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Will aiming for emptiness instead of awareness of breath help attaining meditative absorption states?

Your thoughts aren't going to go away. Not for a very long time. Right now, you're comparing yourself to the pinnacle of practice. You're beating yourself up for not being able to obtain something ...
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Will aiming for emptiness instead of awareness of breath help attaining meditative absorption states?

what do you mean mind activates? that's b/c your mind wants to know. and that is the problem. it's not used to knowing such a thing. it's as if the mind tries to grasp the object but can't (b/c it'...
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Can open monitoring meditation lead to states of Jhana?

No, and for a couple of reasons. Specifically, jhana requires one pointedness (ekagatta). Open monitoring as you describe is diffuse and has no real persistent object for the mind to settle on. There ...
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Can Meditation lead to Suicide?

I am a kind of depression before and I can say the concentration meditation and the Buddha's teaching is very helpful for me. Why it can help me? Because it's not only sitting to be calm but the ...
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Can Meditation lead to Suicide?

When a sick person goes to a doctor and does not get healed, sometimes we want to blame the doctor and sometimes we blame the entire western medicine. In some cases this may be justified: not all ...
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Can Meditation lead to Suicide?

Thank you for asking this important question. I think these kinds of questions should have more of a focus, particularly within the Buddhist community, as I've met many silent sufferers and many ...
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Building discipline & willpower from scratch

what if someone was just to take away all your cigarettes? now you can't, and you will suffer that, but only for so long. your suffering will subside in time. the point is to find out who is in ...
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Building discipline & willpower from scratch

Some of the secular advice is "delay". I found that not buying cigarettes, not having them, made it easier to quit -- having none to hand, I couldn't just take one and start smoking in some ...
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Building discipline & willpower from scratch

"It's difficult to quit smoking." Everybody believes this statement, even non-smokers. Nobody understands it. It's short, lacks clarity, and offers no insight into the problem. It doesn't ...
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Meditation and 'not trying to change anything'

Whether relaxation is "good" or "bad" or whether not changing anything is "good" or "bad" is not a helpful framework. It gets into unhelpful all-or-nothing ...
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Focusing on a visual object

So the issue with samatha meditation is that it is very hard. You either need a excellent teacher or need to be at the first level of Enlightenment. Do cultivation instead. Bring up wholesome ...
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how do I let go of everything?

People come to Theravada from places of great suffering. That's what drew me. It works. But it's not about shutting down and suppressing everything. It's about understanding. What is the source of ...
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Experiences in Meditation: Am I stucked?

You need to stop doing samatha meditation and do cultivation instead. Samatha meditation is difficult. Unless you are working closely with an excellent teacher, you won't be ready for samatha until ...
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Experiences in Meditation: Am I stucked?

As a starting reference, we can all consult MN10 as taught by the Buddha: MN10:2.1: “Mendicants, the four kinds of mindfulness meditation are the path to convergence. They are in order to purify ...
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Experiences in Meditation: Am I stucked?

Practicing now daily. Around 1 hour. My concentration is far better. I realize bodily experiences – mainly feeling "light", sometimes "happy". With developing momentum in the ...
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how do I let go of everything?

Q: How can I let go of those who I cant remove who abuse me? you have to forgive them first. this is according to V. Bhante Vimalaramsi that explains that forgiveness is the path to peace. He ...
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Focusing on a visual object

Check out kasina practice. It's detailed rather thoroughly in the Visuddhimagga - which is available for free online. The jist of it is that you stare at a colored disk until the image is so ...
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how do I let go of everything?

The pain you speak of is telling you something is wrong, it is the best teacher you have. You acknowledged that you need to let go of something ie attachment to "The world", so you know ...
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how do I let go of everything?

How can I let go of those who I cant remove who abuse me, Ouch. This question goes deep. There is much pain here. Regarding abuse, there is one sutta that stands out. AN6.54 speaks about those who ...
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how do I let go of everything?

To be able to let go of what can't be made one's own, isn't under one's control, no refuge, a pain, requires gratitude. If there isn't gratitude for what had been received, given, but instead ideas of ...

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