FAQ Tag: lovingkindness

Does the transition from the first to the second jhana happen automatically, or does one make a conscious change?

It’s a bit of both, because this is explaining the transition between the first level of meditation and the second. The jhanas – the levels of meditation – are a…
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December 25, 2020 0

Is it okay to take different objects of meditation for sitting, in different situations?

Yes. This is development really, and one of the things that’s happened is, that it has become mostly fixed one-pointed awareness practice in many cases. This is causing problems, sometimes,…
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December 25, 2020 0

Can you clarify what unwholesome and wholesome mean precisely?

This question came up in the Online 10-day Retreat Nov 3, 2020, guided by Delson Armstrong. Day 3 was part of a daily 30 -minute discussion on the suttas, the…
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December 21, 2020 0

A sutta talks about seeing the repulsive as unrepulsive and vice versa; does that mean through Loving-kindness you see the repulsive as unrepulsive?

This question came up in the Online 10-day Retreat Nov 3, 2020, guided by Delson Armstrong. Day 3 was part of a daily 30 -minute discussion on the suttas, the…
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December 18, 2020 0

How do you show gratitude to parents who are not wise and immoral?

  You can’t change people, so the best thing you can do is be the example. Depending on the situation – every situation is different of course – you have to…
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December 10, 2020 0

You explained you can’t have both wholesome and unwholesome thoughts at the same time; does that mean one jumps in and out of a jhana?

Jhana is from the word the root dhy and this has many translations possible; seeing, understanding. And this is what we do in meditation, where you’re practicing this clarity of…
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December 10, 2020 0

I can’t seem to do the Loving-kindness / Metta meditation very well. Is it OK to go back to breath meditation?

We recommend doing Metta; it is much faster, and more pleasant than breathing meditation. Listen to bhante Vimalaramsi’s explanation: Comparing Metta with breathing meditation If you have practiced Breath or…
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November 23, 2020 0

Help, I just can’t feel Loving-kindness. It’s either weak or not there.

Don’t worry! In the beginning, it can be difficult or awkward to bring up that warm, glowing feeling of Loving-kindness.  These videos may help you to bring this feeling of…
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November 23, 2020 0