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How would I know if I was suffering from spiritual materialism?

You absolutely can recognize it in yourself. Not only can, you definitely should put effort in doing so -- it makes a huge difference in one's practice (from my own experience being a student). ...
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Talking about Dharma - is it worthwhile?

Both quotes you cite come from the Chan/Zen tradition. It is very typical for Chan to emphasize "transmission beyond scripture" and "silent illumination". Not all of Buddhism is like that though. ...
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Why work on one thing at a time?

The instruction to do "one thing at a time" is implied by the Buddha's praise of Sāriputta's practice, which was intense, deep and accomplished methodically one by one: MN111:1.6: The Buddha said ...
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live as if it was your last day?

The "meditating on death" sounds like it's meant to be a meditation on impermanence, and on the unattractiveness of the body (i.e. an antidote to lust); as well as on the "just seeing" and so on that ...
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live as if it was your last day?

If a teaching seems contradictory it is probably because teachers of Dharma utilize both conceptual and ultimate realities at the same time and this can appear very confusing if the student doesn't ...
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live as if it was your last day?

There is no pretending. It is the fact that you are not sure if this is the last period or not hence what needs to be done in case you die. No one can plan the time of death and many die ...
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What are the ways to be conscious in all situations?

Ways to be conscious in all situations Just like anything else, to be good at martial arts, at playing the piano, at math, etc... the only way is to practice, practice, and practice. Practice ...
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Developing a intense focus on materialistic things

For day to day activities the ideal is: SN35.95:10.1: “In that case, when it comes to things that are to be seen, heard, thought, and known: in the seen will be merely the seen; in the heard will ...
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live as if it was your last day?

It is not pretending, like Suminda said. One way to very truly understand this is to enumerate the number of X you have. You have X amount of breaths in your current life-body-mind. You have X ...
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live as if it was your last day?

It's a metaphor, another one of these is "you should strive as if you had your head on fire". Doesn't mean we have to pretend there's fire on our head! We often procrastinate meditation and/or reading,...
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Why work on one thing at a time?

According to Abhidhamma, we can do only one thing at a time. (mind or thought-moment) However, as we are not paying attention we think they all happen at once. When you practice Satipathana you will ...
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Spirituality is making me anhedoniac!

Great achievement, congratulation. Most don't archive it even after lifetime practice. It's just that it is mostly not for sure, so continue further to a point where possible joy in ordinary work or ...
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Spirituality is making me anhedoniac!

Anhedonia is a diagnosable medical condition. Please consult a doctor for evaluating your condition. Your spiritual practice might have revealed a medical condition, especially if nothing gives you ...
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Is it good to tell awakening stories?

I think at times it can be helpful, and at times, harmful. The teachings of the Buddha are his experiences. By sharing his atainments, he helps us all walk the path. Unfortunately, if you are too ...
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