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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the Buddhist interpretation of the flow state?

Rephrased question: Sometimes we become absorbed in an activity, such as writing an article, with intense focus and absorption (intentionally). How would Buddhist principles address this state? ...
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How to learn to trust one's fundamental goodness?

In this answer it says "Learning to trust one's fundamental goodness" is one of the way to practise seclusion. I want to understand what this means in context of the question on Rhinocerous ...
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How to deal with people and colleagues who are angry, complaining or seeking attention?

For some reason I'm a magnet to bad people or people who are chronic complainers or attention seekers. They often come to me when they need to talk or vent. Especially at work. I don't really want to ...
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I believe I have done bad things in a past life can I fix my curse that causes people to turn against me what kind of Karma is this?

What kind of karma is it that causes people to suddenly go 180 on me when I seem to give 'too much' info about a certain point then they turn against me and give me the 'cold shoulder'? or have ...
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Scriptural evidence for the role and compatibility of polytheism within Buddhism?

First of all, I would like to clarify that I am extremely new to Buddhism, Hinduism and Indian philosophy in general. I do not particularly consider myself an adherent of any of these traditions. I am ...
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Help with balance between meditation practice and lay life

The more I meditate the more weird I become. I feel stressed out while being with groups of people. I don't know what to say and I find the conversational topics deeply boring, meaningless and useless....
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What effect does social media, mobile gaming and watching movies have on my meditation practice?

I use FB and Instagram quite a lot. I also play a mobile game called Genshin Impact which is an RPG-game where one can level up ones heroes and gain new abilities and weapons to defeat monsters and ...
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What causes the arising of fear that the sense of “me” will be threatened by the fruition of my practice?

When practicing meditation (samatha and vipassana) intensely it feels like the sense of self is disintegrating and breaking apart. What causes that?
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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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Father-Son relationship

I have a father who left me when I was 5. He moved out of state when I was 7. We saw each other once every year or two. He returned to my area when I was 13. By the time I was 21, we still had a very ...
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Are these simple sentences right? They are about 4 noble truths, 3 characteristics, craving, etc

The sentences I want to check with you are: Reducing suffering (or eliminating it) is the main goal. The main reason we keep suffering is desire and aversion. We can experience craving to any of the ...
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Is making art bad or sinful?

I would not be writing this if I had another way of knowing the answer. Unfortunately, I cannot talk to anyone due to quarantine. Even though I have thought a lot about it, I am still unsure. My ...
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Am I following Buddhism as a sort of Escapism?

Some body close to me said to me, "you failed in the real world and so now you are chasing Nirvana and running away". It hurt me a little but set me thinking if he is right? The story is, I ...
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For an “advanced practitioner” (sorry), how to view “addictions” (or bad habits) correctly? How to practice?

Sorry but I will talk about attainments and mention some stuff that are sometimes considered hard to get to, you are free to not read. I will probably abandon this account after this post. Well... I'm ...

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