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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Did the Buddha have advice about dealing with social anxiety?

Does anyone know if the Buddha said anything about social anxiety and how to deal with it? I believe social anxiety is common in our day and age because people are more isolated now, but may not have ...
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Did the Buddha teach meditation to lay people?

During his lifetime, did the Buddha teach meditation to lay people, or did he teach meditation only to monks? Are there any references to this in the Pali Canon or commentaries? It's clear that all ...
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Studying in nepal

A friend of mine has decided to move to Nepal,to study there. In his country there are no Nepali embassy should He contact them online? Links would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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Not breaking the first precept vs. developing compassion

In Theravada, we have established that eating meat does not break the first precept in many Buddhism SE questions (for example, this question and other questions linked in its comments). However, ...
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When something goes wrong

One hears of religious psychosis, with a 'Buddhist' element. As well as people who convert to or begin to study / practice Buddhism and seeming different, somehow worse; more solitary or unconcerned, ...
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What is the proper way to foster generosity and gratitude?

I can see how generosity and gratitude are important as means to foster right resolve. But what if someone do good things sometimes due a sense of obligation, but also cause much harm to you? For ...
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If Kombucha Tea (trace amounts of alcohol) is used as medicine, is it considered a breach of conduct?

I drink kombucha, a fermented and very slightly alcoholic tea, in order to ease recurring gastrointestinal distress. Although I use this drink as a tool, is it considered a breach of the fifth precept?...
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Usefulness of Madhyamaka to personal practice?

In my opinion, the Sutta Pitaka and Mahayana Agamas (the Mahayana equivalent of the Pali suttas) discuss the nature of the self (anatta, empty of self, dependent arising) in such a way that it is ...
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What is arupa jhana (5th jhana)?

When meditation experience mind without body loss sensation about the environment where I am and feel like mind is in the sky by hearing voice of birds.is it a jhana?
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Is Buddhism a religion?

I want to know that what is Buddhism and is it a religion or just a philosophy or a exercise ? I really want to know more about it , is there a book about learning Buddhism?
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Emptiness and Om

Somewhere reading the book i found something sensible like 'You think you're right , i think i'm right but at last we're neither right neither wrong.' So what is that which is neither right neither ...
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How to exercise goodwill in social circle?

Knowing that people in our social circle are not versed in the Dhamma, they seek gratification through the sense spheres (sensuality). For example, most people like to be praised and engage in idly ...
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How to view people with metta and karuna?

There are definitions of metta and karuna here: What are metta and karuna? There's a metta-bhavana meditation. I'm wondering how to practice these socially, though, e.g. as a lay person when talking ...
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Leave pain while enjoying life?

I'm really interested in Buddhism, but I have a hard time motivating myself to follow the five precepts. I don't particularly want to stop eating meat, let alone stop drinking and/or smoking. Can I ...
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Marriage and Buddhism [duplicate]

What I have read says that the cessation of all passion is one of the goals in Buddhism. However I was already married when I started this practice. How can I be a good husband and a good Buddhist at ...
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Permission of your parents in your renunciation

I have thought about this since a long time, and now I am ready for renunciation, accept teachings and practise Buddhism in a monastery. I told my parents about these future plans. They said they were ...
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Is there a Buddhist explanation for why envy manifests as hatred?

I have observed that when I am envious of somebody, I feel an impulse to malign them, and sometimes experience feelings of hostility toward them. Is there a textual explanation for this phenomenon?
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Samatha meditation feels a space at the top of the head?

When doing walking felt a space at the top of the head. After done some meditation the space began to expand .What is this?And there is a kind of a heart beat like inside the space.
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Saving the stink bug

Real question (this happened today). Imagine you're meditating by the fireplace. Outside is cold winter with snow. You have achieved a nice level of concentration, and suddenly you see a stink bug ...
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Dhamma by pictures, teaching with sgins, gestures and emos, a usual?

In relation to a question lately ask in regard of usuals in practicing body gestures (ones appearing) as a part of training as well as a certain voidnes of such gestures on internet as support and ...
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What is doctrine on ordinary daily posture?

In this question I'm asking about posture -- holding the body straight, for example -- not especially asking about posture during formal meditation, which was the topic of previous questions. I was ...
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How to recognize stream entry?

Have disappeared the body and thoughts,there is remaining awareness with the knows during practice.what is this stage of practice?how to know whtere this is stream entry?
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When should I stop my brain from going on auto-pilot mode?

Auto-pilot mode is there for a reason. It is to prevent us from re-inventing the wheel. This is solely my understanding. My question is how do I decide when to go on auto pilot mode and when not to? ...
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How to be mindful while doing routine activites like walking on a street known for years?

I started observing nature as I walked by the street which I take daily to get out of colony. Problem is that I have already observed it throughly. There isn't anything that I haven't observed. Brain ...
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Will mindfulness help me in observing patterns and learning to keep away from a toxic person?

I have started mindfulness from past 3 days and am experiencing reduced anxiety. I have allocated a half an hour time at 9 PM to reflect on the thoughts which may have occurred to me during the day ...
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How does a monk cope with all the bad things happening in the world if the only thing monks do is sitting and meditating?

Don't monks have any urge to be an activist against for example all the violence against animals and human rights where they can help other people for their needs. How do they deal with those feelings ...
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Only thoughts were experienced during practice

Now no sounds were experienced during meditation only thinking was there.what shall be done here?
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Selfless charity to poor and needy

Is selfless charity to the non-monastic poor and needy, recommended for Buddhists as part of their practice? How do the different Buddhist traditions differ from each other on this topic? Quotes ...
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Experience of meditation

During meditation stop hearing sounds and going into darken space experience.After that there is a gap between inspiration and expiration.short breaths.what's it ?
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Personal practices of meditation

During practice of meditation when notice thoughts disappear . experience peace and happy . innerconversation has lost. what is this state?
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When you get a nightmare could the message in it be right?

Some people have the ability to have for-spelling dreams. Imagine that someones'face changes into a devil and making a nightmare of it, could this be a dream revealing to the dreamer some information ...
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Best way to develop different meditation practices (simultaneously or not)

I got introduced to Buddhist meditation through the practice of meta and the cultivation of the four bramaviharas. It was going well but I decided I needed the ability to separate my ego and my will. ...
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Expaining The Holocaust & karma to a non-Buddhist

How can you explain karma in the genocide of babies and "innocents" (For example: The Holocaust) in Buddhist terms to a non-Buddhist, without seeming cold and uncaring? Yesterday, I tried--by saying, "...
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What canon do you follow to modify the Buddha's views as knowledge advances?

Let's assume modern scientific discoveries contradict or alter the Buddha's explanations. How are we supposed to approach this new information as it relates to the Buddha's teachings?
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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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Does everything happen for a reason?

If something unexpected (and incredibly unlikely) happens, should we take it as something deeper or just a fact of life? Something highly unlikely and very positive happened at a very bad and ...
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Wholesome Pleasures

from my last question I wonder: what provides wholesome pleasure and joy in a context of mental states and Buddhism? I wonder about: Objective pleasure, i.e. engaging in meditation on compassion for ...
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Is it common for Buddhists in eastern countries to be close-minded and lacking in diversity? [closed]

I have noticed a definite tendency for Buddhists east of Great Britain to be very narrow-minded and conservative compared to those further west. The same effect is noticeable in the United States ...
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What is Right View, and how can it be applied in the contemporary world?

I am looking specifically for an easily accessible summary of Right View, and how it can be applied in a contemporary setting. For instance, how might Right View be used (or not) to approach daily ...
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Instability of Mood

I noticed that when I am in a good mood, namely when I have enthusiasm, I am likely to practice meditation and avoid unwholesome behaviours. When I am in a bad mood, with low enthusiasm, I almost ...
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Is it a good or bad sign that meditation is sometimes a frightening and nervous activity?

It can happen that one gets scared or nervous by just sitting there, one can't for example sit still. But is this a good or bad sign?
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Present moment awareness

What is the different between living in present and the mindfulness? I experience living in the present without thinking but often not with mindfulness.
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Annatta and taking responsibility

I'm a bit confused about "not self". How do you take responsibility for your actions if you don't see them as your actions but just a process happening? For example if you're an alcoholic part of the ...
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How to use inner feeling (intuitive feeling) while taking refuge

Starting ngondro practice, taking refuge in 3 jewels. As we know most of the Tibetan schools use the pretty common attitude. So if we are not talking about the differences, but the inner feeling and ...
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Is equanimity more sublime that an excellent act?

What might be more or real "cool"? For example (in practice), seeing a spelling error or a typo: Would the one "not touched", ignoring the error (even he would have the possibility, skill and means)...
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Attachment and Aversion Continuum

When we consider attachment as something we want to stay present with, and aversion as something we try to push away, can we say there is a continuum present? More specifically, does reducing ...
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Is shame and remorse unskillful?

I read this in another answer on this site: "and later I regretted" -- remorse is a klesha, an obscuring emotion. my person thought it's worthy to lift the question if shame and remorse (before, ...
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From Buddhas point of view, is what is common called preaching unskillful not benefical?

Food for thought: It's in modern or western world common regarded and even broadly taught that such as preaching, in more dhammic words, giving a sermon, is unskillful, not the way Dhamma is taught. ...
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Asking questions a “childish” way to learn, to teach?

In modern world it's often regarded as "poor" if asking questions. "What, you don't know?", others would fast lower others, yet forgeting that they have been given before as well. It is also the ...
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What are the best question-and-answer sequences on Buddhism?

If you would like to, suggest the -- let's say 10 -- best core question-and-answer sequences on this site ... which you would select to present (maybe for a tiny book "BSE and beyond - teachings on ...

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