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What is the Interpretation of Parimukham in the context of Buddhist Meditation?

What are the different interpretations and translations and what might be the most correct interpretation according to the different lines of practice? How are they rationalized? Here are some: ...
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What is the meaning of "dhammā" in the context of the four satipaṭṭhāna?

I think the following perspective on all four satipatthanas will help in understanding the meaning of the fourth one. The four satipatthanas are supposed to counter the four vipallasas (perversions) ...
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Is there any point in learning meditation from an unenlightened person?

The Buddha tells the Kalamas to choose a teacher wisely in the Kalama Sutta based on the usefulness or skillfulness of the teachings, as well as you can identify the characteristics of the "disciple ...
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What is the difference between Satipatthana and Vipassana?

Satipatthana is the name of the actual practice, and Vipassana is the name of the quality of clearly seeing reality which Satipatthana produces.
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What are the Pali translations for mindfulness?

Actually, the only good translation I can think of for the English "mindfulness" is Sampajañña. sam = full, pa = full, jañña = knowledge (or awareness). Another potential candidate is yoniso (to the ...
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Accurate translation of "Satipatthana Sutta"

In my opinion, one of the best translations is the one in Analayo Bhikhu's "Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization". see https://www.buddhismuskunde.uni-hamburg.de/pdf/5-personen/analayo/direct-...
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Sankharas, once eliminated. Do they have a chance of coming back?

There are ten fetters eliminated in Vipassana meditation. Elimination does not occur before you reach the Sothapanna(stream enterer) state. Until then, fetters are only subdued. Once a fetter is ...
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What is the difference between rūpa and Kāyā?

My understanding is the following: Rupa = external and internal matter or form. Externally, rupa is the physical world. Internally, rupa includes the material body and the physical sense organs. Kaya ...
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Meditation "thinking" "imagining" mental note : Ven . Mahasi Sayadaw tradition

I would advise three things: First, given that you experience the thoughts as bad, it is possible that you are ignoring the emotions surrounding the thoughts. If you are upset by the thoughts that ...
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Buddhism view regarding happiness and contentment

This sort of happiness is certainly recognized by the Buddha; it is encouraged in many places as being conducive to concentration, e.g.: 2.“I thought: ‘Why am I afraid of that pleasure that has ...
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Is there any point in learning meditation from an unenlightened person?

From a practical perspective there aren't going to be that many enlightened people around so if you want to have anything approaching personal instruction then you will have no option but to engage ...
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What is the difference between Satipatthana and Vipassana?

Vipassana itself is True Awareness, clear-seeing presence in the moment absent of wandering thoughts. There is no Awakening without some success in Vipassana practice. Continued Vipassana practice aka ...
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Is Sampajañña and Dhamma vicaya related?

In the stock passage defining Sama-Sati, right mindfulness, sampajanna is mentioned: And what is right mindfulness? There is the case where a monk remains focused on the body in & of itself — ...
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Accurate translation of "Satipatthana Sutta"

If you are looking to most accurate and reliable the best translations are by Piya Tan: Mahasatipatthana Mahasatipatthana Trilinear Edition An Introduction to the Satipatthana Suttas Satipatthana ...
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Satipatthana sutta in english AUDIO

There is a very 8 day workshop done by S.N. Goenka on the Satipatthana Sutta which takes you through the original Pali sutta followed by further elaboration The disclosures: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 ...
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To what extent can Ānāpānasati be related to Vipassanā?

Anapanasati is divided into 4 tetrads which correspond to the 4 Satipatthana hence the pratice of Anapanasati is actually a forms of Satipatthana / Vipassana. A thorough introduction to Anapanasati ...
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Satipathanna Sutta and contemplating mind externally?

Abhidhamma Vibhaṅga Khandhavibhaṅga: Therein what is internal consciousness? That consciousness which, for this or that being, is personal, self-referable, one’s own, individual and is grasped (by ...
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Did Lord Buddha teach any other meditation technique than the Anapana?

You sit for two hours like a log and expect to reach samadhi? Well, I'm sorry to disappoint, but your expectation of meditation as "technique" is completely, utterly wrong. You can't achieve Nibbana, ...
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Anapanasati - are the 16 considered progressive sequence of steps?

Try not to overthink it. There is a clear path of progressive steps or progress, yes, but for each meditator it varies somewhat as they each have varied conditions. We don't control what arises, so we ...
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Do "and further", "again", in MahaSatipatthanasutta definitely mean "next step (aparam)"?

More like 'and deeper than that'. You will find that the majority, perhaps all, lists in the Dhamma are progressions. Each further step if followed opens up the Dhamma further and is closer to the ...
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What does 'passing away of dhamma' mean in Satipatthana sutta?

The materialistic mindset invented language built around the key notion of objects. Objects are represented by nouns. In contrast to that, the spiritual mindset or the mind-over-matter mindset came up ...
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What is the difference between rūpa and Kāyā?

Rupa is "shape", "form", "object", "appearance", "image", usually in the sense of something perceived visually. Kaya is "body", both specifically of living being, but also generally a body of a tree (...
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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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Dharmaskandha and Śāripūtrābhidharma Satipatthana contains a section of shortcomings. What are the shortcomings?

To put it in another way Sujato Bhikkhu postulates a root text which he calls Satipatthana Mula which other later Satipatthana suttas and sutras "added" their own stuff. He derived a postulated root ...
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