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Eyes in Meditation Practice

The guidance I got from one teacher, of Tibetan Nyingma school, is to let the eyes relax. In detail, this includes: keep them open but not stare-open - don't strain to keep them half-closed either, ...
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Why focus below your bellybutton in meditation?

Many types of meditation focus on the breath entering and leaving the body or moving through the body as a main object of meditation. In the tradition of meditation which I practice, (Mahasi Sayadaw ...
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I need to know the names of the angels and their actions in Buddhism

There is no matching concept for the Abrahamic angelic doctrine, because the existence of god(s) is quite irrelevant to the goal of Buddhism: enlightenment, which can only be gained through personal ...
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In visualisation meditations, I don’t know “where” to look

This is more like a general comment than an on-point answer... You know why you're having this problem? Because visualization is a kind of fabrication. You're creating the experience, assembling it ...
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During insight meditation, what does the meditator note in-between the rising and falling of the abdomen?

If you find yourself noticing the gap between the breath, then you are no longer focussed on the breath, which is fine, but you should then note "knowing, knowing" or "noticing, noticing". Some also ...
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How is body language linked with meditation success?

Thich Nhat Hahn is the only one I have read who attributes a significance to smiling. It may have to do with the challenging times he has had to endure. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marianne-schnall/...
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What are the physiological effects of mindfulness based meditation?

This is a bit technical, but shows the positive effects from meditating in some key hormones we produce related to health and stress. I was discussing it with my girlfriend (she is endocrinologist and ...
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Why are some bodily fluids missing from the "Thirty Two Parts of the Body" teaching?

You could probably contemplate on it as blood. Women entered the Sangha somewhat later. So I would presume this meditation was taught to monks before that happened. You might have also noticed that ...
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Exercise for meditation sitting

Sorry for being something of a jerk , man. I just had one of those days :p so to actually answer your question, it does depend on which tradition we're talking about. I know some (all?) traditions ...
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How is body language linked with meditation success?

A person who is advanced towards realization of emptiness will typically display a calm, peaceful, and blissful demeanor, even during trying circumstances. I would say that smiling is a natural part ...
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Why are some bodily fluids missing from the "Thirty Two Parts of the Body" teaching?

IMHO, - Upaya (skilful means) - the purpose of the Buddha's teaching is liken to a raft to take us across the ocean of samsara to the island of exquisite bliss. Hence 32 parts of the body is adequate ...
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How I can purify my physical body?

Also I masterbate a lot which is the cause of my weak and ugly body. I don't even have the strength to exercise the way I want. I think you've already identified the crux of the matter. You've been ...
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Taking care of perineum

If this is the case: you can use a stool / chair or stadium seat you can use orthopaedic cushions to added comfort if sitting is a problem you can use another poster like lying down (don't use a cosy ...
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What is the Buddhist perspective on body language?

There are many examples in Buddha's life how others were inspired by his appearance. King Bimbisara was tempted to offer him a palace seeing his stature on the first encounter (this was before his ...
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Why are some bodily fluids missing from the "Thirty Two Parts of the Body" teaching?

Do we know why they are missing? I don't. Could it be because semen is not being produced/created? Are other body parts missing? It's a good list. For completeness, there is also cartilage (e.g. ...
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meditation on the heartbeat

You can use it if it serves you the purpose of one-pointedness attention. But you should remember the benefits of using the breath as your point of attention. The breath is both a concious and ...
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Being "Present" with the help of body sensations then how to proceed?

I'm trying to being present with the help of body sensations. When you are with a sense input you are always in the present moment. The way to be in the present moment or bring your attention to the ...
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Being "Present" with the help of body sensations then how to proceed?

One thing you might not realize about being present is that it means standing in the river as the water goes by... meaning you can't cling to any one phenomenon or even type of phenomenon. You have to ...
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Being "Present" with the help of body sensations then how to proceed?

This essay on A Guided Meditation by Thanissaro Bhikku can help you. I include a quote here: If your mind wanders off, gently bring it right back. If it wanders off ten times, a hundred times, ...
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What is the name in Pāli and Sanskrit for the ‘body scanning’ meditation technique?

Kayagata-sati Sutta. Buddha was explicit that breathing is part of the body, so anapanasati is a sub-set of body scanning.
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What to expect from meditation?

In meditation you get experience Pīti, Sukha, Passaddhi which can be intense, pleasant and stubtle. If you dwell on these too much you get attached to them and crave to them, causing regression in ...
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What to expect from meditation?

In meditation, you can consider these three: Mental factors that you cultivate, a bit like a sportsman. For instance, mindfulness, alertness and concentration. Experiences of yours (that are also ...
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Conscious Attention for Inner transformation during daily activities

Mindfulness should be from awakening to falling asleep, i.e., throughout the day. Formal practice time is just a booster and practice to keep your mindfulness thought out the day.
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During body-scan ('sweeping') meditation, what does brain-imaging (e.g. fMRI) look like?

Disclaimer: I'm not a brain expert or brain-imaging expert or neuroscientist. In this YouTube video at around 15 minutes, you can find Dr. Zindel Segal presenting fMRI scans on depression patients ...
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Dhamma by pictures, teaching with sgins, gestures and emos, a usual?

Although I hope I understand a lot of what you write, I don't understand everything; but I understand it more easily when you write in English (text) than when you write phrases or equations using ...
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Severe sensations in throat during Vipassana

I haven't had the "throat" experience, but it's not uncommon to have long or recurring periods of some kind of weird painful or uncomfortable physical/somatic sensation. Teachers that I know of link ...
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What is known/taught about yawning during meditation?

There are a whole host of phenomenon that happen at the early stages of meditation. Some others you might experience are a feeling that your face is swelling, that your sinuses are filled with cotton,...
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