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The mind of a fully enlightened one is completely empty of discursive thoughts. It does not conceptualize at all. In fact, this has already occurred to an Arya being at the 7th Bhumi let alone a fully enlightened Buddha. So the answer to your question is that an enlightened mind DOES NOT distinguish itself from all other phenomena. For references I draw from ...


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I believe that many/most people understand the meaning of jhana incorrectly. Bhikkhu Kumara has written a book recently to address this. He is waiting on more feedback before allowing people to post the link publicly, but his arguments are extremely persuasive that Jhana in pali just means meditation. The psychedelic hindu/visuddhimagga "jhanic states&...


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As explained in Maitreya’s "Distinguishing the Middle from the Extremes" (Madhyāntavibhāga), Enlightenment is not going back to the primal state of ignorance and nondifferentiation, nor does it mean to abandon the relative to only dwell in the absolute, no. The relative and the absolute are two descriptions of the same ground. Enlightenment ...


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If I tell you: "Your future is in your hands." Would you look at your physical hands and reply, "but where is it? I can't see it!" I don't think so. "In your hands" is a mere conventional figure of speech, not to be taken literally. Similarly, the terms "I", "my", "mine", "you", "your&...


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The Buddha discusses mindfulness of breathing here: MN118:15.1: Mendicants, when mindfulness of breathing is developed and cultivated it is very fruitful and beneficial. Find a comfortable, quiet place: MN118:16.1: And how is mindfulness of breathing developed and cultivated to be very fruitful and beneficial? MN118:17.1: It’s when a mendicant has gone to ...


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Welcome to the community! Before answering your question, I believe some clarification would be helpful. As the user Buddhism pointed out, specific breathing exercises are more related to other ascetic practices of ancient India. One important component of the Buddha’s discovery of the path to awakening, is the leaving aside of exercises such as these. What ...


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There are two kinds of right livelihood: MN117:30.2: Right livelihood is twofold, I say. One may give up bad deeds for good deeds and prosper: MN117:30.3: There is right livelihood that is accompanied by defilements, has the attributes of good deeds, and ripens in attachment. MN117:31.1: And what is right livelihood that is accompanied by defilements, has ...


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Breathing is taught to extent in some zen schools though what I've been exposed to is a little different than what you're describing. First off, the technique you've mentioned seems a little forced to me. Belly breathing is more about relaxation than it is about simply forcing out your belly. Instead of trying to force air into your abdomen, instead focus ...


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MN121:12.3: There is only this modicum of stress, namely that associated with the six sense fields dependent on this body and conditioned by life.’ Communication does not require identity view. Calling out "Tom" in a room full of people named "Tom" will generate multiple contacts via all the sense fields in the room. Multiple faces will ...


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Is it possible for a modern Buddhist to believe in what sounds like fantasy or magical powers (Rddhi) ? If there is a belief in these things, then there exists conceptual artefacts. I certainly don't believe in them. In Buddhism, if they occur for you, - and they can occur in some quite powerful ways - they can be seen to have only an indicative value, both ...


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I would agree celibacy if you feel you are strong for it and are willing to live as a monk, meditation/shamata or Green Tara Mantra or Kurukulle Mantra. You should receive the LUNG/Transmission from an authorized Lama. If you pray enough you probably won't feel so much desire or get a girlfriend. https://taramandala.secure.retreat.guru/program/live-webcast-...


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Buddhism warns against attachments to desires, not against desires themselves. There's nothing wrong with the rise of a desire for a relationship; that kind of arising is natural even for experienced practitioners. The question is whether we allow ourselves to become attached to that arising, causing ourselves misery. With that in mind, observe that what you ...


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