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After months of daily meditation I can't concentrate

There are several things I would advise: Start with your body. Change your attention from "life" to feelings in your body: tensions, emotions, energies etc. Reconnect with the parts you've not been ...
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How to 'Let Go' in Meditation?

Great question, you hit the nail on the head with this question. The goal of Buddhist path is liberation of mind. Liberation of mind is cessation of grasping and attachment. Cessation of grasping and ...
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Types of Concentration?

It might be difficult for readers to understand exactly what you're experiencing in your meditation. You learn techniques of meditation to get you started on a path, but eventually that path must be ...
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How much should i try while meditating?

I recalled a dharma talk by Ajahn Thanissaro Bhikku on Youtube. In it he compared mindfulness and meditation to a skill. And like anything else in life you need to practice to become good at that ...
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jhānas, Zen, and how to practice concentration meditation

Ajahn Brahm wrote a book about jhana called 'Mindfulness, Bliss & Beyond'. It is 291 pages long. The first 65 pages are at this link. The method in this book emphasizes 'letting go' & is thus ...
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What am I doing wrong?

I think you did a really good job of breaking down your doubts into individual points. 1) Everywhere I keep reading stuff of the kind "Observe your thoughts without judgment". What does that ...
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How do I focus from the distraction of people who look attractive?

Since you are philosophical, ponder: "What is beauty? Why does it exist? What is its purpose?" In Buddhism, five questions are always asked about a thing: (1) How does the thing arise (samudaya)? ...
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Sexual Ethics in Buddhism

Why is lust seen as being unskillful? Your question goes directly to MN1, which is a difficult sutta: relishing is the root of suffering. Briefly, the delusion of lust assumes that one can ...
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During meditation how do I focus

To focus, you remember to keep the mind on the meditation object (breathing) &, when the mind strays, just bring it back to the object. When the mind strays, it is not "you" that is ...
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What to do when a thought comes up while meditating

The thing I've learned from meditation so far: Don't try to be clever, just follow the instructions! Anapanasati (meditation on the breath) works just the way it should be. It was highly recommended ...
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What to do when a thought comes up while meditating

It is important to understand what is meant by 'right view' (samma ditti) which covers the origination of thoughts, the causal arising of thoughts, and the non-self nature of thoughts and the entire ...
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How do I focus from the distraction of people who look attractive?

You thinking seems to be tainted by Vipallasa what is impermanent is taken to be permanent; what is painful is taken to be pleasurable; what is not self is taken to be a (or ...
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What meditation is best to learn to "control" your mind?

Any thoughts, including negative thoughts, are triggered by some stimuli, and have a sensation associated with it. The best would be to deal with them as per in the Suttas. Suttas like: "Dhātu ...
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What meditation is best to learn to "control" your mind?

To say “to control the mind” sounds a bit too aggressive. Mind is a delicate thing, and not easy to tame. Taming it is like catching a fish with bare hands. Compare it to a Fish in a river are ...
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What meditation is best to learn to "control" your mind?

That's a nice question. My first thought if I may mention it is that "controlling the mind" might be an odd question. I think that the mind is a sense-organ (for ideas and feelings and so on), like ...
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Sati-Sampajañña (Mindfulness)

This is through maintaining Sati, Samadhi and Sampajanna it self. 1st one should keep your mindfulness in the 4 Frames of Reference. You should have Sampajanna in the following way: purpose (...
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Anicca (when and how?)

The Buddha put high emphasize on Anicca and thus it shouldn't be dismissed. The Buddha put an emphasis on many dhammas. The Buddha did not actually teach to constantly remind oneself of anicca ...
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After months of daily meditation I can't concentrate

First of all, keep in mind that lay life is not conducive for high proficiency in concentration, so, be patient with yourself. Inability in concentration means that the mind is under influence of ...
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Is it possible to attain wrong mindfulness and wrong concentration?

Is it possible to achieve wrong mindfulness and wrong concentration? Of course they all can be developed to a "zen" level of wrong practice if the intention is unwholesome. An expert sniper can stay ...
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Types of Concentration?

This exact topic is the central topic of the book I can't recommend enough: "The relaxed mind. A seven-step method for deepening meditation practice." - by Dza Kilung Rinpoche I started ...
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What is the best distance for kasina meditation between person and object?

You're using a word that is troubling me - namely "science". A lot of modern people are drawn to Buddhism because, at least at the beginning, it seems that the Buddha is offering an ...
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Is Jhana Required For Awakening?

Upacara&Appana Jhana are required for TanhaCarita according to Netti, Kayagatasatisutta's &Mahasatipatthanasutta's structure, Visuddhimagga DitthivisuddhiNiddesa. Netti (my english is ...
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Is Jhana Required For Awakening?

From SN 55.5: “Sir, the factors of stream-entry are associating with good people, listening to the true teaching, proper attention, and practicing in line with the teaching.” “Sappurisasaṃsevo hi, ...
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jhānas, Zen, and how to practice concentration meditation

There are some great ressources around, some I frequently relay on are: The Buddha Net file Library on Zen, Chan The Buddha Net e-book Library on Meditation Zen Buddhism WWW Virtual Library But my ...
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During meditation how do I focus

What is the best way to focus? Initially bring your mind to the object. Now note (without any verbalization or visualisation) any sensations anything you feel about the object. This can be a ...
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