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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Is Anapanasati a complete path? Does it, by itself, lead to nirvana?

I have been doing meditation of various forms (Goenka body-scanning, anapanasati, just sitting, kaya, citta, and vedana nupassana, etc.) but am trying to figure out something about anapanasati in ...
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Is it unethical to teach mindfulness for money?

There are several consulting firms out there that teach mindfulness to corporations as a livelihood. Is it bad karma since they are essentially taking this from the Buddhist teachings, adding their ...
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Which mindfulness technique should I choose?

Namo Buddhaya. I am a beginner.I want to dedicate rest of my life developing mindfulness.I know there are four ways of attending mindfulness. I understand all the four ways. However I am not sure how ...
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In breathing mindfulness ,why only long and short breaths are taken into consideration?

I have just started practicing breathing mindfulness. At several places following is said for the breathing mindfulness: While breathing in long, he knows “I am breathing in long”, or, while ...
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How is enlightenment or mindfulness reflected in the functioning of the aggregates?

How are the aggregates affected by a person's becoming enlightened or more enlightened? I'm guessing that some aggregates (e.g. "form" perhaps) are not affected, and some are. I'm asking, hoping to ...
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Sanditthika Sutta: Visible Here-&-Now

In the Sanditthika Sutta, "The fact that when a delusive quality is present within you, you discern that a delusive quality is present within you; and when a delusive quality is not present within ...
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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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How can mindfulness be maintained while receiving and processing information?

It seems that when I process information, be it at work or with people in general, I struggle to not be swept into a cerebral/cognitive space. How can this be remedied/avoided?
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Why is the problem with the personal pronouns 'I, me and mine'?

9 Attitudes of mindfulness - Jon Kabat Zinn Jon describes these pronouns as problematic because who we actually are is far greater than that. How so? Please detail why the problem lies with the ...
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Is Mindfulness a poor translation for Sati?

Usually Sati is translated as Mindfulness, but according to the Wikipedia entry, Mindfulness is described as follows: Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to ...
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Mindfulness of Breathing vs Mindfulness with Breathing [duplicate]

I just read somewhere by Dhammadhatu's posts that it is Mindfulness with Breathing. Can someone explain the difference? So I don't pay attention to the in-and-out breaths? I'm now quite confused. Sati ...
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Correct Perspective for Mindfulness

I am wondering whether anyone can give me information on the correct way to practice non-judgmental mindfulness. The way I understand it, different attitudes towards experience can imply: Attachment: ...
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Can a Buddhist truthfully say, “You insulted / offended / angered / hurt me?”

I feel that in his Ball Of Honey Discourse, the Buddha advised his followers to reflect within whenever they felt offended: and to identify the processes of their mind that caused perceptions or ...
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Handling painful emotions

My students' formal feedback about teaching makes me feel defeated. What would be a Buddhist view of this pain?
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Should I maintain my mindfulness 24 hours a day?

I love mindfulness but when I sleep I loose all my mindfulness. I see dreams in which I am unaware of the Truth. Should I maintain my mindfulness 24 hours a day? If yes , how can I maintain my ...
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Sutta that says to do mindfulness in a slow manner

I remember that I once read a sutta by the buddha where he mentioned to do things slowly while being mindful in order to recognize each step. Any ideas which sutta it could be?
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Does this statement by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu conflict with traditional mettā meditation?

I'm a beginner and I'm studying (and trying to practice) both meditation on breathing and mettā meditation, and in the book Anapanasati by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, which i'm following with some initial ...
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Did the Buddha ever teach logic?

Was western logic ever taught by the Buddha? How about Indian logic? How can logic be useful in the Eightfold Path? How could logic be a hindrance? How could logic be a blessing?
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When should I stop my brain from going on auto-pilot mode?

Auto-pilot mode is there for a reason. It is to prevent us from re-inventing the wheel. This is solely my understanding. My question is how do I decide when to go on auto pilot mode and when not to? ...
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Will mindfulness help me in observing patterns and learning to keep away from a toxic person?

I have started mindfulness from past 3 days and am experiencing reduced anxiety. I have allocated a half an hour time at 9 PM to reflect on the thoughts which may have occurred to me during the day ...
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When is it okay to think?

It seems like you're supposed to do the dishes, drive your car, etc. and always be mindful of the present moment, but when is it okay to think about something like a work project or a hobby or ...
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Is practising mindfulness ever a bad idea?

Are there ever situations where practicing mindfulness is not recommended during Buddhist practice. Could it ever have undesirable side effects or cause hindrances on the path. Or is it always the ...
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Questions About Pleasure in Visual Senses

I'm wondering if Buddhism has any notion of visual defilement. What I mean is that in Christianity, there are notions of one's purity or person corrupted by pornography, lustful gazing, etc. Is there ...
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Why is there so little emphasis on “mundane” mindfulness?

Mindfulness has been getting some bad press of late, seemingly fallout from a wave of people selling mindfulness products that make all kinds of claims. Note that this is not the only article on this ...
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Mindfullness and Imagination

I have read some of the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh about mindfullness and anchoring oneself in the present by focussing on in-breath and out-breath. I am curious what teaching there may be about ...
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Mindful driving

I often found that driving to work and back to be the most stressful part of my day. And, to combat this I started to drive without the radio on and tried to focus my mind to the vibrations felt by ...
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During body-scan ('sweeping') meditation, what does brain-imaging (e.g. fMRI) look like?

I do not know how extensively body scans have been studied with brain-imaging techniques, e.g. fMRI. Body scan is a meditation technique developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. It was derived from a meditation ...
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Mindfulness when on the train, underground and bus

Many of us spend at least a couple of hours per day on public transport like bus, train or underground (for me it is around 2.5 hours). How could we use that time to develop right mindfulness?
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Vedana: does it include feeling sleepy, dizzy, alert…

I am a (somewhat lackadaisical) follower of S.N. Goenka's meditation teachings. After a couple of 10-day retreats and reading some articles such as this: http://www.vridhamma.org/Why-Vedana-and-What-...
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How can I direct attention on an breath without consciously breathing?

In every guided meditation or in the books I've read on meditation, I've been told to observe and hold sustained awareness towards the the 'meditation object', that is my breathing. When I do that, ...
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Being mindful sitting/working on a computer

I find being mindful while sitting on a computer very hard. Most movements with mouse/keyboard are happening so fast and intuitive that it's very hard to be conscious of what the actual intention (...
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Conscious Attention for Inner transformation during daily activities

The life current is extremely strong, if I consciously bring my attention to a single breath, a single movement of my abdomen, a single moment of my weight or sensation of my sitting bones during ...
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Helpful or ego-stroking?

How do I know if I enjoy answering questions because I feel helpful or because it strokes my ego? Why does this program demand that I add more words to my question?
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difference between material pleasure and spirtual happiness

What is the difference betweenchappiness which we can get from this world and the spirtual joy or happiness which buddha taught us? Is the spirtual joy more greater than sensual pleasure like ...
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Can't meditate anymore

I used to meditate daily, about 2 or 3 years ago I stopped. A week ago I decided to start meditating again. I sat down closed my eyes... and suddenly I am halfway through cleaning my dishes. So I ...
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On Sati-Sampajanna

So if I am mindful of let's say a sensation or I am just mindful of a specific body part should I label that "event", e.g.: thinking, thinking, touching, touching, seeing, seeing? I am asking because ...
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Replacing the hindrances with it's opposite?

Similarly, wise consideration of the mental liberation of loving kindness (mettā- cetovimutti) counteracts ill will; wise consideration of the elements of effort (ārambhadhātu), exertion (...
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Impermanence (Anicca) and Mindfulness in general

Did the Buddha meant to be attentive all the time or is that just an ideal to strive for? If we are attentive and feel sensations do we always see the impermanence in them? So first to recognize what ...
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Agitation during mindfulness tickling

I was following an older thread, however I would love if someone could respond with an answer as to how I can handle the following situation. This happens almost every time I do mindfulness. As I ...
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Non appearance of dhammas to note during meditation

Early in my practice (Mahasi noting), I had plenty of thoughts come up to note, as taught, but lately there is only the meditation object. Is this normal or just another impermanent​ thing that will ...
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Mindfulness issues

When I am practicing being mindful, for example when washing the dishes, there seems to be so many things going on at once that I kind of don't know what to focus on. There is the warmth of the water, ...
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How can mindfulness be about immovable attention?

There seem to be a lot of disagreements about the very basic term "mindfulness". Here is one of them. Yesterday I listened to a talk, where it was it was said that if one achieve total concentration ...
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Awareness in the body : ticklish/tingling feeling

I'm trying to anchor my awareness while sitting at the desk. When bringing awareness to the body , I'm getting a tickling/tingling in the body . So to make it bearable I'm trying to move attention ...
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What is the Buddhist perspective on passively altering your subconcious?

Firstly I'd like to provide some context: When I first began getting into the Buddhist teachings, specifically that of the Theravada tradition, I'd often do things such as passively play the ...
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Different state of mind during dhamma talk

Has anyone experienced moments like being in a state of restlessness during a dhamma talk? A sense of relief, moment of temporary escape but yet the mind is actively running wild, almost gone into a ...
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Anapanasati Buddhist meditation

So I thought I really need to ask this question about Buddhist meditation specifically, Anapanasati. Basically I sit cross legged and count breaths for 15 minutes as advised on the Internet for ...
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My short story with anxiety problems - could meditation be the cause?

My background is that my father was/is an alcoholic and I had pretty rough childhood. I recently turned 33. I always was pretty self aware. I have a good job. I’m easy going open person, have a bunch ...
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Should I consider multitasking while listening to audiobooks? Is it a danger to mindfulness?

One of the several advertised benefits of listening to audiobooks is that it is an ideal activity to accompany those many chores, such as washing the dishes, doing the laundry, running outside etc., ...
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How to improve mindfulness of thinking?

Recently I've been facing problems with trying to remain mindful of any thoughts that pass through my mind. This problem is particularly prevalent in my formal meditation, where I only realise I am ...
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What are the differences between vipassana and mindfulness meditation?

I have been reading about vipassana and mindfulness meditation but so far I haven’t fully understood the differences. Is mindfulness meditation an aspect or a variation of vipassana meditation?