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Has anyone seen any meditation master demonstrating abhinna or supernatural powers?

It is not desirable to answer such questions because inevitably some smart cookie will debate every example by offering counter examples of parlor magicians who can do the same. As the Kevatta Sutta ...
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From a Buddhist point of view, what are the benefits of supernormal powers?

Just from inferring from the texts, you can see how the Buddhas ability to read people's minds allowed him to teach them exactly what they needed to hear. So such an ability would allow someone ...
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From a Buddhist point of view, what are the benefits of supernormal powers?

I assume you are asking about the disadvantages of unenlightened beings gaining magical powers. Devadatta is a good example for that. He used his magical powers to impress king Ajatasatta and intern ...
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Is it possible to fly?

This is actually nothing special to feel excited about. In Ayurvedic terms, when Vatha(air element) is imbalanced in the body, people tend to see dreams of flying. More information here On the other ...
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Has anyone seen any meditation master demonstrating abhinna or supernatural powers?

Sansayan: the short answer to your question is yes, I have. A Sri Lankan monk who is now deceased for some years now, Ven Anandamaitreya, definitely had acquired it. There is nothing unique to this ...
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Psychic Powers and the Kevatta Sutta (DN 11)

There are 2 things here. developing supernormal powers displaying supernormal powers Developing supernormal powers as side benefit of meditation is welcome and long as they are used to teach and ...
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Is fortune telling allowed in temples?

No. Fortune telling, astrology, palmistry, divination etc. are considered to be "animal" arts by the Buddha, which is forbidden to monks in DN 2 (quoted below). From DN 2: "Whereas ...
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Has anybody tried meditating forehead to forehead? Or communicated with others via meditation?

To be quite frank, I don't really see much point in this from a Buddhist perspective. What is the purpose in doing this? Maybe you can have some interesting experiences with different sensations, and ...
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Telepathic Communication, do Buddhists Believe in it?

It is a well known super power attained by advanced meditators. You can find references to such powers in the stories of the Buddha, and in biographies of well known monks. Kevatta Sutta: "Kevatta,...
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Does Buddhism cause longevity?

Quoting from Maha-parinibbana Sutta: Last Days of the Buddha, And the Blessed One said: "Whosoever, Ananda, has developed, practiced, employed, strengthened, maintained, scrutinized, and ...
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How is a Buddha able to do things beyond the laws of cause-and-effect?

That sounds like it might be one of the Four Unconjecturables. "There are these four unconjecturables that are not to be conjectured about, that would bring madness & vexation to anyone who ...
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Can Buddhists see into the future?

Pa Auk Sayadaw treats this topic in Knowing and Seeing, P. 190-196. According to the Sayadaw, follow the method given for discerning the past, making appropriate changes to see the future, including ...
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From a Buddhist point of view, what are the benefits of supernormal powers?

An Indian yogi came to Japan and demonstrated his ability to levitate and other supernatural powers. The people who witnessed these miracles went to the Zen master living nearby (Bankei) and asked "...
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Psychic Mediums vs Buddhist Monks

Who would have the better handle on how the true nature of reality is organised? Buddhist monks.Because they follow the teachings of the Buddha.The Buddha taught Karma and Rebirth. Logic dictates ...
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Are these magical powers real?

Some of these have been actively researched in Parapsychology. The Wikipedia link directs you to research efforts around this subject. If you are skeptical of what others have to say you can verify ...
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In a Buddhist perspective how do we recall memories of this life and beyond?

From my understanding of Buddhism, there are no memories from beyond. Everything including memories are impermanent. There is no permanent memory-self that remains from moment to moment.
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How does one practice to develop super-mundane powers through meditation?

Through practicing samatha and vipassana meditation. After abandoning the five hindrances and after mastering the Jhanas a practitioner turns their attention to and attains Insight Knowledge, ...
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How does one practice to develop super-mundane powers through meditation?

Part of Daniel Ingram's "thing" is to speak more openly and frankly about this kind of topic than "traditional" Buddhists are sometimes willing to do. So you could have a look at his "Mastering The ...
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I was wondering about deep meditation and out of body experiences

I suddenly looked down and saw myself sitting, I was out of my body, I tried to look around and I saw what I can only describe as many beautiful places/doors This is an effect of certain Samatha ...
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Discernment or blind belief?

You do not have to believe in these things if you do not want to but do not reject then outright also. Though maybe not all aspects, you might realize some aspects of Buddhism which you might have ...
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Discernment or blind belief?

There are several topics about faith on this site. I think that "faith" may be a preliminary state e.g. as described in this topic. If you were drowning and someone throws you a rope, you need enough ...
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Buddhism and miracles

Yes, most Buddhists do believe that the Bodhisatta walked 7 steps immediately after being born and also believe in the miracles mentioned in the scriptures literally. Within this group some believe ...
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SN 41:3,4 Where do these monks vanish to?

It should be not understood as "rejection" or disprove if offered isn't made use of, good householder, can have many reasons, often Vinaya. Ones act of merits (if meritorious intended) ...
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Has anybody tried meditating forehead to forehead? Or communicated with others via meditation?

In Buddhist meditation you have to do it more in seclusion (Sunyagara, under a tree, etc). There may be other techniques outside Buddhism (at least Theravada) where you may have pratices like this, ...
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