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How can I change my perception to overcome reification?

Reification is a way of conceptualization or objectification or mental modeling through which we form ideas, beliefs, and make an understanding of our surroundings. However, I saw a youtube video ...
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Sutta Reference, perception, judgment

I'm looking for two suttas: (1) a sutta in which the Buddha says, I believe, that one is able to perceive the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, along with other pairs that one can ...
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The Intention to Strive

Yesterday, I was eating some vegetable sausages and I noticed that there was just a set of teeth rhythmically opening and closing like a lonely metronome with no meaningful sensory instrumentals. It ...
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Is it possible to have perception without reification?

Sometimes some visual or auditory sense perception gives the taste of no-self. Like, the ego dissolves for a moment and you feel tremendous oneness with existence. For e.g. while looking at the sunset ...
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Death and nibbana

If no thing transmigrates, and nibbana is cessation, Is a perception of death - a perception of cessation, then akin to a perception of nibbana?
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What buddhism says about physical reality?

I had a discussion with one of my friend, who said, there's no such thing as physical reality, as per Lord Buddha. He quoted "The universe only exists inside this small body". As per my ...
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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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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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Perception of light - a twist in the Bhaya Bherava sutta?

In the Bhaya Bherava Sutta MN 4 translated by Bhikkhu Tannissaro this is stated as said by the Buddha. "There are some brahmans & contemplatives, brahman, who have the perception of 'day' when ...
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Reflexive awareness?

Indian philosophers, both Buddhist and others, are divided on how they stand on the issue of reflexive awareness. As I understand it, reflexive awareness can be formulated thus: when I remember ...
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Difference between "perception" and "view"?

What is the difference between view (as in "right view" in the Noble Eightfold Path) and perception (as in the 3rd of the five Skandha's)? Grateful for help! Peace, Tord
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In the Dependent Origination formula, shouldn't perception precede craving instead of feeling?

In the paticcasamuppada's formulation of the twelve nidanas, vedana precedes tanha. As far as I currently understand, vedana is just the physiological and psychological -and involuntary- response (...
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Girimananda sutta

The 10 perceptions in the sutta are meant to be meditated upon? Aniccasaññā is then not to be understood as empirical seeing the 3 characteristics, but contemplating on impermanence, right?
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The senses, electroreception, synaesthesia

I am curious: how do Buddhist traditions treat senses other than the six that are traditionally given, e.g., electroreception (the ability to detect electrical fields/stimuli)? If there are actually ...
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Defilements or misperceptions that arise because of correct insight attainment

Like subtle "conceit"? I can't think of any others. I think there is a Sutta that is something like, "10 misperceptions of a somewhat achieved insight meditator". Bhante Yuttadhammo explained it ...
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Definition of perception

How do I describe this? It is the formulation of a conception of an idea about a particular object of experience. What I am wondering is what the difference is between the above and: It is the ...
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As a disciple of the Supreme Buddha, what would you do with an animal that is in severe pain?

You may get to see someone or an animal is sick and suffering in pain. You may be able to give that person or animal a medicine that helps relieve the pain somewhat. But sometimes there’s so much pain ...
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What does 'loke' mean, in 'Sabba Loke Anabhirata Saññā' (not taking delight in 'worlds')?

I'm referring to Girimananda Sutta (AN 10.60), where the Buddha introduces 9 perceptions + mindfulness with breathing: The perceptions of impermanence, not-self, ugliness, drawbacks, giving up, ...
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Recalling Neither Perception nor Non-Perception for Nimittas

In the state known as neither perception nor non-perception, it seems impossible to cognize the relative particulates that allow it to occur as an event, but one can emerge mindfully from its ...
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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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Does the mental process of assigning subjective qualities to any phenomenon have a name in the suttas?

This question is related to this one (and its comments) I made before: In the Dependent Origination formula, shouldn't perception precede craving instead of feeling? According to the Khajjaniya ...
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Personal Geospatial Placement perspective terminology

What would be the proper terminology to define the different geospatial perspectives of myself? If I envision myself inside my body viewing an experience in front of me, such as when I watch a movie, ...
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Why wouldn't one say "I am the watcher"?

Now separating self from perceptions for me is understandable. That Ego is just an illusion there is no self. But a question arises... Who is the watcher? Can't I say that I am the watcher or is ...
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Are there universal experiences associated with seeing through individual aggregates?

To further refine the question: the falling away of saññā (perception), for instance, may leave behind a sense of wholeness, awe and wonder as there is no longer the conditioned interpretation of the ...
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