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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Being assertive/manipulative

I am facing this problem currently. I am very sensitive and fearsome. I don't like to hurt others and am scared to argue with anyone. I become very hurt if someone has a bad attitude towards me. This ...
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How is the faculty of persistence developed?

I see a lot of texts hailing this quality, but I have not seen any practical advice on how to actually cultivate the quality. In a similar vein, how do you banish laziness? For example, I have ...
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What does Buddhism teach about fear of success?

Sometimes people have fear of success, i. e. get agitated and nervous, when, for example, some important person behaves exactly like they wanted (and they didn't expect it), or they achieve a minor ...
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The process of reintegration back into society after a retreat

I'm in a period of my practice where i feel ready for a retreat. I have been looking into different types of retreats and have found the Goenka 10-day retreat the most suitable one for me as a first-...
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Why can't I appreciate my own life?

I am young, today I turn 23, and my life is fast. I am a research student where my work is enjoyable, changing constantly and so invoking that I lose myself in it. My friends are family are fairly ...
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Being mindful sitting/working on a computer

I find being mindful while sitting on a computer very hard. Most movements with mouse/keyboard are happening so fast and intuitive that it's very hard to be conscious of what the actual intention (...
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Is shellfish aquaculture considered a wrong livelihood?

I am currently employed on an aquaculture farm that specializes in clams and oysters. According to our modern system of taxonomy, both of these organisms are considered animals. I also know that a ...
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What is a skillful way to meditate in the midst of a migraine headache?

When the Bod-hisattva Quan the Am, who has been such a source of inspiration of peace workers in Viet- nam, saw into the reality of the five aggregates giving rise to emptiness of self, she was ...
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Seeking guidance on avoiding meditation distractions and sluggishness

Do any of you readers , know of a very simple, dependable starting point for an old meditator , who sits everyday, but I do not have contact with any meditation teacher, who I am connected with. I sit,...
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Unable to sustain mindfulness on subtle breath

I noticed in my practice that I was unable to sustain my attention on breath when it became relatively subtle . Is this because my mindfulness is not mature enough to hold on to subtle objects of ...
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Working with hallucinogenic images during meditation

I often experience hallucinogenic images during meditation. I don't believe they are caused by lack of sleep as they occur irrespective of my state of tiredness. Typically the sequence goes ...
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Drop your opinions at work?

When I am supposed to simply observe my thoughts and any opinions that arise from them, and not cling to them, how am I supposed to work? I have a job, and as such you cannot not have opinions. It ...
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How to develop compassion while avoiding attachment?

The Buddha stressed compassion in his teachings. It seems that the more one tries to be compassionate towards people, a natural tendency of attachment develops. For example, it seems that if I try to ...
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The six realms of existence

Lately, i'm finding myself very confused. I don't know whether i'm trying to learn new things to become a better person for myself and the world around me, or am i in fact just a ' hungry ghost' ...
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Should I consider multitasking while listening to audiobooks? Is it a danger to mindfulness?

One of the several advertised benefits of listening to audiobooks is that it is an ideal activity to accompany those many chores, such as washing the dishes, doing the laundry, running outside etc., ...
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Koans for beginner - dos and don'ts?

I like studying Buddhism, especially Prasangika, but I find I sometimes get kind of conceptual. I practice shamata every day, but if a beginner like myself wants to try meditation/mindfulness with ...
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Itipiso Chanting

I try to do abit of chanting everyday, and I have tingling feelings in my upper body (spine/arms) the moment I begin chanting starting with Namo Tassa, Itipiso, homage to Dhamma, homage to Sangha, ...
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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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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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Buddhism, Reincarnation, and Doubt

Is it possible to maintain certain skeptical doubts about literal reincarnation and continue to work towards stream-entry, assuming one's practice is sincere and vigilant?
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Why does the mind always want to 'do something' and how to cultivate 'non-doing'?

There is a Zen saying, 'Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows, by itself' by Basho. But I have observed the nature of my mind that it always wants to 'do something', it ...
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Can Buddhist practice make you more emotionally volatile?

When I spend an extend period with Buddhist practice I become emotionally more volatile or at least my emotions seem stronger and more likely to come to the surface. I've often had reactions that are ...
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Is there a conflict between dependent origination and right effort?

My current understanding of dependent origination is that things cause other things to arise and cease and ultimately it a big interconnected web of influences. If that's reasonably correct (on a ...
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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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Is practising mindfulness ever a bad idea?

Are there ever situations where practicing mindfulness is not recommended during Buddhist practice. Could it ever have undesirable side effects or cause hindrances on the path. Or is it always the ...
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Dispelling anger

When anger swells up and rears its head I wish to be rid of it quickly. For a moment of anger is said to burn a mountain of merit. In my personal practice I have gotten quite adapt at controlling ...
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How do you handle loud, meaningful family noises while trying to focus?

THe most successful cultivators and Buddhists cultivated in the forest or mountains where there are few people. In our day and age, this is less easy due to polluted rivers, overharvesting of ...
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Suggestions for when practice has plateaued

Over the past few months I've been experiencing a lot of personal issues and as a result, my practice seems to not only have plateaued but also digressed. Sitting for an hour has become incredibly ...
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Why do I have to suffer due to a thing that a person in a past life has done that I have no control over?

The question that I was asked recently and couldn’t come up with a proper answer to was, "Please explain to me why I have to suffer due to a thing that a person in a past life has done that I have ...
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What is the best way to develop a mind observation habit?

Different spiritual traditions, including, but not limited to Buddhism, emphasize that it is important to always keep in mind that one's thoughts and emotions do not constitute the essence of a person....
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Am I "fooling" myself?

As I practice more and more on seeing life as Dukkha, something interesting happens. I feel a greater sense of gratitude and contentment. I am not talking about seeing things as they are directly ...
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Can you meditate too much as part of a daily routine?

Just to follow up from this question - is it possible for an individual to meditate too much? Is there a point when it becomes counterproductive and if so what would the signs be that someone should ...
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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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The arising of arrogance

I'd like to share a situation that happened to me and brought me a question about this arising of arrogance. I was driving and another driver got mad at me for a not-so-correct maneuver I did. At ...
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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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Too much Dhamma in modern age

Ajahn Brahm’s quite interesting position on "too much Dharma" and studying Abhidharma might be conveyed in this citation: I think of our modern age is that too much Dhamma. So much Dhamma ...
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Should a person never lie?

If someone would hide from the Nazis and then the Nazis came and asked me if I'm hiding a Jew - should I say "yes" or "no"? When is it ok to lie?
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Quantified Self and Meditation

I've looked around here for things related to this but keep coming up dry... As is fairly common these days, I've been tracking/logging a lot of different things over the past several years such as ...
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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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Mindful driving

I often found that driving to work and back to be the most stressful part of my day. And, to combat this I started to drive without the radio on and tried to focus my mind to the vibrations felt by ...
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What does Diamond Way Buddhism say about obstacles at times of becoming more conscious?

N. D. Walsch claimed in one of his books that at the point in time, when a person "switches gears" to a higher level of consciousness, it frequently happens that events occur, which you perceive as ...
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Should detachment, and letting go, be an appropriate response when you are owed money?

I'm trying to adhere to buddhist principles in my life wherever I can. I understand that it's really the best approach in just about every situation you can find yourself in. However, right now I'm ...
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What is the difference between fear and anxiety?

I've always experienced a lot of anxiety. In many ways that was and remains a driving force in my practice. More recently I've experienced more fear. I feel fearful and under threat. They do feel ...
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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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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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Are there problems from mixing different sources of teachings?

I discovered Buddhism by reading and practising the Theravada teachings. As I wanted to make some progress, I started looking for a teacher who could guide me and direct my practicing. So I decided ...
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Playing repetitve music as meditation practice

The way I see it, music (like everything else?) is empty of inherent existence. This is not obvious. Plato and Aristotle believed that harmonies and rythm express/represents "charachters". Contrary to ...
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What does the Abhidhamma say about impermanence?

I understand the state of changing (impermanence) mentioned in Buddhism, but I have also heard that another more complex version (of the doctrine of impermanence) exists in the Abhidhamma. I would ...
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Opening my third eye experience

I've been meditating for me get a week and have always felt connected to my spiritual side. My dad has been meditating for about 30 years so I go by his guilds. I just wanted to know if anyone else ...
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All about seats

I am looking for first hand accounts of what might make a good sitting mat/cushion. I've been using regular bed pillows but the fabric in them has given way, offering little support aside from lumps ...

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