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How to do insight meditation as pain for the meditation object?

If you ever meditated on pain (caused by a disease, trauma etc., - in my case it was an eye infection that got me hospitalized), you must have seen that the pain is empty. In other words, pain, upon ...
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Am I missing the point?

When Buddhists say that something is "not you" they are trying to convey the idea that we should not be attached to the thing. So yes, it's fairly obvious that a thought is 'not you' in any ...
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Am I missing the point?

Unless you are enlightened, you identify with mind and body aggregates. So, you pay attention with mindfulness and you see that it's obvious that you aren't a thought. Unless you're enlightened, you ...
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Am I missing the point?

Noone actually thinks they are their thoughts. They think they are a brain having thoughts. Maybe that's true. But some as you pointed out think that "I have thoughts or thoughts are mine". ...
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Am I missing the point?

Many years ago I studied Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which is a kind of modern, scientific form of Buddhism, and which emphasizes the same thing: we are not our thoughts. At the time I found ...
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Am I missing the point?

I somewhat disagree with the premise. Since this is the Buddhism (in general) thread, I want to first reflect on the dominant strands of Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana paths; the world majority is ...
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Am I missing the point?

If I ask you to describe yourself, you may say "I am James, 35-year old Irish man and lawyer, staying in London, with my wife and dog". But that's not you. That's a mental idea, a mental ...
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Am I missing the point?

Three little comments: People through history have tried to answer, "what is the self?", and arrived at many answers -- that it's the body (or, as you say, the "brain"), the ...
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Am I missing the point?

I think the important trick is to see the process of self-making especially when we are upset, annoyed, delighted, proud, disappointed, frustrated, anguished and so on. Who is the one that is happy or ...
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Am I missing the point?

Generally, thoughts & particularly "emotions" are "you" because these thoughts & emotions arise from self-view. A mind with self-view cannot discern not-self. The ...
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