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How do I do “contemplation of death” meditation? And is it dangerous?

How do I do "contemplation of death" meditation? And is it dangerous? Because I read it might cause someone to commit suicide, so how do I make sure I won't reach that situation? And how exactly ...
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Is the Mind (Citta) the Self? If not, what is it?

It's been discussed in all perspectives that the Buddha was teaching about not-Self (Anatta) in this forum. However, it taught that one should empty the Mind (Citta) to realize Anatta, or Sunyata, in ...
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Why is mentally reproducing music so hard to control? How can it be counteracted?

I started decreasing the amount of music I listened to before and especially after I started meditating so that I had to cope less with replaying music passages and enjoy a clearer and more silent ...
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Mindfulness of Breathing, Mindfulness with Breathing

I saw a comment in another post suggesting that these are two different things. Can anyone explain or refute?
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How to exit meditation?

I am new to meditation (anapana) as a daily practise: I've been to one retreat, some 4 years ago, noticed how meditation helped me, and then never mediated again. I always knew I should get back to ...
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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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Best type of meditation for attention

I struggle tremendously with ADHD despite years of exploring traditional and nontraditional treatments. There are certainly many different kinds of meditation one can practice, so I was wondering what ...
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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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Is radiating loving kindness increase attachment?

In the early stage, it's said that radiating loving kindness to opposite sex can potentially arouse lust. While I'm not sure if the person who we radiate loving kindness to can have their lust aroused,...
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Did Lord Buddha teach any other meditation technique than the Anapana?

Meditation and cultivating awareness is the heart of Buddhism. You need meditation for attaining jhanas and also for doing Vipassana, metta bhavana... So as far as I've discovered, the only ...
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How does *Buddhist* meditation differ from others and lead to awakening?

The practice of meditation is central to certain Buddhist traditions, e.g. Vajrayana, Dzogchen, Zen, important for recognizing Buddha nature. Furthermore, Vajrayana and Theravada traditions assert ...
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How to “attend to the perception of light”?

In AN 7.58, the Buddha instructed Maha Moggallana on what do to about his nodding: "But if by doing this you don't shake off your drowsiness, then attend to the perception of light, resolve on the ...
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Sexual Desire, Masturbating and Asuba Bawana

I have been wanting to ask this question for some time. So basically caught up in the social norms, i used to watch porn videos and masturbate and got a bit attached to it. Kept on doing it for a few ...
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Ways of Raising Energy

I've eliminated many addictive fetters which deterred me from practising meditation. However, now I've noticed that getting into a meditative posture leads--perhaps because of the addictions such as ...
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What should one meditate upon as a beginner?

I am planning to start meditation. As a beginner , what things I should meditate upon from the Buddha's perspective?
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Difference between Attachment and Goals

I am confused about the differences between attachment (desire) and having a dream/setting goals. Are they the same or different? I am currently working in a job that I do not love but also do not ...
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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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I get rapid eye movement as soon as meditation starts

I saw a question about rapid eye movement when meditating, which from what I know is similar to REM sleep and the experience I had is a little bit different. As the title says I get the eye movement ...
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How to approach motivation for work during Vipassana?

My career involves lot of self-learning, and self-motivation. I like my work, which is a reason why my work doesn't feel like work. However, I am finding it hard to incorporate Vipassana into my work. ...
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I don't like people but I like buddhism

I'm a bit confused. I had a rather crappy childhood. Very disfunctional family and lots of bullying and abuse both at home and at school. It kind of made me very distrusting of people. I learnt at a ...
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Starting Buddhism

I have two questions. First, I grew up roman catholic, but now in my mid twenties, I am beginning to notice that a lot of my beliefs and actions don't align with Christianity so I started reading ...
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Inferiority because of failure in meditation

I've tried hard to practice meditation - Anapansatti & Vipassana but I just can't concentrate on my breath. Now, I'm feeling inferior as if I can never concentrate my breath or get rid of my inner ...
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How to improve mindfulness of thinking?

Recently I've been facing problems with trying to remain mindful of any thoughts that pass through my mind. This problem is particularly prevalent in my formal meditation, where I only realise I am ...
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What are the broad categories of the different types of meditation?

I have heard that there is insight meditation (mostly as part of practicing Buddhism) and Samantha (which involves Buddhism, but really just as a tool in the beginning of a meditation). This question ...
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Ānāpānasati (mindfulness of breathing) — concentrate on nose, or on whole body?

I am meditating for the last three months, about 30 mins a day (or a little longer than that). I followed Ajahn Brahm's "Basic Method of Meditation" to bring the mind to be in the present relatively ...
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How does one Realize emptiness?

Are there specific practices, meditation instructions, intended to identify and realize/experience emptiness? Is this different than realizing non-self, or the emptiness of the self? or the emptiness ...
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Moderation in meditation for lay people

Vipassana-style meditation has been adapted to treat patients to prevent recurrence of depression and anxiety through MBCT, and to treat chronic pain and stress through MBSR. More info on this 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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Is it “bad” to want a “materialistic” happiness?

After reading several articles and a book about Buddhism, I now feel a bit uncertain about what Buddhism actually is about. Am I not allowed to dance? To sing? To fall in love? Is the purpose of ...
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Can loving kindness, compassion and sympathetic joy be developed through Vipassana meditation?

As far as I understand, Vipassana meditation trains attention and equanimity. Which makes sense because you are basically doing body scans all the time and remaining equanimous to bodily sensations, ...
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Meditation and Pleasure

I have three simple questions relating to pleasure. I have tried meditation many times without generating pleasure. Thus: 1) What level of skill permits meditation to release pleasure? How advanced ...
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Lack of Pleasure and Joy

I noticed aside from gross sensory pleasures such as eating, or sometimes writing, I don't feel much pleasure or joy. It is as though the emotional spectrum of joy and pride, and other such positive ...
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Meditation Without References

I have previously asked questions on this forum, and now I have gained some familiarity with meditation. I am primarily doing breath meditation. When I practice, my thoughts are barely distractions at ...
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How should I express Mudita or Joy for all beings?

In Mudita meditation or Joy Meditation I am supposed to experience Joy for all beings. But I don't know which aspect of living beings is worth celebrating. My question is : How should I express ...
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Recommendation for Suttas

I have been practising Vipassana for quite a while (2 and half years). Now, I want to also dwell into the teachings of Buddha as presented in Suttas and apply those teaching in my everday life. I have ...
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When a man life becomes complete

Everyone was on a run for their life doing something they don't like. Also there may be no sense of satisfaction in their life. So I am thinking, what makes a man's life complete? Does the worldly ...
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Has Sādhna ( Meditation practice) with closed eyes more benefits than with open?

Nowadays, I've been practicing Vipassana (Sometimes anaapan) with open eyes since I instantly start feeling sensations almost everywhere in my body including flesh & organs when I draw my ...
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How do you know if you have bad/good karma?

Is it possible to know if you have bad or good karma? A lot of things have happened to me in life that is very negative. I believe partially it is my own fault because the way I am and how others ...
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Incoherent Meditations

Seemingly, despite my questions, I still am encountering great difficulties. I've been meditating for perhaps 1-2 years in a haphazard fashion, on the metro, walking places, while doing things. ...
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Can a person with harmful thoughts still meditate?

If a person has enemies and wants to take revenge, then can he meditate? Will those thoughts stop the person from meditating even if he doesn't think those things while meditating?
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Goal of Meditation

Currently writing a summary of Buddhism, I now have to write about the famous Samatha Bhavana meditation. Having explained how to practice Samatha Bhavana, I'm now proceeding to explain why practice ...
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Where did the hindrances originate from?

So far I have been exposed to some frontier thinking (thanks for those who truly are helping). Where did the "hindrances" originate from? The question is, who or what transpired for us to have these ...
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Sounds during meditation

When I practice meditation I focus on the rising and falling of my abdomen and if any thoughts or sensations arise I note them and continue focusing in the breath but I notice that I'm very sensitive ...
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What exacly is the so-called “formless” jhana?

When reading the suttas, sometimes I come across to the expressions: "dimension of the infinitude of space", "dimension of the infinitude of consciousness", "dimension of nothingness" and "dimension ...
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Is there any research on physiology of deep and long meditative states (i.e. days and weeks of sitting)?

I keep hearing about Theravada monks who are able to stay in deep meditative states for days and weeks on end. While I do not [yet] question ability to stay in meditation for that long, what interests ...
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Technique for Concentrative Meditation

I'm wondering whether when people refer to concentration meditation such as shamatha, they mean that there is still conceptual thought or its absence. For example, I am capable of meditating upon an ...
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Did the Buddha teach meditation to lay people?

During his lifetime, did the Buddha teach meditation to lay people, or did he teach meditation only to monks? Are there any references to this in the Pali Canon or commentaries? It's clear that all ...
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Buddhist Jhanas, how best to describe them?

I’m conducting research into the phenomena of Buddhist Jhanas/Dhyanas, and am looking for a good place to start. In addition to primary sources that discuss what this phenomena is, how would you ...
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Is samatha meditation more suited to lay people than vipassana?

Does the Piti Sutta imply that it is better for lay people to start with cultivation of jhana through samatha meditation, instead of starting with vipassana meditation? Also, the use of the term "...
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How do I practise Vipassana and Samatha through Anapanasati?

After reading the answers to this question I understand that keeping the object of meditation same, Samatha leads to calm and tranquility of mind and Vipassana leads to insight into nature of reality....