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What are the "defilements"?

In simple words, defilements are like little clouds that descend on the head -- and when you look around through one of them, you see everything in a different color or blurry or distorted. That's ...
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How is it possible to change habits cultivated over lifetimes

Easy. Well, easy in theory :) -- you need to get fed up! You need to get really sick and tired of your conditions, so sick that you cannot live like that anymore. You are so fed up that you are either ...
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How is it possible to change habits cultivated over lifetimes

It is not at all a simple task to reverse the habits cultivated over umpteenth lifetimes. It is next to impossible without gaining a good knowledge of the Dhamma and putting it to practice diligently. ...
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What are the "defilements"?

The term is used differently in different places in Theravada literature. In the 27th Samyutta of the Samyutta Nikaya, there are ten Suttas that talk about the kilesas, and the term is equated with ...
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Power Struggles in a Buddhist Group

The initial instinct will be to assign blame, or to approach the issue from a victim perspective. As meditators, we must know better and let go of these views. Powerful emotions can be very good ...
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How is it possible to change habits cultivated over lifetimes

If a yard has lots of weeds, just by getting rid of the weeds alone won't be effective. One will also need to overseed their yard with strong grass so that they will overwhelm the weeds and grow into ...
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Can anger be acceptable?

There is no place for anger in Buddhism for any reason. Right effort is what is required.
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Aren't ahirika and kukkucca contradictory defilements?

Ahirika is shamelessness, it's when you don't feel guilty about doing something morally wrong because in your mind your action is either not harmful or justified. Uddhacca-kukkucca is anxiety one gets ...
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How is it possible to change habits cultivated over lifetimes

Paying conscious attention to whatever you are doing now fully, whatever the activity may be. Life is happening right now, right this moment as you read. Any actions have consequences, even thoughts....
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How to get rid of hate?

There is a solution given in Buddhism for the exact matter. I think you may have heard about the meditation called "Maithree / Meththa" (Metta). There is a certain variation of that to prevent such ...
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What are the "defilements"?

You might want to bookmark the following site that gives excellent definitions for common Buddhist terms: http://www.budsas.org/ebud/bud-dict/dic_idx.htm or download the PDF of this dictionary from: ...
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How is it possible to change habits cultivated over lifetimes

The Pali Buddhist scriptures teach that present happiness & suffering of a person are not caused by actions performed in the past. Refer to AN 3.61, which states: When one falls back on what ...
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How is it possible to change habits cultivated over lifetimes

Each experience can trigger your habitual response which might be followed by and intention to act. What triggers your habitual or reflexive response is and external stimuli coming in contact with ...
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Seeking scriptural source for "all defilements temporarily suppressed when in jhana"

AN 9.36 Jhana Sutta: "'I tell you, the ending of the mental fermentations depends on the first jhana.' Thus it has been said. In reference to what was it said? There is the case where a monk, ...
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Can anger be acceptable?

Anger is unskillful and destructive. Anger gains its power from a lack of restraint--we explode at a problem and obliterate/kill it. Strong anger leads to killing. Given that the first precept is &...
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Can anger be acceptable?

All passions including anger are to be removed but until you achieve perfection don't cut too deep, don’t remove the passion against ignorance. Quoted below is from Shantideva's Bodhichryavatara / ...
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Aren't ahirika and kukkucca contradictory defilements?

According to the Buddha, shame is one of the seven treasures. A shameless person is without a method of escape from their defilement. Having a healthy sense of shame provides an escape; therefore, ...
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What is difference between sankhara and kilesa (defilement)

'Sankhara' is a very broad term. Sometimes 'sankhara' is used in an explicity unwholesome context, such as in Dhammapada 203 or SN 38.14: Sankhara (mental proliferating) is the worst suffering SN 38....
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How can we use the triple round model to understand dependent origination?

As explained in oral Mahayana tradition, the twelve Nidanas schematically describe gradual process of emerging subjective experience of the world and a sense of self. The actual process is not linear ...
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a reason for long-lasting defilements

According to AN 6.87, there is actually a list of characteristics, and such a person will never be able to have the right mental state or moral capacity to learn the Dhamma: "Endowed with these ...
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Can anger be acceptable?

It is not so that the Buddha rejected aversion at all. The path is not just an "increase of love" (e.g. greed), but to develop a lot of dislike and aversion in regard of what is akusala ("unskilful"), ...
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What is obsessive defilement?

This is exactly a common behaviour during practice. There are certain ways you could identify this These thoughts originated from a deep level of yours (chilhood/dark) Your defilment has become less ...
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Do ALL thoughts with lobha (craving), dosa (aversion) and moha (ignorance) create bad karma?

Starting from having thoughts imbued with the three poisons, one would have intentions and intentions lead to kamma by way of actions, speech and thoughts. All mental phenomena have mind as their ...
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Defilements or misperceptions that arise because of correct insight attainment

Defilements or misperceptions do not arise because of correct insight attainment. There might be some left. Maybe defiled insights, or "Gecko - Samadhi [vipassanupakkilesa]" ...To practice ...
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Seeking scriptural source for "all defilements temporarily suppressed when in jhana"

The closest that I can find so far, from the Piti Sutta (AN 5.176): [The Blessed One said:] "Excellent, Sariputta. Excellent. When a disciple of the noble ones enters & remains in seclusion &...
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Drowsiness / Sloth & Torpor

Sloth & torpor is one of five hindances to concentration therefore it appears to imply being a psychological hindrance, particularly when some (partial) samadhi & tranquility has been ...
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Drowsiness / Sloth & Torpor

Does drowsiness as a defilement only refer to a psychological state of mind? I know that emotions manifest also as physical phenomena, but how do I distinguish between physical exhaustion and ...
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Vitakkasanthana Sutta

When you watch a sad movie, you may feel sad at some points. But you won't carry the sadness with you and become depressed, would you? When you stop watching the movie, you immediately forget about it....
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What would you say about being overly optimistic or overly pessimistic about the ways of approaching the path?

Being overly optimistic creates a turbulent mind, and in this Dhamma path it is important to calm your mind. Overly optimistic may fuel this “optimism bias” and specially in meditation takes you off ...
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