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 there any meditation technique to be aware of what you hear?

I have observed that while meditating if I turn my awareness from breath to 'what I am hearing' I have a heightened sense of present moment awareness. If I listen mindfully to what I am hearing the ...
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How to deal with insults?

As I am going deep into my meditations of Vipassana and Zazen I am also going deep in my subconscious mind. Some long-forgotten painful memories of insult surface up. As I look now with a different ...
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What does Buddhism teach on cultivating energy for those who are drowsy?

This is rather a personal question. Sometimes, I am a very depressed individual, and besides other things, I'm struggling with a lack of energy. It happens that I sleep for 10 or more hours. Usually,...
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Are there “safe” practices to follow before meeting one's teacher?

I sincerely want to practice Tibetan Buddhism. It is a tradition which places great emphasis on one's relationship with their teacher. This makes a lot of sense to me. I plan to visit a Karma Kagyu ...
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Must I continue a relationship with my abusive parents?

My parents were physically and mentally abusive to me as a child. As an adult, they have never recognized what they have done to me and even try to guilt me into having a relationship with them that I ...
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Why does the mind always want to 'do something' and how to cultivate 'non-doing'?

There is a Zen saying, 'Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows, by itself' by Basho. But I have observed the nature of my mind that it always wants to 'do something', it ...
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What is the cause of imaginary dialogues in mind?

Most of the time, I have conversations in mind. Most of them, there is person , interviewing me. Other person: "Why don't you like that ?" Me: "I don't like it because ..." This doesn't happen in ...
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Is there a way to wipe out ones Karma?

I am 34 and I was brought up in this mad rat race of trying to become 'someone' and be somebody successful. I come from a Hindu background and up until I have been introduced to Buddhism I have only ...
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How to decrease crave in daily-life?

In theory, many ways of meditation have been given to stop cravings and aversion. What about practical life? During day to day life, it has often been seen and experienced as well that, "we tend to ...
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How do I practice Zen all alone?

I live in a small town in India where there are no Zen or any other Buddhist temples. I don't have the money to travel to Japan or China. All I know about Zen is from google and youtube videos. I want ...
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Buddhism and entrepreneurship

Question I'm interested to hear your thoughts on the coordination of Buddhism and success in building business. Context Throughout my life, I have been provided guidance by Buddhist literature, ...
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What can be the remedy here?

Whenever I go for meditation retreat(self-exploration or in group), my brain remains calm, body remains healthy, digestive system becomes good. When I try to go for household life or even think ...
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Is Buddhism a kind of truth seeking mental device?

It has been my experience that Buddhism has set me from blind obedience when it comes to religious rules. I was free to think what was good spiritually and no one can tell me otherwise. Is this what ...
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Looking for help for Practise / Method to overcome distubring external sounds

Can anyone recommend a practice to overcome disturbing sounds. Many times when I meditate or turn inwards I am disturbed by a neighbors loud barking dogs or other loud sounds. I've tried doing ...
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Is the Noble Eightfold Path a path of celibacy?

Simple question: Is the Noble Eightfold Path a path of celibacy? [Note that this isn't given for Sex, stacks, trade, exchange but for escape from this wheel]
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When I focus on my breath, it becomes shallow

Sometimes when I'm meditating, I'll have really "good" breaths - the breath will be deep, very satisfying and relaxing. My diaphragm and chest really expand and it feels like my whole lung fills with ...
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Software Engineer not challenged enough at work, feels like wasting my time

I work as a software engineer. I've been working at this workplace for around 2 years. But, I don't find the work challenging enough (just boring bugfixes only). Given that I spend 8 hours at my ...
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Who is experiencing the non self?

There is no self that is permanent. All this results from 5 aggregates, then who is experiencing the non self?
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How to cultivate good

q: 1) How do you cultivate good? 2) what is good?
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Buddha Hinduism

Q: Did the Buddha copy Hinduism and add his own stuff? Why is Buddhism connected to thoughts in Hinduism if he didn't do so?
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The Complex Abhidhamma

I have been having trouble analyzing the Abhidhamma. Can someone explain all or the main points of the Abhidhamma, but simply, just so I can understand it better as I continue my studies? Thanks!...
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Reorienting Thoughts Towards Virtuous Object

I noticed that if I set an intention to avoid some behaviour, I rarely follow through. I feel perhaps a mere intention based on willpower doesn't have much strength. Is it more effective to direct ...
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meditation - How obvious should the touch of the breath be?

When I try to feel the sensations of the breath at the nostrils/upper lip during anapana, it's so faint that after a certain point, I think I may be imagining the touch of the breath. I may even feel ...
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Sacrificing myself…or not?

If someone was holding many hostages and I came along and offered to trade myself for the hostages place so they can be let free, would this be right to do or wrong to do and would be detrimental to ...
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Could dhammanupassana be to remember satipatthana?

Could the 4th satipatthana or dhammanupassana be, among other things, to remember Satipatthana in both heart and mind? Shouldn't viriya be focused on the focus towards satipatthana when worldly ...
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How to evaluate hindrances? [duplicate]

As a meditator, are there categories of hindrances which may occur during meditation practice? If yes, can you please elaborate it.
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What is the basis?

I was reading this comment which included ... I guess I'm perhaps not entirely aware of what the basic problem which affects me is. I feel that in many ways, I'm either backwards or not fully ...
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irrational fear of hell and damnation and spiralling, please help me?

I've posted on this Q&A site before when my grandmother just passed away, and some of the answers here really helped me feel a lot better and eased my fear enough for me to go back to my normal ...
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Nature of Craving in Charm and Impressing Others

I noticed recently that I tend to try and impress others and gather attention, especially with women (I'm a man). I see this as problematic because unlike other sources of craving and attachment, its ...
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Is it a sin to vacuum cobwebs & ants while cleaning?

I vacuum away cobwebs, ants & any other small insects I find while cleaning the house. My intention is to clean the house but I still feel bad about those insects. And most of the time I don't ...
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Anapanasati - are the 16 considered progressive sequence of steps?

Answers to this question suggest that the 16 are steps or stages of anapanasati, which implies that they are a progressive sequence of steps or stages. They are also related to the four foundations of ...
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Simplest version of anapanasati

Anapanasati is usually described as "mindfulness of breathing" but I've seen a member of this site describing it as "mindfulness with breathing". Sati or mindfulness (as seen in the parable of the ...
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Can I attain to Satori in Walking Meditation?

I like the walking meditation more than doing sitting Zazen. I want to ask if satori is possible while walking?
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Non attachment in daily life

Has anybody personal experience in trying this ? Is it not natural to have some attachment? I realize attachment is a cause of suffering but is suffering not natural?
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Should Buddhist parents engage in idiot compassion?

If I am a Buddhist parent and a child is always messy, should I always clean up the mess they make? Are there any sutta teachings to guide parents of messy children?
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Right Effort: Approach Versus Avoidance

Is there a difference in practice between approaching positive states and abandoning negative states? I have tried for a long time to abandon the negative, which in my case is not too severe (e.g. ...
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Strong tingling sensation in face that persists +- hour after meditation

I've been meditating for about 8 years. Recently I did a second vipassana 10 day silent retreat. A few days in, when focussing on my face, my face got highly sensitive, and a strong tingling was ...
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How to handle aversion that derives from perceiving arrogance?

Ven. and good Buddha-Parisata, touched, and who ever interested and willing to give into the matter to get it minded, Who doesn't know the case where another is perceived as arrogant, either because ...
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What is meant by the impossibility “A Buddha can not help someone not related to him”?

What is meant by the impossibility "A Buddha can not help someone not related to him, no relative of him"? Is said to be one of the three things a/the Buddha can not do. How should that be understood?...
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What's the cause, the reason, why people find “Buddhism”? [duplicate]

What are the required prerequisits that beings find the teaching, the path, to liberation? What are the outwardly and the inwardly conditions required, for gaining birth in the near or in the Noble ...
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Punk-Dhamma: Being intolerant to perceived intolerance - wrong view according to Dhamma?

In reference to this: Is it possible to not be an extremist, when fighting, deleting, and destroying perceived, assumed "bad"? Is it possible to not be an intolerant "racist" if fighting, deleting, ...
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What contentment and modesty, what persistence and grasping, toward what, craving, craving holding on what leads to liberation?

What contentment and modesty, what persistence and grasping, toward what, craving, craving holding on what leads to liberation? Doing, acting, content toward what is skilful, toward what unskilful in ...
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How do western, modern “follower” celebrate the founding day of the Sangha,the “Dhamma Day”?

In a view days (fullmoon in July) the annual day reminding on the Buddhas founding of his Sangha of straight following disciples takes place. It makes also the beginning of the Rains. from about ...
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What is breath?

There is a lot of talk on breath, now what is breath? What's the meaning? Is it form? What of it? Is it an action? Is it a perception? A feeling? How should it be taken, if to be taken, so that it ...
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Can (an) Urban-Dhamma lead to path, fruits and liberation?

Urban-Dhamma, Urban-Dhamma they say and is a popular approach, but is it possible that Urban-Dhamma leads to path, fruits and beyond? Is it possible to transport the Ariya-Magga under such an ...
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Difference between “mythology” and historical “facts”?

In this video, a monk tried to draw a distinction between "mythology" and "history facts" ... Ajahn Sujato - Buddhist Mythology - The Sacred and the Profane - Part 3 ... saying that "Mythology" just ...
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PIN POTHA (puñña potha) or Merit Book, costom still alive? How to keep it up?

My person just came across an answer by Upasak Suminda Sirinath S. Dharmasena, mentioning: Also there is a concept of Pin Potha, which is a journal of all good deeds done. And It is an age ...
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Vanna-maccharia, stinginess in regard of ones reputations: What to practice to get ride of it?

Vaṇṇā-maccharia, stinginess in regard ones honor, reputation, don't letting make others use of it, envy to lose it, is one of the five kinds of maccharia, based on ingratitude, wrong view, and a ...
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How to avoid the dangers of gain and honor (lābhasakkara)?

It's said that desire for gains as intention for one undertakings, beyond simply that for liberation from suffering, is a huge hindrance, obstacle. No, the Buddha also warned even Arahats, at least ...
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Buddhism on paying for previous bad Karma

I am only a Lay practitioner of Buddhism. However, I recently read a view point of someone who had been at a Buddhist school for 8 years. And it was slightly worrying. He said a young person at th ...

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