As far as I understand, Vipassana meditation trains attention and equanimity. Both sound as great skills to have in order to battle addictions. However, after having attended a 10-day Vipassana course, I still don't fully understand how this technique can be applied to overcome a strong addiction to *FMO and **PMO. I mean, the technique, as teached in the 10-day course, pretty much trains you to be equanimously aware of your breath and the physical sensations in your body through continuous body scans. However, I'm left clueless about how that technique can be somehow generalized and applied in the concrete case of facing strong, compulsive cravings of PMO/FMO. In fact, the 10-day retreat forced me to go in such an abrupt, extreme cold-turkey abstinence that the cravings started to build up and during the middle and end of the course I was multiple times overpowered by the urge to fantasize, during the breaks and even during the meditation sessions. Thinking in hindsight, the urges to fantasize became stronger because in those days I experienced a lot of frustration due to reasons which had nothing to do with sex. I experienced back pain and also annoying breathing problems due to nasal congestion, and I guess that made me lose motivation and made me vulnerable to the urges to fantasize. I want to make clear though that I didn't masturbate nor watched porn during the whole retreat, because it was pretty much impossible due to the inexistent privacy (I was surrounded by people all the time, and the bathrooms were not very private either), and of course I didn't have access to any electronic device. So I didn't break the shila, unless you consider sexual fantasies as shila breaking.

After I came back from the retreat, I was immediately and magnetically drawn back to PMO/FMO, overpowered by the urges built up by my last day's constant sexual fantasies. On the bright side, though, this retreat was an excellent opportunity to learn more about myself and showed me how impressively strong my addiction to FMO/PMO is. In fact, even in a retreat environment and deprived of privacy and access to internet, I am still very vulnerable to sexual fantasies.

So, I would be very grateful of any practical advices on how to apply Vipassana to overcome PMO/FMO addiction. Has any body faced this addiction and successfully managed to break free from it by applying Vipassana? Is Vipassana meditation enough to overcome the addiction or should I resort to other meditation techniques, or other life style changes for that matter? Any practical tips/suggestions/help will be deeply appreciated.

*FMO = Fantasizing, Masturbation and Orgasm

**PMO = Pornography, Masturbation and Orgasm

I borrowed these handy accronyms from the NoFap community.


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As you keep practicing vipassana correctly, you will discover more and more subtle habits and addictions.

There are supportive practices for lessening sensual craving too such as breaking the body up into pieces and contemplating them like hair, muscle, skin, blood, urine, feces, marrow,cartilage, bone, sweat, saliva, bile, snot. Viewing a decomposing body will lessen sensual craving and make you more aware of death too. It's very important to be aware of death.

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    Do you know the formal name of that "decomposing body" meditation? Do you know of any guided meditations like that available on Youtube or any site for that matter? And how often or for how long should I practice that meditation to see results? Should I practice Vipassana and "decomposing body" meditations at the same time?
    – xwb
    Commented Mar 10, 2018 at 19:29
  • Patikulamanasikara Reflection of Foulness en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patikulamanasikara
    – Lowbrow
    Commented Apr 1, 2018 at 2:48
  • You can develop those contemplations according to commentaries like Vsm, it has a huge section; alternatively you can keep it simple. As long as you are directing the mind to the theme, thinking and or imagining it will work fairly swiftly. It might be strange when you start having new ideas and perspectives in the beginning. Practice as you see fit but countering bad tendencies and gladdening the mind before withdrawing and staying mindful is a good way to do it docs.google.com/document/d/…
    – user8527
    Commented Nov 1, 2019 at 2:17

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