Questions tagged [personal-practice]

Questions containing or motivated by some aspect of personal experience. The experience can be during formal Buddhist practice or during everyday activity however the experience will be related to Buddhist practice or doctrine. The questions will necessarily have a subjective quality however the question or answers will contain references to Buddhist scripture, doctrine or an established teacher.

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Is it true that its always thoughts that creates emotions?

Firstly, this question is related to this stack because during the mindfulness meditation we are told to be aware of our passing thoughts and emotions. I was going through a video that said that '...
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Vipassana meditation in day to day life

During meditation practice have seen thinking stops ,then for 2 or 3 minutes no thinking. What have experienced?is it the pure mind?
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Stuck in householders equanimity, what to do next?

I was in a really bad situation five-six years back. Since then, I have been sincerely practicing the dhamma and have overcome all the five hindrances to meditation. I am a layman and I meditate (...
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How to deal with immense guilt over past acts of cruelty? Is sincere repentance and striving really enough?

I won't go into details, but I am dealing with horrible guilt and shame over cruel acts I have committed in the past. It feels like I am now come to terms with the significance of these actions, and ...
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Is identifying with the good always a problem?

When a person or a group of people identify themselves with "the good" (in opposition to "not so good" or even "the evil" of others), quite often this can lead to "...
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Is concentration different than mindfulness? [duplicate]

Is concentration on breathing same as mindfulness or awareness or is it a different practice?
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Difficulty letting go of attachment

I've been training in spirituality for for about 8 years. I used to do formal meditation practice couple of times a day. Now I find that I kind of live my life more in a meditative way. I'm living a ...
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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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Can i be reborn having my father again?

I lost my father when I was a kid. Can I be reborn with the same father? I didn't know him well, as I was very young, but from people's words, he was a great man, and I'm dying to know him, to love ...
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Motivation and long-term practice

I have been meditating (samatha-vipassana within the Theravada tradition) for many years now, and I see myself always falling in the same pattern: (1) I have periods of very high motivation, which can ...
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Is Upekṣā (equanimity) a feeling or simply numbness?

Is Upekṣā (equanimity) a certain kind of feeling which if attained, everyone will feel in a similar way, or its a kind of numbness to sensory input? From the wiki the definition of equanimity says is ...
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What to do in order to get back to meditating?

I meditated for many years and read quite a few Buddhist books by famous authors from here in America and abroad. Unfortunately, I have fallen away from meditating on a regular basis and reading ...
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Where exactely is the 'source of thoughts' and the 'feeling of self' located?

When I am meditating, most of the time the thoughts feel like arising from the heart center, and sometimes they feel like lingering in the head. Same with the 'feeling of self', most of the time it ...
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Why is that the pleasent feelings last for small time while unplesent feelings seem to last forever?

Why is it that when we feel pleasant and positive feelings, the state of heart-mind is evanescent while when we are feeling down and unpleasant feelings that state of heart-mind feels like everlasting?...
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How do you know which mantra suits you the most?

I've been practicing mantra for quite a while now & received empowerments for a few. The main ones that I practice are Guru Rinpoche, White Tara, Vajrasattva 100-syllable. I take care not to go ...
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Is there any consolation to have arrived at the Buddha dharma?

At times when the mind is critical of not having achieved the samsaric goals, is there any consolation to have arrived at the Buddha dharma, especially from a non-Buddhist background? If so, how will ...
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Most efficient practices you will quickly do to recover/re-generate Bodhicitta and/or right view of Śūnyatā if realizing losing mindfulness of?

In daily (secular) life, if you realize that you are being or have been losing (or forgetting) mindfulness of Bodhicitta and/or right view of Śūnyatā, what (most efficient practices) you will quickly ...
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How to combat self-doubt?

Doubt (Vicikitsa)is one of the five hindrances to progress to meditation. I searched for the hindrance of doubt, and as I understand it is the 'doubt in Buddha, his attainment and the Dhamma he taught'...
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How to overcome fear of annihilation in meditation and why is it not included in list of hindrances to meditation?

Over a period of last few years I have almost completely eradicated the 'five hindrances' to meditation. However, sometimes when I am in deep meditation, I feel an intense fear of 'getting annihilated'...
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Tips for overcoming laziness

In my personal practice, I have found laziness to be my most clearly visible defilement. It plays a role in preventing me from getting out of bed, hindering my mindfulness throughout the day, and ...
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Does Shikantaza lead towards attaining Jhana, if not, is there any progression?

I have been practicing two different meditations over the years, one is Anapanasati, i.e. mindfulness of breath as I learned from S.N.Goenka, and the other is Zazen or Shikantaza i.e. just sitting, ...
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Questions Regarding Venerable Ānanda's Overview of Meditation

I SUGGEST & REQUEST THAT YOU READ DN 10 (LINKED) BEFORE READING AND/OR ANSWERING THIS POST. After contemplating DN 10, several questions have arisen in me pertaining to the clarification of the ...
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Different types of vipassana meditation?

I am interested in vipassana meditation. What are the different types of vipassana meditation?
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Why Become Buddhist?

I am interested in Theravada Buddhism. What are some concrete reasons as to why one should become a Buddhist?
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What are the signs indicating onset of wisdom because of meditation practice?

One of the benefits of the meditation practice that is widely talked about is becoming more wise. I am not sure if there is a universal definition of wisdom so I am trying to see what wisdom other ...
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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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How do we forgive ourselves? [duplicate]

When we make a mistake, how do we forgive ourselves? I know that bhikkhus must confess in front of the Sangha if they break a certain Vinaya (monastic rule). But what about lay people? Do we have to ...
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What does random Images flashing during mediation mean ,if anything at all?

I started meditation with Headspace app and have experienced a lot during meditation such as irrational fear of someone breaking in to the house and killing me while I was meditating , fear of snakes ...
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I have a question, but feel it's far to sensitive to share here

I have a question about my current practice, but feel it's far too sensitive to share here. I do not personally know any person, teacher or guru who I could ask this question. What could I do in this ...
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Can long sits be easier than short sits?

I tend to write down when I meditate, and also note the length of the sessions. Observing my notes, I had the impression that when I sat for longer times (40m - 1h), I also was paradoxically more ...
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How do you keep your tranquility?

I do manage to keep my self calm at times. But lately i feel i can't control the bubbling anger within me. I keep lashing out over small things. Sometimes even the smallest things can annoy me. I have ...
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Compulsive desire to correct others

I'm often trying to correct others' views, opinions, and lifestyles. I feel a strong urge to correct when their actions are clearly bringing negative consequences for themselves and others. For ...
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Is there a point to delaying detrimental behaviours?

I noticed that for me, it is very difficult to cease certain behaviours, such as eating junk food for example. Does Buddhism suggest a benefit to delaying such behaviours to later in the day, as ...
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Where does 'contentment' fit in walking the path of Dhamma?

'Contentment' means being at ease with what you have and not desiring more. But, of course, if I am content with my present situation I will not strive towards Nirvana, and if I am not content and ...
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Is masturbation a sin when we do it to avoid intercourse with other people?

I masturbate to avoid having sex with other people. I've masturbated quite a lot. I don't want to have sexual intercourse with anyone else though I love sex. I've been keeping my body away from sexual ...
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What is the origin or history of the concept of 'Buddha Sasana"?

There is some information here at wikipedia I am curious to know if that came from Buddha himself or mentioned in any suttas. The 'sasana' concepts restricts appearence of solitary buddhas or ...
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How to juggle between the need for Prosperity and Desires for a Samsaric mind?

I completely understand the second noble truth which says origin of dukkha, which arises or "comes together" with taṇhā ("craving, desire or attachment") in plain English, ...
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May one learn how to breathe from the diaphragm (Buddha Belly Breathing) holistically throughout all of their activities and if so how exactly?

Peace, Divine Love, and Blessings to All. I recently began to research meditative/breathing for the Solar Plexus. I was instructed that the "normal breathing" done in the west is not the ...
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How does an enlightened mind distinguish itself from all other phenomena?

How does an enlightened mind distinguish itself from all other phenomena? There is one such person amidst a crowd of other people. Somebody shouts their name, and they say, "yes, that is I. I am ...
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Do modern day Buddhists still believe in the magical siddhis?

From Wikipedia on the Visuddhimagga and Siddhi: Aṇimā: the ability to become smaller than the smallest, reducing one's body to the size of an atom or even become invisible. Mahimā: the ability to ...
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Can brain injured people progress in meditation?

I don't mean disrespect to anyone else with this question, I'm asking on my own behalf as someone with neurological & psychological problems caused by a brain injury at a young age. I know all ...
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Questions about reacting to bodily sensations

I'm currently reading The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation and it says to observe sensations in the body without reacting. What would be an example of a reaction that one might have? When I feel ...
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How do we break an attachment with the Buddha Himself?

We Buddhists talk about non-attachment in our relationships, but after breaking all the samsaric attachments, how do we break the last attachment with the Buddha and may be also His teachings? When ...
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Is there anything like discriminating intellect in Buddhism?

I was watching this Youtube video about 'witnessing self': 3 Stages in Witnessing Meditation - On the Journey towards Spiritual Enlightenment This video describes the three stages in witnessing ...
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At what point do we arrest reification?

Further to my last question on reification, I want to know the specificity of the application. Gathering from the answers; ...reifications are overcome by questioning them. and Start by watching ...
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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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Dwelling Upon Seeming Levels of Emptiness?

Note: the term sunyata here is being used from the Mahayana context. Not too long ago, I asked this question about concentration and openness where I suggested that concentration was a hindrance to my ...
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Learning about buddhism through text only

I am legally deafblind. Any form of videos, images, audio, ..., so any media apart from text is difficult to access for me. Hence, even though I'm interested in Buddhism, I struggle to figure out if ...
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Is there any place for Omens in Buddhism?

An omen is viewed as a sign from the natural world that delivers a message of some sort. Typically this message is seen as an indicator of coming good or evil events. I know this has nothing to do ...
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Former hedonist started with Samatha, worried about dukkha nanas

I really need your help as I'm, in some sort of conflict about my path. I'll try to keep things short but i need to include some info about my life experience so far. Now I'm 25 years old and all my ...
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