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Clenching teeth and pressing tongue against roof of mouth

This may sound similar to this question, but it's not the same. This practice appears to be similar to the Khecari Mudra of Hindu yoga, but it's not the same, because the tongue need not be inserted ...
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How does one explain consistency within phenomena if the mind generates phenomena?

I'm having trouble framing this question right so please let me know if it needs clarification. I'll first describe the issues surrounding the question and then ask the question itself. I've been ...
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What is volition?

This is a third attempt at formulating a question. This question and this question have been asked, but not formulated in a way that conveyed the question. So now, in a third attempt, the ...
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Is Mind in Buddhism connected to Brain (the physical organ)?

According to Buddhism, is the Mind (known by Citta, Manas, Vinnana or any other name that corresponds to Mind/Consciousness) connected with the organ called Brain? Is the brain (or loosely speaking, ...
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How do we sense the flow of time?

According to the Abhidhamma, at each given instant there is a consciousness that arises and ceases completely before the next consciousness arises. Each consciousness is only aware of the present ...
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How is it possible to change habits cultivated over lifetimes

If one has cultivated a habit for countless lifetimes, how is it possible to reverse such habit? Is it possible at all? Is that person entirely at the mercy of external factors? (are we ever not ...
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If each person's mind creates “reality” then why do we need to eat?

My teacher has been talking about how each person's reality (including the body) is in fact an illusion generated by the mind in each moment. As an extension of this, she teaches that there are no "...
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Can anything in Buddhist theory explain phenomena like Buck Fever?

A surprising number of people whom I know, who are generally kind and compassionate, are also avid hunters or at least enthusiastically support hunting by others. They feel hunting is a healthy ...
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Neither-pleasant-nor-unpleasant feeling vs not feeling

What's the difference? I'm having difficulty thinking of any real neutral feelings I actually experience. For example, there's eating a food that is perceived as pleasant, and eating a food that is ...
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What's the difference between a “primordial consciousness” and a soul?

It seems certain Buddhist groups have come to believe in something they call the "luminous mind" or the "primordial consciousness"; in essence, a mind that is lasting, stable, and assumedly pleasant. ...
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Beings who are not aware of their own existence?

In some realms there are some beings who are not aware of their own existence (Some place in Brahma realm). How do their aggregates work when they themselves aren't aware of their existence? If you ...
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Nine different ways the word ‘Mind’ is used?

I was reading a comment on this answer and it mentioned the word mind being used in nine different ways. Comment below : If you learn to apply episteme, the way Foucault, Derrida, and Kant had ...
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What is the best way to forget bad choices in the past?

We all have done bad karma,so if something is bugging my mind constantly (Like killing some mosquito) what is the solution for me,what can i do to overcome it/or to forget it?
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Burst bubble : How to deal with a traumatizing event?

Recently i stumbled upon a movie disc and on it was a movie called "American guinea pigs". It wasn't a typical funny horror story, it was a ultra realistic documentary style movie. There was a woman ...
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Buddhist philosophy and “events”

By "event" I mean something that happens over some interval of time. Am I right that for Buddhists, intervals don't exist (everything lasts only for an instant): so neither do events? If so may I ...
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What allows to make a choice

For example, the body has the choice to walk on path A or B. Before the body starts walking, there must be thoughts of path A and B. There must also be a (mental?) decision/choice made to walk on one ...
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How do you master (control) your mind with buddhism

Im a hindu and dont know much about buddhism, many people say that buddhism is the art of cultivating the mind which I feel includes methods to control and discipline the mind, I have a poor control ...
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Who am 'I'? Verification as to the demarcations of 'Sankhara'

It maybe a very confusing question. But I have been contemplating this quite a lot recently. Ven. Ajahn Chah preached, as the Lord Buddha once said : One who sees Sankhara and is purged of ...
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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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Could a software model of Abidhamma ( human thought Process - citta) help in Psychology?

As of my understanding, Abidhamma explains the initial thinkings (citta -thought process) and models the final thinking patterns. If someone implements this known patterns in software, wouldn't it be ...
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Unconscious intention?

Sometimes we do thing intentionally sometimes unintentionally. But is there such thing such as unconscious intention in Buddhism (Theravada)?
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What is a “sentient being” in Tibetan Buddhism?

The answer to this question seems to depend on what school one talks about. So my question is about Mahayana Buddhism, more specifically Tibetan Madhyamaka Buddhist schools. I kind of wonder where ...
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If someone have experienced supernatural abilities through meditation, than why don't he shows it to world?

If somebody goes beyond fourth jhanas and has received super knowledge and also powers, than why don't he shows it to world and shares his knowledge and experience to world or say scientist and ...
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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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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 does my mind naturally wander?

Before sitting for meditation I got a few strange questions: why does my mind even wander? What does my mind want, and can it ever be satisfied completely? Can anybody please explain this to me?
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Mind as a creator

All words are creations of mind. How do we explain the mind with the words? So that proves there is something beyond words. That is thoughts. Connected to mind. Are mind and thoughts two different ...
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Is consciousness immaterial?

I've been doing a lot of scripture reading on consciousness (vijnana, mana, citta, etc) in the pali canon and Mahayana doctrines. Buddha never seemed to accept materialism, or that mind was material, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the Difference between Desire and Compulsion?

What is the difference between desire and compulsion? When do I know that something is a desire and when do I know that something is a compulsion? Can there be compulsion in sexual thoughts even if I ...
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How cognition can be explained in Buddha's Abidhamma?

Cognition, how it happens on one's mind? Is there any comprehensible English explanation about it?
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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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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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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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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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How to understand a patient's coma status in Buddhism

My friend was healthy and normal. There was a sudden bleeding in her brain due to an AVM and went through a serious brain surgery. Now around 3 weeks she is in a coma status. How can I understand this ...
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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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Arising of Contact, Feeling, Perception, Thinking

I have seen in many places the description of the phases of contact, feeling, perception, thinking and etc. upon this site. I have three questions: 1) What is the name of this chain? Is it distinct ...
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Can we program or pre-define our last thoughts?

I have heard the last thoughts of a person can define next life. If so can we somehow define them through practice, so when the time comes they will be as we planned? Or is there a practice that ...
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Is there concept of recollection in Buddhism?

Quoted below is from, Kitagiri Sutta MN 70 …There is the case where, when conviction has arisen, one visits [a teacher]. Having visited, one grows close. Having grown close, one lends ear. ...
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If there is no “I”, who or what is controlling my animalistic urges?

All sorts of impulses and urges in human and other beings are invoked by nature in order to sustain life. In my way of thinking, it is a rational "I" who attempts to control reacting to these impulses ...
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Emptiness and one taste

Might it be true that emptiness can be conceived of as the one taste of mind: that the world of mind has only one reality which is everywhere and always the same, unchanging. Who (which groups or ...
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Is being skeptical bad?

Vicikicca or skeptical doubt, some interpret this as perplexity, is known to be one of the mental hindrances. But why is having doubt bad for one's mind? For me, doubt is what makes me think more ...
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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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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:- ...