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Short answer is, you should not forget bad choices. You should learn from bad choices. Long answer: Kukucca is characterized by regret. It's function is to grieve about what has or what has not been done. It manifests as remorse. It should be regarded as slavery. --from Visuddhimagga XIV, 174 The Dalai Lama was working with an American psychiatrist ...


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I too had this question for a long time. Then I read Gil Fronsdal's translation of the Dhammapada, which begins (emphasis mine): All experience is preceded by mind, Led by mind, Made by mind. This use of the word experience, where phenomena is often used, is much more accessible. Remember, the Buddha did not say "all phenomena is made by mind"; he ...


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Citta, Cetasika, Rupa, Nibbana are the four ultimate realities. Everything else is just conventional or conceptual truths. When you see the moon, it's basically the eyes sensing the secondary rupa called Vanna. There's no moon in the ultimate reality. Moon is just what the mind fabricates when rupa meets the eyes. There's consistency because human senses ...


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The mind occurs in both passive and active modes. The passive gives way to the active when a stimulus is received through one of the sense doors. The passive state of mind is called bhava"nga, cuti, or paa.tisandhi, according to the occasion. Bhava"nga. The bhava"nga citta, mentioned earlier, is the primary form of mind. It flows from conception ...


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Volition is an act of will or decision to act. The volition may be produced from both ignorance (not-knowing) & wisdom. There are three kinds of actions born of volition: (i) thoughts; (ii) speech; (iii) physical movement. All actions start with a thought (mental action), which is why the Dhammapada states: 1. Mind precedes all mental states. Mind ...


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The objective of Dhamma is the work yourself out of stress and misery which is to follow the Noble 8 Fold Path. These kinds of practices diverts from this focus. If someone start practicing being attached by such display then most likely their goal will not be tied with the Buddhist goal. Perhaps for this reason monks are not supposed to display such ...


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There is a nice analysis in this article here. But basically, the Buddha said: This body of mine, made of material form, consisting of the four great elements, procreated by a mother and father, and built up out of boiled rice and porridge, is subject to impermanence, to being worn and rubbed away, to dissolution and disintegration, and this consciousness ...


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According to Thich Nhat Hanh's "The Heart of the Buddha's Teachings" this is a mistake in transmission: page 13-15 on google books. In reality he was asking us not to do this! The book quotes the Mahasaccaka Sutta, which contains a passage in which the Buddha said that he tried this technique unsuccessfully. Even during the Buddha's lifetime, there were ...


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In Mahayana, we take such things as expression devices - not literal instructions. In this case clenched teeth are a pointer to great effort, great application of willpower. The objectives of samatha are to disidentify from the mind, to learn to control attention, to acquire concentration/willpower, to integrate the disjointed layers of psyche, and ...


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who is the 'being' within our minds, who travels through this eternity of existence? 'being' is simply a label given to nama-rupa. There's no being within the mind. It's like asking "what is the car within the car? Is it the engine? Wheels? Frame? Seats?". No such thing! 'Car' is simply a label given to a certain arrangement of all that. Who travels ...


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In some realms there are some beings who are not aware of their own existence (Some place in Brahma realm). How do their aggregates work when they themselves aren't aware of their existence? Unconscious beings (asannasatta) has consciousness suppressed temporarily until their life span ends. Due to this they cannot be aware of anything including themselves. ...


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Every life form is born in the world due to craving. Within life forms, there are seeds, such as sperm cells, which are propelled by craving. Parents of children engage in sexual intercourse & reproduce new life propelled by craving. New born children are born with craving to eat, craving to be safe, craving for love, craving for pleasure, etc. The mind ...


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Easy. Well, easy in theory :) -- you need to get fed up! You need to get really sick and tired of your conditions, so sick that you cannot live like that anymore. You are so fed up that you are either ready to die - or to change your habits. So that desire to get out leads to iron intent to change.


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What is Volition? ‘It is volition, bikkhus, that I call kamma. For having willed, one acts by body, speech, or mind.’ – Buddha Kamma is not fate. It literally means action, that is volitional action. A deed done deliberately through body, speech or mind. Every volitional action (except that of a Buddha or of an Arahant) is called Kamma. Kamma-formations (...


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This is a classic dilemma for almost every new practitioner of Buddhism. The question goes into so much depth and even lead to Nibbana if studied in proper detail. Apologies for the long answer, but there is no shorter way of explaining this. First things first, everyone feels through their senses. Even the Arahath feels. Otherwise, we would be able to ...


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According to Abhidhamma commentary it seems that the seat of consciousness is in the heart. However, in the suttas Buddha seems to have only mentioned ‘yam rupam nissaya’—depending on that ‘rupa’. 98. Hadayavatthu — heart-base. According to the commentators hadayavatthu is the seat of consciousness. Tradition says that within the cavity of the heart there ...


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Basically, the Buddhist approach to understanding reality is for each one of us to aim our attention at our individual present moment experience. This is "experiencial reality", meaning we need to experience it to understand it. We really don't need to even read books to understand the Buddhist approach because practicing experiencing present moment ...


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So does mind ever stop? When you attain Nirodha Samapahti and Phala Samapathi your mental process stops. In the case of Phala Samapathi the stop is only momentarily but the mental process come to a stop where you see the links of dependent origination breaking when 1st experiencing Nirvana and see the re formation of the links of dependent origination ...


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Know that they are only actors and don't watch it if it's going to traumatize you. Don't watch any movies unless you like distraction.


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Whether a person can hear, see, smell, taste etc. while in a coma is probably a question for medical science. From a Buddhist perspective, it can be seen as a case of senses being shut off as in when you are in deep sleep. Only Bhavaanga Cittas(life continuum) are present in deep(dreamless) sleep. Alternatively, it could just be a case of the patient not ...


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It is not at all a simple task to reverse the habits cultivated over umpteenth lifetimes. It is next to impossible without gaining a good knowledge of the Dhamma and putting it to practice diligently. Then, and only then you are going to have any success in thwarting the mind’s ingrained habits. The personality view is the hardest of them all. If you could ...


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In contrast to the other answers, it is my perception that mindfulness and deep intellectual thinking complement each other. Sports are not about defeating the other team but rather raising your own performance to a higher level. The higher level of physical or mental (chess) performance is a result of this alignment between the mind, body and spirit. ...


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There is no awareness beyond the khandhas. There is no such thing as the "Thai Forest Tradition" having a uniform set of teachings. The "Thai Forest Tradition" is just a variety of different jungle gurus who made up their own versions of Buddhism. Ajahn Amaro has wrong view when he said: "that which knows the khandhas is not part of the khandhas". SN 22....


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I am an Abhidhamma teacher and used to be a software programmer. Your suggestion is very noble and innovative. I am not sure that the sensing process / thinking process found in the commentaries is the right starting point for such a software program. My impression is that the sensing process / thinking process were developed to show how sensing and ...


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If you remember something, note it as remembering, remembering, remembering... until it stops. If you remember something and have already become upset or sad, note it as sad, sad sad... until the sadness goes away. Simply observe the 3 characteristics of regret.


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Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera: According to Buddhist psychology dreams are ideational processes which occur as activities of the mind. And: Dreams are mind-created phenomena and they are activities of the mind. All human beings dream, although some people cannot remember. Buddhism teaches that some dreams have psychological significance. ...


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If we are going to go that far then everything but the present moment mental and physical phenomena of our individual experience is an illusion.


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You ask as to why the mind wanders. But it is there for cognizing thoughts – just as the eye is there to seeing forms, ear for hearing sounds, nose for smelling odours, tongue for tasting flavours, and body for touching tangibles. That is why, the more we watch our mind and see what it does to us and for us, the more we will be inclined to take good care of ...


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