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Application of sixteen contemplations in the anapanasati sutta

As it was explained to me, we must master the coarse before we can master the subtle, and we must master the subtle before we can attain first-hand direct vision of Dharma. In this vein, during a ...
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What is the next meditation type after Mindfulness of Breathing meditation?

Meditation should be perceived as a tool to achieve some goal. We don't meditate to be good at meditation, rather, we use it because we want some results. Buddhist practice is based on three pillars -...
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What are the steps in Mindfulness of Breathing meditation?

Steps differ by every teaching lineage. But a basic outline would look like this: Focus on the breath and recognize it as breath, without the thought, this is me, this is mine, this is what I am, ...
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How to disambiguate between various meditation practices?

I agree with Dhammadhatu in that the different meditations seem confusing when you don't know what it is all about. When you know the underlying principle, you know how these different meditations ...
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What is the Interpretation of Parimukham in the context of Buddhist Meditation?

What are the different interpretations and translations and what might be the most correct interpretation according to the different lines of practice? How are they rationalized? Here are some: ...
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Anapanasati: Mindful Breathing Concentration Point

You can feel anyone of them, but you have to use one of them for whole your meditation. I prefer breath. First you have to notice that you are inhaling when inhale and you have to notice that you are ...
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Anapanasati: Mindful Breathing Concentration Point

According my understanding Anapana Sati meditation is consists of several steps depending on your level. Found this page written by Most Ven. Nauyane Ariyadhamma Mahathera (who is one of the best ...
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Does Shikantaza lead towards attaining Jhana, if not, is there any progression?

Of course you can. Think of the etymology - zen -> chan -> dhyana -> jhana. It's the same word bastardized and modified over the course of four languages. Zen is absorption practice. It's ...
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Anapanasati Buddhist meditation

Just breath naturally. Controlling the breath is a different practice all together called Pranayama, and that is generally a Hindu practice. In Anapanasati, the breath shouldn't be controlled or ...
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In the Anapanasati Sutta, what is the difference between mind and mental processes?

From the Anapanasati Sutta "Mindfulness of in-&-out breathing, when developed & pursued, is of great fruit, of great benefit. Mindfulness of in-&-out breathing, when developed & ...
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Is Maithree meditation a recommended practice?

Metta meditation will help you to reduce stress caused by hatred. But it won't be much effective against stress caused by craving or clinging. Anapanasati meditation can be used to get away from all ...
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How to disambiguate between various meditation practices?

OP: S.N. Goenka says if you practice Vipassana, you must not practice any other technique (but, even more confusingly, he also teaches Anapana and Metta) What is said by Goenka is that you should ...
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How to wake up properly after a nights sleep?

One simple way to setup your mind in the morning is to re-take the refuge vow and/or the five precepts. Or, if you are a Mahayana practitioner, recite the Bodhisattva vow. Here is another ...
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What is the next meditation type after Mindfulness of Breathing meditation?

I practice with the Triratna Buddhist Community. Alongside Mindfulness of Breathing practice we also do a Metta Bhavana practice (kindly awareness practice). In this we bring to mind ourselves, a good ...
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Is watching the heart beat (instead of watching the breath) a known form of meditation?

The only time I've seen the heart-beat mentioned in a similar context, is when Trungpa Rinpoche discussed beginner-level practice: ...Usually hinayana-level student works with reality using ...
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Is watching the heart beat (instead of watching the breath) a known form of meditation?

The Wings to Awakening by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, on page 83 says, There is the case where a monk—having gone to the wilderness, to the foot of a tree, or to an empty building—sits down folding his ...
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How to wake up properly after a nights sleep?

The reason why the mind is like this is because, in order to sleep, we must give ourselves into drowsiness. Those with untrained minds (if not everyone) thus plunge themselves into delusion. That's ...
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Sankharas, once eliminated. Do they have a chance of coming back?

There are ten fetters eliminated in Vipassana meditation. Elimination does not occur before you reach the Sothapanna(stream enterer) state. Until then, fetters are only subdued. Once a fetter is ...
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What is the next meditation type after Mindfulness of Breathing meditation?

I agree with @Rabbit -- what to do next depends on what you are trying to achieve (and what you already have achieved). For example, while doing mindfulness of breathing, how well developed has your ...
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Anapanasati Buddhist meditation

All these experiences you get are due to fabrications. You should actively calm the fabrication. To do that: If you have a pleasant / unpleasant sensation somewhere bring it to your attention for a ...
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In the Anapanasati Sutta what is meant by 'sensitive to rapture/bliss'?

I assume that by rapture and bliss you mean the Pali words Piti and Sukha. Piti and Sukha are supposed to be comfortable and pleasant states of mind that arise whenever the mind is sufficiently calm, ...
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Can anyone recommend some guided anapanasati resources on the Web?

The best is to go to directly to the Sutta or what the Buddha directly had to say about it. There are 2 good translations by Piya Tan: Anapanasati Sutta Anapanasati Sutta, Trilinear edition A more ...
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Can anyone recommend some guided anapanasati resources on the Web?

I used to think that "guided" meditation was a superficial thing. Now I know that that view isn't very true...There are some very "not superficial" guided meditations out there that are made by some ...

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