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Distractions in Meditation

Upon asking questions previously, I wondered some things about my meditation. In meditation, I often experienced greatly reduced thoughts, almost no thoughts; but, the sensations at the tip of the ...
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Buddhist Jhanas, how best to describe them?

I’m conducting research into the phenomena of Buddhist Jhanas/Dhyanas, and am looking for a good place to start. In addition to primary sources that discuss what this phenomena is, how would you ...
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Difference Between Walking and Sitting Meditation

I wonder simply what the difference is between walking and sitting meditation in terms of value on the path. I have been practicing walking meditation for some time without any seeming result. Is it ...
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Is it necessary to use a whole variety of meditation techniques?

I have been practicing samatha, vipassana and metta meditations for over a year. I came frequently across articles (and questions on this site, primarly this one) describing other types of meditation,...
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Effort in Practice

I noticed recently that for some odd reason, none of my resolutions and efforts have come to fruition. My attempts to diminish junk food, social media, and other such negative behaviours have remained ...
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Do meditation or chanting make one less agitated?

Understand that meditation helps to calm one's mind and does it also helps one get less agitated and less affected towards the unnecessary? What about chanting? Does it also have the same effect? If ...
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Can you kill yourself with meditation?

I have heard of sages being able to kill themselves with meditation. How do they do this?
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Critique of interview with secular Buddhist author of “Why Buddhism is True”

I wonder what critique other self-identified Secular Buddhists on this forum would have of this new interview with self-proclaimed Secular Buddhist author Robert Wright. What are the specific ...
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Conscious death and afterlife meditation

Lets keep the rebirth concepts aside for a moment. Is there a way we can die consciously? (i.e.) Being aware of our death. And can we still meditate after death without a human body? If yes, then in ...
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Why meditate? want a truthful answer without spiritual terms? [closed]

What I think of meditation is sitting with a good posture and concentrating on breathing and thinking about nothing. How does this help a person with anything? The only plus point that I can think of ...
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How can we stop overthinking?

Many people suffer because of an endless mind-thoughts. What is the simplest way to stop overthinking and make the mind still?
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Will an electronic gadget designed on reward/punishment mechanism of brain help improve meditation?

The most challenging part of meditation is to keep our wandering mind aware of persent moment and mindful of thoughts. Our brain has some thing called 'Default Mode Network' which is nothing but our ...
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meditation and body scan

I have been practicing what I believe is insight meditation for over 5 or 6 years now in the Mahasi tradition but still very frequently I feel like Im not doing it right or something. I suppose I ...
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Spiritual & 'Worldly' Pleasures

If the mind experiences more and more happiness, calmness and all the other positive emotions due to virtue and meditation, does the mind then by itself slowly (!) withdraw from sensual pleasures? ...
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Is there a source that Dalai Lama wants scientists to invent a “meditation machine”?

The 14th Dalai Lama have known to actively support scientific explanation on Buddhism. But I remember that I've read somewhere that he (jokingly?) requests scientists to invent a meditation machine, ...
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Can knowledge of suchness or emptiness be achieved through cessation of conceptualization?

Inspired by this comment and this answer I wonder, can the first bhumi be gained via the complete cessation of conceptualization? ie, if one achieves the complete cessation of all concepts is this ...
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Doubts and Ungathered Mind

I have asked questions many times here, and I have come to the conclusion that my mind easily tricks me. I speculate and doubt to a very great extent, and feel aversion to fear and effort; I will ...
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Anapanasati and Metta

Background Hi all, i have been practicing Metta and self-compassion meditation for a while but have just switched (back) to following the first couple of exercises in the Anapanasati Sutta (...
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How does *Buddhist* meditation differ from others and lead to awakening?

The practice of meditation is central to certain Buddhist traditions, e.g. Vajrayana, Dzogchen, Zen, important for recognizing Buddha nature. Furthermore, Vajrayana and Theravada traditions assert ...
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tibetan vipassana by sagyi u bakhin, goenkaguruji

i am very much convinced of the titled methodology of vipassana but i have always question that "As soon as there is contact through six sensory bases sensation arises on the body" .Now how and why is ...
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How to Sustain Alertness

I am wondering if alertness is best sustained in terms of: Attempting to sustain alertness in meditation, not meditating when too lethargic. In other words, always exerting oneself and keeping ...
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Infinite loops of Rebirths

I have a question. A man should attain enlightenment to liberate himself from cycle of rebirths and every other aspects. What if a MAN don't even care to try out to attain enlightenment. Will he be ...
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Is samatha meditation more suited to lay people than vipassana?

Does the Piti Sutta imply that it is better for lay people to start with cultivation of jhana through samatha meditation, instead of starting with vipassana meditation? Also, the use of the term "...
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Feeling of unbecoming & losing I-hood

There is an entity called Rohit (knowing subject) who has his own liking, disliking, habits etc. Or maybe these liking, disliking, habits etc make up the entity called Rohit. By constant awareness ...
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How to meditate before going to bed and after waking up?

I read on some online page that the time before going to bed and immediately after waking up is benificial to meditation. I searched over internet but there aren't any specific instructions about any ...
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What is the fastest way to reach enlightenment?

I am asking for reference request and sutras where a person can cut through samsara quickly and obtain liberation. I have heard a story when Buddha was asked this question and he replied "Sound". ...
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Why walking meditation is not mentioned in the ways of attending to mindfulness?

Namo Buddhaya. Buddha talks about walking meditation at several places in the suttas for example here. However he doesn't mention it in the Long discourse about the ways of attending to mindfulness. ...
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How should one be mindful of death?

Namo Budhaya. In the Mindfulness of Death sutta Buddha says the following: When this was said, the Buddha said to those mendicants: “The mendicants who develop mindfulness of death by wishing to ...
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What does Buddhism teach about the start and end of world?

I always wonder how all this started... How did we arrive here? What are we doing in this place? So are there teachings in Buddhism that are clear on this point? How did the world start? and How is ...
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What is meant by escape from all signs?

Good will , compassion , equanimity etc are objects of meditation. Good will is used to escape from ill-will. Compassion is used to escape from viciousness. Equanimity is used to escape from passion. ...
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Why do I have swaying/floating feeling after completing 10 day Vipassana course?

These sensations and a feeling that my whole body is swaying/floating started on the 7th day of the course. On the 8th day I had quite a surreal experience during one of the group sittings. My eyes ...
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What kind of mental state does the meditation on four elements generate?

In the Maha-satipatthana Sutta (DN22), the mindfulness about the elements is taught: “There are in this body, the earth element, the water element, the fire element, the wind element.” Just ...
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Most efficient (timewise) meditation techniques to experience joy and bliss?

If meditation techniques were ranked by how quickly they can instill and develop the feelings of joy and bliss within oneself, which ones would be ranked at the top and why?
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Sleep, rest and meditation?

I’m wondering what your meditation practice’s effects are on your sleep. I’m asking this because I have a strange tendency, habit of waking up with very troubled thoughts and memories of past ...
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Meditate about friend's death

Someone I know is dying. If its death doesn't affect me much (Sadness, remorse...), I feel meditating about its condition as my own could be very beneficial. But if its not taking advantage of him, ...
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Spirituality of a life from Buddhism

I read a number of books regarding Buddhism. However for me it's a bit hard to identify how to make a life with satisfaction: in other words, I am looking for how to achieve a real happiness of life ...
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Guru Yoga at Home?

I recently started attending Karma Kagyu meditations and did the guided Guru Yoga meditation. Is it suitable to be done (with youtube for example) at home or just at Sangha? I feel like I'd like to be ...
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Prayer vs Meditation

When we have a powerful practice called Meditation, why prayer? Does the prayer deals with the worldly things, because everyone pray to god like I want a car or I wanna be rich. Is that only deals ...
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When a man life becomes complete

Everyone was on a run for their life doing something they don't like. Also there may be no sense of satisfaction in their life. So I am thinking, what makes a man's life complete? Does the worldly ...
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Anapanasati (Forced Breathing)

Is the breath all important? I know that the breath conditions the body, in that the breath tranquilizes the body, but often I read about NOT volitionally breathing in and out and this is exactly what ...
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Most effective meditation techniques to develop empathy, love and compassion for others?

I feel like a very cold and sensual person. Easily attracted to sensual pleasure but very cold and numb when it comes to bonding with other human beings. I want to change, and therefore I want to make ...
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How does Enlightenment feel like

Finally everyone who meditate comes to a single point "Enlightenment". So anybody have any idea about how the enlightenment feels like. How it helps a man. How their mind works and reacts to the ...
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Ambitions - Are they Real or just an Illusion

Do our passions and ambitions need to be fulfilled or is it just an illusion created by our mind? According to the dhamma, is it considered to be helpful or unhelpful to fulfill goals?
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How to practice ignoring identification with the body?

Namo Buddhaya. I strongly identify with body. I see myself in the mirror and I immediately recognize that that is me. Such a identification is against Dhamma. How can I disidentify with my body? ...
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Best meditation techniques (mindfulness,vipassana,yoga,zazen,TM,etc) to beat behavioral addictions (food,sex,porn,gambling,internet,videogames,etc)?

For a layman who wants to overcome behavioral addictions (i.e. any "addiction that involves a compulsion to engage in a rewarding non-drug-related behavior – sometimes called a natural reward", such ...
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How to make my thoughts non influencial on my happiness and presence?

I feel like I am ruled by my mind and it's illogical behaviour what to do. Thanks
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How to cure music influence on mind? [duplicate]

Namo Buddhaya.I have a habit of playing involuntary songs in my head which spoils my mood. I am a living library of songs. I have been hearing music since my childhood days. My question is : how can I ...
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Can loving kindness, compassion and sympathetic joy be developed through Vipassana meditation?

As far as I understand, Vipassana meditation trains attention and equanimity. Which makes sense because you are basically doing body scans all the time and remaining equanimous to bodily sensations, ...
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Annoyed by nasal congestion and hyper-salivation during meditation?

I just attended a 10-day Vipassana retreat and during the whole retreat I was constantly annoyed by nasal congestion and hyper-salivation. For many years I've had a sort of chronic nasal congestion, ...
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Stephen Batchelor's current meditation practice

I recently saw a remark that implied that Stephen Batchelor no longer meditates or at least not very regularly. If true, this seems important. Batchelor is prominent, even central, in the ...