Vipassana emphasizes disciplined self-observation of body and thoughts and how they interconnect.
Theravadins teach that not all kamma necessarily ripens, or has a determining influence on future realms of existence. It soundly establishes faith in spiritual practice, rules out the possibility of faults serious enough to merit a disastrous rebirth, removes all notions of "magical" religion, and grounds the practitioner in recognizing anatta, or "no-self.
Some scholars believe that he was an advisor to a king of the Satavahana dynasty. According to this immutable law, every action that one performs in the present moment — whether by body, speech, or mind itself — eventually bears fruit according to its skillfulness: act in unskillful and harmful ways and unhappiness is bound to follow; act skillfully and happiness will ultimately ensue.
Often, Theravada Buddhist institutions and clergy in Asia enjoy some government sponsorship but are also subject to some government supervision. They are empty of being independently existent; thus the heterodox theories of svabhava circulating at the time were refuted on the basis of the doctrines of early Buddhism.
The teachings that reached Ceylon present-day Sri Lanka were given in a final written form in Pali an Indo-Aryan language closely related to Sanskrit to religious centers there in the first century A.
However, the peasant's or villager's view of the world remained at least partly defined by an understanding of Buddhist doctrine, and significant events in his or her life and community were marked by rituals performed or at least supervised by Buddhist clergy.
Since the middle of the twentieth century, it has held a strong presence in the West, where it tends to attract more educated people.