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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Sensations in practice

I've noticed that in many teachings, books etc it is emphasised that something enters a sense door, sensation arises,then vedana then thought proliferates and I can understand this so far as a sound ...
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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 does one calm one's bodily fabrications?

I personally start looking at the speed of the breath and then it slows down. In the Tripitaka are there recommended methods to accomplish this? What do different teachers and commentaries say about ...
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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 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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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 the Buddhism.SE site function as “the Sangha” for me?

I don't have access to a Sangha just now, and I do frequent this very well conceived and helpful site. Recently I was writing a comment about no longer being a programmer because it was too isolating ...
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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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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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metta, anxiety, and anger

I have been practicing mindful breathing for about one or two sittings a day, and done a few retreats. I have a big problem with metta, even directed at myself. after trying to practice metta I often ...
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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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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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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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Pitfalls of answers: what are effects of answers having be received, yet knowing they where wrong?

(A nother possible pitfall for defilement. Take care that they do not rebell and cick you instead of them into it.) Supposed someone asks you something. Given that you have the feeling to know for ...
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Is there any kind of stress and suffering the Buddhas medicine would not help?

Often my person comes accross certain "disclaimers" in regard of the use of Dhamma-Practice, the medicine of the Buddha, his therapy, saying, like just read again here in an answer: "The Buddha did ...
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Where is the complete William Hamilton's “Saints and Psychopaths”?

I have been trying to find a complete copy of William Hamilton's "Saints and Psychopaths" and although it seems to be distributed on the web in various places in electronic format, it also seems that ...
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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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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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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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Avoiding inner narration while practising Anapanasati

I began meditating a few months ago with the help of guided online meditations for a long time from different sources and read some articles on how to do Anapanasati while continuing my practice. ...
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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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Software programming/Art and Buddhist Practice - Pursuing creative activity

I have read this question but I'm seeking more advice. So it is quite obvious in the activity of software programming that we cannot help but think about programming concepts and also end up creating ...
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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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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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Is my guilt natural?

I find this troubling. My poor relationship with my adult children causes me distress. Logic and the dharma would suggest that severing ties with them would be a positive for both sides. But I cannot ...
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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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What should you do when someone teaches false Dharma?

I was part of a religious group that claimed to be everything that the Buddha teaches. But, when you listen to their teachings, you can tell discrepancies between their teachings and Buddhist ...
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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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How should I express Mudita or Joy for all beings?

In Mudita meditation or Joy Meditation I am supposed to experience Joy for all beings. But I don't know which aspect of living beings is worth celebrating. My question is : How should I express ...
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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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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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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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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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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 anatta during vipassana practice?

During vipassana meditation mind experiences breathe automatically. no thoughts were coming. mind itself can be seen.is this anatta?