Questions tagged [meditation-recommendation]

Questions asking for recommendations for a particular type of meditation perhaps to remedy a particular difficulty or to enable the practitioner to deepen his or her practice

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What is the next meditation type after Mindfulness of Breathing meditation?

I have been meditation using Mindfulness of Breathing mediation. I will continue for a while, while increasing the duration. When can I say that I "master" a type of meditation? Are there a natural ...
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How to disambiguate between various meditation practices?

From what I understand, different schools of Buddhism teach different subsets of meditation techniques, or different variations of the same techniques. However, many meditation resources don't specify ...
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What are the common buddhist practices to eliminate sleepiness?

I sleep the hours which are said to be needed, but I still feel sleepy. I've been drinking coffee recently to eliminate grogginess, and it does work for me. However, I was wondering if there are other ...
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How and when should a child be introduced to Buddhism?

My son will be four soon. I would like to introduce him to Buddhist philosophy, and some meditation practices. However, stillness is, at this point, completely foreign to his personality :) My wife ...
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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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Meditation technique proposed by the Buddha

What type of meditation is proposed by the Buddha for attaining self realization? Is it Vipassanna medition? Is Mindfulness meditation the same as Vipassanna? Which scripture mentions these techniques?...
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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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How does one cultivate uplifted energy (paggaha)?

In the sutta quoted here the Buddha recommends cultivating in equal measure concentration, equanimity and uplifted energy. As far as I know, in order to develop concentration one focuses the mind on ...
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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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Meditating in stressful days

In stressful days, when I really need to calm down and find some inner peace, is when I find it harder to meditate. A lot of thoughts going in and out and creating intense feelings as a consequence of ...
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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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Is yoga an acceptable form of meditation for a practicing Buddhist?

Yoga is a form of mediation which involves physical exertions as well as inward examination. Is this an acceptable form of meditation for a Buddhist? Are there any sects of Buddhism which focus on ...
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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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When is it time to meditate and when is it time to act?

As a Mahayana follower I keep growing my wish to help all beings. To accomplish this, I have developed the wish to become a Buddha. As I meditate and follow the teachings, I really wish to help all ...
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Could meditation help with reducing memory and concentration problems? As with ADD or ADHD?

There have been studies showing that meditation can help dealing with depression, stress and anxiety. But are there meditation techniques that help with ADD and ADHD problems? And if there are, which ...
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Meditation and good deeds vs clarity of mind during death

How important is meditation practice and doing good deeds in comparison to having a clear mind during death in order to reach nibbana or be at least reborn in a good realm? For example, if one ...
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Alternatives to sitting meditation?

I'm not exactly a Buddhist, just a meditator. However, I was wondering if there are alternatives to just sitting and watching the breath? Especially, are there things I can practice throughout the ...
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Are there meditation practices that improve logical problem solving skills?

I meditate daily, for around 30 minutes or so, I have been on and off for the last few yew years. I only ever do a simple breathing meditation and I find it tends to make my mind smoother and more ...
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What can be done when one is having difficulties establishing a regular practice?

I just can't manage to maintain a regular practice, not even a short one. From a buddhist point of view, what can be done? I went on retreats, I sat a few days in a row at home doing meditation, I ...
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What books address various difficulties that may arise during various stages of meditation practice?

I am looking for books that go beyond the usual introduction on how to do various form of Buddhist meditation practice but rather, in addition to describing the practices themselves, discuss various ...
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Meditation techniques for beginners?

As a beginning meditator, the techniques I typically use are: Counting breaths, restarting at 10 (learned in Japan). Envisioning, with warm feelings, all of my friends and family around me in a large ...
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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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Seeking guidance on avoiding meditation distractions and sluggishness

Do any of you readers , know of a very simple, dependable starting point for an old meditator , who sits everyday, but I do not have contact with any meditation teacher, who I am connected with. I sit,...
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Advice on leading sitting group

I've been practicing for about a half dozen years now, have been fortunate to go on several retreats and have a consistent practice. Where I'm currently living I really don't have access to a sitting ...
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What's the buddhist stance on cognitive behavioral therapy?

Is it a good idea to expose yourself to situations that trigger fear and anxiety and use meditation to get through it, or is the desire to overcome fear and anxiety "bad" because it's technically a ...
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Contemplating during meditation

What can be object of contemplation during meditation? Can I take a puzzle or mathematical problem for contemplation? What is the right way of contemplation?
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Koans for beginner - dos and don'ts?

I like studying Buddhism, especially Prasangika, but I find I sometimes get kind of conceptual. I practice shamata every day, but if a beginner like myself wants to try meditation/mindfulness with ...
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Meditating and including buddhist philosophy in your life without abandoning previous religious beliefs?

Is there a way where someone (for the sake of discussion) who is Jewish by belief and is actively practicing, could meditate and take up certain Buddhist practices without actually forfitting ...
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Meditation on pain?

I may be able to get into meditation. again. I wondered if it was worth setting oneself the goal of meditating on pain / frustration. Perhaps a little masochistic, but it really does feel like the ...
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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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Suggestions for when practice has plateaued

Over the past few months I've been experiencing a lot of personal issues and as a result, my practice seems to not only have plateaued but also digressed. Sitting for an hour has become incredibly ...
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What meditation practice will allow me to sleep less and focus more?

I have an issue picking meditation to practice during my free time as a medical student. My free time is limited and my stress levels are sky high. What is the best meditation practice for me out ...
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Mindfulness Vs Void

On researching meditations I find several different aspects. One side tells me to be aware of all my actions ( Breath, Stepping, Thinking ) Then I see another type where basically you remove all ...
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What meditation is best to learn to “control” your mind?

I want to learn to in a sense control my mind. By this i mean focus on the thoughts and mindsets that are beneficial. And not focus on the harmful, negative thoughts. I always believe that we are who ...
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Meditation technique to reduce/control pain/sorrow/loss

So I have been doing different meditation techniques to control/reduce different poisons(Klesha) of mind. Such as I do Asuaba(Perception of Unattractiveness) for Lust Perception of Loving Kindness (...
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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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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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Noting-Technique: How many notes per second/minute?

I'm a bit confused by contradicting statements about the noting/labeling-technique. On the one hand, one teacher has once told me to note as fast as possible to not let anything else enter the mind, ...
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Meditation for higher concentration

What kind of meditation can help one to have a higher concentration; maybe lasting for hours or days? I am a Buddhist, specifically Theravada, and I am trying to keep my mind on one thing. Buddha kept ...
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Preventing to enhance one's sense of self

Which are the best meditation practices to prevent enhancing one's sense of self?
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How Lord Buddha's Way Make Me Out Of This Depression!

I don't know If I should ask this here or not. But I am depressed enough and not able to find a way to get out of this situation to live life happily as I used to do before. In my office I met a ...
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Life's issues as a meditation subject?

Are life's issues and other practical problems appropriate as a meditation subject? Any buddhist school, that focus on this type of meditation?
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Meditation in stressful environments

My significant other is an extremely busy person who constantly lives life on the road and rarely has moments to himself. He's an incredibly stressed out person and because of this I've recommended ...
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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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How to let go of the will to let go or reach a certain state?

I find that the biggest block in my practice is the will to reach a good state. There's constantly an expectation from the experience to be good. I found that only by letting this go you can truly ...
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Getting confused by various methods

I have been practicing meditation for quite a long time now and sadly I haven't entered any jhana(which I want to enter). I think the reason for me not progressing is because I switch between methods ...
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Meditation techniques used in different branches/traditions of Buddhism [closed]

What are some meditation techniques used in different branches/traditions/vehicles of Buddhism? Please provide the name of the technique, names of branches/traditions/vehicles that apply this ...
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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. ...