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Śāsana (Sanskrit: शासन, śāsana; Pali: sāsana; Burmese: သာသနာ) is a Buddhist and Shaivite term for their philosophy and practice.[1] It can be translated as teaching, practice, doctrine, and "the teaching of the Buddha". Since in Buddhism there is no divine being, Śāsana is considered a more accurate description than "religion" as it avoids the implication of a non-changing divine call from an all-knowing god.

Śāsana is also used for the 5000-year Buddha's Dispensation; the current śāsana is that of Śakyamuni Buddha.


  1. ^ Damien Keown (26 August 2004). A Dictionary of Buddhism. OUP Oxford. p. 255. ISBN 978-0-19-157917-2.