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How do novice Tibetan monks meditate 23 hours a day?

According to Lama Surya Das, novice monks traditionally meditate 23 hours a day, with one hour for sleep. I met another American lama who said the same thing. How is this even possible? Even if the ...
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Can brain injured people progress in meditation?

I don't mean disrespect to anyone else with this question, I'm asking on my own behalf as someone with neurological & psychological problems caused by a brain injury at a young age. I know all ...
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How, if at all, does karma exist in the form and formless realms?

How, if at all, does karma exist in the form and formless realms? Obviously, as humans in the desire realm, we can suffer misfortune, etc., due to our karma. But what about events in these other ...
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Why do I rock/sway when people pass me meditating outdoors, and stop when they're gone?

When I meditate outside/outdoors, when my body becomes super relaxed, I notice my upper body starts to rock/sway forwards and backwards whenever anyone passes by, or when I am being observed from a ...
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How does the path according to Sheng-yen compare with scholastic Buddhism?

Sheng-yen was an important Taiwanese Buddhist, with I believe Rinzai and Soto tranmission. When describing the Buddhist path, he says that the 10 faiths are reached only after extensive success with ...
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What is the practice people call “shamata practice”. Where did this idea come from?

I have been studying and practicing meditation for over a decade, mainly following Kamalashila's stages of meditation as a guide. I learned that Shamata is defined as the single-mindedness which is ...
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Does the breath literally stop in the fourth Jhāna?

I've been trying to understand the descriptions of each of the Jhānas in various Suttas, and I don't get what's meant by an element in some descriptions of the fourth Jhāna. For example: When one has ...
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Learning about buddhism through text only

I am legally deafblind. Any form of videos, images, audio, ..., so any media apart from text is difficult to access for me. Hence, even though I'm interested in Buddhism, I struggle to figure out if ...
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Relationship between truth and compassion

Can a bodhisattva or lay Buddhist be too concerned with truth at the expense of compassion and altruism? What is the relationship between truth and compassion? e.g.. is the truth always compassionate, ...
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Health Questions Regarding the Ordained

Below, I have questions regarding Buddhist monasticism. They are centered around topics of health. May a monastic regulate their alms diet in order to focus on healthy foods and avoid unhealthy ones? ...
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Can we use computer coding activity as a kasina object?

Anything we do mindfully can cause a meditative experience. I am a software developer and sometimes when I am engrossed I don't feel the 'I', some kind of 'annatta' experience. Reaching somekind of ...
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Techniques for sluggish mind and restless mind

The sutta quote below talks about using different awakening factors when the mind is sluggish as opposed to when the mind is restless. What are the meditation or mindfulness techniques to be used for ...
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Why the students shout at the master (after meditation)?

I found following movie "Zen of Yamada Mumon Roshi" - here - after meditation, student go to master and at 4:45 the student start screaming on master. Then master takes breath and start ...
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What are the six beads at the end of a mala used for? And what is there meaning if there is one

I recently received a Impermanence Mala for Christmas. I have read The Heart of Buddha's teaching and I couldn't find anything in there. Thank you in advance for any information.
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What is the state,the during vipassana meditation?

Now there is no bodily sensation on sitting posture of meditation. Only thoughts are coming. Always close the eyes can see a oil lamp in the Middle. When the lamp not appeared in the front negative ...
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What is Wholesome Meditation?

Apologies, this question has been brewing for some time after observing so many expressions of suffering from maybe not so much as misinformation, but more misdirection. Are there any scriptures ...
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Would 10 days Vipassana a waste of time, if not practised afterwards?

People who have done 10 Days of Vipassana Meditation retreat 5 to 100 times often say that from 5th day the Mind becomes very subtle & remains 24 * 7 like that. However when they're back to their ...
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The 4 Elements and it’s relation with electricity

I did a guided meditation today on Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village app. It was based on the 4 elements. Fire, Earth, Air and Water. As I was midway through it, I was contemplating the electrical energy ...
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Being more spiritual

I have been practicing different kinds of meditation for a year and more. But I don't know where I am and what my next step is. What should I do ?
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Does the “Zen Master” from Cyberpunk 2077 accurately represent Buddhism?

In the game Cyberpunk 2077, you can encounter a character labelled only as "Zen Master", who offers your player character the opportunity to engage in meditations with him. However, the ...
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Concentration with no object?

The Buddha often makes this requests on his monks, "incline your mind towards Nibbana" Does this mean concentration with no object? As far as I can ascertain, concentration with no object ...
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Losing mindfulness and peace after three weeks of successful practise

I've been practising mindfulness meditation for about three weeks now. I started with ten minute sessions but soon increased it to a half hour and then either a full hour or two haf hours with a five ...
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Brain and heart dualism

I’ve been meditating for sometime now, and it’s apparent that my mind and heart are not in sync. I’m often in confused stage because my mind says one thing while my heart says something else and my ...
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I had strange things showing up while meditating

So... i turned 15 a few months ago and i discovered some youtube channels that spoke about spiritual ilumination and other stuff,i watched a lot finding myself relating to almost everything there and ...
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let go of wanting to change the past in my meditation practice

I remark that, when I am doing my meditation practice, I am still clinging to want to change the past. To make short, due to parents who had their own special way of education, I had quite a difficult ...
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Mindfulness improves academic performance?

I have just started a PhD in Mathematics. Can serious mindfulness practice (i.e. vipassana meditation at least 2 hours a day) help improve academic performance? If so, can you attach any reliable ...
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Meditate mindfully instead of sleeping

Often around 2:00 p.m. after eating, my body falls tired. So I have to stop studying. I am myself a long term meditator, but I rarely meditate when I am tired. Is meditation a good substitute for ...
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A seeming contradicion in meditation

In Buddhism I have often heard the idea that there is nothing wrong with what you are feeling, thinking and sensing, it is only our relation to those things that define/judge them to be bad. Well this ...
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Help with balance between meditation practice and lay life

The more I meditate the more weird I become. I feel stressed out while being with groups of people. I don't know what to say and I find the conversational topics deeply boring, meaningless and useless....
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What effect does social media, mobile gaming and watching movies have on my meditation practice?

I use FB and Instagram quite a lot. I also play a mobile game called Genshin Impact which is an RPG-game where one can level up ones heroes and gain new abilities and weapons to defeat monsters and ...
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What causes the arising of fear that the sense of “me” will be threatened by the fruition of my practice?

When practicing meditation (samatha and vipassana) intensely it feels like the sense of self is disintegrating and breaking apart. What causes that?
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Sequece of Meditation and Side Effects

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkKOyV_pJ74 Refer to the image and video above, Venerable Guan Cheng explains that meditation should be practiced after proper moral virtue/Sila been achieved for the ...
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Unpleasant side effects of meditation

I am 45 years old. I’ve come to realize that I have been more or less unhappy in my life. So I met a clinical psychologist and I do show some childhood codependency issues and we could no CBT and ...
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Wing Chun Buddhism Zen Stance - Standing Meditation

I understand the Martial Arts namely Wing Chun basic stance has a form of meditation. I understand Grand master Yip Man or Bruce Lee's master already modified it so it's easier to be absorbed and ...
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Where can I read something more about Alara Kalama and Uddaka

I want to know more about Gautama Siddharta teachers, I know only little about their philosophy and practice that are mentioned in suttas. (eg. Ariyapariyesana Sutta) Is there any other texts which ...
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Weird experience during meditation

I had a weird experience couple of days ago while doing meditation, I hope someone more expert than me could help me understand.Two months ago I started practicing 30 min of yoga and 30 min of ...
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The New Age Philosophy of Evolution stating that working towards Thoughtlessness and Nothingness is fundamentally Flawed

Though this video is in Hinglish - some casual dialogues are in Hindi but most of the conversation happens in English https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Uf-eoAij5o , Anand Gandhi - Director and ...
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How does an ordinary person adopt Right View concerning the the hardships of the Buddha's earthly life?

As we know, the Eightfold Path begins with Right View, and then from Right View follows Right Intention. Right View - belief in suffering, the relief from suffering and the Triple Gem; from this ...
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Listening to music while meditating

I listen to a very low background score on a meditation app called Calm while meditating. It's mostly non-obstructive and really helps me get into the space of calm. Where I live, silence of the outer ...
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Lord Buddha advice on contemplation of man-made things

Hundred years ago there were many natural beautiful things to observe and it was also easy to cultivate happiness. But in today's city life, we are surrounded by long buildings, roads, and traffics. ...
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Why is Vipassana centred around the breath, when it's meant to be a state of observing sensations?

I can't seem to reconcile the two ideas that Vipassana meditation involves both concentrating completely on the breath while at the same time observing bodily sensations. Aren't these two mutually ...
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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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