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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Why sukha (third Jhana) is more refine than pīti (second Jhana)?

Why is sukha (third Jhana) higher than pīti (second Jhana)? In other words, why does sukha not come before pīti? This question is based on the following suttas in the Moggallāna Saṃyutta.
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Details on what may be given as alms

Am very new to the Theravada Buddhist practices and would like to know specific items that could be given as alms. My understanding is that a monk cannot cook for himself from items given and further ...
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what is personality view?

inner conversation of mind has reduced now.after a period of had stopped during meditation.is it due to Samadhi which achieved?And what is personality view?
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How observance of the 5 Precepts is done?

As I know one says the 5 propositions and then goes about his day. Or are the precepts also pegs for mindfulness? Keeping them constantly in mind?
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8 Precept Commentaries?

Would like some suggestions on books/authors/resources for commentaries on keeping and maintaining the 8 and 10 precepts. Haven't found this question answered elsewhere. Am already aware of what the ...
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What is the general Buddhist consensus on catharsis?

Is it fine if you are mindful while doing it? Or did the Buddha denounce such practices as revelling or exaggerating emotions to provide temporary relief? I find that simply being mindful while ...
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How to deal with pride and vanity from a Buddhist perspective?

In my interactions with other people I am sometimes very full of my self, proud and vanitous and it leaves me with a bad taste afterwards or it even stops me from taking action in a direction I would ...
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Why does Mara, the Evil One one comes looking for consciousness at death?

Is this explained in the Pali Canon? Then the Blessed One went with a large number of monks to the Black Rock on the slope of Isigili. From afar he saw Ven. Vakkali lying dead on a couch. Now at ...
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Philosophical and Doctrinal Differences between Theravada and Zen, and its effects

The difference between Theravada and Zen may be like night and day. I favour Zen over Chinese Mahayana because I don't quite prefer the Pure Land beliefs. Hence, I want to compare these two. I ...
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Is Venerable Mahakashyapa still Alive?

Is the disciple of Lord-Buddha Mahakashyap still Alive? "The Venerable Mahakashyapa is still present in the world. When he left home under the Buddha, he was already one hundred sixty years old. At ...
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Lost and in need of guidance

I live in Dickinson, North Dakota USA and I am wanting to follow Buddha but have no one to teach me or to ask questions to. I has wondering if there is anyway to get in to contact with a Theravada ...
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What is taught about Buddha nature in Theravada Buddhism?

Reference: http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/snapshot02.htm The very last row talks about Buddha Nature. According to this page, Buddha Nature is not taught in Theravada Buddhism, and to my ...
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Karma and the creation of the earth

I believe I've heard that the earth, after periodical destruction, comes into being because because beings with unexpiated karma exist - some of them will need to be born as humans, some as animals. ...
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Difference between Sampajanna and Vipassana

If Sampajanna is clear comprehension and Vipassana is clearly seeing how or are they distinguishable?
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Does not keeping a promise violate the precept on lying? What if I promised myself?

In my opinion, if you promise something to someone and don't keep it, it is equivalent to lying. But what if the promise is to myself and I don't keep it; is it violating the precept on lying? Does ...
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Proper way to ask a teacher to become their student

I'm seeking a meditation/dharma teacher to help strengthen my practice, once I find one and establish some relationship what is the proper way to request becoming their student. I'm interested in The ...
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If someone was an Once-returner in last life how can he know that ?

There are 4 stages in the path to nirvana. one of them is called "Once-returner" and they will be born only once as a human. So my question is , If Someone was an once-returner in last life , how can ...
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What is the difference between Vitakka/Vicara and Papanca?

In the Madhupindika Sutta: The Ball of Honey (MN 18), what is the difference between Vitakka/Vicara and Papanca?
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If someone says publicly that he has achieved nirvana , can it be true?

When you achieve nirvana , you have given up yourself. There is no person anymore. But my question is , if someone says publicly that he is arahant, is there a possibility that it can be true?
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Buddhism Thervada Tattoos

I'd watched show Tattoo Hunter of Dr. Lars Krutak on Discovery channel. And he had Buddhist tattoo by Thervada monks. There was an Elephant, Tiger and Crocodile tattoos. And who had those tattoos they ...
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What would happen if everyone became a monk or nun?

Theravada Buddhism holds that achieving nirvana is impossible for a lay person, hence my question. "When this was said, the wanderer Vacchagotta asked the Blessed One: “Master Gotama, is there ...
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What is the Buddhist perspective on passively altering your subconcious?

Firstly I'd like to provide some context: When I first began getting into the Buddhist teachings, specifically that of the Theravada tradition, I'd often do things such as passively play the ...
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What is the concept of “Ego” or “self ”?

What is the concept of "Ego" or "self "? In buddhism there's concept called no self.Does is mean there's no "me" at all or does it mean that "me" cannot understood with out " you ".
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Are attachment, aversion, ignorance Kamma?

Are attachment, aversion, ignorance Kamma? Are they leading to a bad destination? If they are not Kamma how do they lead you to a bad destination?
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Addicted to a particular pleasure even when you know it has its drawbacks.

There’s a passage where the Buddha says that the reason we get so stuck on sensual desires, sensual pleasures, is because we don’t see any other alternative to pain. But when you see that there is the ...
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Why do I have to suffer due to a thing that a person in a past life has done that I have no control over?

The question that I was asked recently and couldn’t come up with a proper answer to was, "Please explain to me why I have to suffer due to a thing that a person in a past life has done that I have ...
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When does an ideology becomes a religion or just philosophy or a way of living?

When does an ideology becomes a religion or just philosophy or a way of living? Does each has any specific definition? or it depends upon person to person perception?
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Why is swastika in buddhism is in this 卍 format and not in this 卐 format? What is the difference between the two? What is the meaning of each sign?

I want to know why swastika is reverse in both the religion and what is the meaning of each sign? Someone within this forum said below lines on which I want to know what you people have to say on it ...
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Did the Buddha ever delve on the dangers of one's own spirtual achievements feeding the ego?

This question came up when I really thought back on both my and many others' spiritual journey. In the New Age community, especially, the sense of viewing things as illusions and making progress in ...
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Differently able people and their “Vinyana”

Say i am a Differently able person and i cant move my arms so how does my Vinyana work? Is that part of my "Kaya Vinyana" (The vinyana that works with the body) deactivated or lost contact with the ...
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What are the Sutta stating Paramithä requirements to be a stream winner?

I have heard, therefore I am yet to discover in Tipitaka, that to achieve certain stream winner stages, one needs to fulfill paramithä. Could you please give me the names of some sutta which I can ...
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Four Nutriments in the context of Satipatthana?

In relation to the sutta SN 47.42 can you explain how you understand the following? “With the origination of name-and-form there is the origination of mind. With the cessation of name-and-form ...
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Questions about cetasikas

1) How are cetasikas expressed? Could they be expressed as how the mind is orientated, thus influencing how, when, and what cittas arise? 2) Do cetasikas therefore play any indirect role in the ...
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Are Therevada's cosmology and the Mahanaya's sutras physically impossible?

Are Therevada's cosmology and the Mahanaya's sutras physically, rather than only psychologically, plasusible? I read about the former in the abhidharmakosabhasyam, about all the hells and heavens ...
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How do you handle a begar who want to stay in your temple?

As a monk how would you handle a homeless person who wants to stay in your temple? If you are not a monk just give the hypothetical answer based on your present knowledge assuming you are a monk.
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Can a person without any of the five physical senses attain arhatship?

I have read a person without senses cannot attain arhatship or even go through the noble eight fold path. But the story of Chakkupala thero confuses me somewhat
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Advice on leading sitting group

I've been practicing for about a half dozen years now, have been fortunate to go on several retreats and have a consistent practice. Where I'm currently living I really don't have access to a sitting ...
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Can you attain stream entry without meditation?

Venerable sir, Lately I have been wondering if there is a proper technique that can be used in order to attain stream entry rather than meditating. I have a few experiences with loving kindness ...
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When was the word enlightenment introduced into Theravada Buddhism?

I feel the word enlightenment conveys the wrong meaning if used in context of nibbana. For example, Buddha says that nibbana is similar to a lighted lamp, having taken away the oil and the wick, will ...
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Dhamma Language Learning

Anyone know of any methods of learning languages within a Buddhist setting? Like learning to read and listen to Dhamma talks and suttas or learning conversation with dialogues of a Buddhist nature. I ...
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Are there Theravada meditation retreats that allow one to work for room and board?

Practicing meditation in South Mississippi, USA, without easy access to a sangha or teacher, and reading Buddhist literature (primarily Theravadan), I feel a need to attend a week to ten day ...
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Sinhala translation of commentaries and subcommentaries

Is there a way to read Sinhala translation of commentaries and subcommentaries online..? I found the pali one, but not in Sinhalese. Hope for a help. Triple Gem Bless you all!!
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Questions about the “Tatiya­vitthā­ra­sutta”

SuttaCentral's Pāli text of SN 48.17, “Tatiya­vitthā­ra­sutta” is, “Pañcimāni, bhikkhave, indriyāni. Katamāni pañca? Saddhindriyaṃ … pe … paññindriyaṃ—imāni kho, bhikkhave, pañcindriyāni. Imesaṃ ...
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Who are your mother and father?

Considering the development of embryo technology, who does Buddhist Dharma consider as your mother and father: is it the biological parents, or the legal parents? The reason I ask this question is ...
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Am I approaching samadhi properly?

The problem: I've encountered some confusion about the differences between samadhi and vipassana, as would seem to be a frequent problem amongst beginners. This confusion was only worsened by my ...
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Why Salayatana is ommitted in this mode of Dependent Origination?

Why Salayatana is ommitted in this mode of Dependent Origination? "If one is asked, 'Is there a demonstrable requisite condition for contact?' one should answer, 'There is.' "If one is asked, 'From ...
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Did the Buddha state that there is only one way, and state/imply that any other path (such as those practiced by yogis) was futile?

This question mainly came up to my mind as I thought about how interconnected some concepts and practices of Buddhism are with other spiritual practices, such as meditation, and the concept of letting ...
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The question of why do we have craving

In Buddhism everything boils down to we as humans and animals crave. Craving is the root cause for suffering and rebirth. So the question becomes why are we hard coded to crave. Is there any ...
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Purpose of scattered thing or food under tree?

We often see things scattered under the main tree in the Buddhist Theravada temple yard. There is also fresh fruit cut open. It seems they are put under the tree deliberately and regularly. Does ...
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Bringing 'Atta' concept to Buddha's teachings

We have seen many researches and references (like "Reviewed Work: Self and Non-Self in Early Buddhism" and many more supporting documents from PTS, Pali text society) that the idea Atta to some extent ...

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