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skilled practitioners Yes. The second nidana of D.O. is commonly translated as 'volitional factors' or 'choices' The above is wrong. "Volition" is 1st mentioned at nama-rupa. There are three kinds of choices. Choices by way of body, speech, and mind. These are called choices. The Pali is kaya, vaci & citta sankhara, which are defined in MN 44 ...


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Ah, just seeing this question now and thought you might find this helpful. Can we train ourselves to be compassionate? A new study suggests the answer is yes. Cultivating compassion and kindness through meditation affects brain regions that can make a person more empathetic to other peoples’ mental states, say researchers at the University of ...


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If you are still interested, you can check this: https://www.reddit.com/r/Meditation/comments/9dx45g/can_we_please_have_a_pinned_thread_with_all_the/e5qcic6/ It's a comment with about 15 benefits of meditation with links to scientific articles that state them as far as I understand.


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The involvement of intention need not be ones own: DN33:1.11.171: Four kinds of reincarnation. There is a reincarnation where only one’s own intention is effective, not that of others. There is a reincarnation where only the intention of others is effective, not one’s own. There is a reincarnation where both one’s own and others’ intentions are effective....


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Dont pay so much attention to vocabulary and linguistic labels just do. The invitation that begins with « better not to start. once started better to finish » Is the invitation worth accepting. I urge u to follow this thing whatever it is that u are describing. Keep it up no matter how impossible it seems to be the one being in a sea of a million sentient ...


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electrical feeling current, hydraulic sensations, vibration, are a universal part of meditation phenomena whether you're practicing buddhist, hindu, christian mystic meditation. In the suttas, for example, the Buddha talks about it here in SN 54.7: http://lucid24.org/sn/sn54/index.html and here in MN 62 http://lucid24.org/mn/mn062/index.html (in more ...


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kapalbhati and hatha yoga have nothing to do with buddhism so ask the same question here https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/ or on reddit People who talk about vibrations are people who do ''insight practice'' and they say their unpleasant vibrations disappear once they stop their ''insight practice'', so stop practicing whatever you have been doing.


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Why are you practicing pranayama? Sounds like if it's disturbing your sleep, you're practicing it too intensely. Like any kind of physical exercise, it's all about how you do it. If you do it gentle and smooth, it should't disturb your sleep. Any kind of physical exercise done too intensely, you can injure yourself, raise your adrenaline, etc, and disturb ...


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The advice you received was wrong. Both asana & pranayama can harm & even ruin the natural flow of consciousness & breathing required for Buddhist meditation & dissolution of stored defilements. The Buddhist practise called “anapanasati” means remembering to let go of craving so the mind becomes quiet & naturally aware of the in & ...


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Yoga does have both physiological and psychological benefits, when practised lightly and not as an ascetic practice, however, it is not tied to the Buddhist goal of Nirvana. The Buddha also practice certain forms of it and gave up as it was not linked to the goal of Nirvana which The Buddha was searching. At certain extremities, this is counterproductive, ...


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These are fine for now, but remember, they’re just training wheels. Your big boy bike is your breath. For the purposes of samatha or “calm meditation” you are looking for an object that is subtle. For one, it requires more unification of mind to find. These will require that you move away from other distractions. Less appreciated is that the breath will ...


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Using beads for samadhi sounds weird. Anapanasati is being sensitive to cittasankara and kayasankara before killing them, no beads will ever to this for you. Generally speaking people cling to their wrong idea that some external objects will clean their citta for them, like some sound, like Om, or some things they see, or even a splash of water will wash ...


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OP: Although I'm away pain sensations can be expected, this uncomfortable feeling does feel like the wrong type of discomfort but is my only point of focus. It seems like something I shouldn't be focussing on, or maybe I am over extending when breathing, but I don't think so. That being said, my practice has eventually led to pleasant sensations and having a ...


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Thanks for the advice, I'm aware of the noting process and do note it as ',uncomfortable' or 'sharp'. It just seems that lying down or sitting, as soon as I put attention to the belly area I am more aware of an internal sensation which leads to discomfort and gurgling noises/ feelings.but as a result, is easy to concentrate on. It is not something I'd see ...


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When practicing vipassana, you simply just witness whatever sensations that are happening moment to moment. If a mental reaction arises as you focus on the belly, like a thought, an opinion or a feeling then simply note it and go back to the belly. If you can't feel anything then note whatever reality is in your attention at that moment and if it seems like ...


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Should I consult psychologist or should I go for monk-life? If you are ready to be a monk and live by the Vinaya, by all mean do. A householders life is not cut out for fasting for everyone. Even monks who are engaged in lot of activity find it difficult to fast afternoon. If you meditate for long hours fasting afternoon is not a problem, but when you get ...


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