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How do I do "contemplation of death" meditation? And is it dangerous?

How to do "contemplation of death" meditation ? With each and every in and out breath reflect: "life is impermanent, but death is certain, hence will attend to what need to be done without delay." ...
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Problems with Inactivity

Skillful activity is getting your head and your heart to respect each other, and in being mindful as you go about in life. Then your head and your heart can take each other far when you can remain ...
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the Pair of Knowing and Object

The "pair" or "dyad" of "knowing" and "object" is found in the Pali scriptures, as follows: At Savatthī. “Bhikkhus... there is this (internal) 'group' ('kaya': of five aggregates) and external ...
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How do I focus from the distraction of people who look attractive?

Since you are philosophical, ponder: "What is beauty? Why does it exist? What is its purpose?" In Buddhism, five questions are always asked about a thing: (1) How does the thing arise (samudaya)? ...
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Mundane Contemplation

Is there any information in Buddhism on mundane mental contemplation (if any)? Is there a benefit for un-concentrated contemplation on a virtuous topic? Mental contemplation can be useful for ...
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Choosing between contemplative traditions

That quote has absolutely no founding in reality. You could plumb the psychological depths of the alayavijnana in Tibetan Buddhism or Rinzai Zen, paint masterful works in Soto, compose gathas in the ...
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Choosing between contemplative traditions

Dhamma-Vinaya, the Buddhas path, is for those seeking release from suffering, and of course, has less to do with the mentioned householder trends.
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Anusati vs Bhavana

"X-Anusati" basically means "go over the memory of X" ("anu" is literally "under" but it has connotation of following something, in this case following a memory). "X-Bhavana" means something like "...
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How do I focus from the distraction of people who look attractive?

You thinking seems to be tainted by Vipallasa what is impermanent is taken to be permanent; what is painful is taken to be pleasurable; what is not self is taken to be a (or ...
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How to do a long meditation of "death contemplation"?

In the Tibetan Geluk tradition, contemplation of death would usually involve the two: Analytical meditation on death Placement meditation on a specific mind induced by analytical meditation A ...
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Is contemplation of death auto-suggestion?

Contemplating death achieves certain objectives and contemplation should be worded to realise the said objective though the wording can be different: being fearless at the moment of death such that ...
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How to do a long meditation of "death contemplation"?

I have some ideas: For half an hour chant "closer"(or "closer to death") as you focus on a clock's second hand each time it moves forward. Visualize yourself on your deathbed, I bet there are some ...
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How to do a long meditation of "death contemplation"?

Have you actually considered working with the dead? Throughout Buddhist history both monks and nuns were encouraged to work with the dead. Here is a picture of a modern day monk blessing a deceased ...
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Doing "death contemplation" on others

Whether you contemplate death of self or your immediate loved ones, if you could make sure that (when death come to you) you will face it as a disciple who have attained path-fruition and not as a lay ...
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Being at peace with mental phenomena

From personal experience: If we don't counteract we might become a hopeless victim of the developing delusion, creating an object-subject tension. But counteraction should not create opposition or ...
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Propelling the continuity of mindfulness

As meditators, our job is to be aware or knowing as much as we can through out our daily life. And like it or not, we can't live our lives without fabricating. Right now, as you read this, your ...
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How to think deeply and penetrate into its core?

How to think deeply and penetrate its core? How to think critically? Or how to gain insight? Regardless a good place to start is to attempt to know something by understanding its binary opposite. You ...
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Appreciating Nature Aesthetically

By saying “attachment isn't necessarily all bad,” you are somewhat timidly suggesting that “beauty and love are not (necessarily) forms of suffering.” The truth, of course, is that both Enlightenment ...
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Problems with Inactivity

In Vitakkasanthana Sutta, the Buddha advised: Just as a skilled carpenter or his apprentice would use a small peg to knock out, drive out, and pull out a large one; in the same way, if evil, ...
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How do I focus from the distraction of people who look attractive?

Try skeleton meditation, don't even see the their skin. Always have your X-ray eyes on, seeing the flesh, bones, and organs of everything and everyone around you and yourself at all times. Turn them ...
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How do I focus from the distraction of people who look attractive?

You might get catch-all advice for dealing with distractions but different styles of meditation deserve different solutions to distractions. Usually we can find a solution which compliments the style ...
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Doing "death contemplation" on others

Death contemplation/meditation has many reasons for existing. Some people may use death meditation to overcome sexual addictions (bodies decaying), accepting their impermanence (coming to grips with ...
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Is contemplation of death auto-suggestion?

Buddha used to send new disciples to cremation ground for few months to contemplate upon death. It does not matter what you do but make sure you have something which reminds of death. For example ...
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How do I do "contemplation of death" meditation? And is it dangerous?

West is obsessed with thoughts and thinking process. Contemplation implies thinking in West. Contemplation about death does not mean imagining death or deep thinking about it. It is a tool to see ...
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