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Can anyone explain this meditation experience pls?

I recently did a two week mindfulness retreat (with focus on Primnordial Awareness) with beautiful conditions and I was grateful to have achieved a degree of concentration, which led to a few ...
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why meditation is for 1 hour [duplicate]

Why people recommend to sit in meditation for 1 hour not 55 mins 59 mins or 61 mins .Is it something special for 60 mins ? Can I use binaural beats in headphone while meditating ?
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detachment from goals

I'm a lay follower because I am too old to become a monastic and I have familial commitments, but I see the general futility in my goals in life. In specific my career goals. I was training for years ...
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Pragmatic and objective guide books on vipassana meditation?

Similar to "The Mind Illuminated" and "Core Teachings of the Buddha". Are there any books that offer a pragmatic and objective guide on vipassana meditation, rather than a "...
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How to do insight meditation as pain for the meditation object?

I'm soon getting my wisdom teeth removed. Like always, I don't plan on using any anesthesia for the procedure - the pain is probably going to be excruciating, like always. So how can I use it as a ...
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First jhana and vipassana

In various suttas like SN 35.204 and AN 4.170, we find that both tranquility (samatha) and insight (vipassana) must be developed in most cases, in order to make progress on the path towards complete ...
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How is vitakka / vicara a "fruit" of concentration?

I have issues with the exact meaning of vitakka/vicara. I'm familiar with the stock translation "initial and sustained application of attention" and the images of vitakka and vicara being ...
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How to stop singing and humming, speaking myself?

As a layperson, I try to achieve sotapanna and do vipassana meditation for one month approximately. I like to hear song, so I leave it. But, I often sing and hum accidentally. I try to stop it but it'...
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Meditation brings no joy just calm

When I meditate I never feel any sense of happiness, bliss or joy. I I just feel calm but not so good that I want to continue for more than an hour. Am I missing something?
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Samatha meditation continuation problem / lose urge to continue

I know this is not the place for this kind of questions. But I post this anyway. I am seeking advice on Samatha meditation. Time to time, I get strong urge to do Samatha meditation.(I'm not an expert ...
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Is meditation, at least meditation done right, good for mental distress, even that brought about by madness?

Is meditation, at least meditation done right, good for mental distress, even that brought about by madness? On the one hand, some buddhist meditation teachers do focus on relaxation and mindfulness ...
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What should I do next

After I sit for about 45 minutes my mind becomes very a lot more still and there is barely any wondering thought. If there is thought I notice it very quickly and it disappears. It feels like ...
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Is mediating and thus becoming "awake" right before sleeping good?

Pretty much as the title suggests: does it harm to meditate before sleeping? For me if I meditate seriously my mind is swept over with awakeness. as a consequence when I go to sleep I remain awake for ...
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No rapture or joy

I've meditated for over ten years daily more than 2 hours a day plus I've done over a dozen long retreats. On the first couple of retreats I had quite cathartic experiences and felt a lot of joy. ...
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Where is the sign? [duplicate]

In the book Mindfulness in Plain English, Chapter 5: The Practice, by Ven. Bhante Gunaratana, he says the following: As you keep your mind focused on the rims of your nostrils, you will be able to ...
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Change our atomic habits to attain changes in our life

Atomic habits those are pour in our life and we could not focus on them and we get fall apart in life, So what are the various ways to focus on our atomic habits to make sustainable change or make our ...
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Difference between Hindu Yoga and Buddhist meditation

What are difference between the Yoga practiced in Hinduism and Meditation practiced by Buddhism? Does they differ by principles and practice, or they are same?
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What is the recommended mobile apps that assist in meditation? [duplicate]

I have been meditating for a few years now. I love the ones that deal with breathe control. I have use Headspace, calm, and balanced. All help a little but I have done trials of all three and don’t ...
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Mindfulness is interfering with my subconscious and automatic activities and slowing me down in my daily life. What to do?

I haven't even tried Mindfulness properly and I am already facing huge trouble. I tried to practice mindfulness meditation because I have very poor memory and focus in studies. I tried to be mindful ...
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Is this a mistake when meditating?

I am a beginner in meditation practice (have been meditating for about a week now). Sometimes when I meditate the following occurs: once I am able to keep focus on my breath for some time (some ...
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Buddhism and Mental Illness(Depression, Schizophrenia, Hallucinosis, etc)?

Hello, I'm a Vajrayana practitioner since 2018, Nyingma School, and have been taking medication for 3 years. What's the Buddhist point of view of Mental Illness and Hallucinations ? I'm asking this ...
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Meditation and Sleep schedule

Is it possible for a person to have sleeping disorders or problems with large durations of meditation? I know a few very big siddhas that have astonishing powers and they meditate up to 8 hours a day ...
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What is happening?

Sometimes when I meditate it feels like I completely lose all awareness of where I am and what I'm doing. Its like I blink and the hour has gone. I don't remember anything. It's like a blackout. I'm ...
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Finding the truth

I have been meditating for a month it happens because i needed to find truth and what is the real happiness.i am meditating 20 minutes(15-20) three times a day . I always thinking while meditating if ...
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Kasina meditation details

From what I can gather, kasina meditation involves staring at the kasina initially, and then attempting to generate/visaulize it as a mental image. I believe this is how the Visudhimagga describes it. ...
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Urge to open eyes

When I meditate after about 45 minutes I start to get this strong urge to finish and open my eyes. I use a timer and after a while I start to feel time dragging and wishing the bell would hurry up. I'...
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Meditation question

When I meditate after maybe 30 minutes I notice a shift and the meditation feels like suddenly not as much or no effort is required. It’s a nice calm feeling. Thoughts are almost non existent. Usually ...
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Is meditation really about right brain vs. left brain?

I kind of snuck up on the back door to meditation and mindfulness. It started with me reading "The Master and His Emissary" by Iain McGilChrist, about eight years ago while camping on the ...
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Metta Meditation

When we say the phrase may I be healthy may I be free from suffering? Isn’t that kind of not accepting where we are if we are suffering or in pain or not healthy? Can someone help me understand what ...
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Doubt regarding correct meditation technique

I have been doing meditation for around 20-30 minutes a day for 5 years. One thing I have noticed is I absorb my mind in both the awareness of my whole body (as in physical sensations such as pressure ...
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Meditation to simulate Near-death Experience

Namaste, Namo Buddhaya. I'm here in my personal pursuit to understand death and soul from various perspectives. A few days back I was reading texts on life, death, and reincarnation and got to know ...
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Stiffness in body during vipassana

I am undergoing a strange period during vipassana meditation (sn goenka guruji tradition). When I am scanning my body there is an extreme stiffness that travels almost throughout the body as my ...
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Is it good for the mind to be excited?

Meditation can bring peace to the mind. And meditation doesn't end after leaving the cushion, so the peace of mind should be brought into daily life. But I do not always want to feel peaceful, ...
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Are there any differences between living in a meditation centre vs a monastery?

With all due appreciation for all positive interventions and with apologies for a seemingly dilettantish question, does anyone have any insight on the differences as well as on the commonalities of ...
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Narcissism insights in Buddhism

I've been recently observing that I am surrounded by a lot of narcissistic people which include all kinds of relationships friends, family, coworkers and acquaintances. Having been surrounded by these ...
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“Working” meditation?

Is there a type of meditation which involves actively working or doing some task? Beyond just doing it mindfully, a type of meditation that requires you to be actively involved in some activity, and ...
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Feeling scared/ having aversion to looking at "pretty" women

I have been doing buddhist practices and trying to keep the precepts for a few months, after an intensive retreat. I have been noticing recently that I have automatically started to avoid looking at ...
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Stress and suffering felt when I touch the right frontal lobe of my forehead

I was wondering if this could be scientific or dhamma proof of the eminence of suffering coming from a physical and mental root. If you touch and rub the front right part of your forehead you can feel ...
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Different approaches to Metta Meditation

I'm interested in learning more about Metta Meditation, and wondering if there are different approaches to this style of meditation. I understand that the history of this practice is quite long, and ...
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Inferiority and being judged by other

I have been all my life judged by people, especially women including my sister and mom. I have also been rejected badly by some women or at least I made wrong judgements to feel that way. My question ...
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Anyone experiences with psychedelics and meditation? [closed]

I know that the usage of drugs are a contradiction to the teachings the Buddha gave. But I wonder whether it could be helpful to use LSD or Psylocibin to gain profound insights. I read a lot about ...
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Where to go after Meditation apps

I’ve gone through quite a few periods of meditation everyday, but usually something happens and I tend to off the rails stop for a long period to bad effects. I started learning with Headspace and ...
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length vs number of times of meditation

Is doing 10 min meditation 6 times same as doing 1 hour meditation? Or is doing 30 mins 4 times same as 2 hour meditation ?
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Heart, mind, brain domination

What is effect of heart on mind in reality? Is it the effect due to coziness felt across the walls of heart (similar to the one felt by a child sitting in the parent's lap) leading to the change in ...
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Who is the artist that painted the '9 Stages of Samatha Meditation' painting?

The following Tibetan Buddhist (thangka) painting is a visual representation of the 9 Stages (~11 stages) of Samatha meditation. Who painted it?
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Is there any buddhist meditation technique to connect to Nature?

There is a theory that our planet might actually be alive. The sun, moon, atmospheric cycles, geological plates, etc constitute the life of our planet. Or for that matter the Universe actually might ...
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How to get away from the desire to become a Buddhist Teacher or some influencer followed by many?

My mind creates this desire or a dream that I will get enlightened and become some sort of Guru who teaches Buddhism to many, I will become someone like Bodhidharma or Milarepa etc. I want some ...
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Find the motivation to meditate

I know that when I meditate I become very efficient and quick in my work. Do you have any tips for motivating yourself to meditate during the day? I had thought about putting an alarm on my cell phone ...
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Will aiming for emptiness instead of awareness of breath help attaining meditative absorption states?

I am finding it difficult to focus on the incoming-outgoing breath. Whenever I become mindful of my breath, the Mind kicks in. I cannot even focus for 5-10 breaths, the mind activates. Giving the mind ...
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Can open monitoring meditation lead to states of Jhana?

I have read about the states of Jhana through Focused Attention Meditation by focusing on breath in Ajahn Brahm's book Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond. But I find it extremely difficult to focus my ...
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