Questions tagged [mindfulness]

The practice of paying more attention to the present moment, to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you. This can be during formal meditation or during one's everyday life.

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Can I save my meditation practice or should I abandon it?

I'm having a really hard time. Not just in my meditation practice, but in my life in general. I've established a habit of 20 minutes of meditation first thing in the morning, then another 15 minutes ...
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Where in the canon does the Buddha teach about mindfulness?

I wanted to know if someone could reference passages from the canon where the Buddha teaches about mindfulness. If such passages exist that is. I was wondering about it because terms and explanations ...
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How does one practice mindfulness during thinking? (for example, thinking about how to solve a problem) [duplicate]

This question is in context of practicing mindfulness in one's day-to-day activities (e.g. walking, talking, washing dishes etc.), where one is supposed to be "aware of" / "observe"...
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Sutta on leaving absorption/concentration/meditation

I'm looking for a Sutta I read recently that has instructions (or a description) on a gradual exit of meditation/levels of concentration. It might talk about this in the context of Samādhi or Jhāna, I'...
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Best book or documentary related to mindfulness

What is your best mindfulness book or documentary? I have experienced Vipassana retreats. I would like to know more about mindfulness.
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Why is it hard to concentrate on Kusala?

When I try to concentrate when studying, I end up with a wandering mind, but when I'm watching a video, I forget all the other things. Why is it hard to focus on things I really need? Is it some kind ...
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Can we use computer coding activity as a kasina object?

Anything we do mindfully can cause a meditative experience. I am a software developer and sometimes when I am engrossed I don't feel the 'I', some kind of 'annatta' experience. Reaching somekind of ...
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Techniques for sluggish mind and restless mind

The sutta quote below talks about using different awakening factors when the mind is sluggish as opposed to when the mind is restless. What are the meditation or mindfulness techniques to be used for ...
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What is the perception of the body?

I'm following the four foundations of mindfulness. This has given me round-the-clock body awareness. It can often be painful; but it can often be pleasant. The pleasantness is marred by its opposite. ...
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Losing mindfulness and peace after three weeks of successful practise

I've been practising mindfulness meditation for about three weeks now. I started with ten minute sessions but soon increased it to a half hour and then either a full hour or two haf hours with a five ...
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Brain and heart dualism

I’ve been meditating for sometime now, and it’s apparent that my mind and heart are not in sync. I’m often in confused stage because my mind says one thing while my heart says something else and my ...
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You are simply seeing light touching your eyes

I was listening to a buddhist monk talking about masturbation addiction and his advice about it: When you see the human body or these sexual acts on a screen or magazine page you are not actually ...
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How come movies/video games decrease the motivation to do buddhist practises?

I practised buddhism a lot in holidays given due to Covid-19. I listen to dhamma and meditate each and every day. When my college started, I was not ready for the exam. I got stress. Somehow I found ...
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What would be the relationship between mindfulness, enlightenment and incubation?

From Incubation (psychology) - Wikipedia: Incubation is one of the four proposed stages of creativity, which are preparation, incubation, illumination, and verification. Incubation is defined as, ...
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Mindfulness with medications and difficult situations

With certain antihistamines I get very drowsy and confuse. I seem to get clingy in these sensations and then when I’m aware of the clinginess, I try to detach the sensations. I just somehow do the ...
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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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Day to day practice

Strong headache dissolved with little time of meditation. Previous experience was differ from this,when this type of headache experienced it wasn't dissolved by practiced meditation. And happiness ...
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Mindfulness improves academic performance?

I have just started a PhD in Mathematics. Can serious mindfulness practice (i.e. vipassana meditation at least 2 hours a day) help improve academic performance? If so, can you attach any reliable ...
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Meditate mindfully instead of sleeping

Often around 2:00 p.m. after eating, my body falls tired. So I have to stop studying. I am myself a long term meditator, but I rarely meditate when I am tired. Is meditation a good substitute for ...
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Mind in meditation

Mind operates by thinking and automatically. Can see this when let go of thinking .Is it the two layers of mind as superficial and deep?
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What is the Buddhist interpretation of the flow state?

Rephrased question: Sometimes we become absorbed in an activity, such as writing an article, with intense focus and absorption (intentionally). How would Buddhist principles address this state? ...
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Practice of my meditation

When Itry to reach to the toothbrush in the morning I saw my mind intention to take it and the hand movement is felt like as I was in a magnetic field. What is it ?
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Unpleasant side effects of meditation

I am 45 years old. I’ve come to realize that I have been more or less unhappy in my life. So I met a clinical psychologist and I do show some childhood codependency issues and we could no CBT and ...
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Major differences between breath meditation and body scan meditation?

I have done several Vipassana retreats in the past. Some questions came up to me several times without being able to answer them. What are the major differences between mindfulness of the body (e.g. ...
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Weird experience during meditation

I had a weird experience couple of days ago while doing meditation, I hope someone more expert than me could help me understand.Two months ago I started practicing 30 min of yoga and 30 min of ...
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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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Is the goal of mindfulness to develop ultimate dissociation?

I came across this interpretation of Buddha's teaching that suggests that the Buddha ultimately sought a dissociative state, rather than one of freedom. the buddhistic mindfulness meditation does not ...
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What is *vitakkavicārānaṃ*? And what about day-dreaming?

In MN 8 for example there's this: Ṭhānaṃ kho panetaṃ, cunda, vijjati yaṃ idhekacco bhikkhu vitakkavicārānaṃ vūpasamā ajjhattaṃ sampasādanaṃ cetaso ekodibhāvaṃ avitakkaṃ avicāraṃ samādhijaṃ pītisukhaṃ ...
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What does,'I establish mindfulness in front of me' mean? [duplicate]

This phrase 'I establish mindfulness in front of me' appears many times in Suttas (https://suttacentral.net/an3.63/en/bodhi) . What does 'in front of me' mean here. I can understand if it would have ...
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Mental illness and the Layperson's Practice

I would like to return to the practice of Buddhism. Where should I begin? I have a serious mental illness. It has been well treated by medication. When I was young, before I developed this illness I ...
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What is the correct definition for Mindfulness?

I was reading a book where author defined Mindfulness (sati) using these three analogies from different suttas: The Buddha compares mindfulness to a gatekeeper for a frontier fortress. [Kimsuka ...
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Is it true that enlightenment is equivalent with perfect knowledge?

It seems to me that there is a popular and strong belief that if you reach enlightenment, and thus have four immeasurables, you can help a person without making them feel extra suffering or fighting ...
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Evil Buddha, anyone?

If a person practices mindfulness and concentration with great success but doesn't care about Noble Eightfold Path, is there a possibility of creating so to say "Evil (or at least immoral) Buddha"? ...
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I am finding myself being unable to enjoy things, my mind keeps going to meditation

I have noticed that while watching TV or trying to do work, my mind keeps getting caught up in the feeling of my breath, or the random noises around me. These are the exact things that I notice while ...
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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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Mindfulness, conciousness and directing attention

Often as part of mindfulness meditation (at least the Westernized form with which I am familiar) we can practice awareness of breath, parts of the breath, arising thoughts etc. However, if the aim of ...
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Attention to itching makes me unable to focus on anything else

I am spending some time alone in a day (in solitude). During that alone time and during the rest of the day i am feeling itching and tingling. I can ignore both by just watching it as someone ...
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Can/should we actively use thoughts as part of mindful awareness?

I've been reading Thich Nhat Hanh's 'The Miracle of Mindfulness'. It's a wonderful, short book that I wish I had found years ago. There's one very basic thing I still struggle with. This is a quote ...
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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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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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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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Reorienting Thoughts Towards Virtuous Object

I noticed that if I set an intention to avoid some behaviour, I rarely follow through. I feel perhaps a mere intention based on willpower doesn't have much strength. Is it more effective to direct ...
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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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Attending Mindfully Versus Without Mindfulness

In this answer by ven. Yuttadhammo, it is said that depending on the level of concentration and mindfulness of a person, attending to certain states can result in either wakefulness or tiredness. ...
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Simplest version of anapanasati

Anapanasati is usually described as "mindfulness of breathing" but I've seen a member of this site describing it as "mindfulness with breathing". Sati or mindfulness (as seen in the parable of the ...
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Why Do Moments of Mindlessness Occur?

I noticed that at key moments, such as when I am using social media in a passive way, or when I am between tasks in daily life, I tend to enter a kind of 'habitual' mode of being. On social media I ...
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What is citta in the four frames of reference?

I am trying to understand the four frames of reference. I could understand the body. I could comprehend the sensations (to be honest not completely). I could not understand the mind (citta). This ...
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Is there a source for the story about the sun being covered by the cloud?

A common analogy about mindfulness I hear about is that the wisdom is like the sun. It is always shining there, but is frequently clouded. Your job is to avoid as much cloud as possible, and when ...
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Integration of Body and Mind

Upon asking about over-watching Youtube, I wondered if this activity was detrimental because it was merely sensory without much cognition. Buddhism usually promotes seemingly either attention (...

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