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Watching the breath during meditation is getting boring?

I am following meditations as taught by Ajahn Brahm in his book Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond. I have almost reached to state of Silent Present Moment Awareness. The next stage is Silent Present ...
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What kind of pleasure is the one we get by pursuing Mathematical problems and solving them? Is it a kind of sensual pleasure?

We get pleasure and satisfaction by doing Mathematics. Thinking over math problems and solving them does give us some pleasure. According to Buddhism, what is this pleasure categorized as? A sensual ...
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Returning to previous fruition after resolving on a higher path?

I am most perplexed about this aspect of the training as it is explained by Mahasi Sayadaw in Manual of Insight. He writes about path-oriented and fruition-oriented maturing of insight knowledges; If,...
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Is shikantaza meant to spontaneously relax you, unlike ch'an meditation?

Is shikantaza meant to spontaneously relax you, unlike ch'an meditation? I've never taken classes in the former, but the latter seems to teach you to relax -- and then follow the breath spontaneously. ...
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How to deal with distractions during meditation?

When meditating on the breath, after a while the sensation of my eyes not being closed properly appeared. This then turns into vibrating, and my eyes feel like they are literally moving. I tried ...
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How does one keep oneself motivated to follow the path of dhamma?

As a lay Buddhist, given that it is terribly difficult to attain to Nimmata or the Jhana and at point when Nirvana seems to be just a wishful thinking able to be attained by superhuman ability and ...
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How does the Nimitta occur?

How does the Nimitta occur? I mean does it come all of a sudden (like torch turned on) as a shining bright white light or does it come as light gradually increasing brightness of varied colors? I am ...
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Pitisukha or delightful/beautiful breath not arising?

I am doing meditation as narrated in following steps by Ajahn Brahma to attain to Jhanas. Present moment awareness Silent Present moment awareness Silent Present moment awareness on the breath ...
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What does,'I establish mindfulness in front of me' mean? [duplicate]

This phrase 'I establish mindfulness in front of me' appears many times in Suttas (https://suttacentral.net/an3.63/en/bodhi) . What does 'in front of me' mean here. I can understand if it would have ...
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About the authencity of modern meditation methods

I've been reading a few sources, books, essays and teachings that discuss the idea that the current orthodoxy of Theravada and its modern meditation methods show great differences with what the suttas ...
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What do you wish you knew when you started down the path of buddhism?

This stack exchange actually lead me towards the path of finding a lama and becoming a Buddhist. Thank You! This got me thinking, what would you tell sentient beings new to the path of Buddhism? Is ...
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Mental illness and the Layperson's Practice

I would like to return to the practice of Buddhism. Where should I begin? I have a serious mental illness. It has been well treated by medication. When I was young, before I developed this illness I ...
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Inoperative types of mind (kiriya-cittani) that are dissociated from wisdom (paññā)

According to Abhidhamma exegetical texts, meditation of the 4 types of sense-sphere functionally inoperative-indeterminate cittas associated with wisdom (paññā) leads to knowledge of purity (vodāna), ...
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Any manuals on the development of “sympathetic joy” and or “gladness” apart from Visuddhimagga?

As titled. I wonder if there are other methods of development outlined elsewhere?
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What object should one focus on when meditating to reduce anxiousness?

Just the header really! A friend is very self reflective, builds herself up into a tempest thinking about her situation (not terrible, but below where she is comfortable being, I guess).
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What is the “meditation on emptiness” in MN 121?

What is the "meditation on emptiness" in MN 121? What does "emptiness" refer to in this sutta? Also, what does "oneness dependent on the perception of ..." mean in this sutta? “Indeed, Ānanda, ...
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Is it even possible to attain Nirvana?

Sorry, I've just read Satipatthana Sutta (MN 10) and feel a bit overwhelmed. As far as I understand, this is some sort of instruction on how to attain enlightenment. It teaches, that one has to ...
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Is Dhamma-thinking considered wise attention?

According to AN 5.73 (translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu): "Then there is the case where a monk takes the Dhamma as he has heard & studied it and thinks about it, evaluates it, and examines it ...
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How to deal with exhaustion?

So, I meditate every for more than half an hour during the evenings and also five minutes session every one or two hours during my work so I keep myself calm all the time(not every day but I am trying ...
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Over control and energy dissipation

As a beginner, after 3 months of quiet intensive meditation, i feel exhausted. And I understand that it’s linked to my relation with every type of duty during my life. Studying, working, relations or ...
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Where do I focus ? On the outer nose or outer nose with upper lip?

My question is that where do I focus ? The outer nose or outer nose with upper lip
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Why am I getting upset after meditation and sleepy during meditation?

I've started to meditate in recent days. After meditation, one day I feel happy and the other day I feel upset, angry and depressed. Also, at the end of the meditation I feel like I just woke up from ...
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How can the world's youth discover careers that are aligned with consciousness and Buddhism?

Millennial's and the young workforce are faced with a difficult choice of discovering alternate careers/gigs. Can spirituality, universal consciousness, meditation, environment trigger a human-plus ...
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How to deal with post meditation frustration?

I agree I may be impatient here. I am doing Zazen and Anapan sati like breath awareness for quiet a while now. But I get no results, no satori and no Jnana and no present moment breath awareness. ...
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Is it Vipassana?

I have the following question regarding Vipassana: From time to time I get unpleasant emotions. And instead of diving into them, I find a place to sit and concentrate on the sensation that this ...
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Can I plan for future while doing meditation on death?

Buddha said about meditation on death : "Even if a person aware about his death can be happen within that day is late. If someone thinks, his death can be happen within current breath is not late". ...
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Doesn't mahāyāna have a classification for jhānas?

Is it me or is it incredibly difficult to find resources on the 4 (or 8, with the arupas) jhānas and how to reach them in the mahāyāna/vajrayāna literature? Apart from vague references to samādhi in ...
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Deep emptiness (nothingness) while meditating

When meditating mom claims that she enters in to deep emptiness and she would reside in that emptiness for the whole period. She also says she can’t even feel her breath or her self. She’s bit lost ...
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Is there any meditation technique to be aware of what you hear?

I have observed that while meditating if I turn my awareness from breath to 'what I am hearing' I have a heightened sense of present moment awareness. If I listen mindfully to what I am hearing the ...
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How to deal with insults?

As I am going deep into my meditations of Vipassana and Zazen I am also going deep in my subconscious mind. Some long-forgotten painful memories of insult surface up. As I look now with a different ...
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Can one meditate in the “anechoic” chamber?

It is not necessarily but I wonder what would happen if monk will meditate in "anechoic" chamber? The Orfield Labs room was recognized as the quietest in the world If you stand in it for long ...
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Why I find it difficult to breathe when meditating, a lack of oxygen in my head? And how to overcome it?

I just get started three days ago. When meditating, I felt hard to breathe and even the lack of oxygen to the brain. I felt my bell and chess were stiff and this intervene me in getting enough oxygen. ...
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Can we ignore sense doors through meditation?

In the process of reading a book, we need only the mind and the eyes. There is no need of ears and tongue. In the process of hearing Dhamma,there may no need of eyes. Are there any meditation ...
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Can the energy generated through meditation neutralize the covid 19 corona virus?

Many yogis have extraordinary experiences in terms of generating physical and mental energy through meditation. These experiences could be on a broad spectrum, ranging at one end, from a few hours or ...
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How can I overcome the breathing trouble while meditating and increase concentration?

At certain point of meditation,I feel like I can't breathe properly as in the beginning of meditation(lose of oxygen) and thus I stop meditating and try to get oxygen into my brain. I do no know why ...
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Why do I get a feeling on my forehead as if someone is touching it during meditation?

I do meditate sometimes,not everyday. After 5 to 10 minutes during meditation I start getting a feeling on my forehead as if someone is touching in it. Sometimes after listening to binaural waves ...
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Are there “safe” practices to follow before meeting one's teacher?

I sincerely want to practice Tibetan Buddhism. It is a tradition which places great emphasis on one's relationship with their teacher. This makes a lot of sense to me. I plan to visit a Karma Kagyu ...
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Developing a intense focus on materialistic things

Can we make our daily activities as a meditation practise ? I'm not asking about being aware on what we are doing. When we do samatha meditation, we focused on the breath only. I'm asking, When we do ...
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Can trying to control the mind also lead to attachment?

When we become attached to our body, we do workouts, wear make-up and do lots of other things to gain good looks. When we become attached to our money, we work to get more and more money. Similarly, ...
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How do you recognize the attainment of enlightenment?

In the Buddhist story of Ananda, Buddha's most devoted disciple, it's said that after Buddha's death the first Buddhist council was assembled to write down all of Buddha's teachings. Only those that ...
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Understanding Saṅkhāra in dependent origination as *choices* of body, speech and mind?

Continuing to try to understand Dependent Origination from my own reading of the suttas as well trying to grok the understanding of other skilled practitioners and I've come across an interesting ...
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Discovering Pureland Faith

I'm an older male, actually a grandfather, and a Western convert to Buddhism. I came to Buddhism through meditation and interest in 60's mysticism - Alan Watts, D T Suzuki and the like. I read many ...
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Mahasi Sayadaw / Yuttadhammo noting question

When I'm sitting, I have a lot of trouble making it through all the touching points. One issue I'm thinking that I might be having is that maybe the progression of objects is incorrect: I do rising-...
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How to proceed if I get current/vibration after meditation?

After exercise, when I concentrated on my heart I used to feel my hands becoming warm, but that was the only response I ever got from meditation and it did not last long. But I recently tried ...
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pranayama unsettles my meditation practice

I sit for a daily meditation, it will be deep most days. I have been advised to add pranayama(alternate nostril) to my practice and when i add that to my routine. It disturbs my sleep and as well my ...
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Is it considered “normal” / “possible” / “bad” / “wrong” the use of Mala Beads for counting breaths while meditating?

I sometimes use my Mala Bead during meditation, I find it quite "concentrating" to turn one bead for each breath. As I read online, when I reach the center bead, I reverse the rotation and start ...
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Guidance for how to handle stomach problems arising during Vipassana?

During concentration the main thing I can feel during the first half hour or so is the feeling of the stomach/ top part of the intestine area or feelings inside the belly. There's really nothing else ...
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What can be the remedy here?

Whenever I go for meditation retreat(self-exploration or in group), my brain remains calm, body remains healthy, digestive system becomes good. When I try to go for household life or even think ...
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How to tackle cold? [closed]

Simple question -- how to tackle cold feeling during winter through meditation other than clothes or anything? Asking for specific meditation details with insight for tackling cold without any ...
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can meditation and dharma alone take us to higher levels of consciousness?

I have been practising dharma and meditation now for more than 2 years and i feel a good progress within me. Does these 2 tools dharma and meditation alone can take us through to different levels of ...

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