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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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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Did Gautama Buddha endorse the caste system?

Did Gautama Buddha endorse the caste system? Buddhism: An Atheistic and Anti-Caste Religion? Modern Ideology and Historical Reality of the Ancient Indian Bauddha Dharma by Edmun Weber Hans ...
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Observing eight precepts in regular life

I've seen some people do this. But how practical is this with the modern lifestyle? As an example the place where I sit in the office is a bit too comfortable. Sometimes there's music in public ...
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What is meant by “possessed by spirits” in Buddhism?

In this answer there is a quote from The Buddhist Monastic Code 1 - The Patimokkha Rules Translated and Explained by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, which reads in part only when one is possessed by non-human ...
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Does Buddhism teach about “Parallel worlds”

I have heard something called "Mangala Sakwala" (The special universe or galaxy where lord Buddhas are born) This is a real puzzle for me because does it mean that there are many other worlds like ...
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Ignorance and the root of suffering?

Searching the Pali Canon for the "root of suffering", we find the direct definition only occurs in a few suttas: delight is the root of suffering (MN1) attachment is the root of suffering (MN105, ...
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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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Which suttas in the Pali canon give instructions for how to cultivate equanimity?

Which suttas in the Pali Canon give flat out instructions for how to develop equanimity?
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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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Four Analytical Knowledges

Is it still possible to attain the four analytical knowledge? Bare insight seems to be the lowest attainment among arahants.
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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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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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“Kundalini” experiences during meditation

Can anyone advise on experiences of "kundalini" (energy rushing up the spine and out the crown of the head) during meditation? I have experienced this for years and am wondering if it has an ...
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Caught between two worlds

Hi my Name is Tobias and I am 31 years old. Of course there is a personal story behind my question and a lot of causes and conditions that led to my current situation but in brief the question goes ...
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How to be mindful while studying?

I am a science student at an university and I practise mindfulness in the Mahasi tradition. My question is, how can I be mindful while studying? This is a very important question for me since most of ...
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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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How to address wrong view

Did the Buddha give any teachings on how to deal with individuals spreading wrong view? If someone is expounding their beliefs in a public forum under the guise of the Buddha's teaching, given the ...
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How to manage insects in the house while adhering to the First Precept?

I have a precept tracker app that is used daily to see how well I am measuring up to keeping the precepts. One question that sometimes appears has to do with insecticide and essentially asks if it was ...
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Buddhist (Theravada) cure for “Insecurity”?

While the Pali scriptures address (or at least reference) a number of specific sufferings that a human being can be subject to (Jealousy, Anger, Fear, etc.), do any of the teachings deal with the ...
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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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Why the Buddha didn't originally allow ordination of women

Is it true that the Buddha didn't allow women in the Sangha? If this is true then why is that?
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Consciousness in Nibbana

In the Abhidhamma, it makes mention to 89 and 121 states of consciousness. It says there are four ultimate realities namely Consciousness Mental Factors Matter Nibbana. The first three are ...
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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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What is the intermediate state before birth (Gandhabba)?

What is the intermediate state before birth ("Gandhabba"), mentioned in some Buddhist traditions? I have only heard the word so I can't explain the question any further. I would like a detailed ...
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Attainment of enlightenment without desire

The Noble Truths make us aware that the cause of suffering is desire. Isn't it a desire to become enlightened and attain Nirvana; thus, causes suffering? If you drop the desire, will it be possible to ...
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What is the difference between a Bodhisatta and a Bodhisattva?

Lots of Buddhist words have two different spellings (kamma/karma) because one is the Pali version and the other is the Sanskrit version; but the meaning is the same. My understanding of Bodhisatta and ...
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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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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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In what way(s) does engaging in sexual activity affect meditation practice?

Does sexual activity (masturbation and beyond) hinder vipassana meditation practice? If so, does anyone know through experience or references exactly how this activity affects the practice? For ...
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Does Paritta/Sutta really have magical power?

Many people believed certain Paritta/Sutta have certain magical power, for example Bojjhanga Sutta for curing illness and Om Mani Padme Hum having a great (even greatest) magical power among other ...
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Are the higher arupa jhanas supernatural states expanding beyond the physical body?

The higher arupa jhanas are: fifth jhāna: infinite space (Pāḷi ākāsānañcāyatanaa), sixth jhāna: infinite consciousness (Pāḷi viññāṇañcāyatana), seventh jhāna: infinite nothingness (Pāḷi ...
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What is the most accurate translation of the word 'dukkha'?

This question is a sequel to my previous question about First Noble Truth. It seems that there is discord about the exact rendering of the word 'dukkha'. Sorry if I sound like a pedantic dou*h. I am ...
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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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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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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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Is there any God or Satan in Buddhism? Is there any heaven or hell in Buddhism?

Every religion has a God and Satan, heaven and hell. Religion by definition means deification of a Supreme Being or worship of any deity. Monotheistic religions, like Islam and Christianity, have a ...
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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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Various types of death

In this answer, Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu wrote about various types of death (quoted below). Where can I find references to and more info on the various types of death that is mentioned - khaṇika-maraṇa, ...
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How to combine Orthodox Christianity and Buddhism? [closed]

I was baptized into Orthodox Christianity in childhood. During recent years, I've been living in Thailand, attending worship in temples, offering alms to monks, and participating in other ceremonies ...
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What is the difference between a cula sotapanna and 'faith follower' ?

I have read in many places about Cula Sotapanna or 'Lesser Sotapanna' and 'Faith Follower'. Are they the same or different? Do both of them attain to Sotapatti phala in the same lifetime?
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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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Why do monastics in certain Buddhist traditions take new names?

In the Theravada tradition, and perhaps others, monastics take a new name when becoming bhikkhus/bhikkhunis. Where does this tradition come from, and what is its significance? Others don't - what's ...
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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 a Theravada Buddhist permitted/able to take a Bodhisattva vow?

This is a sister question to this one. Suppose a Theravada practitioner decided they wanted to take a Bodhisattva vow, could they (and remain Theravadin)? I guess there are a few of components to ...
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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 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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Can a lay person become an Arahant according to the Suttas?

I have already seen different answers to that question, but I don't know which one is based on the suttas. I would appreciate the source of the answer for this specific topic. If you think the ...
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What are any and all of the exceptions to eating after noon if you've taken 8 precepts?

Is broth and vegetable juice allowable? I am preferably looking for an answer by an experienced monk.
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Buddhism and organ donation

Thank you for creating this website. I have a question regarding organ donation. How is organ donation understood in theravada buddhism? Is it okay to do it? Have a good day. May all beings be ...
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Without an enduring quid between lifes, how to explain past life recalling?

How a being (be it a Buddha) can remember its past lives, if there is no "quid"/soul/self enduring for more time?