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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Clinging to Dhamma!

Is it way of Arhat, who does not cling to dhamma? By non-clinging even to dhamma, he set free? Dhammas are diad, 1) Samudaya Dhamma and 2) Nirodha Dhamma. I feel lost I think due to these: 1)view ...
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The New Age Philosophy of Evolution stating that working towards Thoughtlessness and Nothingness is fundamentally Flawed

Though this video is in Hinglish - some casual dialogues are in Hindi but most of the conversation happens in English https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Uf-eoAij5o , Anand Gandhi - Director and ...
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Is making art bad or sinful?

I would not be writing this if I had another way of knowing the answer. Unfortunately, I cannot talk to anyone due to quarantine. Even though I have thought a lot about it, I am still unsure. My ...
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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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Tathagata and the seeker after knowledge!

Many ancient pali literature proposed the end or nirvana as 'tathagata got released'. What does it mean? Do tathagata is bound? Or Do we bound by ignorance and free with right knowledge(Samma Ditthi)? ...
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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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'Antarabhava' existence between rebirth and the death

Does a state called "Antarabhava" an existence between death and rebirth exist? Traditional Theravada sources, highly respected scholars and texts in Abhidhamma directly decline this as ...
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Why emphasise the EBT when anyone who has achieved Arhathood can teach from direct experience?

This question concerns some Theravada-based practices, with which I am not familiar. It is not a dig but a genuine query that puzzles me. Yet I'm not sure that I have asked this question well. I have ...
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About the authencity of modern meditation methods

I've been reading a few sources, books, essays and teachings that discuss the idea that the current orthodoxy of Theravada and its modern meditation methods show great differences with what the suttas ...
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Is there any Buddhist society / group / organisation in Mumbai, India? Where we can meet similar like minded people, attend cultural events

I am looking for some kind of Buddhist society/group/organization in Mumbai, India, where we can meet similar like-minded people, attend cultural events, discuss/talk/teachings (dharma talk) on ...
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Accurate and Concise Translation of Dhamma Qualities

The common stanza describing qualities of dhamma goes as "Swakkatho bhagawatho dhammo sandittiko..." which describes six of them. I am looking for an accurate and concise translation of this ...
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Can a monk live with a male lay person?

I've found a similar question; Are theravada monks allowed to stay in lay people's house? However it was asked by a woman and nobody answered otherwise. What i wonder is if there are any ...
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What are the Buddhist guidelines for choosing the true Dhamma?

With many traditions and teachers to choose from, how should one go about figuring out what is the true Dhamma? I prefer answers based on Buddhist scriptute and references to Sutta, ideally to the ...
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What's the difference between eating food and adultery?

A question for the initial phase of starting meditation. To start meditation, it's important to know food first as per satipatthana. Materialistic food preserves cell-offspring reproduction inside ...
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Is there anything else beyond realization of the five skhandas?

What happens when individuality totally disappears by recognizing the five skhandas as not "me" or "mine"? Which platform or ground remains after one has fully realized that the five skhandas are ...
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Was the Abhidhamma taught by the Buddha?

According to the Theravada tradition, the Abhidhamma was taught by the Buddha. From "The Abhidhamma in Practice" by N.K.G. Mendis: Theravaada tradition holds that the Buddha conceived the ...
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A question about DN 23 and existence of soul

Here is a part of DN 23: “Even though Master Kassapa says this, still I think that there’s no afterlife.” “Can you prove it?” “I can.” “How, exactly, chieftain?” “Suppose they were to arrest a bandit,...
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Sutta on which Buddha states the gravity of merits

What is the sutta where Buddha says about the order of merits as in for example "Observing the 5 precepts gives more merit than offering alms" and such.
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Is this the correct translation and exact meaning of these epic verses in Tripitaka?

There are two sentences found in Tripitaka. Do they mean, "the Divine one come to teach on earth"? Please forgive me, but it very close to Jesus's savings. As Jesus says, "I'm son of Lord, come for ...
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Is karma of arms giving depends on the reciever?

Consider the following situation There are two people. One of them is enlightened. Other one is not. If I gave something to them equally without knowing anything about them, Are there any deference ...
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Dhatu-vibhanga sutta question?

Why consciousness not discussed as internal and external in Dhathu-vibhanga sutta? "And what is the space property? The space property may be either internal or external. What is the internal ...
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Samma ditthi vs Miccha ditthi

Can someone guide me? Whenever I try to concentrate on Samma Ditthi, some obstacle generate within this body? It's like mirage of something real! Its like a whirlpool of mass of atoms. Help me!
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Does the first precept require me to check the shower for bugs and make sure to remove all of the bugs before using it?

I recently noticed that perhaps fewer than 10 bugs seem to be in my shower. I can try to remove all of the bugs from the shower before using it so that they don’t get washed away and killed. However,...
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Is it even possible to attain Nirvana?

Sorry, I've just read Satipatthana Sutta (MN 10) and feel a bit overwhelmed. As far as I understand, this is some sort of instruction on how to attain enlightenment. It teaches, that one has to ...
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Can this Buddhist do this job?

At my university I and my group were offered a case of opinion on Buddhism. Neither I nor my colleagues are Buddhists so we have done a lot of research in the last few days, but we are afraid of ...
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Who should we regard as role models?

When practicing the Dhamma there are many exemplary characters found in Buddhist texts who are worthy of emulation,I want to know whether it would be right for a layman to regard an Arahant Bhikkuni ...
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Steward to a monk/monastery

I am trying to recall the formal/traditional way of offering help to a monk for the longevity of their ordination. Being a steward doesn't seem like it's the answer I'm looking for. I have both met ...
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Monk wanting to upgrade technology

If there have been donations for technology upgrades... Is it possible for someone to ask an abbott exactly what he wants donated funds to be used for? To ask the what specific items he could use?
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Do monks HAVE to accept anything offered to them?

Does a theravada abbott have to accept everything / anything that is offered to them? I'm referencing technology, things beyond requisites. I know it is important for abbotts to set a good example ...
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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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Theravada and Nagarjuna

I appreciate that various aspects of Nagarjuna's teachings are rejected by Theravadans but I'm wondering where the line is drawn. For some of his teachings I can see room for scepticism, but what ...
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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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Are there any similar characteristics between Nama and Rupa?

We can define location, size, velocity for rupa. Can we define these for Nama ? Can we say "a moving mind", "mind is located inside the body", "after the death, mind leaves the body and step into a ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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