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How should I stop thinking that I am even slightly enlightened?

I don't know how else to phrase this question, but please advise. I have this constant irritating feeling that I am kind of enlightened. It is confusing. I don't really know if it is my ego which is ...
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Why are "Fear and Shame" listed among the beautiful cetasikas?

I was wondering how the mental factors of Fear and Shame should be understood. Normally I would understand them both as being unwholesome but I guess in Abhidhamma-perspective they have a different ...
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What is the mental factor of Adhimokkkha (determination) use for?

I am interested in what many ways Adhimokkha(determination) is used in meditation or other purposes in different traditions.
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How to determine whether a 10 days S.N. Goenka Vipassana course is safe for my friend or relative?

I have recently participated in a 10 days S.N. Goenka Vipassna course, which had incredible positive results. I feel like I shed 20 tons off my heart, and most importantly I am able to practice daily ...
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Benefits of "Mental Noting" during positive events?

I've been using Mental Noting to improve my handling of anxious thoughts and emotions but I ran into a strange situation today. Most of my thoughts have been neutral or negative, and mentally noting ...
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How to develop Chanda?

How to develop Chanda? Anything you have to add on this subject is welcomed and appreciated.
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How to avoid Tattling

Hurting someone physically, Mentally, Verbally is a sin according to Buddhism. As I believe no matter we love or hate each other, anyhow we don't have any ownership of any others lives. So how about ...
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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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What are the differences between joy (piti), bliss (sukha) and peace (santi) and how do the qualities relate to Nibbana?

This is a follow-on to this question What's the connection or difference between joy (piti), and the "bliss" (sukha) and peace (santi) of Nibbana? Is one required to seek joy to attain Nibbana? Why?...
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Does an Arahant accumulate kamma in his/her life?

Cetana (Intention) is a universal mental factor which can be seen in every consciousness even in Arahants'. Kamma is the intention in one's consciousness. I have thought about the below statements ...
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In Buddhism what is 'the will'?

Is there a Buddhist concept that maps to the western concept of the will? For instance the will to get up on a morning, to go to work, practice Buddhism etc... One of my teachers said that it is just ...
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In which sutta does the Buddha discuss his attitudes toward his audience either understanding or not understanding his teaching?

I am writing an essay on Buddhist nonattachment, in which I argue that nonattachment is compatible with a wide range of affective states and intimate relationships (contra some popular philosophical ...
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Does Buddhism claim to be only way to liberation?

I hold the view that Buddhism may not be suitable for all individuals. For instance, a person born with a mental illness who is unable to differentiate right from wrong may struggle to practice ...
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Buddhism and Mental Illness(Depression, Schizophrenia, Hallucinosis, etc)?

Hello, I'm a Vajrayana practitioner since 2018, Nyingma School, and have been taking medication for 3 years. What's the Buddhist point of view of Mental Illness and Hallucinations ? I'm asking this ...
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Abhidhamma on Chittas and Chetasikas of Bi-polar disorders, Autism, and many mental disorders

Here's what I'm given to understand: The Abhidhamma manual classifies all possible mental states of a human being into - various different kinds of Chittas and Chetasikas. Here's what I want to ...
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What does Buddhism teach about healing others through the mind

From my experience, one can influence outcomes of whatever by using intent. This is investigated much currently by Thomas Campbell, which you can read about in this My big TOE book and see in his ...
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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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Mental Fabrication and Empathy

Is there a difference, in terms of mental fabrication, between creativity and imagination (which seem to rely on imagining what's not there) and empathy and mentalizing (which understand how someone's ...
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Humbled by fate, punishment or push to right path?

Not long ago, I encountered tough "barrier" in life, tried to break through it but ended up greatly humbled and forced to take step back. This got me thinking whether I should decouple from ...
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Self-Worth and Engaging in Detrimental Behaviour

I've long felt that some people engage in unskillful behaviour as a consequence of not valuing themselves. For example, they engage in drugs to numb or detrimental sexuality, seemingly because they ...
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Mental Factor which Unites Other Factors

If I think of the Noble Eightfold Path for example, or even the Abhidhamma traditions, I feel mental factors are clearly related, but noted as separate. In sum, my question mainly is: What ...
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