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How to disambiguate between various meditation practices?

I agree with Dhammadhatu in that the different meditations seem confusing when you don't know what it is all about. When you know the underlying principle, you know how these different meditations ...
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Difference between satipatthana and vipassana

Vipassana is a compound of two words: vi - and passana. Vi means various, i.e. the three characteristics (transiency, unsatisfactoriness, non self). Passana means right understanding or realization by ...
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Lust arises every time I am alone

lets me to wrong websites When I quit smoking cigarettes, one of the techniques I used was to make it more difficult for me to have a cigarette. For example, if I owned a packet of cigarettes, and ...
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What is Modern Vipassana?

The more I learn about the modern Vipassana movement the more I feel it promotes an incorrect or inadequate view. The modern Vipassana movement started with the renewal of interest in meditative ...
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How to disambiguate between various meditation practices?

OP: S.N. Goenka says if you practice Vipassana, you must not practice any other technique (but, even more confusingly, he also teaches Anapana and Metta) What is said by Goenka is that you should ...
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Which are the vipassana jhanas?

Please see Ven. Gunaratana's "The Jhanas". He gave pretty detailed descriptions of the standard jhanas versus the vipassana one, what's called "momentary concentration"/khanikaSamadhi.
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What happened to Siddhārtha Gautama wife Yashodhara?

When Lord Buddha's wife Yashodhara also joined Sangha (become bhikkhuni), what happened to her ? As part of the Bhikkhuni order nothing special or noteworthy incidents through the Buddha acknowledged ...
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Ultimate reality and tilakkhana

Tilakkhana is Pali for "three lakṣaṇa". "Lakshana" means indication, symptom, attribute, feature, omen, that by which a thing is recognized. Anicca, dukkha, anatta are the three aspects of all ...
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What is difference between nimitta and vitaka and their relation to manasikara?

Our thoughts follow a chain of associations, one after another after another. Assuming you're not a robot you can insert a particular idea into the chain, at will. It's as if you say to yourself: &...
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Hate myself more and more wish to die

You should keep on living, sorry. I have to deal with what my karma has to deal me as well. This is me now. Live forever! I am, I have no legs. I know that is nothing compared to a stroke. But you ...
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The object of meditation

The focus of this meditation is breath. Keep coming back to that. I recommend you seek out some in-person meditation instruction - it will really help your meditation.
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Seven 10-day and one 20-day Goenka Course but no "good results"

I would suggest you try another vipassana lineage. Goenka goes for body sensations only (AFAIK, later they add mind objects, but I only have 2nd-hand knowledge about it). Use a technique where all 4 ...
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Differences between U Ba Khin and S.N. Goenka

From many of S.N. Goenka's writing it is implied that U Ba Khin gave explicit instruction not the change anything regarding to the technique and I believe this is the case. Also many times in this ...
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Is Mr. S. N. Goenka's Vipassana Meditation a Buddhist tradition?

Goenka tradition seems to be most close to meditation instruction sourced directly from the Suttas. A course is divided into parts: Anapana - cultivation of Samadhis (1/3 of the length of the course)...
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Can loving kindness, compassion and sympathetic joy be developed through Vipassana meditation?

Your concern is based on invalid definition of Vipassana/Vipashyana. "Watching equanimously your bodily sensations" is not what Buddha meant by insight meditation. Insight meditation is rigorous ...
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Can Vipassana dissolve psychosis?

Google defines psychosis as A mental disorder characterized by a disconnection from reality. Causes: Psychosis may occur as a result of a psychiatric illness like schizophrenia. In other ...
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Moderation in meditation for lay people

Daniel Ingram writes a lot about the 'dark night' and working through it. In an interview (Buddhist Geeks I think - sorry no exact reference) he said that dark night will be encountered by Intense ...
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Law of attraction to reach enlightenment?

"Law of attraction" is, by its meaning, total Dhamma and all works on that. It's the "law of attraction" that keeps one in the wheel, and that of escape, with faith into liberation as alternative ...
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Finding a Vipassana Teacher in a pandemic

Ven. Yuttadhammo, who was formerly a moderator of Buddhism.SE, heads the Sirimangalo International Meditation Centre in Ontario, Canada. He was a student of Ven. Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo. He teaches ...
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What is difference between nimitta and vitaka and their relation to manasikara?

MN 20 is a good sutta where both terms nimitta and vitakka are used, and you can see where they overlap. https://lucid24.org/mn/mn020/index.html nimitta is more general purpose, lower on the raw ...
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What is gained by learning Vipassana meditation in long retreats?

Background. 15 years ago I went to a 10 day Vipassana Retreat. I lasted 4 days. 10 years ago I went again and finished the Retreat. I went for a 3 day Retreat this last winter. It doesn't seem to get ...
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