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The object of meditation

In the meditation taught in the original Buddhist scriptures, the mind stays with the breath & free from thought. In the original Buddhist scriptures, there is no 'shift' when vipassana is ...
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What are the differences between vipassana and mindfulness meditation?

When Buddha taught meditation he did not explicitly separate it in different types. If you read Anapanasati Sutta, Satipatthana Sutta, Kimattha Sutta, Cula-suññata Sutta, and any number of suttas ...
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How to disambiguate between various meditation practices?

It appears unclear to you because you have not comprehended the essence of the Buddha's teachings. The Buddha did not teach any 'techniques'. The Buddha taught to abandon craving & other ...
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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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Mahasi Sayadaw Walking

The Buddha did in fact teach just this practice: Bhikkhus, you should train thus: ‘We will be devoted to wakefulness. During the day, while walking back and forth and sitting, we will purify our ...
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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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In what way(s) does engaging in sexual activity affect meditation practice?

Sensual pleasure is one of the Five Hindrances which are like "canals dissipating the force [awareness/discernment strength] of a river current" as taught by the Buddha in AN 5.51: "...
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Which is the easiest of the four paths for a novice lay practitioner?

The sutta was spoken by Ananda. It is not the words of the Buddha. The Buddha taught samatha & vipassana are developed in tandem (MN 149; Dhp 372); as demonstrated in MN 118 (when it is properly ...
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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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How to ordain and become a monk?

Hope this video, "Ask A Monk: How To Ordain As A Monk" by Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu would help you! And hope you will achieve what you want!
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What is considered consciousness?

In Pali Buddhism, 'consciousness' ('vinnana') is the sense awareness or cognition that operates through the six sense organs to facilite: (i) seeing; (ii) hearing; (iii) smelling; (iv) tasting; (v) ...
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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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Can't meditate?

Deliberately directing or focusing the mind onto the breath is not the actual practise of Buddhist meditation, despite this wrong 'yogic' technique from the Visuddhimagga being taught so extensively. ...
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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 value of a regular vipassana meditation practice

We practice meditation to purify our minds of greed, hatred, and delusion. We can't do this by yearning for ourselves to reach a particular stage of realization nor by yearning for special experiences ...
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Discernment vs. judgement in the labeling meditation

I guess the big difference between mentally noting vs judging what you are experiencing is the degree of objectivity. Noting helps you to perceive your experiences with clarity, which should in turn ...
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Why is my head going all Poltergeist on me

The experience you describe is not a common experience but meditators do get very uncommon experiences due to sudden outburst of past Karma / Snakhara. When you have stopped creating new Karma though ...
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Are there problems from mixing different sources of teachings?

The Teaching is just one but there might be many interpretations. That's why the Buddha advised us to always verify a teacher's words, no matter how famous or well respected he is, against the Buddha'...
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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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What is the difference between Enlightenment and Nibbana?

Enlightenment is the insight knowledge that cuts through & extinguishes the mind's defilements (cravings) of greed, hatred or delusion. Nibbana is final peace or coolness that is experienced ...
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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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