Questions tagged [meditation-insight]

The practice of mindful investigation into the nature of reality and how things really are with the ultimate goal of the end of suffering.

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If I start doing Vipassana now, how long will it take me to achieve Nirvana?

Call me an over-enthusiast but presently, the highest priority in my life is to achieve the object of Nirvana or moksha. By performing Vipassana, I want to achieve Nirvana and in this lifetime only. I'...
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Was Vipassana discovered by the Buddha (Siddhartha)?

I read somewhere that samatha (and jhana) was discovered by the Buddha, but how about vipassana? Is there any evidence either way (i.e. suttas)? The reason I'm asking is because I am more proficient ...
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The object of meditation

I have been focused on the breath in meditation and I am interested in Vipassana, but I am confused about the object of meditation. I have read that you focus on the breath and as thoughts arise, you ...
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When meditation goes wrong

Although it has been claimed that meditation does help in several ways, I have read on the Internet that there are cases where psychotic episodes, schizophrenia and suicide tendencies arise after ...
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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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In meditation, should one pursue tranquility first, prior to looking for insight?

On the one hand this question has been asked to death on the internet (and yuttadhammo's videos even try to handle it). On the other hand, I personally still don't feel I have a clear answer (and I ...
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How much is the minimal time for practicing Vipassana in daily life for achieving better mindfulness?

How much is the minimal time for practicing Vipassana in daily life for achieving better mindfulness? Is 30 minutes enough? I ask this question because I currently have some trouble being mindful, ...
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Does Zen distinguish between concentration and insight meditation?

Both the Theravada and Tibetan systems distinguish between two aspects of meditation -- concentration (aka shamata, serenity, calm abiding, shiney or zhiney (Tib.)) and insight (aka vipashyana, ...
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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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Discernment vs. judgement in the labeling meditation

To watch the mind, as far as I understand, is to simply watch the mind without judging it. But there is a method, which teaches us to note sad when we are sad, dislike when we dislike something, happy ...
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Did the Buddha Meditate?

This may come off as a very strange question. From small days I have been taught Buddhism, not in the way it should have been, but in a way which took most stories and teachings for granted. Those ...
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Mindfulness of feelings and emotions

I'm having a certain trouble in meditation being aware of both my feelings and emotions. The feelings, as in vedana, aren't so inaccessible to me but my emotions are particularly hard to discern. I'm ...
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Does samatha practice always come before vipassana practice?

In my tradition (Triratna) there is a big emphasis of a lot of samatha practice before any vipassana practice. This has always made sense to me. However is this universal in all Buddhist schools? Are ...
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What is the difference between a Vipassana Jhana and a Samatha Jhana?

Definitions of the term Jhana tend to emphasize the 'mind state' quality it refers to in various states of meditative absorption: The jhanas are altered states of consciousness which are produced ...
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Vipassana meditation comes naturally; Samatha meditation incredibly hard.

Let me start off by saying that I can do Vipassana meditation for about 20 minutes at present. Accepting thoughts as they arise, noticing sensations without judging is relatively easy, compared to ...
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What is dry insight?

Following up from this answer - What is 'dry insight' exactly and how does it work. Is it a practice that someone will activity engage in or is it something that just happens to someone - a flash of ...
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When during meditation we forget where we are

As far as I understand, awareness is an important concept in buddhism, and an asset to develop through meditation. During meditation (following vipassana as taught by Goenka), it has happened to me ...
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Where do thoughts arise?

I have been reading books on Buddhism, Zen, meditation. All mention observing one's thoughts and let it pass. My question is where does thought arise from and do thoughts create karma by just thinking ...
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How to judge progress in vipassana

In samatha one can judge their progress through the progression of jhana, is there a concrete/measurable way to judge progress in vipassana?
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When and how should someone practice Patikulamanasikara meditation (reflections of replusiveness)

The practice of Patikulamanasikara, or loathsomeness of the body has intrigued me for quite a while but I was always uncertain of how to do it right. So, here goes: How do I know if it would be a ...
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Near death experience and meditation

I have been trying to analyse NDE stories from a meditator's point of view. The way people change after a NDE is, in some cases, similar to the changes a person goes through after meditating for a ...
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What is gained by learning Vipassana meditation in long retreats?

My understanding of S.N. Goenka's method for learning Vipassana meditation is that the student is introduced to meditation in a 10 day retreat in which he or she sits in silent meditation for almost ...
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Why Vipassana meditation need a base object?

I think (please correct me if I am wrong) that Vipassana is about letting go of control and judgement, and the meditator will just become aware and accept things as they are. Be it pain, thoughts, ...
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How to Practice Vipassana?

I have been practicing samatha for five years now and have rarely done any other kind of meditation. I have tried to practice vipassana in the past but get confused with how to do it. First of all ...
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Is there a way to help us remember our previous life?

There have been claims that some people can remember their previous life, their life before they are reborn. I can't say these are true or not. Is it possible to remember our previous life? If so, ...
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Is vipassana practice the same as insight practice?

Is vipassana practice the same as insight practice? Are the terms completely interchangeable? I know there is the vipassana movement but this appears to be Theravadin so it makes me think that ...
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Does the universe ever end?

I have meditated and come to the conclusion that the world never ends, that conciousness goes on infinitely. This was ok when I felt I had free will, when I believed I was helping other people, when I ...
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Buddha's advice regarding meditation practice

It seems clear to me that the Buddha's only intention throughout his life (after becoming a Buddha) was to help as many people as possible to reach Nibbana. But I think he gives different meditation ...
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Are the 16 stages of Insight mentioned by the Buddha in the early Pali texts or are they a later addition to the Dharma?

I am reading Practical Insight Meditation: Basic and progressive stages by Mahasi Sayadaw. In the book he elaborates on the 16 stages of insight meditation as a kind of road map of what to expect. I ...
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What kind of vipassana retreats do you recommend in South East Asia?

I've been meditating for 2.5 years, and have done two retreats before (Goenka and Gil Fronsdal). I'm looking forward to expanding to my understanding of the practice in South East Asia. I was ...
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Drop your opinions at work?

When I am supposed to simply observe my thoughts and any opinions that arise from them, and not cling to them, how am I supposed to work? I have a job, and as such you cannot not have opinions. It ...
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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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How to remove dullness of mind, without sitting meditation, in regular activity?

When you have to perform a certain task, you can't meditate during that time, but mind needs clarity. I feel very dull during that time, I want to increase my awareness and alertness in that ...
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How to ordain and become a monk?

I want to devote my life to Buddhist way of meditation, I want to know more of Buddha teaching but my main interest is for go day and night actual meditation practices. I accidentally come across Sri ...
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Attention to the breath: sensations at the nostrils vs sensations at the abdomen, as they relate to serenity and insight

During sitting meditation, I attempt to anchor attention to the breathe. I have read about anchoring on the sensation(s) of the breathe at the nostril, and I have read about anchoring on the rise and ...
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Did Ledi Sayadaw invent a vipassana technique?

According to the currently available historical sources, did Ledi Sayadaw invent his technique of meditation, or did he learn it in the caves of the Sagaing Hills? Is there enough information to tell ...
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What determines whether a style of meditation can or cannot lead to insight?

On YouTube @Yuttadhammo seems to say that tranquility meditation requires focus on a concept and as a result -- i.e. because a concept is not "real" -- that meditation cannot lead to insight. And, by ...
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Distractions during practice ( Goenka)

I recently completed a 10 day Goenka retreat. When we began vipassana on the 4th day, I noticed that I was getting a lot of tension/pressure/movement around my eyes. I informed the teacher of this and ...
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Should I decrease the amount of time I practice concentration meditation?

I have been following buddhist practices for little over three years now, and samadhi - or concentration, as you prefer - meditation was obviously part of my practice. As I was often taught from some ...
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Any advice for beginners about Vipassana traditions?

There are many Theravada Vipassana traditions according to this wikipedia page and more according to this answer. My questions are: Are any, or all, of these traditions suited to beginners? And why? ...
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No insight happening

I'm not sure why but insight practice isnt feeling very insightful to me. I've been practicing for over half a decade every day and I'm not having any profound insight into reality as I have read ...
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Jhana practice and Dry insight practice together

Is it possible that a meditator uses jhana practice and dry insight together? I mean: not combined in the same meditation session, but clearly in separate, distinct meditation sessions. Both ...
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The impact of the subconscious mind on the conscious mind

How should one consider the impact or influence of the subconscious mind on one's conscious awareness and mental processes, especially during sitting meditation? My mind seems to often exhibit a ...
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What were the Buddha's meditation methods and practices during his pre-enlightenment wandering years in India?

I am not clear about one important phase of the Buddha's life: when he was a wandering aspirant, after leaving his two earlier teachers of yoga. There is not much reliable information available about ...
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Rebirth as cycle of consciousness?

Wikipedia's article on Rebirth (Buddhism) says, Buddhist meditation teachers suggest that observation reveals consciousness as a sequence of conscious moments rather than a continuum of awareness[...
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Awareness of two things

I started to read Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha (the PDF, version 3). Before page 22, there's some text which says that (I paraphrase) sensations are fleeting and that consciousness-of-...
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How to Develop Insight - Samathayanika

If I practice tranquility meditation how would I go about developing insight.How does a samathayanika realise Nibbanna.
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What effects do Buddhist chants have?

Does listening to Buddhist chants such the Wisdom Sutra bring any benefit when working, meditating or other activities?
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Is insight meditation counter-productive (sometimes)?

This question was prompted by Mindfulness while Studying or Listening to Dhamma Talks On page 31 of Good Questions, Good Answers it says, Explain what insight meditation is During insight meditation ...