The main focus of this question is on "understanding reality", which is the domain of science. So, the first question is whether Buddhist insight meditation practice even qualifies as a science (i.e. a means of understanding reality).
Science (from Latin scientia, meaning "knowledge") is a systematic enterprise that ...
Sangaravo Sutta: Sangarava -- The Hindrances (SN 46.55) says that.
It says that ...
he cannot know or see, as it really is, what is to his own profit, nor can he know and see what is to the profit of others, or of both himself and others
... when overwhelmed and possessed by hindrances including ...
Through the practice of insight hate is reduced, craving is reduced and the 4 Brahma Viharas develops as a result of those reduction, i.e Metta(loving kindness), Karuna (compassion), Mudita (joy in the joy of others) and Upekkha ( Equnamity).
Now the far enemies of the 4 Brahma Viharas are:
Metta - ill-will
Karuna - cruelty
Mudita - Envy
Upekkha - Craving/...
What you are saying, about seeing things as they are, is not very accurate. You're not supposed to passively accept your negative mind states, neuroses, pathological emotions, traditionally known as "evil, unskillful qualities of the mind". Otherwise, why would it be called the path of liberation, if it did not lead to abandonment of the above bad qualities ...
You have to confront the sensation / feeling while trying to be equanimous. When sad and you develop aversion towards the sad feeling you become sadder. If you become equanimous it will linger for a while and pass away.
Avoiding a sensation you are not solving the problem.
(1) the latent tendency to lust reinforced by being attached to pleasant feelings;
I'm going to add a pragmatic answer, because while I think many of the other answers touched on this problem correctly, I don't find some of the explanations completely clear.
In the most basic terms 'karma' is the idea that every action you make has a reaction. If you do something, something else will happen in response. There is nothing supernatural about ...
Bhanga-ñāṇa or "knowledge of dissolution" is the first major direct (nonconceptual) experience of Emptiness. Although every practitioner's experience is unique, there are some common themes that can help one recognize the milestones as they are passed. Here is one description of bhanga-ñāṇa by Patrick Kearney of buddhanet.net, a dharma teacher in the lineage ...
Yes, of course.
After reciting the Pātimokkha, it seems,
on the Uposatha day of the full moon, one of the two elders who were brothers
went to his own dwelling place surrounded by the Community of Bhikkhus.
he stood on the walk looking at the moonlight, he calculated his own vital
formations and he said to the Community of Bhikkhus, “In ...
Very good question.
Some of it is your parents' karma, some is tribal/group karma, some is previous lives karma and then from that, like a branch off of another branch off of trunk, grows your personal karma in this life. So old karma sets the overall direction for new karma, but you can still turn your "twig" in a different direction if you decide.
How do ...
Is it possible to know if you have bad or good karma?
A lot of things have happened to me in life that is very negative.
This is normal.
I believe partially it is my own fault because the way I am
It will be your fault when you perform certain actions rather than because of how you are. The phrase "the way I am" has no relevance in Buddhism. ...
What is the connection between time and impermanence ? Are they different terms for the same thing ?
The two are very different concepts. Time can be thought of as the conceptualization of experience as a sequence of events. First this happens then this. Past, present, and future. Impermanence is a separate concept describing the fleeting nature of ...
1 When our ignorance is removed, our suffering ends.
2 When our suffering ends, the true nature of things is known.
3 When the true nature of things is known, the true nature of beings is known.
4 When the true nature of beings is known, the cause of suffering in beings is known.
5 When the cause of suffering in beings is known, the strive of beings to ...
I'm not sure if this is insight
Insight has many levels. This is very good for starters. As you progress you should be able to see this even to more finer granularity as kalapa.
If anything it helps me to appreciate the amazing miracle of life that we can just either blindly go through or notice what is actually happening and how miraculous it is.
Insight such as this will come and go.
The advice I am given over and over is: stick to the practice, and don't attach to experience.
Insight will refine and change with time.
It can be a trap since eventually one might experience something which will be interpreted
as "loss of insight" and that can cause much unnecessary personal pain.
Detachment here ...
Yes, there is. There is a difference between compassion cultivated through the Brammaviharas and compassion cultivated through Vipassana.
With the Brammaviharas, one can be as compassionate to the maximum, but that does not mean one has gotten rid of ignorance. Those beings in the Brahma worlds do not generate any hateful thoughts. They have perfected the ...
OP: Nothing is satisfying. Everything feels shallow, meaningless. There is no joy in eating, ...
The whole sphere of experiances are either pleasant, unpleasant or neutral and all such experiences are unsatisfactory
pleasant feeling is pleasant when it persists, painful when it changes;
painful feeling is painful when it persists, pleasant when it ...
If you have a child then when your child is happy you are automatically happy, and that happiness you experience is 100% without holding back, that is because your love and compassion for your child is unconditional. The same type of happy feeling you must get if your thoughts are pure towards others happiness. Jealousy is the reason why you cannot feel ...
Just to add to ChrisW's point on the SN 46.55 sutta. The jhanas are implied in that sutta for thru the jhanas, their 5 Jhana Factors are the key antidotes to the abandonement of the Five Hindrances:
One-pointedness/ekaggata counter greed
Joy/pity counter anger
Applied thought/vitakka counter sloth/torpor
Happiness/sukha counter restlessness
This is 7 purification and 16 stages of insight. See:
The Progress of Insight
Transcendental Dependent Arising
7 Stages of Purification & The Insight Knowledges
A Map of the Journey (Very readable book)
The Development of Insight
The Sixteen Stages of Insight
NB: Don't get too engrossed in the stages. Many of the naturally manifest them ...
When you begin to see the interdependence and interconnectedness of all beings through meditation you will also begin to see that we all suffer. Naturally you do not want to suffer yourself, and see that others are suffering too, this begins to arise some compassion for 'their' sufferings... that's all.
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It is insight, but need to be polished with Sammä Ditti. That is, always maintain that what you observe as such is, anicca (impermanent), dukkha (sorrowful, suffering) and anatta (cannot thus be considered "me", "mine" or "my soul"). Then extend that wisdom to contemplating thus, that they are all reflect The Four Noble Truths (first three) and can be ...
The purpose of acceptance is change.
But often, this is a question of degree.
Negative emotions can be of a greater degree that accepting them can make things worse.
However, there is also a lesser degree when accepting negative emotions will cause the negative emotion to dissolve.
Ultimately, the five hindrances are overcome by being aware of them in ...
The intention (volition or "cetana" in Pali) becomes your kamma as Buddha said in the Nibbedhika Sutta: Penetrative
"Intention, I tell you, is kamma. Intending, one does kamma by way of body, speech, & intellect."
You can apply this to your own life – your past, present & future. For instance you will see inequality in comparing yourself with ...
Insight is causality (4 Noble Truths, Dependent Origination and Conditional Relations) at the experiential level. Another insight what comes before this is that of the universal characteristics.
When your mind is not tainted by perversions (Vipallasa), i.e., your mind is in touch with the universal characteristics. Then you see clearly, i.e., see things as ...
Actually there are 4 ways and they are all valid Theravada techniques. Problem occurs when misinformed people start saying only one of these techniques is correct.
Insight preceded by tranquility
Tranquility preceded by insight
Tranquility in tandem with insight
by settling the mind with regard to the Dhamma.
Read the Yuganandha Sutta for more details
The Buddhist practice revolves around 3 practices:
development of morality and ethics with a view to developing control over the mind
development of control over the mind with a view of developing wisdom through direct and empirical experience
developing wisdom through direct and empirical experience
There is no shame in doing any of the above. Regardless ...