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Questions tagged [meditation-hindrances]

Questions regarding difficulties arising from meditation practice. These can be traditional hindrances such as sloth and torpor, doubt etc.. but the difficulties could fall outside of these categories,

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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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Is there a 'dead zone' in meditation effort?

Is there a 'dead zone' in meditation and the effort applied? So to explain Going from no meditation at all to meditating even a bit (10 mins every few days) - benefits felt quickly Going up to ...
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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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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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Formal Meditation Laziness

I have the intuition, from what I've heard within Buddhism, that formal meditation is rarely ever "wrong", and provides benefit if even slight form is held. Nevertheless, I am struggling to create a ...
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How to concentrate to suppress hindrances? [duplicate]

I heard one needs concentration to abandon the hindrances -- however to have strong concentration, you need to have [already] abandoned hindrances, so that nothing can stop your focus. Which one is it?...
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Need help understanding the meaning of this

I am reading A Critical Analysis Of The Jhanas In the book we were going over wise considration and how it will help you eliminate the hindrances. But i am having trouble understand what this is ...
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Can't meditate anymore

I used to meditate daily, about 2 or 3 years ago I stopped. A week ago I decided to start meditating again. I sat down closed my eyes... and suddenly I am halfway through cleaning my dishes. So I ...
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My short story with anxiety problems - could meditation be the cause?

My background is that my father was/is an alcoholic and I had pretty rough childhood. I recently turned 33. I always was pretty self aware. I have a good job. I’m easy going open person, have a bunch ...
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What is The eighth jhana and how can i practice it?

I am new to meditation. If i understand correctly there are two types of meditations, Two forms of meditation eight jhanas and vipassana (insight). One thing that capture me and made me want to start ...
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Discomfort during vipassana meditation

I have only started meditating for only 2-3 weeks. But now I cannot seem to meditate properly. Whenever I sit for meditation, there are several problems, like increased salivation, feeling of being ...
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More self control - Beginners

Most of the time we are under control of our mind and old habits.If a beginner wants to break the old habits and get more control of it.From where do they should start ?
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What is the logic behind visualization meditation

I have practiced meditation for the better part of a decade now. I wouldn't call myself a Buddhist, but that's immaterial. I've experienced and practiced many kinds of meditation (energy, dream, ...
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During meditation how do I focus

What is the best way to focus? And also how can I stop passing judgment on myself during? Its really difficult.
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Retaining courage during mediation

Everyone in this little community is awesome, and the people contributing have helped me in the path tremendously. Thank you. My question is this, how can a person remain calm and courageous during ...
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Why is mentally reproducing music so hard to control? How can it be counteracted?

I started decreasing the amount of music I listened to before and especially after I started meditating so that I had to cope less with replaying music passages and enjoy a clearer and more silent ...
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Why mind is all set to achieve something unknown during meditation?

Sitting in front of the rising sun, observing atmosphere and self. Mostly all of come to me in a very unexpected way. Yes, it is easy to achieve what he and a few of holy them have achieved. Is it not ...
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Reasons against practicing insight meditation as a main (sitting) practice for medical or other recondite-subject majoring students?

("Recondite-subject majoring" is meant to mean the more challenging subjects, such as electrical engineering or a doctorate based major.) If a student who has one hour to meditate, every day, and one ...
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Should I consider multitasking while listening to audiobooks? Is it a danger to mindfulness?

One of the several advertised benefits of listening to audiobooks is that it is an ideal activity to accompany those many chores, such as washing the dishes, doing the laundry, running outside etc., ...
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How to develop Chanda?

How to develop Chanda? Anything you have to add on this subject is welcomed and appreciated.
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Is it counter productive to accumulate a lot of ideas while meditating?

I'm not particularly into Buddhist style meditation but wasn't sure where else to ask. I tend to accumulate a lot of random ideas that filter in and after my session I jot them down - is this counter ...
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Mindfullness or Self Consciousness (Introvert's Struggle)

I am trying to achieve consciousness and that is my target to achieve it,... I am struck in Strange State .. as Bruce lee said, in Enter The Dragon: Its like a finger pointing away to the moon. ...
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What would you say about being overly optimistic or overly pessimistic about the ways of approaching the path?

As everyone is entitled to their own opinion to a question of this nature, let me first say this. Now I recognize that they’re both forms of conceit. If we learn the proper use of conceit: the ...
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Tiredness and Meditation

I decided to meditate continuously, no matter what occurs within meditation. I will attempt to do as best I can. However, the only circumstance when I feel like meditation would be difficult would be ...
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Lack of Grasping of the Object of Meditation

I asked a question previously about the object of meditation being faint. Perhaps I'd like to reformulate my question more specifically as I still encounter these kinds of problems, and I will provide ...
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How to find motivation to overcome a hindrance in the moment of truth?

I am trying for a long time to find motivation to practice meditation - i think i found a good general motivation finally after watching a dhamma talk but it still doesn't fully solve my problem : ...
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Which Hindrances are counteracted or enhance by the 37 and Jhana Factors?

If you take Jhana factors or the 37 Factors, many of them counteract one of the Hindrances. So if these factors (and perhaps other factors mentioned in the Tripitaka) are grouped with the hindrance ...
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Head oscillations, magnetic force movement, dizzy head after Vipassana

I did my first Vipassana course in Feb 2016. 10 Days. As a first timer, it went pretty well till the 7th Day. 1) On 5th, 6th and 7th day i was suffering from my head thrown back, or front, or ...
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Faintness of Object of Meditation

I started meditating recently formally, after a while of non-formal meditation, and I'm realizing that the objects I meditate on, either the breath or an image, are extremely faint. In the case of the ...
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Is attachment to the word “Meditation” a problem?

I like to Meditate, I like to read about Meditation, I like to think about Meditation; but the word ... "MEDITATION.. MEDITATION.." ... is always in my mind, I am attached to it. How can I avoid ...
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What are we supposed to do while meditating?

Yes I have meditated and I have searched the Internet this question before landing here, what I describe below is a mixture of what I have read of what one should do during meditation and what ...
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Is it dangerous to focus on ticks from childhood during meditation?

At the panditarama vipassana retreat they ask us to focus and observe on the object that pops up our attention, such as a pain or thought. I started having ticks that I had on my childhood, such as ...
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Is the path of enlightenment consists 7 levels?

In this question The Seven Factors of Enlightenment shown, Tranquility, Concentration, Equanimity, Investigation of dhammas, Effort and Rapture as specific phases in the path of enlightenment (also in ...
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Question about how to generate more motivation to meditate.

I just wanted to hopefully get some ideas on how some of the fellow users of this site motivate themselves to meditate on a more frequent basis. What ultimately motivates each one of you to continue ...
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Did the Buddha say anything about attachment to meditation?

I was unable to meditate today and this left me feeling frustrated, disappointed and anxious about my practice. This type of emotional reaction seems equivalent to what occurs when one is prevented ...
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How to accept and surrender to the mind's non-acceptance of doubt and ill-will?

I have a question that I would like some input on. Lately, I have been able to see the fruit that total acceptance and surrender can bring to one's experience. I have tasted moments of pure joy, ...
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Losing awareness

I have been dealing with negative mental states in my practice. When it gets overwhelming I lose my sense of mindfulness and get lost in the middle of all the noise and I guess I identify with it, ...
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How to “attend to the perception of light”?

In AN 7.58, the Buddha instructed Maha Moggallana on what do to about his nodding: "But if by doing this you don't shake off your drowsiness, then attend to the perception of light, resolve on the ...
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How to deal with body pain during meditation?

I am doing vipassana meditation as taught by Goenka. I get numbness and tingling in my feet from nerve pressure while sitting cross legged. I put up with it for quite a long time and then the ...
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How to discipline self to practice meditation everyday?

It's very hard for me to discipline myself to practice meditation every day. Every time I decide I am going to meditate every day no matter what, after a few days I cannot not keep it up. Sometimes it ...
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Suggestions for when practice has plateaued

Over the past few months I've been experiencing a lot of personal issues and as a result, my practice seems to not only have plateaued but also digressed. Sitting for an hour has become incredibly ...
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What are some ways to improve my practice?

I meditate for 30 minutes each day, focusing on the feeling of my breath moving through my throat. When I am not meditating, I try to mentally "say" whatever it is I am doing (e.g. if I am angry, I ...
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Interference from another meditation technique in my vipassana meditation

In my 20's(I am now 55) I practiced light and sound meditation for 7 years. When I am doing vipassana which I started in March this year (having not meditated for 25 years) I get the 'sound' mainly ...
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How to scan your body in 3d?

In S. N. Goyenka Vipassana meditation you have to scan your body from head to foot and foot to head. Now I take my attention or [ध्यान dhyaan] at top point of my head, so it’s a 2d point now I move ...
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Working with cycles in meditation

Over the course of my meditation practice I experience pronounced cycles or ebbs and flows. This has been a feature of my practice for several years now and doesn't seem to be lessening - if anything ...
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Clarity During Meditation

I'm wondering about clarity within meditation. I seem to have diminished greatly the agitation I experience, but there is a degree of mental sinking, of mental tiredness which I have a hard time ...
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Meditation on pain?

I may be able to get into meditation. again. I wondered if it was worth setting oneself the goal of meditating on pain / frustration. Perhaps a little masochistic, but it really does feel like the ...
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Meditating with an overwhelming emotion

It gets really hard for me to meditate when there is something really important happening in my life, something that triggers overwhelming emotions such as fear, anger or total despair. Avoiding them ...
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The arising of arrogance

I'd like to share a situation that happened to me and brought me a question about this arising of arrogance. I was driving and another driver got mad at me for a not-so-correct maneuver I did. At ...
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Proper practice with the five hindrances

What is the proper way one should incorporate the concept of the five hindrances into the practice? For instance, should a lustful thought arise in the mind, followed by a bodily sensation, at what ...