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What is volition?

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) ...
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If someone have experienced supernatural abilities through meditation, than why don't he shows it to world?

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 ...
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How is it possible to change habits cultivated over lifetimes

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 ...
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Why does my mind naturally wander?

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 & ...
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What is volition?

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 ...
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Neither-pleasant-nor-unpleasant feeling vs not feeling

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 ...
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Buddho : The one who knows which is above the mind? A Dhammatalk by Ajahn Chah

The key idea here is not whether there is "someone" who is above the mind. The key point is that it is possible to go beyond mind or above mind. We are so caught up in the experience created by the ...
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How is it possible to change habits cultivated over lifetimes

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. ...
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How to understand a patient's coma status in Buddhism

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 ...
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Is the Mind (Citta) the Self? If not, what is it?

1. If this mind is already not-Self, why it needs to be emptied and what is to be emptied? The mind is only 'not-self' from the viewpoint of enlightenment & truth. But for the unenlightened mind, ...
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How do you master (control) your mind with Buddhism?

Buddhism teaches to see the causes of problems. Then we can see what can be done to change those causes. Changing causes, we will change the results. Thus problems will be solved. Buddha Gautama ...
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Satipathanna Sutta and contemplating mind externally?

Abhidhamma Vibhaṅga Khandhavibhaṅga: Therein what is internal consciousness? That consciousness which, for this or that being, is personal, self-referable, one’s own, individual and is grasped (by ...
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What is the invisible consciousness or consciousness without surface?

Few thoughts, based on my understanding of Buddhism: One: Vijñāna is not an entity, not a substance - it is an emergent effect, an emergent phenomenon known in modern terms as "subjective experience" ...
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Mindfulness when playing chess

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 ...
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Liberation is possible because of the transcendent quality of awareness beyond the Five Skandhas?

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 ...
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How is it possible to change habits cultivated over lifetimes

If a yard has lots of weeds, just by getting rid of the weeds alone won't be effective. One will also need to overseed their yard with strong grass so that they will overwhelm the weeds and grow into ...
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Why does my mind naturally wander?

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, ...
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What allows to make a choice

When a person has a choice between Path A or B, on what basis would that person make that decision, for it to be the right one? For that one has to have a very good knowledge of the True Dhamma. How ...
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What is volition?

Whether choose A or B is depend upon volition, volition is, you have your choice whether choosing A or B. when lack of understating which one has to choose; possibly you may choose wrong without ...
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Is the Mind (Citta) the Self? If not, what is it?

Is the Mind the Self? If not, what is it? It's a delusion of mind. why it needs to be emptied Because it's the cause of suffering. How does it(Mind) have the autonomy/independence to realize/...
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Mind as a creator

Is mind and thoughts are two different things? or same thing? Buddhism talks about "six senses" rather than five. For example, in the Sabba Sutta What is the All? Simply the eye & ...
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Neither-pleasant-nor-unpleasant feeling vs not feeling

Feeling occurs with sense impression, which later generates craving. A pleasant feeling generates a craving, such as love, lust & greed, which wants to 'pull in' or acquire a sense object. An ...
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Reference wanted for "To see your past karma, look at your present body (and environment)...."

Found it... mostly -- Tweet by H.H. The Dalai Lama, May 6, 2010... If you wonder what you were doing in the past, look at your body; to know what will happen to you in the future, look at your ...
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Does Viññāṇa generate Nāmarūpa in the sense that would make "uploading concsciousness" impossible?

I don't understand the question. I just try to help. I write this answer by my guess the question's meaning. The past (vanished) moment does not "upload" anything to the moment which it affects. It ...
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Is mind the most valuable thing according to the Lord Buddha?

In MN 56, we see disciples of the founder of Jainism, Mahavira (called Nigantha Nataputta in the suttas) debate with the Buddha. Apparently, Nigantha Nataputta taught that physical deeds weigh more ...
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How does buddhism describe what exactly, or where exactly, or how exactly, consciousness exists?

As a computer scientist you are bringing some baggage with you that will continue to get in the way of what you want to find in the Dharma. I am speaking from the perspective of a computer scientist ...
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How does buddhism describe what exactly, or where exactly, or how exactly, consciousness exists?

I will join in the fun with another answer: Consciousness is included as one of the basic six elements (dhatus), namely, earth, wind, fire, water, space and consciousness, per MN 115. Here, the term '...
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What allows to make a choice

What is it that allows to make choices? It's a complex combination of various variables, nature vs. nurture, old habit energy, one's own effort and energy, etc. That's why the 4-pronged approach of ...
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How is it possible to change habits cultivated over lifetimes

Paying conscious attention to whatever you are doing now fully, whatever the activity may be. Life is happening right now, right this moment as you read. Any actions have consequences, even thoughts....
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