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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“Advocating hateful views are banned!”, is intending such possible without hateful (wrong) view? [on hold]

Sure it's easier to judge if not involved, but how does one think (don't be ammused, it's "sad" since he is needed to be banned on his own accord, or?): Is it possible to be not an extremist fighting,...
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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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questions on my meditation practice?

My goal with meditating was related to improving my concentration for academic reasons. At first I came across a method of meditating where I count out my breadth and avoid thinking of idle thoughts. ...
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No more kamma and vipaka for Noble Ones?

There is a (are) person(s) here, who advocate the denying of "person is heir of his action", advocate no-self, for whom who has reached the path already (Sekha). In that case, do, and why, make ...
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How to Practice After Stream Entry as Opposed to Before?

I follow the notion that when the false view of an independent, permanent "self" is annihilated for the first time this is Stream Entry. The Dharma no long is merely a question mark, and it's not ...
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How to 'Let Go' in Meditation?

"And what is the faculty of concentration? There is the case where a monk, a disciple of the noble ones, making it his object to let go, attains concentration, attains singleness of mind. Indriya-...
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I am confused about certain things, I really hope some kind person can help

What is the view of Buddhism on time and space does it exist?? In Advaita they say time and space do not exist at all. Advaita says that there is only the universal conciousness and all the objects ...
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What is the process for cleansing a very negative action?

Several years ago I did something that was totally legal, but very much against my upbringing, my world-view, and my ethics. It was a spur of the moment thing and I have regretted it massively ever ...
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How do you balance your desire for liberation with your wordly desires?

I'm in a strange situation right now (weird for me, at least). These past few days have been intense days of reflection on the Dhamma, which generated two effects at the same time in my overall life: ...
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Validity of Meditation Experience

I have tried meditating on public transport. There, I find I meditate as sharply as when sitting formally. Yet, I find this suspect. Is it possible to believe one is concentrated and meditating ...
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How do you talk to someone whose loved one is dying?

What can you say to someone whose loved one (e.g. spouse or parent) is dying? Assume if you can that in the West, e.g. Europe and America, although people (strangers) might have heard the first thing ...
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Remaining in first jhana, while walking, talking, eating

Is it possible to attain the first jhana, then remain in first jhana, while walking, talking, eating and performing other daily activities? Or does one remain in first jhana only while in sitting ...
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Despairing About Meditative Regularity

I have set the amount of time I meditate (focused attention/shamatha) at merely 15 minutes per day. Despite this, despite all my best efforts, I seem to still skip a day or two now and then. Why is ...
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Aversion and Mahayana

I think Andrei might have commented once that the suttas are mostly about (liberation from) lobha (including craving and attachment) as a problem, and Mahayana is about dosa. That's probably an ...
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Audio guided meditation recommendations?

I know how many of you feel about guided meditations, but I am introducing meditation to some fellow university friends, and one of them is telling me he is having an incredibly hard time while ...
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Time and Frequency of Meditation

I have read psychological studies and commentaries by meditators that frequency is more important than duration for meditation. Thus, 10 minutes seven days a week is more beneficial than 70 minutes in ...
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Taking out the plank from one's own eye

Is there any equivalent quotation from the Buddhist scriptures to the following from the Christian Bible (Matthew 7:3-5)? Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no ...
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How do you pray correctly in Buddhism?

I have been calling myself a Buddhist for as long as I can remember, but I have never done it right. I notice that my mom would chant the mantras from the book, while usually I would just say anything ...
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Buddhism to change the world

According to Buddhism, should one change oneself or change the world and why.
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How important is constancy in meditation practice?

I'm going through a period of meditating every day which is not how I usually practice. Before I would meditate 5-6 times a week then deliberately not do more as I would seem to 'run dry' and lose my ...
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Maximum productive time for a meditation sit?

I've been searching around forums for the maximum time that is productive to do a single meditation sit. There are lots of comments around over 20 minute mark for effectiveness and sitting for the ...
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The kamma of silence and/or “not acting”?

Aside of Silas there is the matter of kamma which includes always the mind. What's the impact of acting "political correct" or "according to laws", Sila, while having unskilful intentions? Whould ...
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Irritation due to breathing noises in dojo

This might seem a silly question, but unfortunately I am extremely oversensitive to human noises. I don't mind meditation with the noise of traffic, or a thunderstorm, or the monotonous drone of a ...
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Is severing negative communication with an “incompatible” person a big no-no in the Buddhist pracice?

A close relative of mine who I shared the living space with has passed away recently from an unrelated injury. The relative was a good person but inherently "bossy", always getting their own way and ...
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How do you handle when someone tries to instill guilt in you?

From a perspective to hindrances to meditation this may fall under remorse and regrets, but not very apt in that sense. Using Buddhist philosophy to get over and respond, how do you handle when ...
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Moderation in meditation for lay people

Vipassana-style meditation has been adapted to treat patients to prevent recurrence of depression and anxiety through MBCT, and to treat chronic pain and stress through MBSR. More info on this can ...
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What is the Buddhist Perspective on Dreaming?

I met my family who has already died in my dream. He told me something bad about my partner. Should I believe him?
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What should I choose, Life or Nirvana?

A little personal story ahead also sorry for the long post... Story: Three years back my life was a disaster, I was as far away from Dhamma as possible, I was into the dark side of modern life. ...
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Other physical (samatha) meditation objects besides breath?

Does Buddhist samatha meditation allow for physical meditation objects other than the breath? I have noticed I feel much more contentment with the physical sensation of "back straight". Please give ...
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Is it possible and good to know and/or talk about other/more details about the way out of suffering than the Buddha did?

(One of the reasons for asking this question is that I thought that maybe some people needed some extra/other knowledge/insight in order for the Noble Eightfold Path to become more accessible to them.)...
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Is the experience of suffering or enjoyment completely reducible to physics e.g. such as in materialist views i.e. materialism?

What do you think? I believe the experience of suffering or enjoyment is not equivalent and is not reducible to physics e.g. things like "repulsion", "attraction" etc. I cannot see "suffering" ...
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How does one know if one is destined to attain Nibbana?

How does one know if one is destined to attain Nibbana? (In future lives)
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increased body temperature during meditation

Is it common during samatha for the body temperature to rise enough to cause some isolated forms of sweating? Specifically around the head, like where a hat would set and sometimes across the upper ...
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How Lord Buddha's Way Make Me Out Of This Depression!

I don't know If I should ask this here or not. But I am depressed enough and not able to find a way to get out of this situation to live life happily as I used to do before. In my office I met a ...
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What does it mean to find a teacher?

I have seen people beeing adviced to find a teacher countless time. I am interessed in the practicalities of finding a teacher, since I live in France and I have never met any buddhist in my entire ...
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How to avoid apathy in the absence of self?

I have noticed in my meditation / mindfulness practice the following: as the idea of self dissolves, the ideas of compassion, happiness, sorrow, and basically everything that a "person" might ...
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Is there any meditation technique to develop the feeling of Gratitude?

It has occurred to me that if I have a sense of gratitude towards life and towards what has already been given to me then it's not possible to develop desires. I don't know why gratitude is not one of ...
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Too much Dhamma in modern age

Ajahn Brahm’s quite interesting position on "too much Dharma" and studying Abhidharma might be conveyed in this citation: I think of our modern age is that too much Dhamma. So much Dhamma that ...
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Why the view “I am the owner of my karma” not contradict anatta?

Why did the Buddha advise lay people and monks to think, "I am the owner of my kamma, the heir of my kamma; I have kamma as my origin, kamma as my relative, kamma as my resort; I will be the heir of ...
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How do zen practitioners balance the mix between Buddhism detachment and Taoism attachment?

On this site there's a topic Is there common ground between the Tao Te Ching and Buddhism? where one of the answers says: A commentator of the Taoist philosopher Guo Xiang's work and a Taoist ...
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A noobs balance. Where to go on my journey?

I’ll keep this short and sweet. Recently I’ve been pondering the idea of becoming a professor of Eastern Religions, particularly Buddhism. I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but something about ...
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Going to extremes?

In this answer, I wrote a little addendum that picks on a little tick that I find common amongst all kinds of Buddhists. That moderation is a virtue in and of itself without regard to what the object ...