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Based on the quoted talk below, meditation is required for most people, because attainment of stream entry is not possible without the overcoming of the five hindrances, which is done through the attainment of the first jhana. However, Ven. Dhammavuddho is of the opinion, that very intelligent people, can fully understand the Dhamma and attain stream entry, ...


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Meditation is a tool — one might argue its the best tool for the job, but that would take a long discussion of what 'the job' is, which would be a serious digression — and anything you can do with a tool, you can do without a tool. It's just more difficult. The reason people have trouble meditating is that as they sit, they keep thinking: "Gah, there's ...


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The Real Reason your Body Rocks During Mediation Your body is rocking because the energy that is used to go out from you and observe the exterior world in now being concentrated within yourself, this will typically create a spiral motion in the body. If you place your hands on your knees, this current intensifies from the energy leaving your hands. Let the ...


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The Satipatthana and Mahasatipatthana Suttas strongly informed Mahasi Sayadaw's noting style of insight meditation, which is very specific about how to practice in accordance with the instructions in the sutta both on the cushion and off. An excerpt from the "Basic Practice" section of Practical Insight Meditation: When you look at the tap or ...


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Observing the five precepts, Right Action, Right Speech and Right Livelihood, i.e. virtues (sila), with heedfulness (appamāda), with the right intentions, certainly generates good karma. In addition, accumulation of wealth as a layperson and use of this wealth in a generous, charitable way, is also good karma, generating merit. Observance of the five ...


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There are clearly things we should avoid. This list is important because such things can trip up even "ordinary jobs" and lead to bad kamma: MN117:29.1: And what is wrong livelihood? Deceit, flattery, hinting, and belittling, and using material possessions to chase after other material possessions. This is wrong livelihood. Leaving aside the ...


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Do we have to be in a position to help millions, like the Dalai Lama or Ajahn Brahma, or just an ordinary guy doing ordinary routine will also get one in higher realms? Wickedness gets you reborn in hell. Lust gets you reborn among the animals. Gluttony and greed gets you reborn as a ghost. Morality that is tainted by vanity and pride gets you reborn among ...


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Since you seem interested in what Bhikkhu Analayo has to offer in regards to the Satipatthana sutta I would suggest you maybe consider looking into his practice guide.


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I would say that the work itself is not where the karma is made. That being said work environments are excellent places to make good karma. By applying right intention (non ill-will, non cruelty, renunciation) in your relations to things, people and yourself you build good karma.


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Brother, The stages of enlightenment are dependant on cultivation. Attachments to circumstances of the generation are a means of describing or assessing the level of enlightenment attainment, So to answer your question brother, achieving stream entry can be done, however that is all dependent on the path taken to attain the Dharma of the individual in ...


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Nondual Direct Pointing Out such as given in Dzogchen or Zen can result in realizing no-self without meditation, for those who's beings are ready.


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The 'element' or 'essence' of fire expresses the release of potential energy to the 'accumulating', or grounding in case of electricity, earth element. Water is the essence of 'movement' itself and air represents the repercussive actions of an action (in the case of lightning it would be thunder). If you were to use the example of entire circuit it would be ...


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MN28 discusses the four elements. Electricity would be a manifestation of the fire element. The electricity of your nervous system would be interior fire element. MN28:16.1: And what is the fire element? The fire element may be interior or exterior. And what is the interior fire element? Anything that’s fire, fiery, and appropriated that’s internal, ...


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I very much like what @NeuroMax wrote, and only wish to add that there are sources of helpful pointers available for someone willing to do the work involved in actually implementing them. I suggest you ask more questions here and use the combined experience of those that will answer your questions to help you find a path that works for you. I mean, that’s ...


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Sometimes i the past, in going to a website I have wondered if the drop-down for "Reading List" might say none. And more farfetched, if the "Meditation Instructions" say: figure it out yourself; no one is coming to save you. You're on to something here. No one is indeed coming to save you. When you truly get that, all hope falls by the ...


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This exact topic is the central topic of the book I can't recommend enough: "The relaxed mind. A seven-step method for deepening meditation practice." - by Dza Kilung Rinpoche I started pulling out quotes for you but had to stop when I realized I'd have to quote half of the book. When we focus or concentrate, we want to be careful not to do so in ...


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It might be difficult for readers to understand exactly what you're experiencing in your meditation. You learn techniques of meditation to get you started on a path, but eventually that path must be understood by you, personally. You become like a scientist experimenting with what works and what doesn't work. For that you have to know what "working"...


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"Like the universe is doing the concentration from which no personal claims can be made" That would be a distraction if you were going for highly concentrated Samatha states. If you are practicing insight vipassana type meditation then Anatta (or transcending the personal) is what is supposed to be happening as momentary concentration is used to ...


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What you are experiencing isn't concentration. Concentration is marked by ekagata or one pointedness. If the universe, dinosaurs, and the Maltese falcon are all dancing on the head of your breath, what you are experiencing isn't the breath, it's the breath and all that other stuff together. Concentration will ultimately lead you to a place of openess, but ...


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According to the sutta below, it is one's state of mind which determines one's quality of sleep and not the comfort of the bed and bedroom. By eliminating or reducing greed/ lust, hatred/ aversion and delusion, one could improve his or her quality of sleep, and enjoy good sleep as the Buddha does. From AN 3.35: “Yes, prince, I slept well. I am one of those ...


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