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How to live life after acknowledging anatta?
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Let’s get this straight. This is the problem when your mind is active and you’re reading all this stuff and thinking about it. The mind can only be confused. Because “moving above your intellect” is ...

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How Does Buddhism Handle Internal Conflict
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It's important to understand that any amount of external situations happen which may not go your way. When it goes your way, you're happy and God doesn't come into the picture. And when it doesn't, ...

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I would like to become Buddhist
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You don't believe in any God. Ok. You don't believe in rituals. Ok. Very likely you already don't. So why Buddhism? I'd like to make an important point here stating that Buddhism is anything but a ...

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Does everyone need to sit, even zen masters, especially according to Soto zen?
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When you don't have "scattered thoughts" whenever you are doing something, you're doing it fully immersed. Everybody has had periods of absolute involvement. Obviously everybody has thoughts, it's ...

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Be like water - but what if i fail
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You're clinging to your theory. Clinging causes fear of letting it go. And hence your predicament. Let it be.

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Hosting people who are making me feel angry
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This is my personal favorite. I have had this happen so many times although the victim was my mother who had to do a lot of things and I contributed a bit in a constructive fashion. This seems to be a ...

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Is it possible to use meditation to gain Self control?
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No. Don't expect anything from meditation. The moment you start expecting some results like self control or universe control, you're lost. You will keep thinking of result that you desire (that is ...

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Betraying People
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Your observations are quite correct in a capitalist mould. Survival of the fittest and stepping on your neighbor due to ambition or desire to achieve something is quite common. We cannot, quite ...

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Celebrate Christmas
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It is probably best to leave other's opinions/beliefs to them unless it is useful to your practice or directly affects your life in some way. Also, it seems like Facebook has done its job. It seems ...

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How to discipline self to practice meditation everyday?
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This is a common problem. I'd suggest you get some inspiration and enthusiasm from reading online about meditation and start doing it for even say, 30 seconds. But most importantly, don't ...

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Why do we need to work?
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I am also a software engineer and went through this exact situation about 3-4 years ago. My personal experience (yours may differ) is that its not the nature of work or the outlook of accumulating ...

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Is practicing Buddhism to be happy a wrong view?
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It depends why you are going in any direction at all. Generally speaking, as worldly people (not monks), we go to anything to derive self-benefit out of it. We want to feel satisfied/better. For ...

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Can Cyborg/ Trans-human reach enlightenment? When enlightenment is depended on a Human Body
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This question is actually unanswerable. However a human being is vastly more complicated than a mere cyborg. The ability to achieve enlightenment. Whereas a cyborg would be created artificially, and ...

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How is it possible to change habits cultivated over lifetimes
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Paying conscious attention to whatever you are doing now fully, whatever the activity may be. Life is happening right now, right this moment as you read. Any actions have consequences, even thoughts....

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The mind during Shikantaza
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Look, there is nothing special about Shikantaza or any other type of meditation. If you ask me honestly, I say that meditation is for fun really. You don't do it to achieve anything. In fact the idea ...

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My interests have changed. I wonder how to keep my previous life?
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Just my 2 cents. If you think that you once had a goal and now you have changed, you're just shifting goals probably for good karma. But either way you are being selfish. You cannot escape that. You ...

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Is Buddhism about being less "sensitive"?
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The effect that the emotion has on you to evoke an immediate reaction has reduced. But you will still feel emotions normally. You start to see emotions as a part of the whole play of things. They come ...

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If someone insults you what should you do?
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Notice that when you are reacting to something you are always assuming a self. An ego. So this could be a reaction to anything from the outside, not just insults. For example, if someone praises me, I ...

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No aim. No perspective. Begin of 30y. Scared about political-decisions. Paranoid. What should I do?
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Getting bored of everything, not interested in anything. I've had my fair share of this feeling in life and would like to share some thoughts here that will help you reassess your life over a ...

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What is the best way to develop a mind observation habit?
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Well this is a suggestions question because your mileage may vary based on what you do and what's your environment. I'd suggest to use the most natural way available. The main idea here is to have a ...

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Should my happiness be dependent on the suffering of others?
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If today you feel happy/grateful because somebody's kids are mad and you are better, then if tomorrow I come and fight you or take away your belongings, you will be a very sad/depressed person. If 2 ...

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Do you experience presence of self now?
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Nobody here essentially has an experience of "non self" unless they have reached high states of enlightenment. It is very very brief otherwise. Just a few seconds, for example when you were at a very ...

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How vipassana is useful for removing fear from myself?
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From what I understand, what we feel as fear is a reaction when the self is in danger of losing something or itself. For example fear of losing reputation in social situations, fear of death. This ...

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Why Buddha was not worried about his family after enlightenment?
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But still Buddha's family was there; I mean, wasn't his family his responsibility? Yes. I remember when the Buddha came back to the palace and met his wife: she asked, "just tell me, if it was ...

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Buddhism vs Advaita Vedanta
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This is a question that will live on in your mind unless you douse it yourself by some belief or another. Why I say this is that, Buddhists are going to read the texts and say "this is what Lord ...

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what is zen's attitude / teaching on keeping a journal?
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Zen is indescribable. Where do you get these thoughts like zen has some rules or attitudes towards anything you do apart from maybe sitting meditation? Look most of the things we do in this world ...

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What should we say when someone asks 'What is your religion?'
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In your current social context maybe it is safe to shy away from religious talk considering people may be religious bigots. But you may also want to reel them in on their religion and attitude. And ...

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Buddhists are rather serious people, won’t wear make-up and never have any fun
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In simple terms, this is an opinion. We have opinions (mental formations) of everything we see. We like to label them, categorize them and generalize them. Have I met a fun loving Buddhist? No. But ...

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What is the purpose of the 5th precept?
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Its very simple. If your goal is the spiritual path, you must do well to not harm yourself, or other people mindlessly. Alcohol used for intoxication is not good for this purpose. If you're looking ...

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Are there meditations for forgiveness?
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Hmm. I think "selfless action" will let you be peaceful, hard as it sounds. There is no need to sit and meditate in some way. Try this. Whatever you do, try to let go of an idea of yourself. Just be ...

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