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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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No insight happening

IMHO, you should stop this nonsense. Sitting and waiting for insight is not going to work. Insight meditation is not meant to be waiting. Instead, it is meant to be examination of the elements of ...
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Does the universe ever end?

There were fourteen questions to which Buddha remained silent. The universe is eternal, The universe is not eternal.. were two of them. Read the following sutta. MN 63 - Cula-Malunkyovada Sutta: The ...
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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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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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Why do i look sad, while doing things consciously?

It is difficult to be around non-meditative people when you are meditative. Dhammapada 302 states: Suffering/difficulty comes from association with unequals. When they say: "You are looking sad", ...
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What were the Buddha's meditation methods and practices during his pre-enlightenment wandering years in India?

The Buddha talks about this in MN 36: Maha-Saccaka Sutta. It's quite a long and detailed passage, in which he describes how he went to different teachers who taught him the Jhanas and starved his body ...
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Retaining courage during mediation

The fear is instinctual (due to the ego fading/dissolving/melting somewhat). This instinctual fear can only be endured with composure & with the full acknowledgment it will pass. After the mind ...
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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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No insight happening

Wellcome to the club. This a common problem for many of us. I suggest you start reading Sutta directly. Also, remember it is gradual training. You have some insight already, otherwise, you won't be ...
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Is there any meaning, which I am supposed to untangle, to things I saw during meditation?

In order to possibly determine the meaning of your thoughts, you would need to consult a psychoanalyst. What is important within the reference of a forum answering questions on Buddhism, is that these ...
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Sudden arising of disgust

The Buddha said that all suffering is caused by craving, which is also interpreted as attachment. Your meditation started out as letting go of these afflictive emotions, which you were clinging to as ...
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Sudden arising of disgust

Why is this happening? The mind could be becoming clear & attuned to what is healthy & peaceful. Inner wisdom could be functioning. Below is a quote from The Removal of Distracting Thoughts ...
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Separating meditation into vipāssana or samatha

'Samatha' means 'tranquility' while 'jhana' is a certain degree of 'mental collectedness' ('samadhi' - 'concentration'). 'Samadhi' & 'samatha' are not synonyms. For the most part, the suttas ...
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Separating meditation into vipāssana or samatha

It is said in the scriptures that depending on the type of person, that person falls into the PATH in four different ways. That happens through insight (vipassana) and tranquillity (samatha). If a ...
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Why do i look sad, while doing things consciously?

I think you have some ideas collapsed. I don't want to laugh anymore If this is actually a goal, I'd like to suggest that you may have wandered off from your true intention. Mindfulness during ...
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How can we include meditation in our daily activities or day to day life?

It simply comes down to two words… sati sampajanna. Sati is mindfulness. The Pali word for alertness is sampajañña. It doesn’t mean being choicelessly aware of the present, or comprehending the ...
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Did Buddha told anything about if we can travel to the end of the cosmos?

We know of no sutra directly bearing on the subject of time travel, although space travel to the akasha deva loka ("space world of shining ones") is frequently met with in both directions, Sakka to ...
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Illusion of continuity

What they mean, is that our experience is assembled from hints presented by the sense organs. The eyes, ears catch glimpses of what's going on, esp. as we move around - and then build a theory from ...
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Thinking during Vipassana meditation

All in all, the boundaries between thinking and not thinking are more conventional than real. The brain is a machine that is always at work doing its thing, whether we create narratives like "I'm ...
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How could the Buddha know that he had attained enlightenment when he didn't know what it was?

In the third watch of the night He had the knowledge of the exhaustion of cankers, knowing that He had eradicated all defilements and made an end of ill. The Three Supreme Knowledges of Lord Buddha ...
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How could the Buddha know that he had attained enlightenment when he didn't know what it was?

This is a great question. In Buddha's time, there were many other ascetics claimed that they have attained Nibbana. However, the definition of Nibbana was varied. Buddha realised that the elimination ...
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What causes the arising of fear that the sense of "me" will be threatened by the fruition of my practice?

The Pali suttas teach self-identity is born from craving. For example: The craving that makes for further becoming — accompanied by passion & delight, relishing now here & now there — i.e., ...
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How is the "self" able to recognize the interplay between the cognitive process and "desire"?

I found the introduction a strange way to encouraging people to go for Refuge, i.e., on the basis of a "human situation is similar to an iceberg"; since this is going to Refuge on the basis of ...
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