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I don't train according to that book but in the anapanasati sutta there are these instructions; 'I will breathe in sensitive to mental fabrication.' He trains himself, 'I will breathe out sensitive to mental fabrication.' Mental fabrications are defined; Perceptions & feelings are mental fabrications." Perceptions & feelings are mental; these ...


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Keep sitting. Honestly, if a little boredom is problematic, you are never going to get anywhere with your meditation. Just wait until the swords and arrows of practice start assailing you. Meditation takes a very very very long time to bear fruit. If it’s any consolation, boredom is the first sign that change is happening. It’s an indication that you are ...


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Perception of impermanence Bhikkhus, to the bhikkhu practicing the perception of impermanence and abiding much in it, gain, honour and fame keeps away, it shrinks and rolls away. The mind stretches out and gets established in equanimity or loathing “And what, Ānanda, is the perception of impermanence? Here, having gone to the forest, to the foot of a tree, ...


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This is more of an addendum than a full answer, but I believe this also comes up in the Vimuttimagga, chapter 6.


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Where can I find the references mentioned? (in Niddesa, Abhidhamma, Visuddhimagga) Visuddhimagga > Chapter 3 KammatthanaggahanaNiddesa (Describing the way to recite and learn the meditation from the teacher) > cariyāvaṇṇanā (Describing the mental behavior [for stopping PariyutthanaKilesa] for the teacher to analysis his student behavior), and it's sub-...


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Young householder, The Power of Judgment and Association with People of Integrity are useful helps, following the Buddhas advices, to find a good teacher. Sure good to do such search in monasteries or other places away from worldly interests, of course, since importand to access a borderland. And at least, not to forget!, the most raw Vipassana training ...


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For students who have already done a course one can use the mobile app: Dhamma.org Mobile App. Also, some centres have organised online group sittings for old students: https://pamoda.dhamma.org/en/os-vipassana/online-group-sits/


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The Abhidhamma is useful for this question. I quote from The Abhidhamma in Practice by N.K.G. Mendis. Starting from the top: The Abhidhamma deals with realities existing in an ultimate sense, called in Pali paramattha dhammaa. There are four such realities: Citta, mind or consciousness, defined as that which knows or experiences an object. Citta occurs as ...


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When I read about the Brahmaviharas it said, These four attitudes are said to be excellent or sublime because they are the right or ideal way of conduct towards living beings (sattesu samma patipatti). They provide, in fact, the answer to all situations arising from social contact. I think there are additional "emotions", which aren't entirely/...


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Ven. Yuttadhammo, who was formerly a moderator of Buddhism.SE, heads the Sirimangalo International Meditation Centre in Ontario, Canada. He was a student of Ven. Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo. He teaches vipassana meditation, which is very beneficial. You can find his meditation e-books online: How to Meditate How to Meditate II The "How to Meditate" e-...


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According to the earliest texts The Buddha said that his teaching would eventually be counterfeited. He said that his true Dhamma would last 500 years and that it wouldn't disappear all at once but as gold disappears when counterfeit gold gets into circulation so the true Dhamma would start to disappear with the arising of the fake Dhamma. There have been ...


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I think a lot of people come to the dharma with the idea that they are going to sit down on the cushion, drop into deep concentration, and that suddenly all of their problems will be washed away by some intoxicating wave of bliss. Were it that easy! The truth of the matter, the reality, is that progress in Buddhism is gradual, almost imperceptible. While ...


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The Buddha said: AN4.162:1.1: “Mendicants, there are four ways of practice. What four? Painful practice with slow insight, painful practice with swift insight, pleasant practice with slow insight, and pleasant practice with swift insight. So if practice is painful and slow the question then becomes...why not choose the pleasant practice? AN4.162:5.1: And ...


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When I go to the doctor and he does a blood pressure reading, sometimes I am anxious about how the reading will turn out. This anxiety in turn makes the reading go higher, which is not what I wanted in the first place. To get a good blood pressure reading within a good range, I need to let go of my anxiety and expectation. It's pretty much the same with ...


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If you are getting bored after a half an hour, ya ain’t even close to fully sustained attention on the breath. When our attention is fully sustained, there is no room for boredom. It’s akin to how engaged your mind is in an engrossing movie or during sex. And just like either activity, you get pulled into fully sustained attention. You don’t provide full ...


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We practice wholesome mind and mind factors on one meditation object, not nimitta, however nimitta is an effect of more power mind. When wholesome mind begin to concentrate stably more and more gradually, the Nimitta is going to appear brighter and brighter little by little gradually, too. At first, it would be like a very transparent gray could, pin, etc., ...


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MN128 has a long long discussion about what to do when nimitta vanishes: MN128:15.3: “Well, sir, while meditating diligent, keen, and resolute, we perceive both light and vision of forms. But before long the light and the vision of forms vanish. We haven’t worked out the reason for that.” It's rather lengthy, so I won't repeat it but it starts here: MN128:...


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Jhana means "to gaze, to focus" but the exact significance varies with the context. Here it signifies a high level of samadhi often translated "absorption." I meditated in a theravada monastery in Thailand for ~ 3 months and experienced soft forms of Jhana (not those extreme ones you describe in your question). Many would say that that's ...


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I think you are misunderstanding the nature of jhanas. In your defense, this is a mistake made by almost everyone on a certain stage. You think jhanas are some concrete states that are specific and can be recognized, that all people must go through same exact experiences on their way to nirvana/enlightenment. That the final Liberation is also something very ...


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The best thing you can do is learning how to quickly overcome the hindrances as it will increase the actual time you spend effectively meditating beyond the treshold of jhana. Just sitting with hindrances is a waste of time. I would advise to learn the development of various perceptions, the arousal of energy and to take note of the mind throughout the day ...


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The Buddha indeed recommended lay people to try to meditate, in the Piti Sutta: Then Anathapindika the householder, surrounded by about 500 lay followers, went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to him, sat to one side. As he was sitting there the Blessed One said to him, "Householder, you have provided the community of monks with ...


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When I asked How are 'conceit' and 'identity-view' not the same? Ven. Yuttadhammo replied A view is taking something to be true, whereas conceit falls in the category of a simple experience, which one may or may not hold to be valid. It is similar with greed; one may want something without believing it proper to want, and one may likewise ...


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If you read the suttas carefully, you will see one topic reoccurring: Buddha says "here's a progression of meditation states one may achieve" and this sequence is invariably followed by a passage that says (paraphrasing) "and then the meditator shall come to realize that all such states are conditional and limited, and having realized that he ...


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I've practiced metta by wishing for all beings to be well & happy, happy in the highest sense of the word in particular and thus utterly victorious. I don't do it blandly, i tend to do it in verse and most enthusiasticly. Basically i hold that the Metta Sutta isn't just a poem but is actually a guided meditation and i train analogically; This is what ...


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