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How to practice ignoring identification with the body?

Namo Buddhaya. I strongly identify with body. I see myself in the mirror and I immediately recognize that that is me. Such a identification is against Dhamma. How can I disidentify with my body? ...
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Best meditation techniques (mindfulness,vipassana,yoga,zazen,TM,etc) to beat behavioral addictions (food,sex,porn,gambling,internet,videogames,etc)?

For a layman who wants to overcome behavioral addictions (i.e. any "addiction that involves a compulsion to engage in a rewarding non-drug-related behavior – sometimes called a natural reward", such ...
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How to make my thoughts non influencial on my happiness and presence?

I feel like I am ruled by my mind and it's illogical behaviour what to do. Thanks
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How to cure music influence on mind? [duplicate]

Namo Buddhaya.I have a habit of playing involuntary songs in my head which spoils my mood. I am a living library of songs. I have been hearing music since my childhood days. My question is : how can I ...
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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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Annoyed by nasal congestion and hyper-salivation during meditation?

I just attended a 10-day Vipassana retreat and during the whole retreat I was constantly annoyed by nasal congestion and hyper-salivation. For many years I've had a sort of chronic nasal congestion, ...
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Stephen Batchelor's current meditation practice

I recently saw a remark that implied that Stephen Batchelor no longer meditates or at least not very regularly. If true, this seems important. Batchelor is prominent, even central, in the ...
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How can one apply the skills developed through Vipassana meditation to overcome FMO/PMO (fantasy, porn, masturbation, orgasm) addiction?

As far as I understand, Vipassana meditation trains attention and equanimity. Both sound as great skills to have in order to battle addictions. However, after having attended a 10-day Vipassana course,...
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Did the Buddha die in absorption?

I thought I'd just ask here: did the Buddha die in absorption / any of the dhaynas?
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Mindfulness of brain — references?

I am looking for references to any (obviously modern) practices that might be described as "mindfulness of brain" or "meditation on brain" -- using the brain, part of the brain or nervous system, or ...
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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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Literature on ending Samsara on micro scale

I believe in patterns, and patterns of patterns, where scale is of secondary importance. Much like a fractal. The formula is more fundamental then the form. From there on, I believe that the mind will ...
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Is Meditation a cure or just fighting of symptoms?

I meditate daily for 30 minutes, and right after each session my mind is very calm, centered, stable; I just exist in the present moment without much thinking. However, after a while, the compulsive ...
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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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Studying in nepal

A friend of mine has decided to move to Nepal,to study there. In his country there are no Nepali embassy should He contact them online? Links would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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A path without long meditations?

I meditate for the purpose described by the Dalai Lama (in his book The Heart of Meditation: Discovering Innermost Awareness): To achieve a friendly attitude, a warm heart, respect for the rights ...
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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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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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Thoughts and meditation.

Meditation as a whole states that 'Remain untouched to what goes in the mind. Let front door and back door be opened. Don't serve tea to the thoughts.' But at some point it is pretty confusing that do ...
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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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Is there any AI that teach the Dhamma?

Are there any Artificial Intelligence applications that can teach the Dhamma that are already out there or are still being developed? What can these AI apps do with Buddhism? How can they facilitate ...
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What are Buddhist perspectives on psychedelic drugs?

I have head psychedelic drugs described as a gateway that can lead people to Buddhism, and to very powerful meditation practice. I have also heard the drugs were frowned upon by ancient Buddhist ...
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Samatha meditation feels a space at the top of the head?

When doing walking felt a space at the top of the head. After done some meditation the space began to expand .What is this?And there is a kind of a heart beat like inside the space.
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Can a one-pointed mind and a unified mind alternate?

During meditation i notice that the mind tends to alternate between one-pointedness (breath touching the tip of the nose while breaking off any upcoming thought) and classifying upcoming thoughts into ...
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Saving the stink bug

Real question (this happened today). Imagine you're meditating by the fireplace. Outside is cold winter with snow. You have achieved a nice level of concentration, and suddenly you see a stink bug ...
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Where can one find guidance from a teacher next year in 2018?

Where on Earth or online are future retreats or classes for an insight practitioner to get Dhamma guidance and/or guidance through some version of the stages of insight meditation? Are there teachers ...
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Meditation Retreat Question

I have been following your (yuttadhammo) videos for some time. I had a question that I wanted to ask to someone who is experienced and familiar with meditation and Buddhism. I went to a 60 day ...
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Time and duration to meditate

I think I somewhere read that the Buddha said that when you meditate (on breath) for 30 minutes in the morning and in the evening, you will be accompanied by happiness and peace throughout the day. Is ...
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Meditation itch

Yesterday during my meditation I had a very persistent intense itch in my ear for what felt like the entire 40 minutes. I tried to just notice the itch and not react by scratching it. As soon as the ...
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When you get a nightmare could the message in it be right?

Some people have the ability to have for-spelling dreams. Imagine that someones'face changes into a devil and making a nightmare of it, could this be a dream revealing to the dreamer some information ...
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Correct Version of Meditation

I wonder if I have been practising wrongly all this time. I notice two patterns in my meditation: (1) Usually, I meditate, but discursive thought still comments on objects, perceptions, other ...
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Identification with Negative States

I have noticed a certain phenomenon. When I am in a positive mood, I don't identify with the mood. I don't cling to it, I am aware of its impermanence. When a negative mood occurs -- as anger, or ...
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Type of Energy from Meditation

I'm wondering whether 'physical pliancy' and 'mental pliancy' -- found in many meditation texts on samatha -- refers to physical energy. Is this linked or equivalent to virya? Would samatha meditation,...
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How to increase will power?

What are some Buddhists techniques by which I can increase my will power? I lack will power which is basic to practice 8fold path. I don't have will power which makes me stray to be consistent on ...
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Concentration Meditation and Alertness

I am wondering how concentration meditation (i.e. shamatha) compares with other techniques or remedies for awareness and alertness. Does anyone know whether meditation increases alertness more than ...
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Balancing the Five Powers

I have a while ago seen a diagram or explanation on this forum. It was about the way in which the five powers interact in meditation. After reading a comment by ven. Yuttadhammo, I gathered there's ...
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Priority of Meditation

I'm wondering whether one would have much success quitting addictive behaviours BEFORE having a meditative practice. Is this just wasteful/pointless? Would meditation allow a much easier relinquishing ...
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Pattern of Strong Aversion

I noticed that when I engage in a task I am very able until I reach my limit, namely the point where I had enough, where effort and suffering kicks in. I noticed: When I reach that point I lose ...
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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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Object-based Meditation Versus Objectless Meditation

I notice I have practised meditation in a very biased way, in the sense that I contemplate my experience in a neither focused, neither supported way. Here, by support, I mean a contemplation supported ...
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How to use inner feeling (intuitive feeling) while taking refuge

Starting ngondro practice, taking refuge in 3 jewels. As we know most of the Tibetan schools use the pretty common attitude. So if we are not talking about the differences, but the inner feeling and ...
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Ideal Experience in Buddhism

Sometimes, I tell myself that a moment wherein I'm devoid of craving, ignorance and aversion is a moment inherently good. I tell myself that if I remove the addictive (and aversive) states within ...
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Budhist monastery rituals

I am not sure if I should ask this on this site and I apologise if I shouldn't. Just let me know and will be out of your hear. :D I am going to go to South East Asia at the end of December and will ...
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Appreciating Nature Aesthetically

I recall reading somewhere that beauty is a lure within Buddhism, and causes attachment towards the external world. However, I've come to think beauty may be positive in certain circumstances. This ...
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Lethargy: Short Versus Long Sessions

I have roused myself to meditate, but I am experiencing lethargy and drowsiness throughout the whole session, drowsiness which doesn't cause me to sleep but which I perceive helplessly. My question is ...
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The Experience of What Arises

I just read within this question that the accomplished arhats, and perhaps the Buddha, still feel pain though they lack aversion to it. I had contemplated for a long time to generate insight and ...
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How can we know that we experience sensations as a series of discrete sensations?

I'm currently reading the book "Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha" by Daniel Ingram, and he insists over and over that the continuity of sensations is an illusion, and that sensations ...
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Formal Meditation Laziness

I have the intuition, from what I've heard within Buddhism, that formal meditation is rarely ever "wrong", and provides benefit if even slight form is held. Nevertheless, I am struggling to create a ...
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Is it true that there are 5 principal types of meditations?

According to some there are 5 principal types of meditations: Metta-Bhavana Karuna-Bhavana Mudita Bhavana Asubha Bhavana Upekka Bhavana I couldn't find any link which could support the above ...

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