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Traditionally it is described as "discernment". In simple words, you don't lump everything in black and white categories anymore, you see nuances. Your answers become much more "it depends" than before. That's one sign. Another one is how you act. Previously, you acted out your frustration or disagreement as-is. Now you see: what's the ...


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Remarkably, for every single question I would have asked the Buddha or the Sangha, I've always found an answer in the suttas. There are a lot of suttas, so searching them can be overwhelming. The internet provides many ways to search the suttas. For example, for Early Buddhist Texts, Suttacentral.net has a prolific search engine that returns a massive ...


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With wisdom there will be less suffering: AN5.136:3.7: They’re wise. They have the wisdom of arising and passing away which is noble, penetrative, and leads to the complete ending of suffering. Please note the "arising and passing" phrase. Suffering arises when there is clinging to what must pass. Although universal, suffering (and therefore ...


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Why Become Buddhist? A fully enlightened Buddha's teaching is the only thing that bring about complete cessation of suffering. Nothing else can do that. Doesn't really matter if the word "Buddhist" is used. What's important is that the teaching contains "The Four Noble Truths" since only such a teaching can issue liberation from the ...


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From within the practice of meditation, it can be hard to tell whether "it's working" or not. I've been a meditator for more than 30 years and my experience is that it is mostly a very slow process, and only by looking back on it from a long way away do I begin to clearly see the benefits. Life itself has plenty of ups and downs. Meditation may ...


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Welcome to the site. These anxieties are your own psychological issues. They bubble up to the surface as a result of meditation. Meditation initially sounds all nice and pleasant with frilly bits and squishy things - although that is how it is generally delivered in the many brochures - but many don't realize what meditation can actually do. It is about the ...


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You may find it helpful to refer to Visuddhiñana-katha/The Progress of Insight by Mahasi Sayadaw, which explains the signs that a meditator recevies from a Theravadin perspective. It's fairly comprehensive. Personally, if I were to summarize it, you will reach a stage where you have a very deep understanding that nothing your mind craves in the outside world ...


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Most Monastics/Temples/Meditation Centers have a Youtube channel these days - especially in the West. They often have a weekly "Monk Chat" where people can ask questions in the chat and the monastics answer them live. If you go to Buddhist Insights’ Youtube channel they have a weekly Monk Chat every Friday. You could try and ask your question there....


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There is nothing called Vipassana Jhanas in the suttas. But in the commentaries there is something called Lakkhaṇūpanijjhāna. Tattha lakkhaṇūpanijjhānaṃ nāma vipassanāmaggaphalāni. Therein, lakkhaṇūpanijjhāna is the name of insight, path, and fruit. Vipassanā hi tīṇi lakkhaṇāni upanijjhāyatīti lakkhaṇūpanijjhānaṃ. Insight meditates upon the three ...


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Why become a Buddhist? It would be to heed the advice and guidance given by that benevolent man with good eyesight standing on the bank, who wishes you permanent freedom from suffering. This was said by the Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard: "Suppose a man was being carried along by the flow of a river, lovely & alluring. And then ...


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There is no word in Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, Korean, Japanese,... that corresponds to the Wester "-ist" qualifier. For example, in Chinese & Japanese, the term used is 佛教徒 (Ch: Fójiào tú, J: Bukkyōto), lit. "Buddhist teachings people". Also, in many Oriental countries there is no exclusive attribute: I've seen Thai people ...


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For me, when I meditate regularly I'm not as easily hijacked by my emotions; I inhabit a calm place. While wisdom is a subjective term, operating from a calm center feels like a wise thing to do because I can observe what's happening around me without getting caught up in it.


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I'm no expert, but I've been meditating consistently for several years & have been on retreat etc. so I have some experience of what you have gone through. I strongly recommend finding a meditation teacher. Its hard to tell what's going on based on an internet post because there are so many factors; when you 'meditate', what are you actually doing, what ...


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In general you can stop what you are doing if you think it's causing you anxiety. Although im not familiar with headspace, meditation usually fails as being ineffective rather than harmful. There are however ways in which one's training would cause anxiety & restlessness but i think it's unlikely here because i think it would be more obvious. Imho, more ...


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Meditation, if done properly, is the super skill that amplifies every mental and physical skill you do in life. It would be stupid to stop meditation. The only question is whether you're doing meditation properly, skillfully, correctly, etc. You've got a great daily habit established, 20min in morning and one in latter half of the day, and regularly small ...


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Everyone’s answers on here are speculative at best (though @Codosaur does offer some useful information that is scientifically grounded). The truth is, it probably doesn’t mean anything at all. That said, the mind is a potent machine, and you would do well to be wary of any experience that is overly unpleasant and/or dramatically pleasurable or “spiritual”....


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Immediately the longer sitting is more difficult. Sitting for a second is generally easier than sitting for two. However if one trains then one will enjoy sitting longer and his longer sittings will be easier than the earlier short sittings but is really not a fair comparison because the longer were sat up by the shorter. If one master's meditation then the ...


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Can long sits be easier than short sits? Sometimes yes, and other times no. It's more about quality of mind than quantity. If you sit for 1 hour but are only mindful 10% of the time it's better to have a shorter and more "productive" session and do many of them daily. Quality of mind is always above everything else. The time one is not mindful the ...


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Let's see what the Buddha has to say : Now at that moment this line of thinking appeared in the awareness of a certain monk: "So — form is not-self, feeling is not-self, perception is not-self, fabrications are not-self, consciousness is not-self. Then what self will be touched by the actions done by what is not-self?" Then the Blessed One, ...


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