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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What are the differences between vipassana and mindfulness meditation?

I have been reading about vipassana and mindfulness meditation but so far I haven’t fully understood the differences. Is mindfulness meditation an aspect or a variation of vipassana meditation?
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How to determine the end of a meditation session without a clock?

I have a clock, it just is distracting having to look at it every few minutes.
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Can I practice Buddhism without meditating?

If it's possible to do it, how should such practice look like? Will it be inferior to the practice of those who meditate?
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How to wake up properly after a nights sleep?

My mind tends to be more unbalanced after waking up than before going to bed. I try to observe breath and sensations but the mind is pretty muddled. This raises the question if the mind is making ...
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Is there any such thing as a bad meditation?

I've always been told that there is no such thing as a bad meditation. No matter what happens it is OK. In fact the meditator is a bad judge of the effectiveness and efficacy of any sit even if those ...
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What is the minimum amount of time needed for a productive meditation sit?

This question leads on from the comments on this post What is the minimum amount of time that one could productively sit in meditation? For instance if I only had five minutes to sit should I do it ...
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Sleep - What about it?

What are the proper relax / Sleep practices for a practitioner of meditation methods? As to Buddhist point of view what is sleep and how to cope with it?
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mindfulness thinking about future and past?

Is there such thing as mindfulness thinking about the future or past? I have a job that requires a lot of "going" into the future and past (projecting forward and assessing the past). I was wondering ...
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What is the recommended time of day for meditation?

Does Buddhism have any recommendation for particular time of day for meditation? Can I meditate before going to sleep at night if I don't feel drowsy before I go to bed? Is there any Sutra which ...
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Software programming/Art and Buddhist Practice - Pursuing creative activity

I have read this question but I'm seeking more advice. So it is quite obvious in the activity of software programming that we cannot help but think about programming concepts and also end up creating ...
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Did Buddha practice group meditation with bhikkhus, bhikkhunis and laymen, just like in today's meditation center?

In today's meditation center, practitioners meditate with others in group sitting. After an hour or so of meditation, the practitioners may proceed to seek advices from the teacher on their progress. ...
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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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Can meditation cause you to sleep less?

Over the last few months I've started meditating late on a night (as well as my usual morning practice). I'm finding that I am sleeping less but not feeling tired because of it. Is there any ...
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Eyes in Meditation Practice

Could someone please clarify for me what to do with the eyes? I have heard that we should keep our eyelids half open, but could someone describe it in detail (or refer me to someone else who does)? ...
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Maintaining the emotional state achieved in meditation through the rest of the day

I've been practicing meditation for a while now, basic breathing and mindfulness meditation, and lately I've added some contemplation to my "routines", usually with music, and the result is absolutely ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of meditating with eyes closed?

I'm not normally distracted by noise, touch, smell or taste when I meditate. But I do keep looking and looking and looking. Sometimes I'll fixate on a crack between the spars of wood on the floor, ...
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Dealing with extreme temperatures

During this current heat wave I've been struggling with heat related discomfort in my sits. (A/C isn't an option at my home) Any advise on dealing specifically with this, I'm sure the people who ...
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How to reduce distractions in sitting practice?

How are people supposed to practice sitting meditation when there are so many distractions around like working, internet social media pages and other things like that?
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How effective are guided meditation sessions in achieving the benefits of meditation?

I find it difficult to meditate without guidance. I wish to use guided meditations for my practice. How effective are guided meditation sessions in achieving the benefits of meditation? What is the ...
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Who said 'if you are too busy meditate for two hours'?

There is a zen quote that goes something like Meditate for an hour every day unless you are too busy. In that case meditate for two hours. I'm not sure about the exact quote - it might be 0.5 ...
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Is it considered against standard Buddhist doctrine to meditate with music?

Two slightly related questions: Is it considered against standard Buddhist doctrine to meditate with music? In particular, "meditation music" - where it's calm, relaxing, peaceful, etc. I'm fairly ...
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What is the best way to practice humility

I've studied both "Western" and "Eastern" philosophy (mainly Buddhism) for some time, and enjoying it a lot. Western philosophy is all about clarifying concepts. The exception might perhaps be ...
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Would an advanced practitioner ever stop meditating?

The founder of the Buddhist community I attend said in an interview that he doesn't meditate anymore. I kind of found this really surprising. If we can say (just for arguments sake) that he is an ...
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Group meditation vs. Solo meditation

Other than personal preference, are there known to be advantages or disadvantages to meditating in a group instead of alone?
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Fun teaching techniques for children meditation class

Can someone help ? i am looking for fun teaching of meditation and Buddhist teaching from age 4 ~ 13 old. Also help with morality, environmental protection, chanting, Buddhist religion's etiquette ...
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Can meditation help students in exams?

Came across this interesting research paper: Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Meditation Literally Rebuilds The Brain’s Gray Matter In 8 Weeks If above is the case, is there any research showing ...
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Is a straight spine/spinal posture during seated meditation critical?

I notice, in images of monks and lay people in seated meditation, that many of these various persons appear to be using very poor posture, e.g. slumped and not erect. Written instructions and video ...
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Is there some technique to surpass noises when meditating?

I'm having a lot of troubles with noises. I try to close my ears with cotton, but it does not works great. Is a little bit difficult to me try to meditate rounded by noises (here, where a live, people ...
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What is the difference between the progress of low and high intensive meditators?

What is the difference between the progress of "low intensive" meditators as opposed to "high intensive" meditators? By low intensive I mean like a meditator who has never been to a ten day ...
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How to increase the speed of learning about oneself?

Regularly, after meditation or reading spiritual books, I get "epiphanies" (new pieces of information about myself, my behavior and/or the outside world), which induce strong emotions in me. I lose ...
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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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Meditating as sleep aid

Every book that I have read about Buddhism and medititation says that, as meditation cultivates concentration and awareness, one should never fall asleep while doing it. So, what about when I cannot ...
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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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Limitations of meditation/mindfulness without Vinaya

Some teachers say that the meditation practice without the Vinaya is very limited on its achievments. That is equivalent of saying that lay meditators will have very limited results, even if he/she ...
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Is it useful to practice intoxicated?

I am aware that drinking is against the fifth precept, but there are certain occasions where I can enjoy a few drinks (few times a month). I read a lot that it is not recommended to meditate purposely ...
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Can't notice the breath

I can't find the breath (sometimes I can, but the majority of the time I can't) I can't notice the rising and falling of the stomach even when lying and putting my hand on it and also to notice the ...
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How important are incense and candles to a meditation practice?

What is the function of incense and candles to a meditation practice? Are they used in all types of meditation or only some types?
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Is watching the heart beat (instead of watching the breath) a known form of meditation?

In Anapana there is no regulation of the breath. As I understood it, it's meant not to control your breath while meditating, but just let flow. Sometimes it's difficult for me not to control it, so I ...
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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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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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Exercise for meditation sitting

I couldn't find this exact question asked before. What kind of exercise is recommended for better physical comfort and "endurance"/"stamina" when sitting in meditation; apart from the sitting itself?...
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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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In what way(s) does engaging in sexual activity affect meditation practice?

Does sexual activity (masturbation and beyond) hinder vipassana meditation practice? If so, does anyone know through experience or references exactly how this activity affects the practice? For ...
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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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How to use a Tibetan singing bowl when meditating solo?

Tibetan singing bowls produce a binaural tone which is claimed to be conducive to deep meditation. However, if you are meditating you would need someone to play it for you or you'd need to listen to a ...
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Is Mr. S. N. Goenka's Vipassana Meditation a Buddhist tradition?

It appeared that most students learning Buddhism will automatically assume Vipassana Meditation taught by Mr. S. N. Goenka synonymous with Buddhist meditation, methods taught by the Buddha, is it so? ...
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Why focus below your bellybutton in meditation?

My roshi tells me to focus here. Before practicing, I spent most of my waking hours thinking, analyzing, living in my head. With practice, it has gotten easier to think when thought has a purpose, and ...
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Good pair of earmuffs for meditation

I am looking for a pair of earmuffs to wear while meditating that are effective at reducing noise and comfortable to wear for at least 2 hours. Does anyone have any recommendations of brands that they ...
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Is a Ghatika an ideal minimum meditation duration?

I've been reading books written by, or associated with Alan Wallace, that describe a period of time that is new to me - Ghatika (24 minute period). A session of twenty-four minutes is a good ...
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Will smoking cigarettes permanently hinder meditation?

The breath is such an important part of meditation. Will a decreased lung capacity decrease the depth I can achieve in meditation?