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They are not contradictory because they are two different methods of achieving the same result, Samatha. One tells you to label certain things, one tells you not to. Pick one and follow through. How do you know which one to follow? Experiment & see the results for yourself. Better yet, ask your teacher if you have one. But don't mix them. how does one ...


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Though the links in the chain of Dependent Origination are cyclical in nature, Avijjā is the one that can be said to be the root of deception and the primal cause of the infinite repetitions of the cycle. Also, it is present in each and every link all the time. Correct. Every link includes ignorance within it. For example, the consciousness link does not ...


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When confusion persists, it's good to review basics. An understanding of dependent origination requires an understanding of contact: DN34:1.2.8: What one thing should be completely understood? DN34:1.2.9: Contact, which is accompanied by defilements and is prone to being grasped. You may be interested in DN1, which describes all the tangles involved in ...


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Wholesome means without defilements of greed, hatred & delusion; regardless of which or how many khandhas. "And what is the root of the unwholesome? Greed is a root of the unwholesome; hate is a root of the unwholesome; delusion is a root of the unwholesome. This is called the root of the unwholesome. "And what is the root of the wholesome? ...


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I just feel like I'm forcing it every time I make it to a touching point. I try to be as mindful as possible but it's hard to feel like I'm doing it correctly when I can't even make it to a touching point. feels like it's creating needless doubts. and maybe I'm just practicing incorrectly. You're experiencing disenchantment and dispassion which comes about ...


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