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 does the Pali canon say about “death”?

I'm just clinging to this notion that the small death (of prthagjanas) is never reversible, and never incomplete. Leaving aside the notion of "karma" and "rebirth" and "continuity", what does the ...
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Is there a Vipassana meditation in the Mahayana tradition?

I was brought up in the Theravada tradition and have little knowledge on Mahayana. Recently some of my friends participated in a Mahayana retreat and praised it highly. One of them even claimed that ...
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What are the ten courses of action (kamma)?

In the Visuddhimagga, on the topic of virtue, there is a reference to the ten courses of action (kamma): Furthermore, virtue as volition is the seven volitions [that accompany the first seven] of ...
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Is radiating loving kindness increase attachment?

In the early stage, it's said that radiating loving kindness to opposite sex can potentially arouse lust. While I'm not sure if the person who we radiate loving kindness to can have their lust aroused,...
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Types of Meditation in Theravada Buddhism

How many types of meditation are there in Theravada Buddhism? Could you also provide a list of them as well. Thank you in advance.
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should i consider this as a hindrance in my practice

advice solicitated:i went to a wedding to perfect my mantra recitation and help around in the vedic work say,setting the "havan-kunda" etc.at night on the last day while i was sleeping in the outhouse,...
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“The Blessed One”, is it bad translation?

I found "The Blessed One" in English translation of Suttas. Because in Buddhism blessing is not legit/proper word to use to anyone, especially Buddha need not to be blessed, is it loosely translated ...
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Mindfulness and mental habits

When we practice mindfulness we notice our mental habit and mental pattern. What makes us angry, jealous, greedy, etc.. My question is, when you notice them, do you change it to positive mental ...
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Sutta in which Buddha says that he/anyone don't have to take another person words?

As in Title, I'm searching for a sutta in which I recall that probably some person started to offend a Buddha, and he responded by giving some analogy, probably to offered food, that one doesn't have ...
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Can someone mention few good web sites to learn theravada Buddhism?

I run a Buddhist blog with daily updates and i am facing a bit of trouble finding sources for it as i try to update it everyday with at least a single new article or a book everyday. I am already ...
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Buddhism in ancient Arabic regions

In the age of king "Asoka", the expansion of Buddhism reached Arabic countries. Does anybody know what those countries are called now? Can anyone provide details about what happened to those places / ...
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Vegetarianism in Buddhism on different schools

Namo Buddhaya I want to ask something related to vegetarianism in Buddhism. This question started when I read about vegetarianism according to several schools of Buddhism such as Theravada and ...
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Sammasam Buddha's Sila, was it the best Sila?

Buddha said Sariputra "My Sila is the best/incomparable". But people at the time of Buddha donated flowers, perfumes and jewelries to Buddha (Need citations in Pali Canon and Pitaka). The monk/num's ...
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In which Sutta, Buddha wore cloth of dead body?

It is difficult for me to find the reference about Gautama Buddha wore robe made from cloth which was wrapped to a death body. Which part of Sutta do I have to reference? Can we calculate how long ...
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Back from a retreat: what to practice?

I need to give some background before I can ask my question so, my apologies for the long winded post. I am back from a wonderful 6 days retreat (Bhikkhu Buddhadasa teaching/ Anapanasati). With the ...
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Why Buddha said “if you want to remove small/light codes from Vinaya”?

In Maha-parinibbana Sutta, Buddha said "if Sanga want, after I completed Parinibbana, you can remove small and/or light codes from Vinaya". Why Buddha said this approval to Sanga? Is it a kind of ...
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Which are the vipassana jhanas?

Which are the vipassana jhanas? What are the differences with the jhanas? Where can I find more information about them?
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Is there any reference scheme for paragraph in Sutta?

Is there any reference scheme for paragraph in Sutta? How it can be presented in numerical notation? Is there any complete translation of all tipitaka into English language (not leaving any single ...
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To what extent is Theravāda followed in Japan?

Extract from Ven. Nyanatiloka's Bio says In 1920, after being denied re-entry into British ruled Sri Lanka, Nyanatiloka taught at Japanese universities for five years, including at Taisho ...
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Vipassana on arupa worlds

S. N. Goenka in Why Vedana and What is Vedana? says: It is clear that vedana as a part of the nama that is firmly rooted in kaya is what the Buddha wanted us to focus on when he talked about ...
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How to cure “if I blamed someone who we should not blame”?

According to the Buddha's teaching, how can one cure the offense of "blaming someone who we should not blame"? Here "someone" means from Sotapanna to Arahant; and "blame" means to accuse that what he/...
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How cognition can be explained in Buddha's Abidhamma?

Cognition, how it happens on one's mind? Is there any comprehensible English explanation about it?
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Are there any cultural or religious guidelines for Buddhist tattoos?

I've notice people on Instagram are getting tattoos of Mahakala and other Buddhist deities. Are there any cultural or religious guidelines to consider when getting a tattoo of a Dharmapala or any ...
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Even if those offended are just ignorant about the word “Hinayana”, why use it?

Why use a word thought by some to be offensive even if the meaning isn't meant to be offensive? There is no other word that can be used? Would using another word (or phrase) be compassionate towards ...
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How I can live longer as well as peaceful by doing practices taught by Buddhism?

How I can live longer and healthier as well as peaceful by following practices taught by Buddha, Buddhism and Sanga? I like to live long as a normal person (not being a monk). Live long here, I means ...
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What are the benefits of caring parents?

The Dhamma says that not helping parents is evil and preaches to take care of the elderly parents. What can be some positive outcomes the children will get by helping the parents?
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Principles of moral conduct

For denourishing restlessness and remorse, code of discipline and principles of moral conduct are useful. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/nyanaponika/wheel026.html#rest But what are ...
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Sequence in the noble eightfold path

It's clear right view is the foremost factor as without the right view one would not go for practicing the noble eightfold path at all. But when the rest is considered, is there a real sequence? My ...
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Does the Nihilism view (natthika-dithi) actually deny rebirths?

Is the Nihilism view (natthika-dithi) actually denying rebirths? In Fuller's The Notion of Diṭṭhi in Theravāda Buddhism: The Point of View, in the translation of the Sāmaññaphala-sutta, natthika-...
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How to calculate the number of years in a kalpa?

Wikipedia's Kalpa(aeon) in Buddhism article says, In another simple explanation, there are four different lengths of kalpas. A regular kalpa is approximately 16 million years long (16,798,000 years[...
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How are the Seven Purifications (satta-visuddhi) practiced in daily life?

What are the 7 Purifications in laymans terms and how is this practiced in daily life?
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Right livelihood with modern (potentially dangerous) products

Besides right livelihood described by Buddha, we also have to avoid action that is harmful. Some people claim that the long-term side effects associated with various modern products are unknown, or ...
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Is generating intention necessary?

Any intentional action is kamma. We do good and bad actions. Like any other actions, sometimes we do it intentionally, sometimes we just do it without intention. Is it necessary to generating good ...
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Kammas are imponderable?

Buddha says if one plants mango, he will reap only mango not something else. Short-lived and get killed are the result of killing living beings, poverty is the result of stealing, not trusted by ...
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Is it helpful, how is it possible, to deal with anger by 'accepting' it with equanimity?

I'm new to Buddhism and I had just started to put some of the teachings into practice. But I'm having great difficulty dealing with my anger. I have always been rather intense in my emotions. I get ...
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What is the difference between nama-rupa and the five skandhas?

As I understood it from the abhidharma, nama-rupa is just another way of looking at the five skandhas, a different scheme for the same thing, along with others (e.g. the dhatus). But, as far as I can ...
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Theravada - Death and rebirth [duplicate]

Recently I did my research and getting familiar with actual teachings of Buddha. Here are my questions. 2 : There are some kids who can/ could remember things from their past life. Could this be true?...
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Explain this Theravada Wheel of Life?

Wikipedia's Bhavacakra (Within the Theravada tradition) article includes this picture of the wheel: From inner to outer, it has four rings: Past, Present, Future Active and Passive ? Twelve Nidanas ...
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Is shellfish aquaculture considered a wrong livelihood?

I am currently employed on an aquaculture farm that specializes in clams and oysters. According to our modern system of taxonomy, both of these organisms are considered animals. I also know that a ...
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Can someone please guide me to theravada buddhist monastery in France or Netherland?

Looking for someone who could guide me to Theravada Buddhist monastery in France or Netherland on July
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The idea of transfer merit

It is said that merit transfer is a later development. We reap what we sow, it is not possible for the merit to be transferred. Is it true any recipient will not be able to receive any merit that is ...
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How can we view the statement that “life must be understood backwards but must be lived forwards" from a Buddhist perspective?

Soren Kierkegaard once wrote, Det er ganske sandt, hvad Philosophien siger, at Livet maa forstaaes baglænds. Men derover glemmer man den anden Sætning, at det maa leves forlænds. It is ...
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Jivaka Sutta on three conditions

In this Sutta Buddha says there are three conditions meat can be eaten When the animals are not seen to have been killed for oneself When someone is not told by other people that an animal has been ...
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Naraka/hell realms in Buddhism [duplicate]

A being is born into a Naraka-Niraya or Hell as a direct result of his or her accumulated actions (karma) and resides there for a finite period of time until that karma has achieved its full result. ...
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How does the Dhamma reconcile slavery?

Since one of the aspects of wrong livelihood is human trafficking, why do we frequently read in the Canon instances where a slave should be good to his master, a master should be good to his slaves.
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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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What do you think would be a good way to explain death to a child, from a Buddhist perspective?

When a young child hears that someone died, it's natural for him to wonder whether he'll die too, or whether those who are most dear to him too die quite unexpectedly. So what kind of a response ...
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Any advice for beginners about Vipassana traditions?

There are many Theravada Vipassana traditions according to this wikipedia page and more according to this answer. My questions are: Are any, or all, of these traditions suited to beginners? And why? ...
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What is the mean of 'samma ditti' in Ariya-Ashtanga Marga?

Everybody, who is learning Buddhism know that 'Samma Dhitti' is the 1st of 'Ariya-Ashtanga Marga'. It's surface meaning is 'Right vision'. But what is the exact meaning of it? It is a one procedure ...
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Eating meat and buying meat

Buddha said to his disciples (monks), meat can be eaten if they are not seen, heard or suspected to have been killed on purpose for a monk. Eating meat is different from killing animal, it's clear. ...