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If we were completely separate from the world, completely independent - then the perfect focus on virtue would be easy. But we are not separate, not isolated. We are connected with people and events around us. We are part of the web of influences. These influence create context for our existence. Our desires and decisions come from this context. A lot of ...


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Sati (mindfulness) should be a gentle, effortless endeavour. If it feels like you have to concentrate to understand sati, then you're heading in the wrong direction. "Whatever a monk keeps pursuing with his thinking & pondering, that becomes the inclination of his awareness. If a monk keeps pursuing thinking imbued with renunciation, abandoning ...


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Yes, kusala is against the natural instinctual stream of akusala For example, if you a hetero man, you see a sexy lady and very quickly sensual desire arises immediately, without any thinking about the lady. this is natural instinct The suttas explain there are seven underlying tendencies in people; the 1st and most powerful is the tendency to sensual lust (...


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What you are describing is colloquially known as being in the zone. It's a type of refined concentration where spectacular human feats can be achieved. There's a lack of ownership regarding the current task and often the concept of a body disappears. This should make you curious. It's completely possible for jhana to occur under these circumstances, off the ...


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No. Its too active and mutable to be used to attain jhana. You need an object that is stable, unchanging, and that can essentially be "sat" on. Any activity that has discursive mental content, gross emotional feelings, or agitation is, pretty much by definition, antithetical to right concentration. In fact, the simple act of lifting your ...


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In short when you notice drowsiness don't just sit there developing that theme of anapanasati, metta, the noting of drowsiness and whatnot. See Capala Sutta for examples. As soon as you notice that the hindrance of drowsiness is present in you then you should rouse yourself as to wake yourself up and give attention to the theme of arousal of energy or joy. ...


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The two triples of awakening factors are aligned in balance with the extremes of sluggishness and restlessness, which in turn relate to the hindrances. Dullness and drowsiness are given up by means of active engagements such as investigation of principles, energy and rapture. As an example, AN7.61 provides detailed information on dealing with drowsiness. ...


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