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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Taking care of perineum

How can one take care of the perineum Does anyone have any knowledge about this part of the body being affected by excessive sitting in meditation. I have had medical help, removal of cysts, ...
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Meditation to control anxiety and hyperactivity? [closed]

I have recently taken up meditation to help with becoming more spiritual in general, but I am also interested in using meditation to improve my general well being. When I am stressed and even after ...
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Why do I feel irritated after sitting for long hours?

After sitting for 2-3 hours in a day there is a sense of annoyance that follows the littlest of things that are normally overlooked. Maybe this is because of heightened awareness or lack of tolerance ...
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How to wake up properly after a nights sleep?

My mind tends to be more unbalanced after waking up than before going to bed. I try to observe breath and sensations but the mind is pretty muddled. This raises the question if the mind is making ...
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Is it useful to practice intoxicated?

I am aware that drinking is against the fifth precept, but there are certain occasions where I can enjoy a few drinks (few times a month). I read a lot that it is not recommended to meditate purposely ...
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In simple words, how are body sensations linked to moods and feelings?

My teacher rightly emphasizes that sensations when observed equanimously will lead to eradication of suffering and he is very right. I have noticed a big change. But I just don't get the link between ...
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Sloth-torpor-Restlessness-worry

I meditate first think in the morning and every morning i have to face sloth and torpor.When i face sloth and torpor i make a mental note and i can see how is impermanent and uncontrollable and after ...
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That “Electric Feel” body sensation during meditation

Meditation skill level: greater than beginner, less than adept. Before I can get to the Electric Feel, we need to come to a mutual understanding on how I get there. I have a specific technique to my ...
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Is it possible for a Buddhist to develop spiritual bypassing? What are the main traps?

How to avoid falling into spiritual bypassing while practicing Buddhism? Spiritual bypassing, a term first coined by psychologist John Welwood in 1984, is the use of spiritual practices and ...
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How can I build up to being able to get into the full lotus position?

When I meditate, I usually sit in what is referred to in the United States as Indian style. The problem with this position is twofold: 1) It isn't very stable and 2) after ~15 minutes I find myself ...
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Any advice on leg numbing during sitting?

It happens at about 20 minutes every time lately... either in half lotus (a traditional position that i would like to honor), or with one leg laying in front of the other, or indian style... doesnt ...
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How can one overcome agitation developed by not sitting regularly?

This one is for the lay meditators. Although i think there is a component of sloth and torpor involved in the situation. There are other factors too. At times for me breakage of a sila makes it hard ...
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Meditation Retreat in India

Are there any good places for meditation retreats in India ? ( Theravada/Vipassana ) Could someone share their personal experience ?
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What kind of mistakes can a new meditator in his/her early 20's avoid?

I am currently in my late twenties and I began meditation in my early twenties. I often think that the path that I am on being correct as it is and it has provided it's justification through practice- ...
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Maintaining the emotional state achieved in meditation through the rest of the day

I've been practicing meditation for a while now, basic breathing and mindfulness meditation, and lately I've added some contemplation to my "routines", usually with music, and the result is absolutely ...
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Full view on right livelihood [closed]

I have seen some questions on what the scope of right/wrong livelihood is, however most of the questions I have seen only touch on a specific point, so I would like to consolidate these questions and ...
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Is there a specific range of meditation styles that could help with extreme clumsiness and disconnected mind-body?

I have always been very clumsy, specifically,i am not aware, if that's a correct term,o f where my body is located or how its moving, leading to accidents, over-use of force, hitting things ...
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Meditating in stressful days

In stressful days, when I really need to calm down and find some inner peace, is when I find it harder to meditate. A lot of thoughts going in and out and creating intense feelings as a consequence of ...
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Is Practicing Tantric/Wrathful Meditation Dangerous Without a Guru?

Some time ago, I found a mala in a shop that I was quite drawn to for reasons I cannot explain. At the time I thought it was wood but as the stain wore off I saw it was bone. This lead me to do some ...
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Why is meditation making me more angry?

Can someone tell me what's wrong? I am extremely new to the art of meditation in general. My mind, in general, is always cluttered with either office worries or personal worries. When I remove my ...
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Is it possible for active people to truly live practice “mindfulness”?

Several buddhist/meditation books recommend me to practice "Mindfulness" or living in the present moment alone. I am a married man with a 4 yr old son and wife.I am currently working in one of the ...
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Controlling your own volitions?

I've come across a contradiction in my practice. In truth you have no control of the mind, things arise and cease based on extremely subtle influences by defilemets at the roots. Yet the dammapada ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of meditating with eyes closed?

I'm not normally distracted by noise, touch, smell or taste when I meditate. But I do keep looking and looking and looking. Sometimes I'll fixate on a crack between the spars of wood on the floor, ...
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What is the minimum amount of time needed for a productive meditation sit?

This question leads on from the comments on this post What is the minimum amount of time that one could productively sit in meditation? For instance if I only had five minutes to sit should I do it ...
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Strange feelings after meditation and mindfulness practice?

I started to meditate half a year ago with my first Vipassana retreat in Bodhgaya. I'm trying to meditate every day since then. Around two months ago I started to practice mindfulness and try to bring ...
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Can meditation cause you to sleep less?

Over the last few months I've started meditating late on a night (as well as my usual morning practice). I'm finding that I am sleeping less but not feeling tired because of it. Is there any ...
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Problem concentrating during Vipassana meditation

I am having trouble maintaining concentration for long periods of time. I make my breath slightly hard and then pull my mind back to it and then carry on as normal. But it's quite hard to have a long ...
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Meditation object: Use color seeing when eyes are closed

Sometime when I started to meditate (eyes closed) I can see some waves of colors (yellow, blue, gray). Is this a good meditation object to concentrate one those colors?. I feel like it is quite easy ...
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What is the right time for seclusion?

When is the right time for seclusion? When is the wrong time for seclusion? How much time should be spent in seclusion?
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Is it possible to “over-train” in samatha meditation?

Every morning I set aside one hour for meditation -- primarily just counting breaths, but occasionally abdominal noting. My overall aim is to achieve some kind of basic tranquility so I can then ...
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Hamstring issues when in a five-point-meditation posture

Most days when I sit in a five-point meditation posture on a cushion there isn't a problem when sitting for the duration of a meditation session, but for particularly long sessions or on some days, ...

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