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How should I stop thinking that I am even slightly enlightened?

The appropriate response to such a thought of personal enlightenment is: "fart". Su Dongpo was an avid student of Buddhist teachings. He was quick-witted and humorous; as a Zen Buddhism follower ...
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How should I stop thinking that I am even slightly enlightened?

This is what my teacher (Ven Nawalapitiye Ariyawansa Thero) had to say on this, @BlackFlam3. “If we regard ourselves as knowing the Dhamma well, we will be of the “I am the one who knows” mindset. ...
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How should I stop thinking that I am even slightly enlightened?

Posting my comment as an answer: "Do not be a bodhisatta; do not be an arahant; do not be anything at all. If you are a bodhisatta, you will suffer; if you are an arahant, you will suffer; if ...
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What are the differences between joy (piti), bliss (sukha) and peace (santi) and how do the qualities relate to Nibbana?

OP: What's the connection or difference between joy (piti), and the so-called "bliss" (sukha) and peace (santi) of Nibbana? Piti and Suka are encountered along the path arising due to the practice of ...
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Does an Arahant accumulate kamma in his/her life?

Cittas are classified in various ways. One such classification is according to their nature. In this classification we have: Cittas which are resultant states of consciousness, vipaaka, the effects ...
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Identification with Negative States

There is a good analysis of this, with regards to negative states of mind, in the Uddesa-vibhanga Sutta (MN 138). Concerning the external scattering and diffusion of consciousness: "How is ...
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Balancing the Five Powers

I think it is more accurate to refer to "wrong concentration" rather than "too much concentration" because right concentration is a factor of the path. Wrong concentration is pushing the mind with too ...
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How should I stop thinking that I am even slightly enlightened?

To check the enlightenment with pali Tripitaka Chabbi­so­dha­na­sutta MN 112. Majjhima Nikāya 47 The Inquirer.
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How should I stop thinking that I am even slightly enlightened?

How should I stop thinking that I am even slightly enlightened? To add another perspective to the existing answers (because you might want to know opposing or mutually-exclusive extremes in order to ...
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Benefits of "Mental Noting" during positive events?

Theory: if you don't acknowledge positive state, you are likely to become more attached to it and have suffering when it ceases (that's what the mind does automatically: liking → craving → (later) ...
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Benefits of "Mental Noting" during positive events?

I spoke before about the power of narratives. Narratives is how our mental world is shaped, narratives is one of the main ways to control the sukha/dukha mechanism described in the Four Noble Truths. ...
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How to determine whether a 10 days S.N. Goenka Vipassana course is safe for my friend or relative?

I would suggest that you trust yourself to make that decision for each individual you are contemplating the recommendation. You have personally taken the course so you have firsthand knowledge of its ...
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What does Buddhism teach about healing others through the mind

What happens when we aren't attentively listening, and then we see someone who attentively tries to listen to something? It's natural if we would begin to listen attentively too. So our behavior and ...
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How to determine whether a 10 days S.N. Goenka Vipassana course is safe for my friend or relative?

All these episodes are you past Karma or Fabrications in many cases. Sometimes meditation might coincide with the time they were supposed to manifest themselves. With 100k+ or more people doing a ...
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Buddhism and Mental Illness(Depression, Schizophrenia, Hallucinosis, etc)?

In Buddhism, supernormal abilities are knowing the minds of others, ability to send thoughts to others, ability to project images of oneself to others, etc, as described in suttas such as DN 11 and MN ...
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How to determine whether a 10 days S.N. Goenka Vipassana course is safe for my friend or relative?

I don't think they are safe for anyone. It's a very ascetic style of retreat and in my opinion not healthy for body or mind. I know someone who was dragged from the room kicking and screaming. Its not ...
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How to determine whether a 10 days S.N. Goenka Vipassana course is safe for my friend or relative?

I can see that you are feeling a bit evangelical after the Goenka Retreat, and you have a great desire to tell others about it. What you are trying to give is a “Dhamma Dana” is Pali for “The Gift of ...
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How to determine whether a 10 days S.N. Goenka Vipassana course is safe for my friend or relative?

I have recently participated in a 10 days S.N. Goenka Vipassna course, which had incredible positive results... My life has improved significantly in each and every aspect, and I was even able to ...
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Balancing the Five Powers

It is too easy to understand, but it is very hard to done. The example in concentration meditation: If you have too much trust to concentrate on focus, you will over hurry to sit and to meditate. ...
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Does an Arahant accumulate kamma in his/her life?

The consciousness of an Arahant is ethically indeterminate so he does not accumulate Kamma. From The Abhidhamma in Practice -- For the Arahant, the liberated one, the cittas that arise in him ...
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What are the differences between joy (piti), bliss (sukha) and peace (santi) and how do the qualities relate to Nibbana?

It is Sukha in a millisecond you're touching the fur doll, without any Pīti, but after that it always arise with Pīti. And this is apparent Pīti, even it comes with Sukha but Pīpi is very apparent. ...
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Does Buddhism claim to be only way to liberation?

It's important to make a distinction between the understanding and the vehicle. Buddhism is clearly going to tell us that the only way to reach liberation is by grasping the nature of dukkha and tanhā:...
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Does Buddhism claim to be only way to liberation?

Yes, Buddha Dharma is the only way to attain Nirvana. Nirvana means No Raga, No Dwesha, No Moha permanently, thus no rebirth, no life forms ever again. You cannot find the way to attain Nirvana in any ...
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Buddhism and Mental Illness(Depression, Schizophrenia, Hallucinosis, etc)?

One more thing, on rereading I see ... because I'm sick. At the same time I don't know how far this is true ... I think this might be about the so-called "stigma" of mental illness -- e.g. ...
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Mental Factor which Unites Other Factors

Your questions sounds somewhat similar to Visākha's question to the nun Dhammadinnā in MN44: “But ma’am, is that grasping the exact same thing as the five grasping aggregates? Or is grasping one ...
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Self-Worth and Engaging in Detrimental Behaviour

The origin of detrimental behavior is the "self" itself. Because self is ultimately an illusion and doesn't exists, and people's belief and identification to self makes them trapped in the cycle of ...
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