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Mahasi Sayadaw / Yuttadhammo noting question

When I'm sitting, I have a lot of trouble making it through all the touching points. One issue I'm thinking that I might be having is that maybe the progression of objects is incorrect: I do rising-...
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How to proceed if I get current/vibration after meditation?

After exercise, when I concentrated on my heart I used to feel my hands becoming warm, but that was the only response I ever got from meditation and it did not last long. But I recently tried ...
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pranayama unsettles my meditation practice

I sit for a daily meditation, it will be deep most days. I have been advised to add pranayama(alternate nostril) to my practice and when i add that to my routine. It disturbs my sleep and as well my ...
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Is it considered “normal” / “possible” / “bad” / “wrong” the use of Mala Beads for counting breaths while meditating?

I sometimes use my Mala Bead during meditation, I find it quite "concentrating" to turn one bead for each breath. As I read online, when I reach the center bead, I reverse the rotation and start ...
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Guidance for how to handle stomach problems arising during Vipassana?

During concentration the main thing I can feel during the first half hour or so is the feeling of the stomach/ top part of the intestine area or feelings inside the belly. There's really nothing else ...
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What can be the remedy here?

Whenever I go for meditation retreat(self-exploration or in group), my brain remains calm, body remains healthy, digestive system becomes good. When I try to go for household life or even think ...
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How to tackle cold? [closed]

Simple question -- how to tackle cold feeling during winter through meditation other than clothes or anything? Asking for specific meditation details with insight for tackling cold without any ...
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can meditation and dharma alone take us to higher levels of consciousness?

I have been practising dharma and meditation now for more than 2 years and i feel a good progress within me. Does these 2 tools dharma and meditation alone can take us through to different levels of ...
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Books on meditation?

I am a beginner Buddhist and have tried meditating (by concentrating on the breath) but have not experienced any benefits from it. Are there any good books on meditation out there that can help me ...
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Do you know of sutta references to maraṇa-s-sati 💀 (remembering death) not already on this list?

(article link contains all sutta reference passages collected so far) https://notesonthedhamma.blogspot.com/2020/01/all-ebt-sutta-references-to-marana-s.html excerpt: All EBT sutta references to ...
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Overcoming sensual craving for food

I've become interested in Buddhism a couple of months ago, and I try to meditate daily, which had very positive effects on my anxiety and overall feeling so far. I am prone to feeling overwhelming ...
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What meditation practice(s) are encompassed by 'asubha' (non-beautiful)?

What meditation practice(s) are encompassed by 'asubha' (non-beautiful)? I've heard one teacher say that in the EBT (early buddhist texts), asubha practice only refers to 31 body parts, and later ...
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Meditation and Internal Tremors

Happy New Year to you! 😊 I suffer from internal vibrations and PPPD and I've been trying to use meditation to calm my nervous system. Could any of you please suggest what I could do to further this ...
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how many meditations have the word 'sati' in there? what are all the practices that are “great fruit, great benefit”?

The motivation behind these two questions, is I suspect the Buddha emphasized some meditation practices above others for some reason or other. Obviously everything the Buddha taught would have useful ...
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How a sotapanna person experiences the mind?

What is the difference between lay person and a person who achieves sotapanna?Does sotapanna person experience less thoughts?Would they experience as dukka,happiness,pain like mind states?
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How can I focus on breath at the tip of my nose?

I have chosen to practice meditation on and mindfulness of the breath, at the tip of the nose, as prescribed by the Buddha. My difficulty, simply put, is that I am able to sense and focus on the ...
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Object of Focus for Mindfulness (Non-judgment)

In the context of modern mindfulness, one should pay attention to awareness non-judgmentally. I have tried this, and wondered whether it is possible to do so without an object, e.g. the breath. Jon ...
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Problems of a Lay Mediator

Questions: Is it normal to shy away from your family when it is hard to interact with them because they are so caught up in defilement and shaming my practices? And is it proper to not ...
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Meditative-self

Bhikkhu Yuttadhammo mentioned that one shouldn't build up a meditative-self while being a meditator. How can I prevent this from happening, as I have been quite stiff and getting quieter and more ...
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Does this kind of meditation have grounding or an equivalent in Buddhism?

I've done a kind of meditation recently (or thought exercise), inspired by Buddhist teachings, and was wondering if the meditation has a specific name in Buddhism? The meditation goes as follows: ...
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Relaxation of Mind

I've noticed what limits my activities in the day is a kind of mental saturation. I believe it's a kind of attention fatigue because when I walk in nature, I am more likely after to engage in projects....
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Mahasi Sayadaw Noting Method (mostly as taught by Yuttadhammo Bhikku): Help with mindfulness during daily activities?

I'm having immense troubles with maintaining mindfulness during the day. Is it really as simple as noting whatever is prominent? Do I just need to stick with it? Generally, I'm confused as to what ...
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Woman touch Buddha

q: Can a woman touch a Buddha? And if so, what would happen, how would the Buddha react?
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Walking bare foot?

q: Why is it some monks (Yuttadhammo specifically) walks barefoot in his alms rounds as well as while doing walking meditation? Is there a purpose to it?
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Sociality and meditation

I had a question. I have been getting deeper into the Buddha's teaching and meditation & I feel awkward to be around or to talk to people, specifically those who do not meditate. How do I ...
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Samatha while studying

I heard about the practice of concentration. But I work 13 hours per day doing coding. How can I meditate while studying, thinking really deep? I can focus on one static object, but not reading (...
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A beginner facing Culadasa

I am a complete beginner who was looking for a good Buddhist guide for meditation. I discovered the book "The Mind Illuminated" by Culadasa and I thought I had found the grail: the shape of the guide ...
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Meditation on a concept

Is samatha concentration meditation's object always an idea, concept or something else? Why meditate on a concept and what else besides concepts are there to meditate on?
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Did the Buddha ever say excessive meditation is bad?

I believe that I remember once reading that the Buddha abandoned excessive meditation. Is this true?
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Is there any way one can be a Monk without a teacher in India/Nepal?

Nowadays, it can be seen that instead of doing meditation people are focusing on rectifying outside world. Some of such people call themselves a saint, sanyaasi, monk, swami, mahaguru (great teacher), ...
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Ultimate Reality

Conditioned reality, the psycho-physical interdependence, only exist because we experience it. This is how I interpreted Yuttadhammo's videos on Ultimate Reality. Is this a correct interpretation ...
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Ideas to Contemplate When Meditation is Difficult

I wrote previously that somehow, my meditation practice suddenly became more difficult, without any cause. So, I wondered what measures could be taken. Since my objective -- for now -- is meditation ...
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Is there a scientific consensus on meditation?

Is there a scientific consensus on meditation? I've seen it said that different parts of the brain are activated during meditation. Is that true for all experienced meditators, all forms of meditation,...
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Did Buddha had issues in meditation?

Well, I Keep hearing this dialogue by a few Buddhist meditation teachers, "It's very common for everyone to get distracted by thoughts when you start the meditation practise initially". I am curious ...
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meditation - How obvious should the touch of the breath be?

When I try to feel the sensations of the breath at the nostrils/upper lip during anapana, it's so faint that after a certain point, I think I may be imagining the touch of the breath. I may even feel ...
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How to differentiate between natural vs artificial breathing pattern during meditation?

When we do a simple observation of breath (in & out) during meditation, how to know if its natural flow I am observing or forced one? Regards
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How to continue practice with pain?

I practiced meditation for 6 months continuously. I used to meditate 45 mins in the morning as well as evening. In weekends, I used to meditate many rounds with breaks in between. I developed fear of ...
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Attaining a calm mind

During the last 5 months I made observation regarding my inner mind process. The inner chatter which most people know during their day disappeared completely in my mind. I practiced mindfullnes during ...
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Meditation practice - Meditation Odd Effect -

I am doing vipassana meditation from last six month and had done two 10 days course of S N Goenka Vipassana Meditation.Doing daily 2 hours meditation in morning and evening. I am having constant ...
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Is the samadhi of Yoga the samadhi of Buddhism?

I was wondering if the samadhi of Patanjali Yoga meant the same thing as the samadhi of Buddhism? A Buddhist friend told me that no, and that Buddhism had higher states after the nirvikalpa samadhi ...
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What will the Satipatthana Sutta teach me?

I am completely new to all this (buddhism, meditation etc...) but I really want to begin somewhere I found this guy called Stephen Procter who has this free guided meditation program (52 guided ...
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Which path might be appropriate for me? [closed]

I've been learning about Dharma traditions for a while now. In short: I am attracted by the figure of Siddhartha Gautama and by the fact that Buddhism is not based on faith in the scriptures (nastika)...
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What kind of life is required for practicing Metta?

Here's the quote from Karaniya Metta Sutta: "This is to be done by one skilled in aims who wants to break through to the state of peace: Be capable, upright, & straightforward, easy to ...
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Inauthentic Compassion and Friendship

When I meditate on compassion, afterwards there is a post-meditative effect of making me kinder, but usually in a way that doesn't benefit me. It makes me want to rekindle friendships that were not ...
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Is it necessary to be completely still during body scan?

I've been practising vipassana for some time. Now, I'd like to try body scan, but one issue isn't clear for me. Books or articles about sitting meditation, I've read, say that it's good to sit ...
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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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Can we reach deep meditative states without teachers?

I read that the guidance of a teacher is "highly recommended because not all meditation experiences are spiritually skillful" and that "It's also very common for solo practitioners to ...
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Should I judge the efficacy of Samadhi based on the ethical qualities of the meditator?

As far as I understand, one of the main purposes of the eight factor of the Path (samma samadhi) is to clean the mind from impurities. I've read a lot of discussions where one meditator states that ...
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How can I stop thinking about the clock when meditating? I meditate for 30 minutes every day

I normally meditate for 30 minutes but I cannot help but think about the time that the meditation is going to end and constantly thinking about the clock since normally you meditate to be in the ...
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What is the deep sound that buddhist monk make during meditation called

I have often noticed buddhist monk make deep sound, something that feels might be coming from the naval or sometimes the throat. I want to know more details about the sound. What is the origin and if ...

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