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Meditation for Work Anxiety

I started a new job, and when I get anxious my cognition turns to pure incoherence. I second-guess everything, doubt, double-check unnecessarily, make more errors, etc. What is the best type of ...
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Strong tingling sensation in face that persists +- hour after meditation

I've been meditating for about 8 years. Recently I did a second vipassana 10 day silent retreat. A few days in, when focussing on my face, my face got highly sensitive, and a strong tingling was ...
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Analysis and Compassion

I understand that compassion meditation uses in great part feeling and the generation of affect. I wonder: Are there aspects of compassion only accessible through meditating on compassion analytically?...
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Is the path of Zen compatible with computer science?

For example, software/code/algorithms themselves can be very complex, dense, cryptic (often without value), overly detailed, stressful to understand intent (sometimes), generation of new abstractions ...
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Mindfulness of breathing - What is meant by “arising and passing away of the body”?

When it is said that one is "mindful of the arising and passing away of the body" -- what is meant with "being mindful of the arising and passing away of the body"? The body is here all the time, ...
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How does dependent origination and the skandhas fit together?

I’m having trouble seeing whether the idea of the five skandhas is meant to fit within dependent origination in any way, or whether the two theories are meant to be applied as complements to each ...
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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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Venting and Right Speech

I'm wondering whether to lament or complain bitterly about some situation contradicts right speech. Also, I'm wondering from the Buddhist view what the effect of venting is. Personally, I noticed ...
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A limit of right speech

At what point does the discussion of others become wrong speech? "Abandoning divisive speech he abstains from divisive speech. What he has heard here he does not tell there to break those people ...
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Can One Evaluate the Effects of Meditation?

I have been doing compassion meditation for a bit (about 13h of sitting meditation). I think perhaps I haven't meditated enough to see benefits, but I wonder: When beginning, is it possible to have ...
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Phsyical, emotional, mental, what is next?

I think I am pretty well aware that the physical body is influenced by emotions (blushing is an example, or a nervous feeling in the abdoment due to axienty). I think I am also pretty well aware the ...
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Can a Sikh enter a buddhist temple with a turban?

As I went to worship at one of the most famous & sacred temples in Sri Lanka a Sikh person entered with his turban. As per the religious traditions we are not allowed to wear any head coverings ...
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Does Buddhism endorse pacifism in times of injustice?

How would a monk or a Buddhist answer look like in dealing with injustices like murder, rape, torture? If we refer to Dhammapada 3, the victims get instructions how to deal with those misfortunes, ...
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How do I reconcile the Dhamma Refuge with blind faith?

I read in Wikipedia and also in the suttas that refuge in Dhamma is "verified", as follows: Svakkhato Bhagavata dhammo sanditthiko akaliko ehipassiko opanayiko paccattam vedittabbo vinnuhiti. ...
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Is forgiveness a fruit of evil wicked kamma?

I read the following on the internet: Yet there were still a few who could not forget that Angulimala the bandit, with his superior prowess, had shown them in their weakness and thus had ...
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Do the suttas say the “old kamma” of an Arahant continues to fruit?

I read the following on the internet: But when the view of "self" ends, kamma also ends Is that plausible? Are you saying that kamma is conditioned by self-view? And saying that kamma -- the ...
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3 marks of existence

Is this person describing the 3 marks of existence in the right way. What the Buddha showed was that the actual reality of “this world” is described by the three characteristics of anicca, dukkha, ...
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Is kamma the driving force behind dependent origination

I hope someone could help me clarify something about dependent origination, is Kamma the driving force behind dependent origination ?
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What is Modern Vipassana?

The more I learn about the modern Vipassana movement the more I feel it promotes an incorrect or inadequate view. But I don't know the movement well so I thought I'd ask what others here think about ...
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Social Media and Right Speech

I seem to have a lot of consideration for others in person, but on social media -- where non-verbal cues are lacking -- I react more easily with irritation and impatience. Since such communication was ...
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Applied Meditation

I noticed that in the case of metta bhavana, I seem to generate a lot of compassion while sitting, but as soon as I am in the real world I sometimes react impatiently or with irritation. The same goes ...
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What exactly is the difference between Mindfulness and Concentration [closed]

What exactly is the difference between Mindfulness and Concentration (I have seen different views on this topic so I would be happy if you could help me understand it)
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What is the perspective of the western buddhist cannon websites? [closed]

In the eastern perspective, Tipitaka is memorized and studied by Atthakatha-teachers from generation to generation and still going on nowadays, so it is weird to study Tipitaka without Atthakatha. ...
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Subjectivity Along the Buddhist Path

I noticed that when I meditate on breathing, which I've done about as long as the four immeasurables, I tend to nevertheless hear sounds such as a television or sounds outside my house. When I ...
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How can there be knowledge of unconditioned phenomenon without any knower?

It's strongly maintained by almost all Buddhists that there is no ultimate permanent knower. They maintain Nirvana is unconditioned phenomenon. My question is then, who knows there is an existence of ...
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Difference between mundane concerns of praise and honour/fame

I am struggling to understand the difference between two of the four pairs of the mundane/worldy concerns, namely between seeking praise and seeking honour/fame. They seem to me not to have much of a ...
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Why Lankavatara Sutra was replaced with Diamond Sutra by 5th patriarch?

As far as I know, Lankavatara Sutra was held in high esteem by both Bodhidharma & his disciple Huiko to the extent both based their way of enlightenment on this Sutra. But what it is seen that 5th ...
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What is the cause of Muṣitasmṛtitā?

I have read the causes of anger, lust, etc. but I haven't yet encountered the cause of Muṣitasmṛtitā. I am sure, most of us have had issues with this ailment. What is the root cause of it?
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Splitting Up Meditation Time

I'm wondering simply whether there is a difference between two thirty minute sits daily and an hour long sit daily? Which is more advantageous? Thank you
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Why a Buddhist prays at Hindu temple which is situated in another country and prays for the betterment of his own country?

Namo Buddhaya, I am a student of Buddhist from India, trying to learn more about the Buddhist values and more. My inspiration is Dr B R Ambedkar the great Indian Scholar and social reformer. I have a ...
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Mental Release from Breath Versus Metta

I asked a friend who is a meditator about my practice of compassion, and he suggested I do breathing meditation because it helps liberate the mind from overthinking, as well as relaxes the person. ...
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Which specific process determines where consciousness will alight?

As the title indicates, I don't know how the mind "picks" which sensation to focus on. Considering the huge amount of sense-data being received by the mind each moment, which condition directs ...
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Is Intention a sankhara?

I would like to know if the following premises are well stated and if their content is true. Also, I'd like to know if the conclusion/answer makes sense: 1) In the aggregates, 'sankhara' are kammic ...
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In Dependent Co-Arising, is Dukkha a Sankhara, a Vedana, both, or none?

How should I understand dukkha (in all its amplitude and semantic complexity), if I want to see it through the lens of Dependent Co-Arising? Where is it classified, apart from the final nidana? Is ...
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Is it possible to attain stream-entry if one is only following “the 5 precepts”?

Is it possible to attain stream-entry if one is only following "the 5 precepts"? Are there any suttas that seem to address this question?
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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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Please explain joy and/or the Kimatthiyasutta

Can you explain something about joy? For example it's mentioned in AN 11.1: “But what’s the purpose and benefit of having no regrets?” “Avippaṭisāro pana, bhante, kimatthiyo kimānisaṃso”? “...
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In which sutta does a lay disciple of the Buddha tell a non-buddhist mendicant that he has experienced jhana?

I remember reading a sutta some time ago in which a lay disciple of the Buddha held a conversation with a non-Buddhist ascetic. I don't remember the topic of their conversation, but at one point the ...
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How do monks transcend the desire for relationships & sex?

Being a 'genuine' monk means a certain kind of dispassion towards the world. How is sexuality & 'relationship craving' effectively dealt within a monk? I am pretty sure a lot of monks struggle ...
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What is laughing wisdom and swift wisdom?

From SN 55.24, I found the terms "laughing wisdom" and "swift wisdom". What do they mean? They have laughing wisdom and swift wisdom, and are endowed with freedom. hāsapañño javanapañño ...
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How did Sarakani become a stream enterer despite having an alcohol drinking habit?

I read SN 55.24 (quoted below) and it says Sarakani became a stream enterer despite having an alcohol drinking habit, because he undertook the training before he died. What does the sutta really mean?...
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What does “self” mean? [duplicate]

I have had the impression that "self" has at least sometimes been thought of as "something" other than the 5 aggregates. What does "self" mean? What is "sense of self"?
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5th precept missing from 8fold Path?

I can find the first 4 precepts explicitly listed in the 8fold Path- but not the 5th precept regarding intoxicants. Am I missing it in there somewhere? I am wondering if it was a later addition to the ...
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Automatic Habit of Meditation

In psychology, a habit is defined as a behaviour done automatically, requiring little conscious effort. I have meditated recently pretty much every second day, but I fail to see any automaticity; its ...
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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 am I doing to my self to make my natural state “I am trapped in pain” (This seems like a must for me and there is nothing I can do about it)

Lets say for example I was trapped in pain before for a long time with no way out for long time and the pain kept torturing me. Now I feel better and not anymore in a no way out situation because I ...
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MN 36 parallels for section where Buddha as a 9 year old boy has first jhana

I read up on B. Analayo's Agama comparative notes between the passage in question in various EBT schools (pali, more than one agama lineage, sanskrit...). But he didn't have the part I'm interested ...
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How to handle aversion that derives from perceiving arrogance?

Ven. and good Buddha-Parisata, touched, and who ever interested and willing to give into the matter to get it minded, Who doesn't know the case where another is perceived as arrogant, either because ...
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Any pantheist Buddhists?

I know a lot of the Kyoto school were / have been defined as being as panentheists: but were there any pantheist Buddhists? And, has any comparative religion scholar defined it as pantheism?
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What is the true meaning of Kaya Sankhara, Vaci Sankhara and Citta Sankhara

I am trying to find a right description of the word Sankhara in dependent origination which includes Kaya Sankhara, Vaci Sankhara and Citta Sankhara. I have not been able to understand what they mean. ...

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