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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When should you put on your robes?

My question is going to be almost to "profane" for this area of SE, about it is a serious concern of mine. I have just started out zen meditation. One of the suggestions that was given me was that to ...
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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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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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Timing of meditation

I meditate once a day in early morning, only. I have found that this time is very helpful in practicing meditation. I want to meditate at least twice a day. I want to know if time plays a role in ...
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Planning Meditation Topics

Is it ever beneficial to decide on a meditation topic before beginning to meditate? For example, say I want to deal with a specific problem in my life, e.g. hatred towards a specific person, cravings ...
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How did monks time their practice? [duplicate]

How did monks traditionally time their practice before the age of timers? Any sutta references would be greatly appreciated. I'm looking for an organic way to time my sittings.
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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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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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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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Meditation on floor vs bed

Before I would meditate on floor in Burmese position 30 min in morning, and 30 min at night. My mind was very busy, but when it would calm down, I would get few "Creative Attacks" For the past week, ...
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How do you handle loud, meaningful family noises while trying to focus?

THe most successful cultivators and Buddhists cultivated in the forest or mountains where there are few people. In our day and age, this is less easy due to polluted rivers, overharvesting of ...
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Can you meditate too much as part of a daily routine?

Just to follow up from this question - is it possible for an individual to meditate too much? Is there a point when it becomes counterproductive and if so what would the signs be that someone should ...
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How often to meditate and how far apart

I am able to sit in floor in half lotus pose and meditate 30 minutes at s time. Originally I did once in morning and once at night but I have been looking to also do once before lunch and once after ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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?
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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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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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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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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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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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Conflict between theistic religious belief and Buddhist practice?

From the Buddhist perspective, is there an inherent conflict between being a believer in a theistic religion and a practitioner of Buddhist meditation?
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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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Scheduling Formal Meditation

Is it considered better practice to stick to a strict schedule of walking/sitting meditation even if doing so will involve trying to settle into meditation while being plagued with hindrances (pañca ...