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Lust - How Can it be Overcome?

By trying to "control it", you are putting the (idea of) lust outside of yourself. In effect you are seeing "the lust" and yourself as two separate entities. That (conceived) separation sets up a ...
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Lust - How Can it be Overcome?

Since you are seeking inspiration similar to the simile how one should eat as if they are eating their own child having lost in a desert, to understand the drawbacks of lust, I think Alagaddupama ...
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Why is meditation making me more angry?

As one Tibetan lama explained in one lecture I attended, this type of anger comes from attachment to a certain form of clarity. Because in meditation you experience clarity born of unification of ...
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What are the differences between vipassana and mindfulness meditation?

When Buddha taught meditation he did not explicitly separate it in different types. If you read Anapanasati Sutta, Satipatthana Sutta, Kimattha Sutta, Cula-suññata Sutta, and any number of suttas ...
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Application of sixteen contemplations in the anapanasati sutta

As it was explained to me, we must master the coarse before we can master the subtle, and we must master the subtle before we can attain first-hand direct vision of Dharma. In this vein, during a ...
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Can a Buddhist truthfully say, "You insulted / offended / angered / hurt me?"

One could "say" anything but that would only be a relative truth. Ultimately one person doesn't cause another persons anger. One causes their own anger. It is hard to understand ultimate reality ...
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Overwhelming states of being reached through meditation

First of all, I think your question has gotten worse at explaining your condition through your edits (sorry!). In Theravada Buddhism, and really I think I speak for all of Buddhism when I say, the ...
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Unpleasant side effects of meditation

My local Buddhist temple's resident teacher Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo has this beautiful metaphor of the "poop soup", highly relevant to yours (and the rest of ours) situation. In this metaphor ...
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Lust - How Can it be Overcome?

Lust is a biological impulse without which you would not have been born in the first place. So honor it and respect it as nature's method to keep our race going. Thus, realize it a powerful force and ...
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Why is meditation making me more angry?

Meditation is not something made to clear our thoughts, it is impossible to do so, thoughts come and go, they will never stop, maybe you can increase the gap between thoughts, that is possible, ...
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How does one practice mindfulness during thinking - e.g. thinking about how to solve a problem?

A.K. It's not a foolish question at all, I think it's something everyone spends sometime trying to understand when they first start learning meditation and mindfulness. Mindfulness is being ...
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Anapanasati: Mindful Breathing Concentration Point

You can feel anyone of them, but you have to use one of them for whole your meditation. I prefer breath. First you have to notice that you are inhaling when inhale and you have to notice that you are ...
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Is technology making us less mindful?

When it comes to developing concentration modern technology is definitely a distraction as devices tend to seek your attention. This leads to being scatter brained. This is the reason many meditation ...
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Lust - How Can it be Overcome?

The son's flesh simile is from SN 12.63 (Puttamansa Sutta: A Son's Flesh). Lust is a very powerful force and it'd need a combination of various strategies to counteract it, everything including diets,...
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What is the meaning of "dhammā" in the context of the four satipaṭṭhāna?

I think the following perspective on all four satipatthanas will help in understanding the meaning of the fourth one. The four satipatthanas are supposed to counter the four vipallasas (perversions) ...
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Anapanasati: Mindful Breathing Concentration Point

According my understanding Anapana Sati meditation is consists of several steps depending on your level. Found this page written by Most Ven. Nauyane Ariyadhamma Mahathera (who is one of the best ...
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Meditation technique proposed by the Buddha

If we take the Pali Canon as been the closest we have to the word of the Buddha then there isn't a wealth of specific meditation advice in there when compared to other types of advice such as ethical. ...
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Mindfulness during sleep

Once the practitioner attains certain level of mastery in meditation and mindfulness, their sleep acquires a character of meditation. It's not like they don't sleep at all, but they do retain certain ...
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How to deal with people and handle rude language?

It seems to be difficult at times dealing with people. People can Pull your strings and push all your buttons to make you react an contribute to their state of anger or gossip or ignorance. Through ...
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Living worried about the future and reaching mindfulness

How can I solve my problems if I'm not totally immersed in the future, thinking about all the possibilities? In a sense, the answer is because being immersed in the future is a large part of the ...
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Details when practice vipassana

I'm guessing it sounded better in the original Burmese. "Imagining" seems more reasonable than "meeting", since the latter is not real. On the other hand, it is not so important whether the experience ...
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How do I make non-buddhists help understand I operate with a different view?

As long as what you are doing is not immoral in my case I would go along with what the others are doing. Main point is by doing this you should not accumulate more fabrication. One way is to reduce ...
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Is mindfulness the path or the goal?

Mindfulness is very important, but it is part of the path, not the goal. It is the seventh of the eight factors of the Noble Eightfold Path, and the path can be grouped into three trainings. The ...
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What is Dharma?

The word dharma is understood to come from the Sanskrit root dhṛ - in regards to holding or keeping. The word has its history in the vedas, where the meaning is something that holds the world together ...
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What is the most “genuinely Buddhist” kind of mindfulness?

If you look at this article which describes The Noble Eightfold Path, Chapter VI: Right Mindfulness (Samma Sati) talks about "bare attention" Chapter VII: Right Concentration (Samma Samadhi) talks ...
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