Questions tagged [meditation-practicalities]

The practical aspects of meditation including but not limited to timing sits, equipment, suitable location and scheduling practice.

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Listening to music while meditating

I listen to a very low background score on a meditation app called Calm while meditating. It's mostly non-obstructive and really helps me get into the space of calm. Where I live, silence of the outer ...
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Shambhawi mudra and Buddhism

Do Buddhists use the Shambhawi mudra ? What kind of tradition use it and for which purpose? (if possible with some references)
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What do you wish you knew when you started down the path of buddhism?

This stack exchange actually lead me towards the path of finding a lama and becoming a Buddhist. Thank You! This got me thinking, what would you tell sentient beings new to the path of Buddhism? Is ...
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Feedback - Are spaced-repetition cards useful for learning core Dhamma?

I've created an Anki deck (still WIP, link here: https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/414202630), drawing on the translations available here in SuttaCentral (with direct links to those pages). My thinking ...
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Doesn't mahāyāna have a classification for jhānas?

Is it me or is it incredibly difficult to find resources on the 4 (or 8, with the arupas) jhānas and how to reach them in the mahāyāna/vajrayāna literature? Apart from vague references to samādhi in ...
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Deload weeks for meditation

I like to go to the gym and lift weights. If you do that you are recommended to take deload weeks where periodically you lift lighter weights or less frequently or both. It's meant to be very ...
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Does Vipassana arise from Samatha/Anapanasati meditation? or is it another trap of monkey mind?

I'm novice to meditation and Buddhism. Apologies if this is silly question I've been practicing antipasti meditation for few months. While I watch/understand my breath, when a thought arise I use 6 ...
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How can you know that meditating isn't selfish?

Perhaps 'selfish' isn't the right word for it as the 'self' is not the goal. But if you define the 'self' as your inner core/soul is it still possible to meditate selfish? If so how to know this and ...
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How to proceed if I get current/vibration after meditation?

After exercise, when I concentrated on my heart I used to feel my hands becoming warm, but that was the only response I ever got from meditation and it did not last long. But I recently tried ...
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How to tackle cold? [closed]

Simple question -- how to tackle cold feeling during winter through meditation other than clothes or anything? Asking for specific meditation details with insight for tackling cold without any ...
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Moving During Meditation

When I feel dullness in meditation, I tend to move about on the chair, e.g. tilt forwards or backwards, change position to prod myself to wakefulness. Would such a method be detrimental? Should one ...
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Trying to Meditate Longer

I am currently meditating thirty minutes per day. I wonder whether I should meditate an hour instead or meditate for thirty minutes twice. Basically, I meditate on compassion and after thirty ...
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Recovery from Meditation

When a person trains a muscle, there is a necessary recovery from training before one can train again. I'm wondering if there's such a thing with meditation sessions? If so, how much time between ...
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What happens after anger disappears?

I practiced meditation few years ago,had reached a state where experience consepte of "I"was an illusion.when was Illusion of the I disappeared anger disappeared altogether. But I can't meditate ...
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What is the origin of Buddho meditation?

Some people say its from the forests of Thailand before Ajaan Sao's time - Some people say it comes from the Pali Canon but was scrubbed over time Some people say it comes from Sri Lanka Some ...
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Relaxation of Mind

I've noticed what limits my activities in the day is a kind of mental saturation. I believe it's a kind of attention fatigue because when I walk in nature, I am more likely after to engage in projects....
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Walking bare foot?

q: Why is it some monks (Yuttadhammo specifically) walks barefoot in his alms rounds as well as while doing walking meditation? Is there a purpose to it?
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Ideas to Contemplate When Meditation is Difficult

I wrote previously that somehow, my meditation practice suddenly became more difficult, without any cause. So, I wondered what measures could be taken. Since my objective -- for now -- is meditation ...
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How to differentiate between natural vs artificial breathing pattern during meditation?

When we do a simple observation of breath (in & out) during meditation, how to know if its natural flow I am observing or forced one? Regards
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How to evaluate hindrances? [duplicate]

As a meditator, are there categories of hindrances which may occur during meditation practice? If yes, can you please elaborate it.
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Meditating When Demotivated

I had meditated for some time for 30 min once or twice daily. Now, I am suffering from what seems to be anhedonia, a difficulty in feeling pleasure and being motivated. It makes it incredibly ...
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Meditation practice - Meditation Odd Effect -

I am doing vipassana meditation from last six month and had done two 10 days course of S N Goenka Vipassana Meditation.Doing daily 2 hours meditation in morning and evening. I am having constant ...
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Where can I find a Buddist Monastery that practice hard training in india?

I have done 02 10days Vipassana Meditation (S N Goenkaji)and want to devote life for same. Interested in knowing is any monetary in india where I can stay for years or more and learn teaching of ...
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Sense of Accomplishment in Meditation

Regardless of a meditation's perceived quality, I feel that finishing a meditation provides some sense of accomplishment. Nowadays, I am experiencing great lack of motivation, and when I set the goal ...
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Do Different Meditations Support One Another?

I have tried meditating on compassion, just as I've tried meditating on the breath. Currently, these days, I find it hard to meditate on compassion. My question is: Would practising meditation of any ...
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Heat and Meditation

I was meditating and couldn't keep my eyes open. I wore a thick sweater, and when I removed this sweater, the lethargy dissipated and instead I faced distracted thoughts, but I meditated with much ...
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Can One Evaluate the Effects of Meditation?

I have been doing compassion meditation for a bit (about 13h of sitting meditation). I think perhaps I haven't meditated enough to see benefits, but I wonder: When beginning, is it possible to have ...
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Applied Meditation

I noticed that in the case of metta bhavana, I seem to generate a lot of compassion while sitting, but as soon as I am in the real world I sometimes react impatiently or with irritation. The same goes ...
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Splitting Up Meditation Time

I'm wondering simply whether there is a difference between two thirty minute sits daily and an hour long sit daily? Which is more advantageous? Thank you
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Automatic Habit of Meditation

In psychology, a habit is defined as a behaviour done automatically, requiring little conscious effort. I have meditated recently pretty much every second day, but I fail to see any automaticity; its ...
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Temporary Influences on Meditation

I was wondering, in the case of a beginner in meditation, how much having eaten sugar might affect meditation quality? Also, I wonder what else -- in terms of states altering the mind like tiredness ...
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What is/are the cause/s of becoming “perceiveless”, an unconsciouse-being?

Althought as most not desired existence sometimes quoted, there seems to be less information about the cause why one gains the existence of an "not-perceiving-being", Unconscious beings (asaññasatta). ...
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Perfectionism in Meditation

When I first started metta bhavana, everything went very well and I generated a strong feeling. Ironically, I am now anxious in doing this meditation (i.e. I skip some) because I feel I might not ...
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How to Practice After Stream Entry as Opposed to Before?

I follow the notion that when the false view of an independent, permanent "self" is annihilated for the first time this is Stream Entry. The Dharma no long is merely a question mark, and it'...
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Review of this “Bhaddekaratta Sutta - Liberation teachings on an ideal seclusion”, and/or info about the author?

(Note that this is surely an experimental "question" for the usual use, although not different, just the purpose and circumstances) Today the Sangha of the eight directions was given, aside of other ...
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Interspacing Meditation Practice

I have been practising breathing meditation for some time. Now, I feel compassion meditation would benefit me more. I was thinking of practising 30 min of each every day. Would such interspaced ...
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Possibility of Unsuitable Technique

Upon (re)-reading this answer, I conjectured perhaps there are techniques unsuitable for some. It does seem to be the case with the breath for me, in my experience, despite the popularity and near ...
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Skipping Meditation After Great Exertion

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, in a video, describes how some beginners exert themselves too much at once and then skip sessions. That is precisely my situation. Upon meditating for much longer than usual ...
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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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Meditating on Public Transport

I saw there was one post about mindfulness on public transport. However, I felt these posts dealt with being mindful on public transport rather than meditation. I wonder: Is meditation itself ...
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Time and Frequency of Meditation

I have read psychological studies and commentaries by meditators that frequency is more important than duration for meditation. Thus, 10 minutes seven days a week is more beneficial than 70 minutes in ...
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How important is constancy in meditation practice?

I'm going through a period of meditating every day which is not how I usually practice. Before I would meditate 5-6 times a week then deliberately not do more as I would seem to 'run dry' and lose my ...
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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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Are there any scientifically validated practices for Buddhists?

We know there are already hundreds of studies with promising results. State of enlightenment is already documented and can be measured. So I am asking whether exists some resources or even a ...
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Can I attain Vipassana without doing the body scan?

I returned from Goenka's Vipassana retreat. The technique of being aware of sensations with equanimity was very helpful and led me into deeper states of meditation. But his technique includes ...
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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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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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Must one move through the various jhanas to realise nibbana?

Some of these jhanas are incredibly powerful but they have an opposite, that being emotional and mental upheaval and the dark nights. Essentially, I realise that there are valuable insights to learn ...
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How to Determine Meditation Object

I have practised previously with the breath, but I feel my eyes fall automatically when setting attention on the breath, and inversely, focusing on objects makes my mind alert. Is this sufficient to ...
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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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