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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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It's not a waste of time. The Buddha, prior to his enlightenment, recalled entering and abiding in the first jhana as a little boy in his father's garden, under a rose-apple tree. The memory of that, inspired him many years later. No good practice is wasted. From MN 36: “I considered: ‘I recall that when my father the Sakyan was occupied, while I was ...


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Did is did, 10 days or years is did. Karma was complete and waiting for giving resultant. Its' resultant is going to be finish in some day certainly because it's karma is finished. Doing is doing, karma is collecting and waiting for giving resultant. Its' resultant is going on because it is doing karma, not just "did". Both, did and doing, are ...


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Summarised in a phrase of this generation - "If you don't use it you lose it." In terms of this situation, 10 days of intense meditation will be beneficial for setting up a foundation for sporadic use in the future. When it comes to yourself, it would have to be in line with your cultivation goals, usage and path. Put it into the perspective of ...


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Anything we strive to attain in life takes practice. Mastery signifies being able to perform not only in ideal circumstances, but amidst the chaos of everyday life. Ironically, one can become attached to the feeling of being (or striving to be) detached. This can become a serious obstacle if we start dividing practice opportunities into preferences. How do ...


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Your situation is not unusual and you are not alone. In the terms of this meditation, it is an advanced technique which requires a wealth of self-understanding. Intentions are the motions, strings of the mind; emotions, of the heart and actions are of the body. When we mix them, the tangle becomes exceptional and control is lost entirely. Seperate and ...


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The 'element' or 'essence' of fire expresses the release of potential energy to the 'accumulating', or grounding in case of electricity, earth element. Water is the essence of 'movement' itself and air represents the repercussive actions of an action (in the case of lightning it would be thunder). If you were to use the example of entire circuit it would be ...


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MN28 discusses the four elements. Electricity would be a manifestation of the fire element. The electricity of your nervous system would be interior fire element. MN28:16.1: And what is the fire element? The fire element may be interior or exterior. And what is the interior fire element? Anything that’s fire, fiery, and appropriated that’s internal, ...


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When it comes to breathing, think of it as a cyclic biorhythm more than just vacuum imposed gaseous exchange. If you chart the resting breath it would look something like cos or sin on a graph... Along with your breath there are various other biorhythms in a state of harmony and as such the functions of the body run by the background processors of the mind. ...


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Each individual has their own understanding, their own Dharma and therefore their own foundations. Following the precepts of the Noble Path will guide you and your intuition will inform what is relevant for your Dharma. A few possible suggestions that I have found useful: Connecting your intentions to your actions (does your internal commentary match your ...


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There are five opportunties for spiritual freedom: AN5.26:1.1: “Mendicants, there are these five opportunities for freedom. If a mendicant stays diligent, keen, and resolute at these times, their mind is freed, their defilements are ended, and they arrive at the supreme sanctuary. AN5.26:2.1: What five? Firstly, the Teacher or a respected spiritual ...


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I have been practicing different kinds of meditation for a year and more. But I don't know where am I and what is my next step. what should I do ? You could find a teacher within a tradition that seems agreeable to you. A teacher can guide you on the path. It's like walking through the woods. The teacher has walked the path or part of it and can guide the ...


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This answer is based on Theravada Buddhism. Before doing anything else, you should get at least a basic understanding of Buddhism. The following reading material can help you with that: ATI's A Path to Freedom: A Self-guided Tour of the Buddha's Teachings. The book "What the Buddha Taught" by Ven. Walpola Rahula. You can find the PDF version here. ...


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This game plays in an alternative war-ridden future. I don't recall the Sutta mentioning it, but if I remember correctly Buddha fortold his teachings to be watered down and eventually fade away before the awakening of the next Buddha. Even in our present many of the things I have seen in Buddhist temples in Japan are mere superstition in my eyes. I think in ...


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The thing that stuck out the most, for me, was the meditations talking about a "soul", as a given. Generally, "soul" tends to be roughly synonymous to something that Buddhists refer to as atman, and that they reject (via anatta/anatman, i.e. no-self). Thus, the game makes it seem like the bhikkhu accepts something that Buddhists actually ...


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Buddhism does not have meditations on the Spirit of Water, Spirit of Air and Spirit of Fire. Real Buddhist monks do not accept money for teachings. The teachings of Cyberpunk 2077's Zen Master appear to be New Age.


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He is wearing sunglasses and a red robe. It's really funny to me. The meditations are not buddhist (souls, gods of elements, ...). But the dialogs are similar to buddhism and what awakened people say. It makes sense to me that he is called "zen master" though I would take it as slang, not as a literal zen master. Let's just hope this character ...


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I searched Bhikkhu Bodhi's translations of the Samyutta Nikaya, Angutarra Nikaya, and Majjima Nikaya, as well as Maurice Walsche's translation of the Dhiga Nikaya. The closest I could come to "incline your mind toward Nibbana" was advice from Sariputta to Anurudda, wherein the latter - who had achieved the jnanas was complaining to the former about ...


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Let's say you go to the doctor and get your blood pressure measured and it turns out to be high, probably because you were anxious at that moment. The doctor tells you to calm down, and then he will take another reading. In order to do so, what would you concentrate on? Surely not on the blood pressure measurement device or the doctor. And surely not on ...


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It means the object is Nibbana and the mental attitudes leading to Nibbana, as literally said as follows: And what is the faculty of concentration? There is the case where a monk, a disciple of the noble ones, making it his object to let go, attains concentration, attains singleness of mind. SN 48.10 To whatever extent there are phenomena conditioned or ...


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From Mahayana perspective true Nirvana is the non-abiding Nirvana, which is a state of not being bounded by any single interpretative framework whatsoever. Does Master Gotama have any position at all?" "A 'position,' Vaccha, is something that a Tathagata has done away with. - MN 72 So it's not as much a concentration without an object as it is ...


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It means to incline your mind towards dispassion, dispassion towards the sense objects, dispassion towards craving for existence and dispassion towards craving for non-existence. Inclining your mind toward dispassion means to incline your mind towards disenchantment, no longer being enchanted with sense objects, craving for existence and craving for non-...


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