Questions tagged [vipassana]

Vipassanā (Pāli, Vipaśhyanā in Sanskrit, Lhagthong in Tibetan) is a form of insight-meditation and one of the two meditation techniques that supposedly were taught by the Buddha

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Waiting vs Acting?

What does Buddhism say about waiting vs acting? For some context, I quit my corporate job a year ago because it felt so much against my skin to be working for aggressive profit. Since then I have ...
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Posture for meditation

Is cross-legged sitting better than chair sitting for meditation. If yes why ? What is the reason to keep ur back straight during meditation?
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Question on the eighth precept of Vipassana

The 8th precept in vipassana says to abstain from using high or luxurious beds. Should I sleep on the floor not on bed ?
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How to begin to practice vipassana meditation?

I've been practicing meditation and studying buddhism for years, and I've always been curious about vipassana, but I never knew how should I practice it, on what should I focus, etc. So my questions ...
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Difference between optimism and expectation

In vipassana we are asked to be optimist. But buddha said expectation is the cause of all suffering. . Is there any difference between expectation and optimism?
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Vipassana meditation in day to day life

During meditation practice have seen thinking stops ,then for 2 or 3 minutes no thinking. What have experienced?is it the pure mind?
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Hate myself more and more wish to die

Shall I be reborn as a girl again? I've had a rough life, gotten a CVA (Cerebrovascular Accident) recently, and am now half-paralyzed. I feel tired of living. I guess God forgot me, given all this ...
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Where should the eye be oriented during Vipassana (Anapanasati)?

Here is a general meditation technique of Anapanasati where one concentrates on the breath. My question is during this meditation where should the eye turned. Should they look up, or straight normally ...
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Sutras are in which Tripitaka

I have one query. All the Sutra's ( lotus Sutra, heart Sutra) belongs to which Tripitaka (first second or third)?
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Time, space: real, lasting, own-able?

or uncertain, subject of change, a burden and not own- or control-able, not worthy to fall for? Time to answer and give it up?
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When practicing Mahasi-style meditation, should we label rising and falling, or just distractions? The instructions seem contradictory

In Mahasi Sayadaw's meditation instructions, he says "you will find the abdomen rising when you breathe in, and falling when you breathe out. The rising should be noted mentally as 'rising', and ...
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Are we Mindful in Jhana?

When a person enters into Jhana (particularly 2nd onward): What is he mindful of? What kind of meta awareness or introspective awareness(Sampajānakārī) is there? Note: it says that the 2nd onward is ...
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What is difference between nimitta and vitaka and their relation to manasikara?

I learned many meaning of vitaka.. Like initial thought, or thought seed or directing mind toward object.. Whereas vicara is continuity of thinking about that object. Similarly nimitta is arising of ...
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Is there a point practicing mantra if I can get to samadhi with pure anapana/breath meditation?

Been meditating for some years, been doing most anapana & also a bit of Goenka-vipassana. Have had certain experiences, samadhi states and jhana (although I'm still far from being able to ...
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What were the Original Methods of Meditation and their Instructions as Expounded by the Buddha?

In Theravada, I know there is union in understanding that the Buddha taught two types of meditation: vipassana (insight) meditation and samatha (tranquility) meditation. However, I have come across ...
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Do I need parents' permission to renounce?

I had a dilemma for a long time and I need your help please. I’m from India, 29 years and belong to a conventional Indian family, staying with my parents. Since last 4 years, I have wished to renounce ...
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How to get rid of demons or evil spirits?

I have been a Vipassana meditator since 2001 and had a very strong practice and very good concentration. Last 2-3 years I started feeling a physical violation of space and then hearing voices. What ...
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What is the real meaning of the Pali-word adukkhamasukham in the Mahasatipatthana-Sutta?

In the Mahasatipatthana-Sutta are mentioned three kinds of sensations: pleasant sensations (dukkha vedana); unpleasant sensations (sukha vedana) and adukkhamasukha vedana. What is the meaning of ...
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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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Best book or documentary related to mindfulness

What is your best mindfulness book or documentary? I have experienced Vipassana retreats. I would like to know more about mindfulness.
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Is the tranquil mind vipassana; assessing before consciousness; and dualized self?

I read the following on the internet: Vipassana, the tranquil mind, is the core. When emotions arise, the tranquil mind observes and assesses before the conscious is involved. The tranquil mind will ...
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What is the state,the during vipassana meditation?

Now there is no bodily sensation on sitting posture of meditation. Only thoughts are coming. Always close the eyes can see a oil lamp in the Middle. When the lamp not appeared in the front negative ...
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Would 10 days Vipassana a waste of time, if not practised afterwards?

People who have done 10 Days of Vipassana Meditation retreat 5 to 100 times often say that from 5th day the Mind becomes very subtle & remains 24 * 7 like that. However when they're back to their ...
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Cetana and Karma

Is cetana AKA intention, another word for "karma" or close to it? If not what is it that makes karma different from cetana?
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What is the real meaning of 'Knowledge and Vision' in the Pali-texts?

Is there a difference between this two Pali expressions: 'janami passami' and 'nana dassana'?
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When feels empty during vipassana meditation?

When command the mind to does something it was done what had commanded. If thought about more happy today next moment less happy. After sitting meditation feel empty. Is it mindfulness?where is the ...
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Are there any sutta references to the way S.N. Goenkaji teaches Vipassana?

I have done 4 10-day vipassana retreats as taught by Goenkaji some 4-5 years back. As of now, from readings online and reading questions and answers on this BSE website I come to understand that ...
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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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Brain and heart dualism

I’ve been meditating for sometime now, and it’s apparent that my mind and heart are not in sync. I’m often in confused stage because my mind says one thing while my heart says something else and my ...
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Understanding uncertainty of thoughts and the mind

It's quite easy to see the changing behaviour of the things we see, hear and feel. Appearence between a child and an old man. Good smell and bad smell Having a wound and not Those things are quite ...
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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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Very speed mind and calm mind

With mindfulness experience that there is a mind operating very speed and realized not worth. After little time of thinking get rid of uneasiness happens automatically .That leed to feel ...
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Mindfulness improves academic performance?

I have just started a PhD in Mathematics. Can serious mindfulness practice (i.e. vipassana meditation at least 2 hours a day) help improve academic performance? If so, can you attach any reliable ...
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Mind in meditation

Mind operates by thinking and automatically. Can see this when let go of thinking .Is it the two layers of mind as superficial and deep?
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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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Yatha bhuta and Dhamma

Can you say that Yatha bhuta (= seeing things as they really are) and Dhamma are synonyms?
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Practice of my meditation

When Itry to reach to the toothbrush in the morning I saw my mind intention to take it and the hand movement is felt like as I was in a magnetic field. What is it ?
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The New Age Philosophy of Evolution stating that working towards Thoughtlessness and Nothingness is fundamentally Flawed

Though this video is in Hinglish - some casual dialogues are in Hindi but most of the conversation happens in English https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Uf-eoAij5o , Anand Gandhi - Director and ...
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Listening to music while meditating

I listen to a very low background score on a meditation app called Calm while meditating. It's mostly non-obstructive and really helps me get into the space of calm. Where I live, silence of the outer ...
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Why is Vipassana centred around the breath, when it's meant to be a state of observing sensations?

I can't seem to reconcile the two ideas that Vipassana meditation involves both concentrating completely on the breath while at the same time observing bodily sensations. Aren't these two mutually ...
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Finding a Vipassana Teacher in a pandemic

I have been having questions from time to time about my practise. I do the cushion practise once a day in the morning for half an hour and try to follow the five precepts through the day. A lot of ...
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Bhadanta or Thero

Thero, Bhadanta, and Venerable.. are words for addressing the old monks, abbots in pagodas and/or temples. I really do not know how they are ranked in Buddhist Sangha. Which title is the highest... ...
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How to deal with exhaustion?

So, I meditate every for more than half an hour during the evenings and also five minutes session every one or two hours during my work so I keep myself calm all the time(not every day but I am trying ...
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Over control and energy dissipation

As a beginner, after 3 months of quiet intensive meditation, i feel exhausted. And I understand that it’s linked to my relation with every type of duty during my life. Studying, working, relations or ...
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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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Is 'kata nana' a synonym for 'pativedha nana'?

Is 'kata nana' a synonym for 'pativedha nana'? I wonder if there is a (slight) difference between these two words. Can they be used as synonyms?
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Letting go in day to day life

How to let go your own children. They are giving hard time for me. I can't go even . Because they are young.but have problems.
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Deep emptiness (nothingness) while meditating

When meditating mom claims that she enters in to deep emptiness and she would reside in that emptiness for the whole period. She also says she can’t even feel her breath or her self. She’s bit lost ...
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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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Are the Pali-words Patinissagga and Vossagga synonyms?

Are both Pali-words synonyms or is there a slight difference between 'patinissagga' and 'vossagga'?

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