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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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Anatta during meditation

When doer and knower disappears is that the state where anatta found? Have reached the state experience of a mirage in appeared on doing work. Which samadhi has involved?And mind restlessness ...
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Does sankhara disappear in Samantha meditation or insight meditation?

If the doer disappears, all the external objects disappear, what remains is the knower. Knower is known and knows. Knower is consciousness,inner aspect. Knower,outer aspect,objects. Sankhara ...
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What is the difference between Tanha and Upadana?

What is the difference between Tanha and Upadana? Why Buddha did not say Tanha Paccaya Bhava (instead of Upadana Paccaya Bhava)? And there are three kinds of Tanha in Sutta (Kama, Bhava, Vibhava): ...
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Conscience in Buddhism

Conscience is described as being the moral sense in which an individual makes decisions. Do Buddhists believe there is a conscience? If so how is it defined
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On personal practice of meditation

During insight meditation no hearing of sound aware and cittarupa disappears like a mirage during meditation seen as no thoughts. Feel like cessation of mind. Is it anicca?thoughts disappear and citta ...
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How to get to know the state of mind

How to get to know mind has reached sakadagami state or still in sotapanna?During meditation experience no thoughts and Feel like clear emptiness. Reached clear darkness with peace of mind and there ...
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About kamathanha during vipassana

When kamathanha disappears during meditation ?is it during sotapanna state or sakadagami state?
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Under what conditions should Buddhists proselytize other Buddhist traditions? [duplicate]

Under what conditions is it proper for Buddhists of one tradition to try and proselytize Buddhists from another tradition? Under what conditions is it improper? What harm can be done? What fruits can ...
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What is Aarya Upavaada?

Based on a real situation, I have come across some people who claim to be Sotapanna and Sakadaagaami.. When i have gotten angry or upset about something they said or did, i was told i am committing ...
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Does SN44.9 imply an intermediate state between births?

According to Kutuhalasala Sutta (SN44.9), translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu: Vacchagotta: "And at the moment when a being sets this body aside and is not yet reborn in another body, what do you ...
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About wisdom during meditation

Do thoughts have energy or they are in a energy field? During meditation when thoughts are there experience high energy and when the mind is calm experience less energy.
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Is there a way to speed up the extinguishment of bad karma? [duplicate]

If you are in a situation/or period of your life, where you think your are reaping the results of bad karma, is there something you can do to mitigate or hasten the results of such bad karma since you ...
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What is wisdom in vipassana meditation?

Having seen that anger disappears after notice attractiveness or aviation of mind towards thoughts has disappeared. Feel like no core on mind objects. Is that anatta?
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Hereditary illness and kamma

Many physical and mental illnesses are genetic or hereditary, whether partially or completely, the contributing factor is genetic, nevertheless. For example, you are born into a family that has ...
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Is Nirvana the goal, for Zen and Theravada?

What is the main goal for Theravada Buddhism and Zen Buddhism? Is it Nirvana for both or is there any additional differences? Can the answer be detailed because this is an assignment and I am trying ...
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What is the mind-state during vipassana after anger disappears?

If the anger disappears once it has been seen, what is that state of mind then? After that, saw mind has two sides, no klesa and klesa, like a coin.
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Upaya in Theravada Buddhism and the Pali Canon

According to the article An Explanation of Upaya in Buddhism by Barbara O'Brien: Mahayana Buddhists often use the word upaya, which is translated "skillful means" or "expedient means." Very ...
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How to achieve sotapanna?

If see the citta during meditation how it links to depend origin?is seeing the citta cause liberation as sotapanna?
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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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Insight meditation

During meditation lost connection between body and the thoughts. Body remains silent but thoughts stop arise that particular matter .which are arise remain as a flow.What is this experience?
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Experience of non self

When experience a cittarupa understand arise if no thoughts come regarding them self will disappears. What is that experience?
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What is Sanna Samapatti and Nirodha Samapatti?

What is Sanna Samapatti and Nirodha Samapatti? How this differs from Sanna Vedaniya Nirodha? What is the sutta reference? This question based on the following Dhamma talk in the Sinhalese language. ...
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Importance of the first three Brahmaviharas in Theravadan Buddhism

So while reading a lot of teachings, especially "higher" teachings, a great deal is mentioned about dispassion in worldy things, unattractiveness in the body and various contemplations on death. It's ...
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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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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 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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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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What makes someone become a gay?

Is this the result of engaging in particular sexual behavior such as (frequent) casual sex, infidelity, etc? How can someone take rebirth as or become a gay/lesbian when s/he is not in the first place?...
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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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Not breaking the first precept vs. developing compassion

In Theravada, we have established that eating meat does not break the first precept in many Buddhism SE questions (for example, this question and other questions linked in its comments). However, ...
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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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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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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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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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Third precept and parents approval

If one is having sexual relationship with minor (protected by parents) and parents disapprove the relationship, that is breaching of the third precept. What if an adult child having a (sexual) ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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