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Śāsana (Sanskrit), (Pali: sāsana) is a term used by Buddhists and Shaivites to refer to their religion or non-religion. 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] Also, for many Buddhist outsiders the term religion implies faith; some might argue that faith is not a necessary feature of Buddhism, based in spirituality and logic, thus making śāsana all the more useful a term in definition.[verification needed]
Sasana may also refer to the 5000 year dispensation of a particular Buddha. That is, we are living in the sasana of the Śakyamuni Buddha.
- Keown, Damien. A Dictionary of Buddhism (Oxford Paperback Reference). Oxford.[full citation needed]