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Why does the mind (my mind) continue to deviate to past experiences at any point for no reason

For quite some time now, no matter what innocuous thing I do my mind can randomly wonder to some past experience for no reason at all other than a common bond between the memory and present action or ...
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What are the cause(s) of a biased or sticky mind?

Over the years I observed in myself and others a tendency to get stuck (to be biased) in our views, thoughts and behaviour. This appears to be the result of cognitive biases in the mind resulting in ...
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Causes of specific illnesses/death

Are there specific causes for a specific disease or illness or cause of death that can be attributed to kamma earned in one of previous lives for a given person? For instance, if a person is suffering ...
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Mind frame rate vs craving

I have some hunch that when rising from the deep meditative states / jhanas, the mind becomes so slow that the world is perceived in frames. Is this true? My guess is that the speed of human brain ...
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Is thinking just measuring and comparing?

A few years ago, I listened to a dharma talk given by Ajahn Succito. In it, he said that we can think of the mind as having three aspects to it: awareness, feeling, and thinking (thinking includes ...
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What is the source and meaning of this quote of the Buddha's: "Everything rests upon the tip of intention"?

I've heard this quote in a few places, attributed to the Buddha. Prominently, Tara Brach uses it. It varies sometimes: "Everything rests on the tip of one's motivation." “Everything rests ...
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Visual representation of mind and kamma

Is there a visual representation of how mind looks like with kamma, feelings, emotions, perceptions, attachments etc. Like for example, I tend to visualize lust as a tether that binds us to this human ...
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Can be the mind separated from the body?

As e.g. if somebody harms you, you don't feel because you know that the people is only harming this body, that is just a pile of cells, and the people is incapable to harm your mind. If yes, do have ...
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Does a reincarnated person have memory of their past lives?

Do Buddhist teachings or scripture say anywhere whether or not a reincarnated soul has memory of their past lives? Referenced passages are encouraged.
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The Impact of Violence on Our Concentration

Our reality is quite violent. Observing the violence of others causes mental conflict, And it will ruin your state of mind during meditation. What should be the reaction of a person to violence? Put ...
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How does buddhism describe what exactly, or where exactly, or how exactly, consciousness exists?

As a computer scientist interested in the origin of the universe and the mind, I finally have found some ancient stuff of the type of substance and depth I am looking for, the Abhidhamma. The first ...
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How do I relax thought-fabrication?

In the Vitakkasanthana Sutta the Buddha gives 5 ways to help calm the heightened mind. In Thanissaro Bhikkhu's translation the fourth method is described as he should attend to the relaxing of ...
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Circular thoughts and their antidote

Did the Buddha give specific advice around circular thought patterns and perhaps an antidote. I'm aware that there is a lot around mental proliferation but this seems more general. Many Thanks
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I am seeking advice for blasphemous intrusive thoughts

I suffer with Pure obsessive compulsive disorder. I regularly have intrusive thoughts of all different kinds and I can be pretty anxious sometimes. Although I know that thoughts are only just thoughts,...
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Very speed mind and calm mind

With mindfulness experience that there is a mind operating very speed and realized not worth. After little time of thinking get rid of uneasiness happens automatically .That leed to feel ...
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Dependent origin operating mind

During walking meditation it happens automatically,without any initiation.understanding of dependent origin lead to fear of sansara. Is it the doer of the mind cause upadana?
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when one Citta perishes,from where does the next arise?

Anatman/Anatta says that the 'self'is a momentary flux of Cittas-Vijnanas.There can be no stable permanent Citta,in kshanabhangavada a dharma perishes before its successor arises.one citta arises then ...
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Is the Mind [essentially] bound to ignorance "not-knowing" or free?

Is the Mind [essentially] bound to ignorance "not-knowing" or free? If it is bound, then its essential nature of "non-knowing" cannot depart, and, therefore, liberation is not [...
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What is the Samsaric Mind? How does it operate?

Quoted below is from 'A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life' by Shantideva For a western reader, I mean someone familiar with Greek Philosophy, the objective emptiness Shantideva expound with regards ...
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Is mind the most valuable thing according to the Lord Buddha?

Is mind the most valuable thing according to the buddha that we should protect by doing anything to everything? Are there any metaphors said by Lord Buddha on the value of protecting the mind vs ...
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How do I let go the ownership of the mind?

If someone offense me on physical things like "You are not beautiful, You are poor, You are not smart", I can bear it. Actually I don't care much. But, If someone offense me on my thoughts like "You ...
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What does buddhism say about mind and heart?

Some gurus like osho says that the heart should dominate mind but reverse is happening in real world. Some like sadhguru from isha foundation says that heart is just a pumping device. It is driven by ...
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What is the meaning of "Nothing new will be said here, nor have I any skill in composition. Therefore I do not imagine that I can benefit others."

To my knowledge, Bodhicaryāvatāra expressed the Nothing new will be said here, nor have I any skill in composition. Therefore I do not imagine that I can benefit others. I have done this to perfume my ...
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Mental States Versus Physical Substrates

If I'm not mistaken, the Abhidhamma mainly explains the mind as mental factors. Modern psychology tends to see the mind as neuronal substrates. Buddhism's time didn't have the neuroscientific modern ...
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Liberation is possible because of the transcendent quality of awareness beyond the Five Skandhas?

I have been inquiring about the teachings including translations of scriptures with regards to 'Awareness that knows' here, here , here.. Specifically, in reference to the explanations given by ...
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Buddho : The one who knows which is above the mind? A Dhammatalk by Ajahn Chah

In this Dhamma Talk, Venerable Ajahn Chan expound about Buddho the one who knows which is above the mind as quoted below, what is it? is it just part of the mind? I'm looking for further reference ...
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Can mind be free from becoming?

Can mind be free from becoming (Suffering) ? I should be and I should that. I am thin and I want to be a body builder. I am this and I want to that. Can mind free from becoming?
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Other people may misinterpret my "calming my mind"

I'm not an "official" Buddhist but I have accepted the idea that "calming my mind" is good -- by not getting emotional about little setbacks (to the degree I can). To some degree, I have accomplished ...
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Nature of Direct Experience

I have observed that during contemplation, there are periods where attention is on the object, a kind of basic awareness. Then, there are periods where thoughts emerge, based on the object, a kind of ...
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Is continuity just causation?

Is continuity just causation? When a fire is caused by a spark, is that the same kind of continuity as there is in the dependent origination of the skandhas, just with different causes and effects?
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Mindfulness when playing chess

I want to start with this Buddha quote from the Dhammapada As rain breaks through an ill-thatched house, passion will break through an unreflecting mind. Ch. 1: The Twin Verses, verse 13 Last ...
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Watching a stream of thoughts from the mind?

Watching bodily sensations is simple ,there is always a sensation to recognize in the present moment .Same with breathing ,hearing and seeing.Always a reception exists realtime. For example:- ...
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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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Does Viññāṇa generate Nāmarūpa in the sense that would make "uploading concsciousness" impossible?

Does Viññāṇa generate Nāmarūpa in the sense that would make "uploading concsciousness" to a computer impossible? I was reading this question on philosophy.stack I'd suspect that it's impossible to ...
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What is the invisible consciousness or consciousness without surface?

From MN 49 (trans. Sujato): Consciousness that is invisible, infinite, radiant all round—that’s what is not within the scope of experience based on earth, water, fire, air, creatures, gods, the ...
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Is (and why is) physical health important, as well as mind?

As we all know, the Buddha taught that everything is about mind -- including for example that Dukkha exists because of mind, because desire came into mind first no matter if it would affect us ...
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Is the abhidhammic view on mind an externalist or internalist one?

I'd like to try and categorize the abhidhammic view into either as an internalist or externalist or know if it's possible at all, knowing how the historical Buddha himself even refused to either ...
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Satipathanna Sutta and contemplating mind externally?

More specifically, Buddha informs the Kurus thus: "Contemplating mind internally. Contemplating mind externally. Contemplating mind both internally and externally" How is one to contemplate the mind ...
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Mano and Citta possible translations? [duplicate]

Can Mano be translated as intellect, cognition, reason; and citta as emotions? How then would the first verse in the Dhammapada be translated?
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Stop influence on mind

Sitting on a chair, working. Sometime later finding yourself sitting in a position same as one beside you. Is this an automatic influence on mind, you are not aware of the position in which the other ...
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Reference wanted for "To see your past karma, look at your present body (and environment)...."

This is a reference request, not a doctrine question. I recall seeing a quote from a Buddhist text or teacher roughly to this effect... To see your past karma, look at your present body (and ...
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Spirituality of a life from Buddhism

I read a number of books regarding Buddhism. However for me it's a bit hard to identify how to make a life with satisfaction: in other words, I am looking for how to achieve a real happiness of life ...
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How to get rid of thoughts of grandiosness?

By practising the eight fold path and meditation I have been able to get over lot of suffering as a result of my past created by my mind. I am able to get over self pity, hatered, anger by following ...
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Are there any detail exposition of Consciousness without surface (viññanam anidassanam)?

I asked this question recently to understand why consciousness is different from the intellect itself and considering the answer given I now think that Consciousness is not something higher than ...
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No self and individual responsibility

If there is no self, no "mind" or "I" that can be found, then what does Buddhism call that faculty which exercises personal responsibility?
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Can the mind be trained to maintain equanimity in the face of compulsive urges/cravings (without giving in / acting out)?

Are there any practices or habits that one can employ, either frequently or on a daily basis, to train one's mind to remain still and equanimous in the face of compulsive urges or cravings, without ...
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Avoiding Triggers that can generate negative karma

I have a problem that I am currently facing. There is a certain person in the family that triggers me and due to their actions I feel very angry and generate negative mind-states. The strategy I have ...
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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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Does it matter if the mind is neurologically originated or not?

For example, in this answer, we find Buddhists insisting that the mind is not a "byproduct" of the brain, i.e. the mind does not arise neurologically in the brain. By neurology, I mean that according ...
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How to stop reverberations running in mind? And why they are in the first place? [duplicate]

Like, there is song which I don't want, constantly reverberating in my mind. I've two questions. Why it I reverberating in first place? How to get rid of it?
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