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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Implementing the Satipatthana Sutta IRL [HELP]

I want to put this book to practise and use in real life. I want to be able to apply this book in three ways: (Reading Analayo's version) a. How can I practise a specific part of the SS when I'm ...
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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 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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“Kundalini” experiences during meditation

Can anyone advise on experiences of "kundalini" (energy rushing up the spine and out the crown of the head) during meditation? I have experienced this for years and am wondering if it has an ...
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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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How to rebuild a relationship after a breach of trust?

What are the Buddhist norms & guidelines for rebuilding a relationship after a breach of trust?
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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 intercourses with other people?

first of all, sorry for my bad English. Frankly says, I bring up this topic because personally I masturbate to avoid having sex with other people. I have to admit that I've masturbated quite a lot, ...
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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 to realise “anatta” of “Nama-rupa”

By noticing my abdomen while breathing , I can feel up and down movement of it . Also I can keep a mental notes as "up" and "down". When it is up there is "rupa of up" and "Nama of up mental note " ...
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How can I remove my desire for a relationship/girlfriend?

For at least half of my life I've had an extremely strong desire to be in a relationship/have a girlfriend and though I've tried, I've been unsuccessful and this has brought me tremendous suffering to ...
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Which is the easiest of the four paths for a novice lay practitioner?

In the Yuganaddha Sutta (AN 4.170), there is described the four paths stated below. Insight refers to vipassana and tranquility refers to samatha. Development of tranquility before development of ...
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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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Vanna-maccharia, stinginess in regard to one's reputations: What to practice in order to get rid of it?

Vaṇṇā-maccharia, stinginess in regard to one's honor, reputation, not't letting make others use it, envy to lose it, is one of the five kinds of maccharia, based on ingratitude, wrong view, and a ...
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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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Does doing an ordinary day-to-day job account for good karma?

If you do an ordinary job, say anything like a software engineer, or a waiter in a hotel or a farmer, anything, like a 9-5 job. Helping society in whichever peaceful means possible. Does it accumulate ...
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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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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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The Buddha and the act of smiling

Namo tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma Sambuddhassa. Even though it may at first hand appear to be a shallow subject and inquiry, I happen to find it of relevance to the practice and wondered about it. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to deal with bad past karma that makes my current life miserable?

Before I practice Buddhism,I've made mistakes and hurt other. Sometimes I thought what happen to me now is the effect of what I did. I try to keep doing positive things but sometimes I could not ...
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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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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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Should there be a balance between sinful acts and virtuous acts in life?

From Buddhist perspective, should a balance be maintained between sinful acts and merits by a virtuous person? if a virtuous person meditates for quite a number of hours during a day, and accumulates ...
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Why is it hard to concentrate on Kusala?

When I try to concentrate when studying, I end up with a wandering mind, but when I'm watching a video, I forget all the other things. Why is it hard to focus on things I really need? Is it some kind ...
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Why are the psychological forces that stop us from attaining Nibbana greater/stronger than those propel us towards Nibbana?

Why is it that the psychological forces like lust, greed, desire, unskilful emotions, etc, which take us away from Nibbana feel so strong and have greater pull than the forces that propel us towards ...
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Understanding Rūparāgo and Arūparāgo

In the Theravada tradition, the fetters model makes reference to rūparāgo and arūparāgo found in the higher fetters. I've never been a jhana follower, but I can clearly recognise that the rupa jhanas ...
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Can we use computer coding activity as a kasina object?

Anything we do mindfully can cause a meditative experience. I am a software developer and sometimes when I am engrossed I don't feel the 'I', some kind of 'annatta' experience. Reaching somekind of ...
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Vaccination, Ethics and Morals

During the present times, there is an excessive need to vaccinate people, but what I have noticed is that when one wishes to scrutinize this action, when one wants to ask viable, pertinent and ...
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Can you attain stream entry without meditation?

Venerable sir, Lately I have been wondering if there is a proper technique that can be used in order to attain stream entry rather than meditating. I have a few experiences with loving kindness ...
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Allow myself to rock or sway while meditating?

I have noticed that sometimes, almost unconsciously, my body begins to sway forward and backward ever so slightly when I'm sitting in meditation (actually, kneeling - I sit zazen on a bench). It does ...
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Circular logic and Practice

After many years of Buddhist considerations, I finally admit to myself that I fight a constant battle for certainty and self-gratification. I guess those encompass the three aspects of dukka well ...
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The 4 Elements and it’s relation with electricity

I did a guided meditation today on Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village app. It was based on the 4 elements. Fire, Earth, Air and Water. As I was midway through it, I was contemplating the electrical energy ...
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Types of Concentration?

My field of perception is very wide. It often becomes so wide that it loops back onto itself in some odd kaleidoscopic fashion. This has rendered my previous methods of concentration unhelpful. ...
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Sleep - What about it?

What are the proper relax / Sleep practices for a practitioner of meditation methods? As to Buddhist point of view what is sleep and how to cope with it?
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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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How does one deal with the 'fear of rebirth'?

At times when even Stream Entry seems implausible let alone Nirvana how does one deal with the fear of rebirth. Rebirth would mean over again; disappointment after disappointment and after horrendous ...
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How to cultivate the perception of 'Anatta'?

Out of the three marks of existance, 'dukkha' or 'sufferring' and 'annicca' or 'impermenance' are directly understood as a day-to-day experience as well as through the intellect. However 'anatta' or '...
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let go of wanting to change the past in my meditation practice

I remark that, when I am doing my meditation practice, I am still clinging to want to change the past. To make short, due to parents who had their own special way of education, I had quite a difficult ...
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Anapanasati vs Vipassana, what to follow? [duplicate]

I have a friend who recently did Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as designed by Jon Kabat Zinn. I haven't done it myself but he explained to me that it is based on the Vipassana ...
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Finding it difficult to cultivate mudita(empathetic joy)

I am finding it very difficult to cultivate mudita for people who are happier and have it all. I am finding it easy to have empathy for those who are suffering. But my ego feels threatened when I ...

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