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How do I do "contemplation of death" meditation? And is it dangerous?

How do I do "contemplation of death" meditation? And is it dangerous? Because I read it might cause someone to commit suicide, so how do I make sure I won't reach that situation? And how exactly ...
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Problems with Inactivity

My question is basically as to what constitutes skillful and unskillful activity. I noticed I return to unskillful craving-related activities when I am idle. However, I cannot ascertain what is ...
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How do I focus from the distraction of people who look attractive?

I am a 21 year old college student studying physics. When I walk around campus, I am in a meditative state; enjoying the surrounding nature and the mathematical fruit it bears. My thoughts become ...
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Doing "death contemplation" on others

I dont get much effect from death contemplation on myself - i wondered lately maybe contemplating the death of those close to me might work to install a sense of urgency do you think its effective ?...
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How to do a long meditation of "death contemplation"?

because just thinking about it for a short time didnt have any effect on me - how should i do a long death contemplation meditation ? like half hour or an hour ? should i repeat a mantra over and ...
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Being at peace with mental phenomena

In an answer to Non-attachment as object of meditation, there was an interesting idea that the essence of many advanced practices is to be at peace with whatever happens in your phenomenal field - ...
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Appreciating Nature Aesthetically

I recall reading somewhere that beauty is a lure within Buddhism, and causes attachment towards the external world. However, I've come to think beauty may be positive in certain circumstances. This ...
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Mundane Contemplation

I tend to contemplate beneficial topics throughout the day, shirking meditation at times. I conjecture such a daily contemplation is not highly concentrated. Is there any information in Buddhism on ...
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Is contemplation of death auto-suggestion?

Is doing contemplation of death auto-suggestion to meditate ? is it working on my subconsciousness ? maybe i should just do auto suggestion telling my self many times to meditate - maybe its more ...
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How to think deeply and penetrate into its core?

I want to quote my experience as - "True Understanding brings effortless transformation". In my experience I have found that whenever I understand something deeply (ohhh! Moment) it transforms that ...
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Propelling the continuity of mindfulness

I want to know how to prolong the knowing factor in my life .I face hindrances when thinking about solving a problem for example which is different than contemplating the receptions in mindfulness.How ...
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the Pair of Knowing and Object

I am searching for a precise understanding of what Buddhist authors mean by the "pair" of "knowing" and "object". For example ...we see that what we call "self" is simply the pairwise progression ...
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Choosing between contemplative traditions

When choosing between the contemplative traditions—Vipassana, Tibetan and Zen, is the following saying accurate? Zen is for poets, Tibetan is for artists, and Vipassana is for psychologists (Robert ...
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Anusati vs Bhavana

If we take meditation objects like caganusati, silanusati, buddhanusati, maranasati etc. we can clearly see that all of them require active and sustained thought, however so does metta bhavana or ...