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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How do I make non-buddhists help understand I operate with a different view?

I have started on my path not very long ago and because I'm very unsure where it will take me, I am hesitant to label myself as a Buddhist or even a meditator or such. Also where I live, eastern ...
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Discernment vs. judgement in the labeling meditation

To watch the mind, as far as I understand, is to simply watch the mind without judging it. But there is a method, which teaches us to note sad when we are sad, dislike when we dislike something, happy ...
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How does “thought-provoking dissonance” in Zen Buddhist dialectics differ from “wrong speech”?

Zen question-and-answers and talks like the ones described here don't seem like commonly accepted 'right speech'; yet, they are believed or intended to trigger spiritual progress. In what way do such ...
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New to metta meditation

I have some questions about metta meditation. 1- When I send love to myself, my cat, the world etc. Do I have to feel something? Do I have to sit and repeat the mantra May I Be Happy until I feel ...
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Can you reach the substrate consciousness through visualization practices

You mentioned that one can enter the substrate consciousness through the shamatha practice of cultivating awareness or during sleep, death and such. Can you realize the substrate consciousness and the ...
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If I can't tell if I'm lying to myself because I am yet to gain insight or clarity, am I truly lying?

There are moments of clarity that I have experienced in which I finally but truly gain a sense of knowledge and comprehension about ...something.... In those moments it is like I have changed at a ...
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Why I can't think in anything while I'm meditating

Maybe I'm wrong, but I believe that when I'm sitting to improve myself, I have to watch my mind to see what is passing through it, and to figure out the reason for that thought and then let it go ...
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What is Dharma?

I have read that Dharma refers to reality as-is (in this wikipedia article). I have also read that it refers to the teachings of the Buddha. Does Dharma refer to both these things? The former seems ...
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During insight meditation, what does the meditator note in-between the rising and falling of the abdomen?

I practice insight meditation (Theravada tradition), noting the rising and falling of the abdomen. It was suggested that one should make a mental note once per second, neither too frequently, nor too ...
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What is the proper mindfulness anchor for a stream-winner?

If a practitioner of mindfulness has experienced cessation/fruition should they use the memory of that as their anchor or should they continue to use the perception of the arising and passing away of ...
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Meditation technique proposed by the Buddha

What type of meditation is proposed by the Buddha for attaining self realization? Is it Vipassanna medition? Is Mindfulness meditation the same as Vipassanna? Which scripture mentions these techniques?...
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Is it possible for active people to truly live practice “mindfulness”?

Several buddhist/meditation books recommend me to practice "Mindfulness" or living in the present moment alone. I am a married man with a 4 yr old son and wife.I am currently working in one of the ...
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Meditation techniques for beginners?

As a beginning meditator, the techniques I typically use are: Counting breaths, restarting at 10 (learned in Japan). Envisioning, with warm feelings, all of my friends and family around me in a large ...
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The arising of arrogance

I'd like to share a situation that happened to me and brought me a question about this arising of arrogance. I was driving and another driver got mad at me for a not-so-correct maneuver I did. At ...
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Is there a harmful side to mindfulness as it is practiced in Western materialistic/capitalistic cultures?

Is there a harmful side to mindfulness as it is practiced in Western materialistic/capitalistic cultures? Clearly the modern mindfulness movement has been very successful, but I'm wondering if that's ...
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Questions regarding meditation posture and movement

I was trying sitting cross legged and back straight during Anapanasati meditation. I have looked at this question -> A question about sitting, movement and mindfulness I would like to know what are ...
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Mindfulness of the world - its being OK

Does mindfulness include being "mindful" (noticing, etc.) of your world, or only sensations like the breath, walking. etc.? So e.g. - being mindful of the other things that I do or do not have to do, ...
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Meditation “thinking” “imagining” mental note : Ven . Mahasi Sayadaw tradition

Practice Ven . Mahasi Sayadaw tradition meditation I have had two incidents recently . Said something that should not have said Stopped happening an argument that my mind really wanted to do Now ...
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Can you be aware but not conscious? [duplicate]

According to Buddhist teaching (of any school) is it possible to be aware but not conscious? I'm reading the book Seeing that Frees at the moment and Rob Burbea hints that although in the book he is ...
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Unable to sustain mindfulness on subtle breath

I noticed in my practice that I was unable to sustain my attention on breath when it became relatively subtle . Is this because my mindfulness is not mature enough to hold on to subtle objects of ...
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Trouble Maintaining Practice

Okay, so I searched for an answer to this question and couldn't find one, but it must be common, so I apologize in advance if this is a duplicate. I try to practice daily mindfulness by saying in my ...
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“Switching focus”

When completely absorbed in a meaningful task, a friend or stranger passes by and says "Hello" or initiates a conversation. I now find myself not being as kind as I would like to be as my mind is ...
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Mindfulness : relation between manasikāra and Citta

What is the correct use of manasikāra ( attention ) and Citta in the context of Mindfulness ? Is there any difference in terms of spiritual effect of keeping attention while I do daily works and ...
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Body scanning - right way of attention moving

Practice - Mindfulness of body When I move attention part by part in the body I don't feel sensations in every part . Is this right ? Or should I feel sensations in all body parts ? Sometimes I do ...
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How to not slip into Nihilism from Vipassana?

I am sensing this disenchantment from letting go. Meditating on impermanence feels like nihilism to me. There is a fleeting moment of joy from the liberation and just watching emotions go by. And I ...
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Understanding Mindfulness through outwardly qualities

Is absent-mindedness, the opposite of Mindfulness? If someone forgets to buy grocery on the way home despite having planned, does it necessarily mean he is very less mindful? Do these qualities ...
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Trouble understanding the notion of interconnectedness

I started meditating regularly a few months agowith the aim of practising mindfulness, primarily using Headspace. I also read Sam Harris' Waking Up and listened to the Science of Mindfulness ...
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Can we consider any core Buddhist teaching as dogma?

Can we consider the four noble truth or any other core teachings in Buddhism as dogmas that we should accept, or could be learn/understand reality only by experience and mindfulness? Is it possible to ...
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Details when practice vipassana

I have a few questions: How far do i need to be mindful? In the Satipatthana Vipassana by Mahasi, he said: "On meeting with a person in the imagination, it should be noted as "meeting, meeting", can ...
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Developing mindfulness doing complex activities like learning or programming?

It is easy enough to see the power of developing mindfulness through walking meditation, eating meditation, and any repeated task including cooking. How does one develop mindfulness capacities when ...
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Keeping in mind impermanence, suffering and non-self

If one doesn't know the notion of "impermanence, suffering and non-self", can one see it by one's self? I know that I don't need to "force" myself to see impermanence: but do I need to keep in mind "...
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Question about mind control [closed]

How to develop strong mind?, how to overcome lust which comes to mind again and again?, I have tried meditating but failed.
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How to deal with people and handle rude language?

How should one properly handle cases in which people use a rude language and indulge in idle talk or gossip, according to the Buddhist teachings? How to speak or act with a pure thought when people ...
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Should I avoid using Mindfulness to fall asleep?

Is the use of Mindfulness of breath for falling asleep a "bad" practice? Might such a practice invite torpor during sitting meditation?
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Is technology making us less mindful?

In terms of availability of technology, the modern world is very different from the world in which Buddhism arose, and the Buddhist suttas were written As a result, these days, people do things ...
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Mental note of thoughts during the day

During daily activities it is ok to do a mental note when thoughts arise saying "thinking thinking" just in like the sitting meditation? I try to label every physical and mental phenomena during the ...
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Mindfulness in Everyday Activity

I have been practicing meditation, reading and listening to Buddhist teachings and I undertake the five precepts for about year now. This is the first time that I actually ask a question about my ...
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Are there any specific stories or talks where Buddha discussed using mind altering substances other than alcohol?

It goes without saying that alcohol makes you mindless. Theres debate about pot creating conditions for enhanced mindfulness in SOME individuals. My question is not "is it okay". I know what to ...
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Difference between Equanimity which is diversified and Equanimity which is unified

In the Potaliya Sutta, Buddha says, So too, householder, a noble disciple considers thus: ‘Sensual pleasures have been compared to fruits on a tree by the Blessed One; they provide much suffering ...
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Is it too much focus on awareness in regular daily life a bad thing when beginning mindfulness?

Does the attempt to bring awareness into all aspects of life as a beginner have a greater potential of producing negative affects when starting. I'm wondering if too much practice can come as a ...
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A good mood/satisfaction

[This is a double question. I am unsure of Buddhism.SE in relation to posting to questions vs one per post] So today, Like many teenagers, I went to school, a place where I am surrounded by friends ...
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How to handle rude language? [duplicate]

How to speak or act with a pure thought when people tell joke and use rude language towards you, trying to upset you according to Buddhist teachings?And how to change the unwholesome thought to ...
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Living worried about the future and reaching mindfulness

I'm going through a lot. It's very easy to be lost in thoughts and worries about the near future, and that leads me to a life of unhappiness. I also feel guilty when I fell happy, because I feel I ...
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What can go wrong in Mindfulness Therapy as used in Clinics?

I just stumbled across the article Mindfulness therapy comes at a high price for some, say experts. Even when mindfulness is practiced correctly, side effects may occur, like feeling lost or ...
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Constant mindfulness hard to achieve

I find very hard to be always mindful of all activities (four frames of reference). At the beginning of practice, my persistence are aroused and gradually it becomes indifference/lax. Basically I am ...
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If a substance enhanced the ability to stay mindful, and didnt cause intoxication or carelessness, would it still violate the fifth precept?

this subject is so controversial i cant get a solid explanation. i am retrying an attempt to find better advice on the subject of continuing unorthodox methods that are controversial if they are truly ...

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