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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 ...
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Managing sloth and torpor in meditation?

Recently sloth and torpor has been a huge hindrance in meditation; my biggest hindrance as it happens. I've managed to reduce the bulk of it but I find that it's still hanging around in some sessions. ...
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Did Lord Buddha teach any other meditation technique than the Anapana?

Meditation and cultivating awareness is the heart of Buddhism. You need meditation for attaining jhanas and also for doing Vipassana, metta bhavana... So as far as I've discovered, the only ...
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How to deal with ADHD and OCD like symptoms causing issues during meditation?

I am only 2 months into meditating and I've been having some problems. I am unsure whether I truly have the behavioral/thought patterns that are considered ADHD and/or OCD, but for a while I've been ...
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Combining meditation and bright light therapy

I am using a (medical) bright light therapy lamp in the morning for 30 minutes during the darker months. I have also been meditating for about 30 minutes a day. I lately noticed myself almost ...
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Ānāpānasati (mindfulness of breathing) — concentrate on nose, or on whole body?

I am meditating for the last three months, about 30 mins a day (or a little longer than that). I followed Ajahn Brahm's "Basic Method of Meditation" to bring the mind to be in the present relatively ...
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Passion or Meditation

I have a silly question following... I have a passion for film making and also I like to meditate to attain peace. I am the cat on the wall right now. I have just a single life, so what should I ...
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What exacly is the so-called “formless” jhana?

When reading the suttas, sometimes I come across to the expressions: "dimension of the infinitude of space", "dimension of the infinitude of consciousness", "dimension of nothingness" and "dimension ...
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What are the different forms of nibbāna?

Often people refer to nibbāna with the cessation of all mental defilements. However, does nibbāna also encompass 'momentary cooling off', for example when one engages in the various contemplations / ...
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Self invoked feelings during meditation allowed?

I'm new to meditation and I struggle with my mind being 'blank' whilst meditating. I came across an interesting statement while trying to figure out how to advance further under circumstances when ...
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Any benefit from meditation, if your mind is already completely blank?

I have never meditated before. I really want to get into meditation to explore the benefits, especially trying to understanding who I am and how my mind affects my perception of reality (looking for ...
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What should a 11-17 years old Buddhist do?

Can a 11-17 years old meditate and become arahant? Is Buddhism only for adults?
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Type of Meditation and Mood

I was wondering what meditation type is most conducive to improvement of mood or even mood stability in Buddhism? I noticed that most of my problematic behaviours and attitudes depend on low mood.
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Mindfulness and Pushing Away Emotions

With objectless mindfulness, if I am in a bad mood the mood perseveres. I just observe the bad mood but it doesn't easily stop. However, if I applied concentration on an object such as the breath, ...
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Sensual Pleasures and their removal (MN 19 & MN 75)

According to these suttas, is itsomewhat possible through seeing the inherent harm in sensual pleasures, to shy away from them? I remember that it by first experiencing piti during meditation that one ...
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“The knowledge and vision to see things clearly” (yathābhūtañāṇadassanaṃ)

Knowing intellectually the three characteristics is one thing, experiencing them is another. As far as I understood, vipassana happens without will, since it is morality that leads to rapture and ...
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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 ...
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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 ...