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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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Is mediating and thus becoming "awake" right before sleeping good?

Pretty much as the title suggests: does it harm to meditate before sleeping? For me if I meditate seriously my mind is swept over with awakeness. as a consequence when I go to sleep I remain awake for ...
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Is there such a thing as Excessive Concentration?

Is there such a thing ? My guess is things like OCD etc. are extremes of concentration. Yuttadhammo Bhikku, for example, alludes to this excess concentration in some of his videos (I couldn't find ...
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Mindfulness is interfering with my subconscious and automatic activities and slowing me down in my daily life. What to do?

I haven't even tried Mindfulness properly and I am already facing huge trouble. I tried to practice mindfulness meditation because I have very poor memory and focus in studies. I tried to be mindful ...
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Why the three characteristics not included in Satipatthana Sutta?

Why are the three marks (consolidated) not directly included in the Satipatthana Sutta - supposedly the most important of all discourses? Not in the section of principles, but indirectly with regards ...
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Losing focus/awareness in everyday life

I am currently in a state of being that I don't understand properly. My main concern is that even though I am able to bring about major changes in my mind in a relatively short amount of practice, I ...
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Drunk in Dream without any alcohol in the past month

I had this dream in an afternoon 3-hr long nap today where I was so drunk that I could not keep track of the present. I remember, at one moment I was conscious that I feel drunk and then the next ...
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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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Right mindfulness

When I'm practising I've noticed that a thought arises but I am noticing this after the fact. With a sensation or sound I can notice it in that moment but thought seems to always be in the past. What ...
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How does mindfulness practice (sati) lead to jhana?

How does mindfulness lead to jhana? How does contemplating the four frames - body, mind, feelings, dhamma (phenomena) lead to jhana? Is mindfulness the first jhana (Vitarka-vicāra)?
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How to deal with nagging people?

So have few family members, including my mom, who are base in general and particularly nagging. For example my mom (she's uneducated) keeps nagging me on not eating out that I may get sick when she ...
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Dreamery and random narratives during breath meditation?

Pretty much what the title says, but expand on it a little - During breath meditation (also during vipassana, but mostly breath) I frequently see random narratives. Sometimes it is random bits from TV/...
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Where to go after Meditation apps

I’ve gone through quite a few periods of meditation everyday, but usually something happens and I tend to off the rails stop for a long period to bad effects. I started learning with Headspace and ...
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Reading your way to Nirvana?

Why is it difficult, if not impossible, to read your way to freedom from suffering(Nirvana)? What if you read the advanced Abhidhamma teachings? Is there such a thing as naturally occurring ...
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Am I "studying" too much and practicing too little?

I am new to practicing Buddhism. I was first introduced to it through reading "What The Buddha Taught" by Walpola Rahula. Since then I've begun practicing Ānāpānasati and zazen, as well as ...
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How to treat the dispute?

I have recently started studying the teachings of Buddhism, so I have a lot of questions that I can't find an answer to yet. Help me understand Buddhism better. Thanks. What types of disputes are ...
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What is difference between anapanasati and kāyagatā Sati?

I am seeing a pattern between MN118 and MN119.. That says something about kayagat sati..
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Mindfulness as Heartfulness

Jon Kabat Zinn explains that Mindfulness in Asia means 'Heartfulness' He describes integrating buddhist tenets such as beginner's mind, non-judgment, letting go, acceptance, trust, gratitude and ...
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What is the difference between 'Witnessing' and 'Mindfulness' from the context of meditation?

Since for my last question, I did not get a satisfactory answer I am reducing the question to its barebones. What is the difference between 'Witnessing' and 'Mindfulness' from the context of ...
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whether tripitak talk about marananusati or maranassati?

I find many monks discussing about marananusati... however I never find this word in tripitak. Instead I find maranassati. Do buddha ever talked about marananusati.
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Mindfulness in lay work

Mindfulness requires being non judgemental, but what should one do when the work requires judgement where a standard needs maintained? Is there a form of objective judgement that that can be used like ...
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Question about vitakka and vicara. How to reinforce upper jhanas (without vitakka and vicara)

Sometimes i am keeping some mental object in mind, free from anger or greed, and for a moment i feel piti and sukha over my entire body. Sometimes this piti and sukha keep with me for a long time. But ...
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Effortless Mindfulness

Am currently taking Tricycle course on Effortless mindfulness. The concept of being aware of awareness is difficult for me. Any ideas to help achieve being aware of awareness during meditation as a ...
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What is the sutta where the Buddha says that one breath or one bite of food is the proper timeframe with which to contemplate life/death?

I have heard this sutta referenced in dhamma talks by Ajahn Thanissaro, although I don't have a specific talk to point to. I know I have also read the sutta, but I can't remember when. In the sutta, ...
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What is difference between dhamma in Dhammanupassana and dhamma in Sampajana?

Sampajana is observing mental object(dharma) and associated perception and feeling.and its part of all 4 foundation. It seems there are two different types of dhamma.One is for Sampajana and other is ...
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Are we Mindful in Jhana?

When a person enters into Jhana (particularly 2nd onward): What is he mindful of? What kind of meta awareness or introspective awareness(Sampajānakārī) is there? Note: it says that the 2nd onward is ...
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Non-striving and happiness

I have only an informal understanding of Buddhism, so please excuse the informal language used in this question. My intent is to understand Buddhism better, and I welcome any answers or resources that ...
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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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