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Is the only way to deal with the effects of your bad karma endurance?

Try to make good Karma - it will help you for sure. The Buddha once gave a simile. He said that bad karma was like salt and good karma like water. If you put some salt in a glass of water it will ...
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What can be done when one is having difficulties establishing a regular practice?

This happens when you have a mistaken idea that practice is something separate from your normal life. But meditation is only 1/3rd of the practice, the top of the wedding cake (shila-prajna-samadhi). ...
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What is the antidote for conceit (mana)?

What should one contemplate for mana? Here's what the early texts say: He should develop the perception of inconstancy so as to uproot the conceit, 'I am.' For a monk perceiving inconstancy, the ...
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Can you meditate too much as part of a daily routine?

I'm sure you've heard the phrase "Practice like your hair is one fire" However, one researcher was looking for people who had so-called "Dark Nights of the soul" experience, i.e. unpleasant ...
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How to Proceed By Right Effort

Not just my own understanding, but a standard teaching is to approach things gradually, from coarse to subtle. First, we have to stop creating major sources of trouble for ourselves. How do we do ...
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Deload weeks for meditation

Tibetan lineage teachers usually say, meditation should be like spending time with a best friend. You meet joyfully, you spend time effortlessly, and you separate easily, knowing you can't lose each ...
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What is the antidote for conceit (mana)?

Conceit doesn't convey the full meaning of 'Māna' in Buddhism. 'Māna' is measuring. You can measure yourself against others in three ways, I am better than him I am worse than him I am ...
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Is the only way to deal with the effects of your bad karma endurance?

The effects of karma are neither bad nor good. they just are. It is you who give them meaning, not the karma. It's best to understand what Karma actually is: the law of cause and effect. The ...
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Can you meditate too much as part of a daily routine?

You practice should be continuous. Therefore there is only the risk of practising too little. But there is the risk of too much effort. This is generally chasing after results, exerting too much ...
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Is there a conflict between dependent origination and right effort?

Where we don't have a choice: stop, maintain or prolong, create phenomena and influence, control arising and passing of phenomena. Even at a grosser level the influence is limited. Where we have a ...
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Keep motivation to stick on one meditation practice :Ven. Mahasi Saydaw

Some advice by Ajaan Fuang here: § Many were the times when people would tell Ajaan Fuang that — with all the work and responsibilities in their lives — they had no time to meditate. And many ...
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Teachings that Inspire Practice

Read the nice anecdotes of Ajaan Fuang. A small selection below. § A woman came to Wat Dhammasathit to observe the precepts and meditate for a week, but by the end of the second day she told ...
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How much should i try while meditating?

I recalled a dharma talk by Ajahn Thanissaro Bhikku on Youtube. In it he compared mindfulness and meditation to a skill. And like anything else in life you need to practice to become good at that ...
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Over expectations and overconfidence

You are not alone on this… @Ashwin Kumar. You have good company. When you stop and think about it, that’s what a lot of people do in this world. They do something because they think it makes them ...
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What did the Buddha say about motivation?

Right effort(sammā-vāyāma) in terms of mindfulness is not a forceful , grit your teeth kind of effort. It's a moment by moment, continuous, good cyclical habit kind of effort. Cetanā is Pali for 1- ...
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Why have I awoken Now?

-- "why is it that in this life time I have became obsessively bent to attain nibbana" There is a traditional Buddhist teaching that explains this Awakening through a combination of lucky causes and ...
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Are Good Qualities Proportional to Our Efforts?

From MN 117, we read that Right Effort (samma vayamo) must go in the right direction: "One tries to abandon wrong view & to enter into right view: This is one's right effort... "One ...
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Is there a conflict between dependent origination and right effort?

Your question basically boils down to "is there anything called free will?". There is 'will'. But it is not necessarily free. Even when you get a decision made in the courts, if the jury or the judge ...
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Constant mindfulness hard to achieve

When you start of you need some level of concentration to have awareness. The reason for this is we are constantly getting input from all 6 sense doors and we react to them. So the starting point ...
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What could a lay follower do to increase his zeal to become a monk?

I could easily have written your query. At this time however there are a few differences which may be helpful if shared. Am in my mid 40’s. Never thought that it was actually possible. Met a ...
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Effort in Practice

In traditional Buddhism, effort is not only the way to move forward but, almost more importantly, the main source of satisfaction! This satisfaction then serves as the main source of fuel for going ...
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Developing Positive Qualities and Diminishing Negative Qualities

In my opinion, this boils down to the differences I previously outlined between "formless" and "form-full" paths. The formless path is about relinquishing negative qualities without explicitly ...
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Buddhism and Losing Determination

Sit on the cushion. You’ve posted scores of variants on this question and still seem to be under the impression that there’s an answer out there somewhere that’s going to get things to click for you -...
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