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The object of meditation

In the meditation taught in the original Buddhist scriptures, the mind stays with the breath & free from thought. In the original Buddhist scriptures, there is no 'shift' when vipassana is ...
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More self control - Beginners

One starts by seeing with insight how the old habits are disadvantageous, unsatisfactory (incapable of bring lasting hapiness), dangerous, harmful &/or promote suffering. One starts by seeing ...
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The object of meditation

The focus of this meditation is breath. Keep coming back to that. I recommend you seek out some in-person meditation instruction - it will really help your meditation.
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Normal Deep Breathing vs Buddhism Basic Meditation

Difference is one doesn't "force" his breathing in meditation to be long or short, deep or shallow. One's just "aware" of their in and out breaths. If it's a long one, s/he's aware ...
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To what extent can Ānāpānasati be related to Vipassanā?

Anapanasati is divided into 4 tetrads which correspond to the 4 Satipatthana hence the pratice of Anapanasati is actually a forms of Satipatthana / Vipassana. A thorough introduction to Anapanasati ...
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What other suttas instruct how to do Anapanasati, apart from the Anapanasati Sutta?

MN62 Maha-Rahulovada Sutta is one of them. "[1] Breathing in long, he discerns, 'I am breathing in long'; or breathing out long, he discerns, 'I am breathing out long.' [2] Or breathing in ...
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Beginner Buddhist Breathing?

In my opinion (and there are definitely different schools of thought here), the significance of this practice derives from the fact that breathing is the most direct connection between our normal ...
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Faintness of Object of Meditation

As far as I've been taught (specifically by Richard Shankman), it's fine to pick a place where the breath is strongest for you (for example the rise and fall of the chest), rather than one proscribed ...
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In the Anapanasati Sutta what is meant by 'sensitive to rapture/bliss'?

Towards the later stages of the meditation you come to a stage where you are fully concentrated on the breath. Your concentration is very high. Rapturous joy, calm, and peace of mind are incredible ...
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Body feels like crying

Welcome to the site. There are (many) people on this site who have practised meditation themselves, but perhaps there's no-one who is very experienced as a teacher of meditation? It seems to me that ...
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More self control - Beginners

The short answer is BE WISE. BE PURE IN DEED, SPEECH AND THOUGHT. The wise are controlled in deed, they are controlled in speech, they are controlled in thought. Only if you could stay heedful, would ...
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Meditation - how to breathe naturally?

I bicycle regularly so maybe I'm good at breathing (get a good amount of oxygen from each breath). If I sit at rest I seem to need about 4 breaths per minutes. Apparently that's abnormal (maybe even ...
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Observing the breath vs Pranayama

Calm down the mind - breath is indicator of mind state. https://plumvillage.org/sutra/discourse-on-the-full-awareness-of-breathing/ ‘Breathing in a long breath, I know I am breathing in a long ...
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How to differentiate between natural vs artificial breathing pattern during meditation?

If your aim is vipassana then what forced the breath? If the breath is forced or not forced that is what is and can just be witnessed mindfuly as it happens. If the breath was seemingly controlled by ...
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When I focus on my breath, it becomes shallow

Doesn’t matter if your breath is deep or shallow. Just let it do what it wants to do. If you force it, you are introducing volition. All that’s going to do is lead to tension and doubt. Just let ...
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Body feels like crying

You can start with a smile, when you wake up in the morning each day, be grateful that you are alive and just think to yourself "I will make this a joyful and pleasant day". Start today. And ...
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How does one calm one's bodily fabrications?

Friend Suminda, The bodily fabrication, i.e. the in & out breath, is said to calm considerably as one progresses through the first 3 steps mentioned in the Anapanasati Sutta, and it does. The ...
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What is meditation and are we dulling the mind through what is considered formal meditation?

It sounds like a result of the process of suppressing the mind. You don't want to do that. Just accept everything as it is. My approach is more to do with the reversal of the roles of the thinking ...
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Unnecessarily Complicated Analysis of Anapanasati

calm bodily fabrications Calm the bodily fabrications is to calm the breath. This is not by controlling it but having the intention but not the action to calm the breath. In many cases you don't need ...
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To what extent can Ānāpānasati be related to Vipassanā?

In this post I will touch on one aspect of the Vipassana side to Anapanasati meditation - Contemplation of Mind Objects. Contemplating on Impermanence, He Trains (as part of Anapanasati Meditation) “...
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Non-attachment as object of meditation

I think all these descriptions - meditation on non-attachment, meditation with no goal, "just sitting", Diamond Samadhi etc. all refer to the type of meditation where your goal is to learn to be at ...
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Meditation - how to breathe naturally?

When I started meditation it was also a major problem for me. Just as you described, when you are unconsiously controlling your breath while trying not to, you either breath too much or too little. ...
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Meditation - how to breathe naturally?

Even trying not to control is a form of control. Trying not to control the breath is just further control of the breath. The best thing to do is to just accept the breath as it is even when it ...
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In breathing mindfulness ,why only long and short breaths are taken into consideration?

If the mind has right mindfulness (which is a quiet mind due to keeping the mind free from craving), it will naturally & automatically become aware of the breathing. This being aware of the ...
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