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 is the meditation and what is its purpose?

Is meditation thinking about thoughts? Is it rational thinking about our perceptions? What is meditation? What is the purpose of it? Can I gain supernatural powers via meditation?
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Meditation - how to breathe naturally?

Just starting with meditation, I can't get the breathing right. As soon as I concentrate on breathing (as there is not much else to concentrate on), I unvolunteraly assume concious control over when ...
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What means HRI above lotus and moon?

What does mean the syllable HRI above lotus and moon? What does mean those visualised aspect separately and together? What kind of inner feelings they should evoke?
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Tackling Addictions Directly VS Meditation

I gathered some ideas from different previous replies, but I thought I'd synthesize these ideas into a question. Is it (1) more sensible to cut down on addictive behaviours in order to liberate one's ...
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How to use inner feeling (intuitive feeling) while taking refuge

Starting ngondro practice, taking refuge in 3 jewels. As we know most of the Tibetan schools use the pretty common attitude. So if we are not talking about the differences, but the inner feeling and ...
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Is my Meditation Practice Too Busy?

I've been meditating fairly regularly for the past 5+ years, but have really only begun to follow Buddhism the past year or so. As such, my meditation practice has changed. I admit, I am not presently ...
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How can I direct attention on an breath without consciously breathing?

In every guided meditation or in the books I've read on meditation, I've been told to observe and hold sustained awareness towards the the 'meditation object', that is my breathing. When I do that, ...
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Why activity makes me material & full of desires?

I am in very dilemma- When I am inactive or lazy I meditate well, read good religious books etc. But whenever I come into action like studies or useful work I become very material & also get ...
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Non-attachment as object of meditation

Is there text (e.g. suttas, and/or articles by modern authors) which describes "non-attachment" as an object of meditation? Specifically, how is "non-attachment" an "object"? I'm asking partly ...
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How to breathe into your stomach and not get light headed during meditation?

During conventional Buddhist sitting meditation I have a problem whereby because I am thinking about my breathing my breath is quite short (I can't seem to change that) and just a few minutes in, just ...
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Beginner's Buddhist Course Syllabus By Ancient Pali Canon (Ganthadhura And Vipassanādhura)

How to learn dhamma as Māhāvihāra Theravāda Buddhists? How Māhāvihāra Theravāda Buddhists learn kammaṭhāna and dhamma for over 2600 years?
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How can we choose more congenial Kammattana?

Among the 40 Kammattana how can I choose more suitable Kammattana for me?
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Which is the best posture to Practice meditation?

Does any one know, which is the best posture to be assumed for practicing meditation?
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Observing fever and Not taking medicine?

I have been trying to tie mind with breathe lately and successful several times through the day. But today I have fever, and I am finding it very difficult to observe, I just want to this feeling of ...
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Am I approaching samadhi properly?

The problem: I've encountered some confusion about the differences between samadhi and vipassana, as would seem to be a frequent problem amongst beginners. This confusion was only worsened by my ...
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How can we include meditation in our daily activities or day to day life?

Given that if a person is extremely busy & unable to give full time to meditation but wants to penetrate mind to eradicate past live impressions, how can he/she do so?
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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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What is the way to motivate myself for Vipasana meditation Practice daily?

I am a college student and practice of Vipasana from last year but sometimes I feel laziness and during meditation I feel uncomfortable and I leave meditation at that time.I want to ask, what is way ...
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How vipassana is useful for removing fear from myself?

I am doing Vipasana from one year and I feel it is beneficial for me but in spite of these a lot of fear surrounded me,fear of feature,fear of past a lot of fear surrounded me,fear of seniors.How can ...
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I have been meditating by myself since 2015 but nothing worked for me

Please help me, what to do. I've been meditating but not working for me anything. I get only tingling sensation on my forehead & constant buzzing sound. Besides, I have not gotten any slight ...
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metta towards women

This related question already has an answer: Avoiding Lust in Hinduism? This is a bit strange to ask, but I'll proceed anyway. In specifically Buddhism (I'm a Hindu though) there are prescribed ways ...
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Am I Bearing the pain or observing it, When my leg hurts during Vipassana?

Yesterday I was practicing Vipassana, In starting I observed everything as neutral, then everything was positive, then after 30 minutes, my left leg started hurting badly, i observed it as just ...
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How many hours of Meditation in single sitting during Vipassana?

I was wondering its not much difficult to sit for one hour in meditation, but i want to know in Vipassana 10 days course, How long one will have to meditate, i mean do they do split meditation of 1 ...
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How exactly i can access my Astral body in meditation?

Lord Buddha have access to unlimited knowledge, This information can be found in old Indian scriptures as well, that human body is capable to visiting to another planets with his/her Astral body (...
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How should I spend my day, according to Lord Buddha teachings?

According to Lord Buddha teachings, How should a normal employee spend his/her day ? How much time should one meditate? (annapanna or vipassana) ? While sitting in office, how should i sit (...
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The odd phenomenon of cycle of emotions

it is a well-observed fact that that the cycle of emotions never cease to exist, but they do follow a defined route which I shall refer to in this question as the SFE route namely: A sensation-----...
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How to acknowledge emotions and their consequences in day to day life?

Do you have any suggestion on how to view the act of sexual intercourse objectively? For example, when we view a lady, we view her as a composite of flesh, bones, feces, pus, joint oil, etc. ...
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Back from a retreat: what to practice?

I need to give some background before I can ask my question so, my apologies for the long winded post. I am back from a wonderful 6 days retreat (Bhikkhu Buddhadasa teaching/ Anapanasati). With the ...
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Does contemplation activity, before hand, give rise to the mental image?

In deep trance / Samadhi meditation does contemplating on the subject, before hand, give rise the mental image or Nimitta, or does it arise while contemplating? Put it in another way, do you have to ...
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Sensory Deprivation tank

Have you heard of sensory deprivation tanks? This is a tank which is supposed to be soundproofed and dark, and which would hold a little water for a person to float in. The idea is for the conditions ...
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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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Are there studies about the difference between meditating in the morning versus in the evening?

Specifically, I am wondering if it is better to meditate at 7am or 7pm (even though doing both would be ideal).
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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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What is the best meditation practice to fall asleep?

I want to know if exist some practice to meditate when I am ready to sleep, in order to train while I am dreaming.
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How to emotionally cut free from an individual?

My friend meditates daily (non-Buddhist). He finds that from time to time a very annoying person tries to seemingly drag power and energy from him like a magnet. Can any one explain how he can escape ...
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The Dangers of an Extended Meditation Session

The Buddha was said to have meditated 40 days and 40 nights in a single sitting which begs the question is it possible to sit this long without any physical or mental injury? As an example, my ...
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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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Wish to Circumambulate around Mt. Kailash

I wish to circumambulate around Mount Kailash on foot. This is roughly 33 miles of mountaineous terrain. Many people do this for spiritual reasons, i.e circumambulate once to wash away your sins, ...
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Doubt while Meditating regarding Breath

When i am meditating, my breath which was normal(means three seconds longer both in and out), is becoming one second long or only half second long(extremely short in length). How to manage if breath ...
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I am hearing buzzing, humming sound in silence. Is this problem with my ear or its progress in meditation?

I was practice Breath Meditation then OM Chanting Meditation from year. and finally leave these both because its not suite for me. Then I start Sound Meditation where I try to listen sound of my heart ...
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Benefits of sleeping in a sitting posture

Occasionally some buddhists monks will take up the practice of only sleeping in a sitting posture for an extended duration of time - sometimes up to 3 months. What are the meditational (preferably ...
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Over expectations and overconfidence

I have caught myself many times saying to others that I will do this and that. I also tend to confirm that I can and will do things, when I'm asked about it, even when I am not sure. Often people end ...
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What to do when a thought comes up while meditating

From the meditation podcasts I have heard when a thought comes up acknowledge it by saying "thinking" and then try to gently return back to your breath. There is something else I tried ...
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Is it possible to use meditation to gain Self control?

I have planed my life and want to stick to it . But the problem is My self control . For example I tend to waste a lot of my time in youtube watching documentaries . You know it starts like I 'am ...
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Hard not to control my breathing

For the record I'm new to meditation. I'm trying to observe my breathing without controlling it. That was the guidance from someone I met at a buddhist meeting. Though sometimes I just ralize that I ...
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Ajahn Brahm versus others

I am practicing samadhi meditation using the breath as an object. Most teachers say to watch the breath at the tip of the nose. However, Ajahn Brahm says not to locate the breath anywhere. I find ...
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Earliest occurrences of meditation?

What are the earliest records of people meditating? The Wiki page for History of meditation mentions "prehistory" but provides no details: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_meditation The ...
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What is meditation and are we dulling the mind through what is considered formal meditation?

I ask this with a healthy skepticism. What is meditation? Is it the style that is put forth in the texts or traditions, like Tibetan or Indian or whatever tradition? For example, sit down and ...
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Body feels like crying

After stressful events that I'm unaccustomed to, or after strenuous workout, my body feels as if it wants to cry. I am unable to produce the tears to "cry it out", but my body feels it. This started ...
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How to overcome the suffering of attachement to the body's continued existence (in Western modernity)?

An important part of the Path is overcoming the suffering of attachement to the body's continued existence. I don't know if that's desire for living or aversion to death - maybe a combination. ...