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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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My short story with anxiety problems - could meditation be the cause?

Pleased to meet you Robert. It is very difficult to answer your question precisely however it is certainly likely/probable that practicing the meditation & the accompanying mental solitude is ...
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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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New to the site, new to Buddhism

Some quick answers, which I may add to later: Buddhism is certainly not a religion because it states all of its teachings are to be known & verified by its wise followers. It is certainly a way ...
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Is Mindfulness a poor translation for Sati?

Wikipedia does not accord with the Pali suttas and the PTS Pali English Dictionary entry at Sutta Central is confusing, given it includes numerous different English terms. Pali words can generally ...
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Taking care of our sexual energy

The "five mindfulness trainings" obviously correspond to the traditional "five precepts". So you can find more (by other authors) on that subject by searching for "third precept", for example ...
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If there is no self, why do anything?

It essentially doesn't change anything. If you look hard, that "I" was always an illusion. No matter where you try to draw a boundary - it is artificial: Does the body belong to the self or not? How ...
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Which mindfulness technique should I choose?

The way I was taught, is that mindfulness is not practiced in-and-of-itself; instead it comes from a critical attitude to ourselves, which in turns comes from a certain goal that we set for ourselves, ...
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Are there things that one shouldn't be mindful of?

Yes there are. Being mindful of "signs" that turn the mind to anger (or lust etc.) is unwholesome. E.g. someone irritates you and you insist on attending (upaṭṭhāna) to that particular experience (a ...
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Being mindful sitting/working on a computer

I find being mindful while sitting on a computer very hard. Being mindful of what you are going is good but not always the right mindfulness. What you can pratice in such a situation: Mindfulness ...
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Is practising mindfulness ever a bad idea?

Yes, practicing mindfulness can be a bad idea. When one practices mindfulness, he opens his eyes and comes to see more and more things that were previously unnoticed. That is the reason why beginners ...
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Breath mediation during daily acvities

Mindfulness and Awareness is not a concept only to be practiced during Meditation. Practicing Mindfulness and Awareness during the day, with Parents, Teachers, Customers ... and all other Beeings is a ...
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How does one practice mindfulness during thinking - e.g. thinking about how to solve a problem?

'Mindfulness' ('sati') is not 'observing' ('anupassi'). This common idea is a misunderstanding. 'Mindfulness' ('sati') is 'remembering' or 'keeping in mind'. For example, in formal meditation/...
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How to improve mindfulness of thinking?

My understanding is the 3rd frame of reference (cittanupassana) does not involve observing thoughts (vitakka). It involves knowing whether the mind-heart (citta) is defiled or not. Defilements (kilesa)...
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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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Is there any benefit in abstaining from listening songs?

If you stop listening to songs, eventualy the odds of fragments of song poping in the mind would shrink, but is that realy what you are looking for ? A better way to approach this would be to let go ...
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Is Mindfulness the Opposite of Multitasking?

Mindfulness(Sati) and one-pointedness(Samadhi) are 2 different things. Technically speaking, the mind cannot take multiple objects at once. So there is no such thing as multitasking with the mind. You ...
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Mindfulness of Watching Youtube

The technology/internet makes things more complex, makes the mind more active. Youtube, Facebook, Twitter other social media platforms or other internet sites etc.(and now with digital things people ...
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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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Unpleasant side effects of meditation

A couple of days is not enough time for your 10 minute meditation to have resulted in any change in your mood, feelings, or anything else. Were those panic attacks accompanied by difficulty breathing? ...
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Impermanence (Anicca) and Mindfulness in general

That is two questions. I'll answer the second. Things are not unsatisfactory in themselves because they don't have selves. Anicca is the flip side of Anatta (non-self). Because things are made ...
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If there is no self, why do anything?

No matter if we do or do not have a self The view that we "surely have a self or soul", drives our desire to propel through life. We want to be & to do & to exist. So the goal of the ...
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If there is no self, why do anything?

It is not that you existed and then you ceased to be after learning Buddhism. You never existed. You did no action. Your identity of self was an illusion. If you did not do any anything in the past ...
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If there is no self, why do anything?

It is not that there is no self. There is no self in the way you think of a self. That is, there in nothing inherent in what you refer to as "I". When you understand this, you free yourself and your ...
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What is yoniso manasikara and ayoniso manasikara?

The way my teacher explained it to me, we can either be masters of our mind, masters or information (=wise attention), or our mind can be our master, information can be our master (=unwise attention). ...
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Which mindfulness technique should I choose?

You have to do all four. Cannot skip anything. When you are walking or sitting and focusing on the belly or moving any body part, it's the mindfulness of the body - Kayanupassana. When you are ...
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Is it unethical to teach mindfulness for money?

Is it unethical to teach mindfulness for money? I guess that what's taught as "mindfulness" probably isn't Buddhist Dharma -- for example: Sharf further notes that this [i.e. Buddhist mindfulness] ...
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Need some pointers about the current phase

Good story. Maybe a bit too focused on your life (almost no mentions of other people) – but good nevertheless. My overall impression can be summarized with this allegory: Imagine, Mowgli always ...
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