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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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What are the common buddhist practices to eliminate sleepiness?

I sleep the hours which are said to be needed, but I still feel sleepy. I've been drinking coffee recently to eliminate grogginess, and it does work for me. However, I was wondering if there are other ...
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Why is meditation making me more angry?

Can someone tell me what's wrong? I am extremely new to the art of meditation in general. My mind, in general, is always cluttered with either office worries or personal worries. When I remove my ...
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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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Overwhelming thoughts - Mindfulness and awareness

So I have read and know something about awareness and doing regular tasks with attention and focus. But recently there has been chaos with my job and cause for consternation. Thoughts keep arising ...
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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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Shamata and vipassana - loss of willpower

I've been meditating (somewhat regularly) about one or two years back. Mainly shamata, and vipassana lately. Today I feel that my willpower is considerably lower than before. I mean, I used to be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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eye movement during meditation

During my past several meditation sessions, which have been getting a little longer (approx 20 minutes now), I have noticed that my eyes twitch and move involuntarily -- it feels similar to the eye ...
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How to use Sloth and Torpor as an object for meditation

The Satipatthana Sutta details the use of the sloth and torpor hindrance as an object for mindfulness meditation. Does anyone have any practical advice, either of a personal nature or from an ...
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What does delusion feel like?

In his book Breath by Breath Larry Rosenberg writes about meditating on the three kleshas directly i.e. meditating on craving, aversion and delusion. He is talking in the context of the Anapanasati ...
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Meditating in stressful days

In stressful days, when I really need to calm down and find some inner peace, is when I find it harder to meditate. A lot of thoughts going in and out and creating intense feelings as a consequence of ...
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Is it always beneficial to meditate?

If one has a regular meditation practice and has no particular mental health issues or physical health issues - is it always beneficial to meditate? Or are there circumstances or points in time where ...
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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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Could meditation help with reducing memory and concentration problems? As with ADD or ADHD?

There have been studies showing that meditation can help dealing with depression, stress and anxiety. But are there meditation techniques that help with ADD and ADHD problems? And if there are, which ...
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What's the buddhist stance on cognitive behavioral therapy?

Is it a good idea to expose yourself to situations that trigger fear and anxiety and use meditation to get through it, or is the desire to overcome fear and anxiety "bad" because it's technically a ...
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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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Eradication of the Five Hindrances

Is there any stage, along the 'supermundane paths' to enlightenment, where the Five Hindrances to meditation are destroyed forever?
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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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Sloth-torpor-Restlessness-worry

I meditate first think in the morning and every morning i have to face sloth and torpor.When i face sloth and torpor i make a mental note and i can see how is impermanent and uncontrollable and after ...
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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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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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What books address various difficulties that may arise during various stages of meditation practice?

I am looking for books that go beyond the usual introduction on how to do various form of Buddhist meditation practice but rather, in addition to describing the practices themselves, discuss various ...
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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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Working with hallucinogenic images during meditation

I often experience hallucinogenic images during meditation. I don't believe they are caused by lack of sleep as they occur irrespective of my state of tiredness. Typically the sequence goes ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Overcoming distractions in meditation as per the Tripitaka?

According to the Tripitaka how do you overcome distractions in meditation. Distractions can be including but not limited to: Wondering mind Pains Hindrances Defilements arising in the mind etc.
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Sensory Pleasure as a Hindrance on the Path

I recall reading, though I do not remember where, that jains and buddhists refrain from masturbation because it could cancel/hinder their spiritual progress. I somewhat wonder: Does engaging in ...
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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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How can one overcome agitation developed by not sitting regularly?

This one is for the lay meditators. Although i think there is a component of sloth and torpor involved in the situation. There are other factors too. At times for me breakage of a sila makes it hard ...
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Is meditating when tired a waste of time?

I like to meditate sometimes just before bed. Invariably I end up drifting off into dream type states and ending the mediating early. Is it a waste of time to meditate when tired or conversely are ...
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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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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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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 develop Chanda?

How to develop Chanda? Anything you have to add on this subject is welcomed and appreciated.
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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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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 ...
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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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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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Which of the five hindrance does 'comparison' fall in?

Which of the five hindrances does 'comparison' come under? I mean when the mind starts chattering, "he is better than me, he succeeded where I failed, he got this and I got nothing, he got better ...
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Keep motivation to stick on one meditation practice :Ven. Mahasi Saydaw

Practice : Ven .Mahasi Sayadaw I have been practicing meditation " in daily life " for a week . I felt more relaxed and also noticed having a thought of "intention" before most of my actions of ...
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