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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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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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The purpose of associating with the wise

The Buddha states that he sees no other thing that is so much responsible for the arising of unwholesome qualities in a person as bad friendship, nothing so helpful for the arising of wholesome ...
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In a Buddhist perspective how do we recall memories of this life and beyond?

What is the Buddhist perspective on how we store and recall memories of this life and beyond? Since there is not solid core (Atman) as in the Hindu perspective which all such memories are stored and ...
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Is there an English translation of the Abhidhamma?

I wonder if there is an English version of the Abhidhamma, in its entirety?
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Eating meat and buying meat

Buddha said to his disciples (monks), meat can be eaten if they are not seen, heard or suspected to have been killed on purpose for a monk. Eating meat is different from killing animal, it's clear. ...
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What is the monastic policy on family visitations?

If one was to ordain, would they ever be able to see their friends and family again? If so, how often? Thank you
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Mindfulness and mental habits

When we practice mindfulness we notice our mental habit and mental pattern. What makes us angry, jealous, greedy, etc.. My question is, when you notice them, do you change it to positive mental ...
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What is the Buddhist Way to Reform and Correct People?

In early Buddhism we see that characters like: Angulimala Ajatasatru Ashoka In recent times we have seen S.N.Goenka doing prison courses. Also there are new perspectives in correction discussed in ...
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To debate or not to debate? and When to debate? and How to debate?

When we have several people with different understanding of Buddhism, how should we decide who is right? Debate is very tempting in Buddhism, but on the other hand, we must respect other people's ...
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What is the significance of the 28 Buddhas within Buddhism?

Recently, I discovered in the Pāli Canon there is a text titled Buddhavamsa that describes the lives of 28 Buddhas. Now, I am familiar with the significance of Gautama Buddha and Maitreya Buddha, ...
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How much does the Bodhisattva way influence Theravadan practices?

I've read Walpola Rahula on this, and so I think I already understand that the frequently held view that the Bodhisattva concept is far less a part of Theravada than Mahayana, etc. is at best an over-...
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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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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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Why mara wants to distract

These davas are always against Buddha, his Dhamma and those who are practicing. Since they also exist in planes of existence, why do they bother others trying to liberate themselves? They themselves ...
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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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What is the mental factor of Adhimokkkha (determination) use for?

I am interested in what many ways Adhimokkha(determination) is used in meditation or other purposes in different traditions.
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Are there Material Differences of Current Theravada Teachings with Pre Sectarian Buddhism?

Are some of the Suttas we have today different from the original Suttas as taught by the Buddha? Are there any surviving pre sectarian Buddhist sources and commentaries? What research has been done on ...
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“Marks of Existence” and “Gates To Enlightenment”, are they Same?

Three gates and Four marks are shown using these tearms -Impermanence, Suffering, Non-self, Voidness, Nirvana,Shunyata (Emptiness). Some questions discuss them separatly. But some conflicts can ...
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Why do Buddhists have children? [duplicate]

In Buddhism they teach that life is suffering, that it's all about pain (which is true) and that you should try your best to achieve Nirvana and become someone who won't have any more rebirths. This ...
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What are the “defilements”?

Simple question, but I would like to know- what are the defilements, according to Theravada Buddhism? I keep hearing this term and would like to find out what it means, according to the original ...
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Can one follow Hinduism and Buddhism at the same time?

I am born Hindu and have been following Buddhism for more than a year. The change has been a life changing experience but now I find myself at the junction of two religions. I sometimes face ...
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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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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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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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Trouble Maintaining Practice

Okay, so I searched for an answer to this question and couldn't find one, but it must be common, so I apologize in advance if this is a duplicate. I try to practice daily mindfulness by saying in my ...
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Was the Buddha an arahant?

According to Theravadan Buddhism would the Buddha have been considered an arahant? Is this word synonymous with the title 'the Buddha' or does being the Buddha mean something over and above being an ...
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How is meditation considered a good deed?

I have heard it said that meditation is "the greatest good deed". Is this considered to be true in Buddhism? If so, how is meditation superior to all other good deeds? It seems self serving compared ...
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How to become a samma sambuddha (Theravada)

If one aspired to being a samma sambuddha, how would the Theravadan tradition advise them to proceed? I am familiar with some of the canonical references, (e.g., about getting a prediction from a ...
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What should a 11-17 years old Buddhist do?

Can a 11-17 years old meditate and become arahant? Is Buddhism only for adults?
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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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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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Too much Dhamma in modern age

Ajahn Brahm’s quite interesting position on "too much Dharma" and studying Abhidharma might be conveyed in this citation: I think of our modern age is that too much Dhamma. So much Dhamma that ...
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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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How is walking meditation different than other forms of activity?

I've read that things like aikido, yoga, swimming, running are not meditation. How is walking meditation different?
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If the Buddha praised Samatha, why is it losing importance?

It seems like these days, teachers are looking down to Samatha meditation, I would like to understand why, based on the suttas, this the meditation praised by the Buddha. Could someone explain why ...
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Does Theravada Buddhism accept Jataka Stories?

Once in a Dhamma talk I heard a Theravada Monk saying he did not believe in such stories, because some of them contradict the Buddha's teachings (suttas), I don't know if that was his personal opinion ...
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Sutras in Western Buddhism?

How should western practitioners approach the sutras? What are the most important sutras from the main Buddhist traditions for westerners to study? When studying the sutras should that be considered a ...
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Will Buddhism last only 5,000 years after Buddha's Mahaparinirvana?

Is there any reference/citation saying that Buddhism or Buddha's teachings will last only 5,000 years after Buddha's Mahaparinirvana? How can this be possible if more people like to learn more about ...
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What are The Four Great Elements?

Can someone provide a comprehensive explanation, on what the four great elements are and how they work and exist? I also have a special interest about the "mobility-element", in the four great ...
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Looking for a book that covers the biography of the Buddha's life

Which biography of the Buddha is written in (or translated into) English, and is the most widely read (from a Theravada perspective)?
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Transfering merits

This is a tradition I have heard in Thailand: Many men become monk for a few months in order to transfer merits to his parents and so they can go to heaven. If I'm not mistaken the Buddha said you ...
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Are there Bodhisatta practices within Theravada?

In the Majjhima Nikaya, there are mentions of Bodhisattvas. For instance, Bhayabherava Sutta (4. Fear and Dread) says: "Before my enlightenment, while I was still ony an unenlightened ...
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Sharing merit in Theravada Buddhism

When you are sharing merit with someone, are you visualizing the person you are sharing the merit with? When you are sharing merit with all living beings, are you imagining all beings? How do you do ...
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Are there problems from mixing different sources of teachings?

I discovered Buddhism by reading and practising the Theravada teachings. As I wanted to make some progress, I started looking for a teacher who could guide me and direct my practicing. So I decided ...
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What does the Abhidhamma say about impermanence?

I understand the state of changing (impermanence) mentioned in Buddhism, but I have also heard that another more complex version (of the doctrine of impermanence) exists in the Abhidhamma. I would ...
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Detailed definition of Lokavidu

I've seen this translated as knower of worlds/cosmos and with relation to the senses as what arises, but I still don't have a solid understanding, can someone add clarity?
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How does the idea of Bodhisatva in Mahayana mesh with anattā?

As this is my first posted question, I welcome input as to how to improve it. Many thanks in advance. When I have heard Mahayana practitioners discuss the concept of Bodhisatva as it varies from ...
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Sutra Study as Meditation?

When studying the sutras should that be considered a form of meditation, if so what are the guidelines for sutra meditation?
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Which are the vipassana jhanas?

Which are the vipassana jhanas? What are the differences with the jhanas? Where can I find more information about them?
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Reducing the power of a bad karma

As we all agree none of us have a white past, we've all have done some bad thing in our past before coming to the path and in previous lives. So how should we use the good karma we generate today to ...

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