a Tathagata to take life. But if a tamable person doesn't submit either to a mild training or to a harsh training or to a mild & harsh training, ...
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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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Are monks expected to accept life lessons from (time spent with) the laity?

In general, the monks are expected to preach the Dhamma and the laity should listen. But "behind the scenes", so to say, should monks really be learning from at least some situations they run into ...
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Which Pau Auk branch to stay at?

I am writing to you today for your advice. I have been considering ordination in the Pau Auk tradition. I am planning a trip to stay for a month in May to see what the life is like. I am undecided ...
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What are the requirements for Once-returner?

I know about the ten fetters model. I read that a Once-returner has very reduced desire and aversion to the point that they only appear when tired or unmindful. Are there other relevant requirements?...
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Are the Pali-words Patinissagga and Vossagga synonyms?

Are both Pali-words synonyms or is there a slight difference between 'patinissagga' and 'vossagga'?
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Ultimate reality and tilakkhana

Is it correct to say that the tilakkhana (anicca, dukkha, anatta) is ultimate reality?
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What is the difference between panna vimutti and ceto vimutti?

I wonder if the difference has something to do with the permanent destruction (through vipassana bhavana) vs. the temporary destruction (through samatha bhavana) of the kilesas?
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What's the karmic cause for loneliness

I'm wondering why some people have many friends (lasting friendship like friends since kindergarten to college)while some has almost none. I understand that it would depend on situations in present. ...
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Reference to Questions of King Milinda in Progress of Insight, Chapter 12

In Mahasi Sayadaws "Progress of Insight", Chapter 12. Insight Leading to emergence (vutthanagamini-vipassana-ñana), a reference is made to Milindapañha. Also in the Questions of King Milinda it is ...
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Is this a grave mistake in DN22 translation?

Is this a grave mistake in DN22 translation? It appears both Ven. Thanissaro and Bhante Sujato have made a grave translation error in DN22. “Mendicants, the four kinds of mindfulness meditation ...
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Understanding Saṅkhāra in dependent origination as *choices* of body, speech and mind?

Continuing to try to understand Dependent Origination from my own reading of the suttas as well trying to grok the understanding of other skilled practitioners and I've come across an interesting ...
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Relationship between the 5 higher fetters and the Three Characteristics or the Three Doors

I use the definition of Three Doors posted here: https://www.reddit.com/r/Buddhism/comments/6rrbl8/any_commentaries_on_the_three_doors_of_liberation/dl7h0e1/ To me, it looks like there is a ...
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Is HH Dalai Lama conceited? [closed]

I heard that Theravada presupposes HH Dalai Lama is not even reached initial bodhisattva enlightenment and that His existence is mocked. Is it not so?
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What are the resources a Buddhist can use during very hard times?

I will try to fit that in a question so it will make sense in this forum: What are the resources a Buddhist can use during very hard times? Currently I'm working 12h a day under a lot of pressure, ...
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Is there a story or a mentioning about masturbation in the Buddhist teachings?

Is masturbation wrong? In what exact way is it wrong? I just need to know if the act of masturbation is wrong. This may include watching nudity while masturbating. Even though it's an addiction, I was ...
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How can one define luxurious beds and seats in the eighth precept?

The precept, Uccasayana mahasayana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami in eight precepts suggests that one should abstain from high and luxurious beds and seats. How should one define which bed or ...
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Are there Bodhisatta practices within Theravada?

In the Majjhima Nikaya, there are mentions of Bodhisattvas. For instance, Bhayabherava Sutta (4. Fear and Dread) says: "Before my enlightenment, while I was still ony an unenlightened ...
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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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What if there was no one to offer food to monastics?

This is a questions that often comes up when I visit study groups, particularly when the subject of everyone practicing like a monk/nun comes up. Wouldn't monastics be allowed to farm-just enough for ...
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Theravada perspective on transgender people

What would be the Theravada approach to people who have a transgender experience? As far as I understand it, the mind does not have a gender. So should a Buddhist, out of compassion alone, indulge a ...
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Without reproducing, how is buddhism a proper belief in a world where resources are limited?

Say foreign people would come in a ideal buddhist country where everyone is an aharant. They would take the monks into slavery by force to have them work in a field and they would also steal their ...
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King Siddharta, his wife Jasodhara, and other buddhas

What happened to king Siddhartha after he left the palace after renouncing the duty of King?How many days queen Jasodhara remained in the palace with his son?A king is not so weak minded so that he he ...
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Causes of downfall of a Man, pointed by Buddha in Mangala Sutta

As, pointed out by Buddha in Mangala Sutta, the causes of downfall of a man. Among those following is the one among them; 1) Those who have ample wealth does not support his old aged father and mother ...
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Husband and wife for hundreds of times of consecutive rebirth. How?

In Theravada Buddhism, once a person dies he or she will be reborn immediately. Each person dies at a different time. How is it possible for a husband and a wife to meet again in the future ...
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What is the origin of Buddho meditation?

Some people say its from the forests of Thailand before Ajaan Sao's time - Some people say it comes from the Pali Canon but was scrubbed over time Some people say it comes from Sri Lanka Some ...
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Can Mahayana and Theravada learn from eachother?

What can those following the Theravada learn when studying the Mahayana as the Mahayana see it? What can those following the Mahayana learn when studying the Theravada as the Theravada see it? Is ...
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What could be some teachings that Buddha has not revealed to us?

In Maha-parinibbana Sutta Buddha has said: "there is nothing, Ananda, with regard to the teachings that the Tathagata holds to the last with the closed fist of a teacher who keeps some things back." ...
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Theravada and Mahayana - The Crucial Differences

I struggle with the idea that Buddhism has two warring schools and wonder why they cannot make peace. What are the issues on which Theravada and Mahayana cannot agree? Just bullet points would be ...
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Reincarnation of a Sotapanna person (Stream Enterer)

When the life of a Sotapanna ends, let's say he/she reincarnates as a human. Does that mean, the reincarnated is capable of demonstrating the qualities of a Sotapanna since a very young age? Or, ...
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Is the term “Everything happens for a reason” appropriate?

In terms of Buddhist thought Is this accurate? It doesn't seem to jive with cause and effect which is more often referenced.
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Important Commentaries?

Q: 1) Can someone name the most important commentaries, sub-commentaries, etc. I should read while reading the Tipitaka?
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Can you explain the “Maha Meru”?

I have come to learn the fact that the idea if maha meru is not only included in the buddhist canon but in many other beliefs and cultures which are not Buddhist. This is what Wikipedia says - https:/...
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Is there mention of Maitreya Buddha in Pali Canon?

How did this idea of next Buddha formed? Is it the influence of other religion where they say Kalki or Christ will return. Also does Pali Canon mention many other Buddha before Gautam Buddha?
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Are Jataka tales authentic words of the Buddha? [duplicate]

If these stories could be taken to be truly narrated by the Buddha, it gives some interesting twists to the generally understood history of India and Indian philosophy. For example, there are Jataka ...
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Third precept and parents approval

If one is having sexual relationship with minor (protected by parents) and parents disapprove the relationship, that is breaching of the third precept. What if an adult child having a (sexual) ...
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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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simplest possible teaching on the four Satipatthana

I have read about The Satipatthana Sutta, the Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness, is generally regarded as the canonical Buddhist text with the fullest instructions on the system of ...
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Right Livelihood Monastics

Since we know (in some traditions) monks and nuns can't work, what is meant by right livelihood for them?
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Arguing of Buddhists?

Q: Do Buddhists argue over topics? Wouldn't that be unwholesome and view clinging?
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Monastics & Hygine

I had questions on Monastic hygiene in Theravada: 1) Do monks/nuns brush their teeth and put on deodorant etc 2) If monks/nuns are only allowed to bathe every 2 weeks, how do they deal with ...
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Buddhist path X Romantic Relationships and Sons

First of all I will apologize because it will be hard to put that as a clear and simple question. Once a person decides to enter the Buddhist path, it becomes clear that one should avoid engaging in ...

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