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Śāsana (Sanskrit: शासन, śāsana; Pali: sāsana) is a term used by Buddhists and Shaivites to refer to their religion or non-religion.[1] It has a range of possible translations, including teaching, practice, doctrine, and Buddha Śãsana, which means "the teaching of the Buddha" (of which there have been several).[verification needed] Since in Buddhism there is no divine god the term is considered more accurate than the word "religion" as it denotes an adaptable philosophy and practice rather than a non-changing divine call from an all knowing god.[verification needed]

Śāsana may also refer to the 5000-year dispensation of a particular Buddha. That is, we are living in the śāsana of the Śakyamuni Buddha.


  1. Keown, Damien (10 July 2003). A Dictionary of Buddhism (Oxford Paperback Reference). Oxford. ISBN 978-0198605607. [full citation needed]
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