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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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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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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What are some of the best practices for generating loving kindness?

I came across many lectures from Ram Dass/Richard Alpert in the beginning of my meditation practice about a month ago, and I found the attitudes toward life and other people he espoused very ...
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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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How to balance an attitude of “effortless non-striving” with proper posture?

In Karma-Chagme's book, "A Spacious Path to Freedom", he emphasizes the importance of correct posture in directing the vital energies to the central channel. In particular, he mentions (1) the tongue ...
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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. ...
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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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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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How to completely be aware of each moment?

How can I be completely aware in each and every moment, even working, walking, or talking? Is "continuous breath awareness" is an answer?
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What is the goal of Meditation- is it increasing the gap?

When I sit for meditation, sometimes I realize my breath has stopped and thoughts are subtle, for but a very minimum amount of time, but that time I feel totally in a present moment, in a moment. It ...
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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 outdoors

I've been trying to find some info on meditation outdoors here. But I don't. My reason for asking is that I like, as far as possible, to sit outside in meditation. In my country, Norway, there's a lot ...
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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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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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Where is the complete William Hamilton's “Saints and Psychopaths”?

I have been trying to find a complete copy of William Hamilton's "Saints and Psychopaths" and although it seems to be distributed on the web in various places in electronic format, it also seems that ...
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Shamata - attention on upper lip, diaphragm or belly?

A very interesting discussion here on SE on breathing focus made me a bit confused. Allan Wallace says in the beginning focus on belly, then when you get better at it, diaphragm, then nostril/upper ...
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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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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 with chronic illness

I'm an American living in Bangkok. I have Parkinson's disease and have recently (last week) developed restless leg syndrome. It's now 4:30 AM & I can't sleep - because of the discomfort in my legs....
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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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Strong blood flow when meditating

I am currently following a vipassana retreat at Panditarama Lumbini (where you are asked to notice the rise and fallings of the abdomen). The first 5 days were OK (even if I maybe was pushing too much ...
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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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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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What advice should i give for a person with self destructive thoughts?

If someone is really depressed and having self destructive thoughts and behavior what can i do to help such a person? Is there a good meditation for such a one? What kind of advice will it be best ...
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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 practices can aid (or not ruin) the mahasi style meditation?

This question goes specifically to theravada insight practicioners - but everyone can answer if they think they have something useful to add - even from other traditions since my mahasi style ...
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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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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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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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Reflections on Repulsiveness

I am wondering if this website, and in particular, the guided audio meditations, are in line with the actual teaching of the 32 parts of the body meditation. I don't know much about it, so I thought I'...
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Awareness of two things

I started to read Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha (the PDF, version 3). Before page 22, there's some text which says that (I paraphrase) sensations are fleeting and that consciousness-of-...
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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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Is Maithree meditation a recommended practice?

I use Maithree meditation for many moments of stress instead of Anapanasati. Is it a recommended practice? I find out this works for me and helps me move away from the stress at hand and find present ...
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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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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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What are some ways to improve my practice?

I meditate for 30 minutes each day, focusing on the feeling of my breath moving through my throat. When I am not meditating, I try to mentally "say" whatever it is I am doing (e.g. if I am angry, I ...
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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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What are the benefits of solitary practice?

I have heard about buddhist monks who undertake strictly solitary practice for 6 months where they practice entirely by themselves. They have no human contact and some of the other monks will come and ...
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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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Introduction to Samadhi meditation

Can anyone give me a brief introduction into practicing samadhi meditation? I could start saying i understand the common principles of meditation. I had practiced a peacefull breath based meditation ...
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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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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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Can meditation help me in my academics?

As a student, is it beneficial for me to take the practice of Buddhist meditation? If so what type of meditation should I incline myself into improving my concentration(tone down distraction) and ...
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What is the easiest way to achieve a state of no physical suffering?

I read that those monks who self-immolated probably felt no pain because they were in nirvana... Is there a state you can get to more easily than nirvana where you can be conscious and pain-free? If ...
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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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meditation on the heartbeat

Usually we use an anchor in meditation, the breathing being the most common. Sometimes when I focus on that I feel my heartbeat taking my attention, so I thought about using that as an anchor, does ...
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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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Dilemma caused by differing viewpoints regarding soul and karma

I'm a spiritual aspirant who likes to practice meditation to attain the ultimate goal of nirvana or moksha. The trouble is I've read too many differing doctrines and theories regarding epistemology of ...
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A Jewish Buddhist? [duplicate]

I am jewish by ethnicity and by religion as well but I find the dhammapada and buddhist meditation to be beneficial, is this frowned upon or discouraged amongs buddhists?