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Unpleasant side effects of meditation

My local Buddhist temple's resident teacher Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo has this beautiful metaphor of the "poop soup", highly relevant to yours (and the rest of ours) situation. In this metaphor ...
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Can Buddhism help me find my passion?

The "passion" you talk about sounds like a craving for something which you haven't defined. Your question seems to be asking, "I crave something (I crave something to feel passionate about), but I don'...
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Unpleasant side effects of meditation

A couple of days is not enough time for your 10 minute meditation to have resulted in any change in your mood, feelings, or anything else. Were those panic attacks accompanied by difficulty breathing? ...
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What are the broad categories of the different types of meditation?

THE BROADER CATEGORIES ARE MENTIONED WITHIN SOME OF THE TYPES OF MEDITATIONS LISTED BELOW, and ALSO IS LISTED HERE: Reflective meditation There are a series of meditations that can put you in the ...
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Reasons against practicing insight meditation as a main (sitting) practice for medical or other recondite-subject majoring students?

I did my first longer vipassana retreat while I was a postdoc researcher (applied math and numerics), and did many more since then. I found it beneficial to have days/weeks dedicated for intense ...
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How to cultivate sexual energy with Meditation?

Mr/ Mrs Jyo Soudagar - Ajay should not cultivate it, if he/she meditates, but should abandon it, when ever such comes along. Listen to or read, Mr/Mrs Jyo Soudagar - Ajay, what was said in the ...
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Why is my head going all Poltergeist on me

The experience you describe is not a common experience but meditators do get very uncommon experiences due to sudden outburst of past Karma / Snakhara. When you have stopped creating new Karma though ...
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Unpleasant side effects of meditation

Kimattha Sutta explains the purpose of skillful virtues or sila, and shows its effects on the mind and on meditation. When you have problems with meditation, it's a sign that you should take a step ...
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Inauthentic Compassion and Friendship

One should associate with true friends and disassociate with false friends. One should associate with those are: (1) He is pleasant [loving]. piyo ca hoti (2) He is agreeable. manāpo ca (...
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Is there a 'dead zone' in meditation effort?

Yes, it has been pointed out in texts: During the K'ai Yuan era (713-741) an ascetic Mazu was dwelling in the Ch'uan Fa Temple. All day he sat meditating. Zen Master Huairang knew that he was a ...
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Why is focusing on the breath more difficult than focusing on Mantras, and how important is it before vipassana?

When reciting a mantra you have vitakka and vicāra which helps you get close to the 1st Jhana. But this is also accumulation of Fabrications (more particularly Verbal Fabrications) which should be ...
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Are there meditation practices that improve logical problem solving skills?

I've heard that when you sleep on a problem, you're mind thinks of a solution during the rest. That's kind of how meditation works, a sort of self-induced slumber (though its important not to fall ...
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Is it possible to use meditation to gain Self control?

Self control of gained through mastery over the mind, i.e., developing Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration in the Noble Eightfold Path. The lack of mastery over the mind would ...
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Is it possible to use meditation to gain Self control?

No. Don't expect anything from meditation. The moment you start expecting some results like self control or universe control, you're lost. You will keep thinking of result that you desire (that is ...
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My thinking mind as subject of my meditation stops my thinking

Mindfulness of mind is one of the four Satipathanna, that is, foundations of mindfulness. This is the basis of meditation that the Buddha taught. Generally speaking, as far as I know, meditation based ...
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How to be meditative and involved at work?

This is why the book Flow needs to be burned. I'm going to let you in on a little secret - those periods where you are mindful and engaged? You are actually moving faster than you think. Possibly ...
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Distinguishing Between Past Lives and The Active Imagination

According to the sutta below, one has to have a bright, spotless, rid of taints, pliable, steady and imperturbable mind immersed in concentration that can be directed towards the recollection of past ...
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