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Help Me Choose which meditation i Should do Anapanasati or Brahmaviharas?

I have been going through this dilemma for almost a year now in choosing a meditation object.. I only wish to take one meditation object.The reason being i maintain this object through out the day ...
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Are Samatha and Vipassana mentioned in the Pali Canon as different styles/techniques of meditation?

I've seen in a lot of discussions that there are two kinds of meditation methods with different but complementary goals: meditation for establishing tranquility (samatha) and meditation for ...
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Im making no progress on meditation

Kay so I have pretty strong OCD which manifests as just this constant stress. Under therapists advice ive been meditating for several hours a day for a month. I've made basically no progress. I also ...
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Advice for Buddhist meditation for OCD

So first I'd like to say I have permission from a therapist to ask this question, so this is not "asking for medical advice". So I have OCD. It affects me all the time, I feel this constant stress, ...
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What did Buddha taught about space time?

It echoes in my mind that space time is not fundamental. I thought I read this in some psychics experiments, saw it in YouTube videos and/or read it in a book related to Buddhism. But I far from ...
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Law of attraction to reach enlightenment?

This may be a crazy question. But just out of curiosity when we do law of attraction method they say that we can attract money, success or something. Can we attract enlightenment like that??? So in ...
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What is known/taught about yawning during meditation?

At some point in life I learned I could focus on some bodily awareness that resulted in the following experience: Piloerectus; Not once, but it stays throughout the meditation while I keep on ...
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What does “vinyasa” mean? [migrated]

Since my childhood my grandmother taught me that the meaning of Vinyasa means to see everything less complicated. My grandma pass away 6 months ago, and i want to make a tattoo that reminds me how she ...
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Is meditation necessary in Buddhism?

According to wikipedia article on the eightfold path, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_Eightfold_Path The Eightfold Path consists of eight practices: right view, right resolve, right speech, ...
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Body Scan Versus Feeling Breath Overall

Upon reading this post, I realized I always focused on the tip of the nose rather than the whole body, which may be less effective (for me). I was reminded of my Buddhist college teacher who said that ...
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Concentration's Meaning

I've read a few answers and concluded that for most of these answers, concentration in meditation often implies unawareness of peripheral stimuli. This confuses me. I usually have wisps as thoughts ...
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In need of help in meditation

I have recently started meditation . I'm just doing normal breathing techniques and concentration techniques. Though, while trying to concentrate I feel this weird shiver in my eyelids and whole skull ...
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Loving-Kindness for Concentration

In meditation, I seem to have great difficulty with the breath. Having some stability and mindfulness, but very little concentration, vividness and sharpness. However, loving-kindness works for me ...
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Direct Experience of Meditation

This morning I read many posts on this site. I felt like topics on Buddhist doctrine were somewhat clear to me, but those on meditation seemed complex, difficult to me. I wondered: Does meditation ...
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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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Mindfulness With Breathing & Ear Pain

Whenever I do mindfulness with breathing I get ear pains whenever I do longer breaths. The breath is also hearable. Wherein lies the problem?
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Can meditation be harmful?

I often see promotion of the positive benefits of meditation in the media and even in school and government settings. However, there is evidence meditation is not always beneficial. https://www....
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Suffering in Meditation Versus in Daily Life

I feel like this is a naive question, but I'm wondering what is the difference between experiencing discomfort and distress in meditation versus in daily life outside of meditation. Do the same ...
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Source of Benefit of Formal Sitting

I've noticed (and have been told) that formal sitting meditation is required and beneficial, as opposed to merely being mindful or compassionate in daily life. What aspect of formal sitting causes ...
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Does skillful means include meditation?

I've tried a few different Buddhist groups and they are quite prescriptive when it comes to meditation practices. They have their own system and everyone does it. But the Buddha used skillful means ...
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Is there a proper name for my recent experience?

I don't meditate often, and I've never had an experience like the following while meditating, but I feel that the following experience probably has a proper name in Buddhism (or Hinduism for that ...
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Buddha's Comment on Compassion Meditation

I think I recall reading about the Buddha saying that compassion meditation was far superior to compassionate action, hundreds (or some great number) times more. Is this accurate? What is the source ...
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Potential of Five Minutes of Meditation

Once, when I went to a Buddhist meditation center, an experienced meditator said: "Sometimes, for meditation, all it takes is five minutes [in a session]." I'm wondering what is the meaning of such a ...
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Is the 'best meditation you do' the meditation you do?

There is a pithy saying for keeping fit that goes The 'best exercise you do' is the exercise you do i.e. the most important thing is to find something you enjoy and you can stick with rather that ...
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Validity of Meditation Experience

I have tried meditating on public transport. There, I find I meditate as sharply as when sitting formally. Yet, I find this suspect. Is it possible to believe one is concentrated and meditating ...
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How to approach motivation for work during Vipassana?

My career involves lot of self-learning, and self-motivation. I like my work, which is a reason why my work doesn't feel like work. However, I am finding it hard to incorporate Vipassana into my work. ...
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Is the act of moving, eating, doing, and living craving itself? [duplicate]

I've been practicing Vipassana and reading "The Art of Living" by S.N Goenka. My questions is, I have obligations. When I wake up in the morning I have a thought to go to the bathroom and brush my ...
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Remaining in first jhana, while walking, talking, eating

Is it possible to attain the first jhana, then remain in first jhana, while walking, talking, eating and performing other daily activities? Or does one remain in first jhana only while in sitting ...
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Sutta jhana vs. Visuddhimagga jhana

In the paper "Multiple Buddhist Modernisms: Jhāna in Convert Theravāda", Natalie Quli compares what the following teachers have taught about jhana: Ayya Khema, Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, Pa-Auk ...
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Emotion in Compassion Meditation

I have a very simple question. Sometimes, I visualize in compassion meditation without feeling anything for the whole session. Sometimes, I feel a lot of affect and start even crying. Should one ...
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Choosing Between Mindfulness and Compassion Meditation

Basically, I have tried for some time mindfulness meditation. I have also tried compassion meditation. In mindfulness meditation, my mind becomes very still, with few thoughts, but outside of ...
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When an experienced monk meditates how much does their mind wander?

I’m wondering if most monks would go 99 pct of time with no mind wandering, just focus on breath.
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hard to breathe during meditation

I started with a new goal -meditate for a month daily and it reminds me of my experiences which I was experienced during group meditations in the past. After relaxing the body it gets very hard to ...
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Recommendation for Suttas

I have been practising Vipassana for quite a while (2 and half years). Now, I want to also dwell into the teachings of Buddha as presented in Suttas and apply those teaching in my everday life. I have ...
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Maximum productive time for a meditation sit?

I've been searching around forums for the maximum time that is productive to do a single meditation sit. There are lots of comments around over 20 minute mark for effectiveness and sitting for the ...
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Information requested on Buddhist monks self-immolation mental technique

Thích Quảng Đức was a monk who immolated himself to protest against the repression by the Vietnamese government in 1963. It was filmed how he adopted the full-lotus posture an fire was set on him. The ...
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Irritation due to breathing noises in dojo

This might seem a silly question, but unfortunately I am extremely oversensitive to human noises. I don't mind meditation with the noise of traffic, or a thunderstorm, or the monotonous drone of a ...
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Questions about meditation

Should concentration improve? I sit for an hour in the mornings and most days my focus does not stay on the breath for more than 2 breaths before I notice thoughts again. Is this normal? I find my ...
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I don't like people but I like buddhism

I'm a bit confused. I had a rather crappy childhood. Very disfunctional family and lots of bullying and abuse both at home and at school. It kind of made me very distrusting of people. I learnt at a ...
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How can I practice mindfulness meditation with sound, not breathing?

I want to start practising meditation, but breathing exercises extremely psyche me out. I find any activity that involves intensely focusing on a part of my body distressing, sometimes nauseating. So ...
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Moderation in meditation for lay people

Vipassana-style meditation has been adapted to treat patients to prevent recurrence of depression and anxiety through MBCT, and to treat chronic pain and stress through MBSR. More info on this can ...
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About the compatibility between meditation methods, guides, trainings and teachers, and other questions regarding Samadhi

Being acquainted with Buddhism (although in a pretty shallow and intellectual fashion) since a few years now, I've just realized that I had almost no experience in meditation at all. It was only ...
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How do you meditate with a blocked nose?

I have a blocked nose and I can’t feel the breath sensations. Should I put my finger to feel the breath? Is it ok if I focus on other things like finger touching each other? How do I feel the breath ...
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How do I practise Vipassana and Samatha through Anapanasati?

After reading the answers to this question I understand that keeping the object of meditation same, Samatha leads to calm and tranquility of mind and Vipassana leads to insight into nature of reality....
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Meditation practise methods/techniques

I used to meditate before a few years.During meditation I used to focus my attention by imagining a candle flame in front of the eyes.Now, one of my friends suggested that a better way is to focus on ...
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Meditation causing headaches

In the last couple of months, I have experienced a chronic headache in my forehead and after checking with doctors etc nothing could be found. I then kind of had the intuition it could be related to ...
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Other physical (samatha) meditation objects besides breath?

Does Buddhist samatha meditation allow for physical meditation objects other than the breath? I have noticed I feel much more contentment with the physical sensation of "back straight". Please give ...
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Ancient texts on Meditation Techniques?

I have read a decent amount on modern meditative practices, but I am curious to read the way in which ancient monks described their techniques. This is not suggesting that modern meditative practices ...
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Confusion Over Intense Experience During Meditation

Today, I sat for a 30-minute meditation session, and towards the end of the 30- minutes (since I heard the timer bell ring a few minutes after the start of the experience), I started to feel an ...
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Why meditate. . .?

Back to basics. If asked, “why meditate,” perhaps responding with the question, “why breathe,” may get to the heart of the question? Recalling some worthwhile answers: — In order to properly ...