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What do you wish you knew when you started down the path of buddhism?

I am a Tibetan Buddhist, and have been for about 50 years. I don't really know if I can help with that question - but maybe so. Here are some things that might of use to a beginner. Learn to develop ...
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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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Which is the best posture to Practice meditation?

Bhikkhus, the bhikkhu following the practice of my Teaching, having gone to the forest, or to the foot of a tree or to an empty, solitary place, sits down cross-legged, keeping his body erect, and ...
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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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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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Is Mr. S. N. Goenka's Vipassana Meditation a Buddhist tradition?

Goenka tradition seems to be most close to meditation instruction sourced directly from the Suttas. A course is divided into parts: Anapana - cultivation of Samadhis (1/3 of the length of the course)...
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Time and Frequency of Meditation

Some puthujjanas manage to think that they will progress by spending 20 minutes per day watching the thoughts and suppressing thoughts of harm and lust, then spending the rest of the day allowing bad ...
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Deload weeks for meditation

Tibetan lineage teachers usually say, meditation should be like spending time with a best friend. You meet joyfully, you spend time effortlessly, and you separate easily, knowing you can't lose each ...
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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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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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Over expectations and overconfidence

You are not alone on this… @Ashwin Kumar. You have good company. When you stop and think about it, that’s what a lot of people do in this world. They do something because they think it makes them ...
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How to emotionally cut free from an individual?

The problem described here is all within the mind of your friend. The Sigalovada Sutta explains, in our lives, we will encounter 'true friends' & 'false friends'. The Sigalovada Sutta describes in ...
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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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How exactly i can access my Astral body in meditation?

It is important to say that their is no meaning to aim for developing Siddhi. Doing so demonstrate that you are on the wrong way and therefore it will take much more time to reach them. Siddhi are ...
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Am I approaching samadhi properly?

Yes, concentrate on the sensation of the breath and nothing else. This will develop samadhi & but also vipassana because the breath is impermanent. While samadhi is developed, seeing clearly ...
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Observing fever and Not taking medicine?

Kucchivikara-vatthu includes, A sick person endowed with five qualities is hard to tend to: he does what is not amenable to his cure; he does not know the proper amount in things amenable to his cure;...
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How can we choose more congenial Kammattana?

You will need trial and error but generally based on the personality types. The Pali commentaries further provide guidelines for suggesting meditation subjects based on one's general temperament: ...
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Is my Meditation Practice Too Busy?

The reflections you are doing are both excellent & necessary however they are the development of right view and not the development of right concentration. The development of concentration is ...
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Will an electronic gadget designed on reward/punishment mechanism of brain help improve meditation?

First only puthujjanas who are materialists care about the brain. Second, the word mindful for sati or satipatthana is really used by people lacking vocabulary. Same situation for the word mind, but ...
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Time and Frequency of Meditation

If you meditate really many hours a day(example: 8 hours) then duration matters. These long meditations are really beneficial and they forces the meditators to meditate correctly otherwise negative ...
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Can One Evaluate the Effects of Meditation?

Meditation is like a knife. Every use it wares out but you only notice it one fine day. So you are making progress which you do not notice until some later date.
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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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Controlling earworms during meditation

This is part of a much more fundamental problem that may take a serious practitioner years if not decades to resolve: stopping the Inner Dialog aka inner monolog aka inner gossip. Inner Dialog is a ...
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Benefits of sleeping in a sitting posture

The practice of sleeping in a sitting posture can be explained as one of the 13 Dhutanga. Sitter's Practice (nesajjik'anga) — living in the three postures of walking, standing and sitting and ...
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