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 is the life of a monk really like?

I am curious to know a little bit more about the day-to-day life of Theravada buddhist monks. I am drawn to the idea of ordaining, but I fear this is only because I have romanticized the buddhist monk'...
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Om - meaning and “significance” of it in Buddhism - esp. in theravada?

Many buddhist mantras have Om/Aum in starting of it. In buddhism, esp. theravada, what is the meaning and "significance" of "Om"? (note:although I am open to mahayana,vajrayana interpretations too as ...
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Citta experience during meditation

During meditation if no doer and knower operate citta come for knowing. Means thoughts coming with spaces without external object. Is this what do you call citta? Is thoughts are due to citta ...
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Emptiness in Theravada and Mahayana

What is the difference between the concept of emptiness (Śūnyatā in Sanskrit, or suññatā in Pali) in the Theravada tradition and the concept of emptiness in the Mahayana tradition? From my basic ...
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miscarriage and abortion

3 years back i had to face with an relationships Problem with my ex boy friend and at that time i was pregnant. I had to abort my child at that time as a result of those problems. Now i am married ...
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discursive meditation

Dear Venerable and friends, Instead of anapanasati, some of us like to meditate on a subject; like contemplation. For instance; inevitability of death & uncertainty of the time of death and ...
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Buddhist attitude towards prostitution and non-procreative sexual activity

I would like to ask a question from a Theravada Buddhism perspective. In the Sutta it's said having sex with particular people is considered as sexual misconduct: He has no intercourse with girls ...
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Devotion in Buddhism

What is the purpose or significance of devotion in Buddhism? Are there differences in acts of devotion in Mahayana and Theravada tradition?
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What is Destruction of Lay arahathood? [duplicate]

when lay person attains enlightment he has to die that same day within 24 hours or else become monk if not there is destruction of life what is the future of such person ?
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What is the difference between Sakkaya Ditthi and Attanuditthi?

What is the difference between Sakkhya Ditthi and Attanuditthi? I have asked the same question at the Dhamma Wheel topic: Sakkaya Ditthi is not self-view!! In my opinion or view, SN 35.166 (...
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Best study tools on the net or books

I currently don't have a teacher and I'm looking for good study guides for the sutta's. I mean I'm reading them but when it comes to interpretation often I'm at a loss. Is there a source(s) or book(s) ...
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Occasional doubt in Buddhist Teachings

For about two years now I have been reading about Buddhism (Theravada) and have been trying to meditate and contemplate the Buddhist teachings. From this I have experienced some calm and a feeling of ...
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Celibacy - why not?

In Buddhist forums where I had asked this question, there are always "advanced" practitioners who say that there is no benefit for a lay person to be celibate. So every time i read that, I stop trying ...
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Is it disrespectful or unlawful to have dharma tattoo in Sri Lanka?

I read sometime ago that a woman with a Buddha tattoo was deported from Sri Lanka. Is it illegal because it's a Buddha image? Or other symbols like the dharma wheel are not allowed as tattoo as well? ...
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Meaning of the Pali-word “sampajanasi”?

In the Parayanavagga,Gatha #93, the Buddha says to Dhotaka: "Yam kinci sampajanasi" What is the exact meaning of the word sampajanasi ?
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Need more information about samanera or sramanera in India(Theravada tradition)?

I am planning to be samanera or sramanera for now. Later, would like to be a buddhist monk. I am interested in Theravada tradition. I live in India. But I have no idea what is the procedure to be one ...
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Is luminous mind unconditioned and not impermanent?

In AN1.51-52, we find a description of the luminous mind. The Pali version can be found here. The description in 51-52 implies that it is pre-existing. It's just that the ordinary worldling doesn't ...
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Does “married adults living with parents in parents' house” count as breaching the third precept?

It's very common for unmarried adult Asians in Asia to continue to live with their parents. Some choose to move out once they're married, some people for some reasons choose to stay even after they're ...
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Types of Jhana!

What type of Jhana (Vimuttimagga or Visuddhimagga) would you recommend? Is it possible for a Laity to attain all the four levels of Visuddhimagga Jhana? Metta. Charles.
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What titles apply to non-monastic/lay Buddhists? (upasaka/upasika savaka/sravaka)

Labels are illusions like all conditioned phenomena, but I have an attachment to taxonomy and being able to describe myself accurately. I'm working on that, but in the meantime, I thought this would ...
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What is arupa jhana (5th jhana)?

When meditation experience mind without body loss sensation about the environment where I am and feel like mind is in the sky by hearing voice of birds.is it a jhana?
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Taking Refuge in the Dhamma

Friends, having heard in many a Dhamma talk references being made to the permanence of the Dhamma as refuge, I am looking for suttas in the Pali Canon evoking that very theme of permanence of the ...
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Where does it say that venerable Moggallana got lost in space?

I've heard a story about venerable Moggallana (after he became enlightened). Moggallana, the left chief disciple of the Buddha, got lost in space when he tried to find the limits of the universe. Then ...
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Tatramajjhattatā • Equanimity • In the middle of all that

Friends, could anybody direct me to some suttas of the pâli canon about Tatramajjhattatā, the developed form of the equanimous abiding 'in the middle of all that'. To the best of my knowledge, this ...
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What is the meaning of Gatha #140 of the Parayanavagga?

Gatha #140 of the Parayanavagga goes as follows: “Akincannasambhavam natva, nandi samyojanam iti, evam-etam abhinnaya, tato tattha vipassati: etaṁ nanam tatham tassa, brahmanassa vusimato” ...
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Speaking falsehood is sinful. Does it mean speaking is the truth is no sinful?

Sometimes by speaking truth, we fall into trouble. For example, my college is lazy in cleaning living room. When I tell, he is lazy, he becomes angry and speak no longer. So speaking truth can ...
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Translation of Parayana - definition

Is it correct to translate 'parayana' as 'the other shore'? Or is there another and better synonym ?
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Does sottapana have perfect morality (sila)?

Someone told me the other day that a Sotapanna has perfect morality, particularly five precepts. I think I did read somewhere a Sotapanna has perfect morality but I forget the source. Can someone ...
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What would a sotapanna do? [duplicate]

There are many arguments whether a sotapanna has a perfect morality/sila or not. But let's base this topic on this Sutta: With what four factors of a stream enterer is he endowed? ...Is ...
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Mental ilness, causes and apaya realms

Mental illness is not uncommon in modern society, from mild to severe illness. Depression, (generalized) anxiety disorder, panic disorder and schizophrenia, to name a few. Do people with (long-term) ...
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Reborn in heaven and perfect sila/morality

Does someone have to have perfect morality or sila in order to be reborn in a heavenly realm? If yes, could someone provide the source?
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Depersonalization phenomenon as described in the Pali Canon

According to the gentleman in this video ... Enlightenment, DP/DR & Falling Into the Pit of the Void ~ Shinzen Young Shinzen talks about the empowering facets of enlightenment and compares this ...
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Five precepts and lower realms

My understanding is that, although we are practicing five precepts in this life, there is no guarantee we will not be reborn in lower realm, it is possible to take rebirth in lower realm in the next ...
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Which branches of Buddhism acknowledge the Parable Sutra?

This Sutra, known in Chinese as 佛说譬喻经, has been translated into English by Charles Patton. The Sutra makes a part of Taisho Tripitaka (Takakusu Junjiro's edition). The text is known worldwide, also ...
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Usefulness of attending a Thai temple in the United States

So I've been a Buddhist since around 2007, but I've never been to a temple. I don't think I've ever actually met another Buddhist. I just go by what I read in Bodhi's translations and Thanissaro's ...
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Is there any school or institution dedicated to teaching Jhana?

Is there any school or institution dedicated to teaching Jhana? Teaching "Jhana" means: Accepting students to learn only about Jhana Proper courses and guidelines for student: step by step, from ...
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The spirit of five precepts

The first precept tells us to refrain from killing living beings. If everyone in a city practices five precepts, everyone will become vegetarian. Is it true the spirit Buddha wants us to develop is ...
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Vajrayana VS theravada - after death theories - do they contradict each other?

As far as i understand the having opposing views about what happens between after you die until you are reborn again right ? or do they "sit together" some how ?
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Personal practice regarding meditation

Now I feel lazy to meditate because less thoughts no breath to observe. once I observe the body ,it isn't disappears .experience the vibration of mind and feel there is a connection between brain ...
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Only thoughts were experienced during practice

Now no sounds were experienced during meditation only thinking was there.what shall be done here?
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Why Alaya Vinnana and Manas is not supported in Theravada?

Why Alaya Vinnana and Manas is not supported in Theravada? The objective of this question is not to criticise Mahayana teaching, but to compare and contrast the idea so we will have a better ...
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Greed and karma

What is the difference between greed and karma? For instance, a person eats meat greedily, greed for meat but no direct killing. Another person kills a cat (not for food) but he is not greedy. Which ...
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Whether knower disappears automatically after doer disappeared?

Did meditation; when concentration on the breath at the tip of the nose suddenly controller has disappeared and cittarupa came without control.Is it a stage that knower and doer disappeared?...
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What are the different Buddhist views on marriage?

I know that marriage is a secular event in Buddhism, but what are the different attitudes are there for or against marriage? And what type of Buddhists(Theravada, Mahayana, Sangha, Lay etc) claim ...
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Personal practice regarding stream entry

Have experience when notting the thoughts as impermanence disappears the body and thoughts together .But still there's somebody looking at and it goes into a cloudy space. What is this ...
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If someone causes me pain but I don’t lament it, feel sorrow about it- what circumstance, if any, warrants acting against the person causing pain?

Step 1: Some person causes me pain Step 2: let’s say I stay neutral about pain, pain does not cause me sorrow, and I don’t feel even slightest feelings of ill will towards that person — all because ...
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Regarding mindfulness during practice [closed]

On personal practice now no likes or dislike on thoughts no thinking too. what is the stage of mindfulness?
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Computers and Buddhist monks, offering computer to monk makes bad karma to both monk and donor?

Yes, in this information age, computer is like essential part in normal people life. But for monks, does it apply same way like that? Or computer can make harm than good to a monk? Does a book is ...
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About the “knower” disappearing during vipassana

When inner conversation disappears, the "doer" disappears. How does the "knower" disappear, during vipassana meditation?

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