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Is this a mistake when meditating?

I am a beginner in meditation practice (have been meditating for about a week now). Sometimes when I meditate the following occurs: once I am able to keep focus on my breath for some time (some ...
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Converting knowledge into wisdom

This question arises from a recent post. There is a related question on the difference between knowledge and wisdom but this is more on how wisdom (insights) can arise from knowledge. The definition ...
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Inferiority and being judged by other

I have been all my life judged by people, especially women including my sister and mom. I have also been rejected badly by some women or at least I made wrong judgements to feel that way. My question ...
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The Buddha on fun, play & time management during practice & Dharma work

💚Did the Buddha teach anything about scheduling or time management? Did the Buddha ever recommend anything relating to play (as opposed to work that requires effort) as part a good practice routine? ...
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Specific ways/practices to help die with equanimity, (less "self") and perhaps even awakening at death-time?

In general all Buddhist practice seems to help with the concerns mentioned in the Title. Equanimity helps with all unwanted, changing conditions (from minor challenges to "aging, sickness and ...
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💚Did the Buddha cover colorblindness in his teachings?

Is "Racial color blindness" covered in the Buddha's teaching? What would be the closest Buddhist concept that covers it? Is there a scripture that teaches colorblindness? Could it have ...
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Reading your way to Nirvana?

Why is it difficult, if not impossible, to read your way to freedom from suffering(Nirvana)? What if you read the advanced Abhidhamma teachings? Is there such a thing as naturally occurring ...
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Are there any Buddhist scriptures about motivation & discipline?

Is there a sutta suitable for monastics or laypeople, that helps one become motivated when one is having a hard time disciplining themselves?
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How to treat the dispute?

I have recently started studying the teachings of Buddhism, so I have a lot of questions that I can't find an answer to yet. Help me understand Buddhism better. Thanks. What types of disputes are ...
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Can concentration and wisdom be developed exclusively from each other?

Can you develop Samadhi (concentration) and Pañña (wisdom) exclusively from one another (according to the suttas)? I am under the impression that a meditator cannot develop one without developing the ...
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How do I cultivate Samatha and Vipassana according to the Suttas? [duplicate]

According to the Suttas, how do I practice Vipassana and how do practice samatha? Are these practices differentiated or not?
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Becoming attained-to-view as opposed to one liberated-by-faith and vice versa

How did the practice of one in-training (sekha) differ so that he became one attained-to-view as opposed to one liberated-by-faith and vice versa? In MN 70 the Buddha describes them like so: And what ...
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A question on MN 39 Mahā- Assapura Sutta

The Buddha in this sutta describes the gradual training of a Bhikkhu step by step. I have a difficulty understanding some of the steps in precise detail because of the statement at the end of most of ...
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Does the material, make, physical properties of a Mala/Rosary matter? Is there more to it than just a counting device?

I have a 108 bead mala (Rudraksh) which I use to chant a single mantra. I also have another bodhi seed mala which I use to chant a different mantra. I've always wondered what the difference was ...
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Is there a future Buddha?

Did the Buddha (Shakamuni) say another Buddha will appear in the future? Which text does that appear in? didn't he say he would not be born again? I recall that's what he said.
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What types of physical dwellings are most conducive for Buddhist lay life living?

I've heard of Vastu shastra, but what kind of dwellings are conducive to Buddhist practice and living and why?
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Taking care of the dying

What advice did the Buddha give to laypeople or monastics about taking care of a dying loved one or anyone dying in their deathbed?
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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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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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About the authencity of modern meditation methods

I've been reading a few sources, books, essays and teachings that discuss the idea that the current orthodoxy of Theravada and its modern meditation methods show great differences with what the suttas ...
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Mental illness and the Layperson's Practice

I would like to return to the practice of Buddhism. Where should I begin? I have a serious mental illness. It has been well treated by medication. When I was young, before I developed this illness I ...
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Is it Vipassana?

I have the following question regarding Vipassana: From time to time I get unpleasant emotions. And instead of diving into them, I find a place to sit and concentrate on the sensation that this ...
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Can I plan for future while doing meditation on death?

Buddha said about meditation on death : "Even if a person aware about his death can be happen within that day is late. If someone thinks, his death can be happen within current breath is not late". ...
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What can I practise to avoid expectations?

Today, I have realized that I have lot of expectations about my life and about others. Until today, I didn't aware of it because,today I face a big disappointment.So, Experiences of expectations and ...
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Can we ignore sense doors through meditation?

In the process of reading a book, we need only the mind and the eyes. There is no need of ears and tongue. In the process of hearing Dhamma,there may no need of eyes. Are there any meditation ...
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Developing a intense focus on materialistic things

Can we make our daily activities as a meditation practise ? I'm not asking about being aware on what we are doing. When we do samatha meditation, we focused on the breath only. I'm asking, When we do ...
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What Lord Buddha said about "practicing"?

When we practise some thing, we will get a new skill or improve a current skill. Similar effect happens when we do karma. There is also a result. Is practise another form of karma ? Is life all about ...
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Is understanding a practice?

Enlightened people doesn't have any desire, because they see impermanence in everything. All the things are useless to them. To achieve enlightenment , one required to practise deattachment, ...
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How do you recognize the attainment of enlightenment?

In the Buddhist story of Ananda, Buddha's most devoted disciple, it's said that after Buddha's death the first Buddhist council was assembled to write down all of Buddha's teachings. Only those that ...
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How Am I not the owner of the mind?

Is it the mind that think mind is owned by itself? Can any one provide insights, techniques, meditations that help me to understand that "mind does not belong to me"? I aware that thoughts are coming ...
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How to not to attach to the vinaya?

I feel very guilty when I break the vinaya / shila. Now it became a couse for suffering. Some times I feel very bad about people who not follows vinaya. How do I get out of this ? How to follow vinaya ...
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What works analogous to works of mercy do Buddhist monks practice?

In Christianity monks and nuns practice works of mercy which include caring for the terminally ill or doing what St. Teresa of Calcutta did. What works analogous to what St. Teresa of Calcutta did do ...
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How a sotapanna person experiences the mind?

What is the difference between lay person and a person who achieves sotapanna?Does sotapanna person experience less thoughts?Would they experience as dukka,happiness,pain like mind states?
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Playing with sensations/heat

I am a Vipassana meditator and in the last 2-3 years am noticing that someone is playing with my aura/heat and sensations all the time. I have no idea where to get help. It is coming in the way of my ...
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When and why did the color orange (and yellow and 'red') become associated with Buddhism?

Buddhist religious figures often wear orange robes. And I think that orange is, also, associated with Buddhist religious buildings -- and other religious "stuff" (although this may be simply a ...
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Do the specific historical past events play any role in the analysis of the conditions leading to suffering?

As far as I've studied the suttas (not very much, to be honest), it seems that whenever dukkha is analysed and reflected upon, it is mostly done in terms of the phenomena as they arise in the present. ...
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What's the (mental) quality different between aversive leaving (vi-bhava) and renouncing (nekkhamma)?

Whats the different between leaving, abounding, letting go, push away, say out of aversion, anger, and renouncing? Both seems to be combined with tanha (thirst), yet one is called ku-sala (bad-...
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What's the shortest path to eradicate Mana (self-view)?

Having come across someones attraction to the answer, it might be a good question into your community here: So how does the shortest path to liberation looks like? How to abound the five aggregates ...
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Zazen to get an LSD effect?

In Zen the key practice is sitting meditation (Zazen or 座禅). Is monks' experience in Zazen like the LSD effect (i.e. "ego is dead")? Does Zazen give at least approximately some experience similar to ...
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What are the main differences -- in meditation practice and discipline -- between different schools of Theravada?

Wikipedia lists schools in this section ... Schools of Buddhism (Theravāda subschools) ... but, those pages which describe each school focus on doctrine or philosophical aspects (and don't always ...
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Māgha Pūjā, traditional celebrating and todays

Not only as a reminder today, on Māgha Pūjā, it is possible of interest to know more about "Buddhist" secound large Pūjā and it would be interesting to get known different traditional customs (of ...
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I explain why I prefer discuss Buddhism intellectually but others don't seem to accept my point. Why is that?

In this Reddit post Is Buddhism about cognitive linguistics and cognitive psychology?, I am advised that practice is far more important than intellectualizing. I understand that the core teaching of ...
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"I fear the man of one book" - What is your attitude towards this thought? [closed]

A while ago I heard said phrase being interpreted as a warning toward people who only have knowledge from a single source (a single book, the oneself's perspective, a single author, a single teacher, ...
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Tirokudda Kanda: Do the dead really benefit from the gift given by the living?

Tirokudda Kanda briefly out line the benefits the dead receive from the gifts given by the living.. and there are many more injection in the Pali Cannon with similar tone. My question is are we to ...
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How do your thoughts appear to you? (asking for mechanics)

Since a couple of weeks I'm stuck in meditation with something that's unclear. I hope that answers will help me get some inspiration and ideas. So, how do the thoughts appear to you? As words, as ...
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Devotion in Buddhism

What is the purpose or significance of devotion in Buddhism? Are there differences in acts of devotion in Mahayana and Theravada tradition?
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Did the Buddha ever teach logic?

Was western logic ever taught by the Buddha? How about Indian logic? How can logic be useful in the Eightfold Path? How could logic be a hindrance? How could logic be a blessing?
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kamma wise why cant i do a steady practice

I have ups and downs in my practice (time doing formal mediation - time being mindful in daily life - doing good stuff avoiding bad stuff etc) and also ups and downs in completely mundane issues as ...
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intellectualism or anti-intellectualism and Buddhism

From my perspective, the Buddha's Teaching is reductive and subtractive. It's experiential and fundamental for knowing how to die well. It's good for transcending the ego by dissolving into all to ...
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How to stop comparing oneself with others?

I'm wondering how Buddhism deals with the comparison of oneself with others, and I'm specifically thinking in terms of accomplishments. For example, I have usually had some success in art fields in my ...
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