“When I meditate, I often get drowsy after awhile. At other times, I’m agitated and feel like jumping off my cushion. In neither case do I feel like I’m meditating correctly.”
The protuberance at the top of the Buddha’s head is known as the ushnisha, which is one of the traditional thirty-two marks of the physical body of a buddha.
In Asian traditions, bowing is a gesture of humbleness and respect, but it can seem strange in the modern West.
What happens at a Buddhist funeral? We answer your questions on Buddhism and meditation.
What is the connection between Buddhism and secular mindfulness? Some people say mindfulness is just Buddhism in another form. Is that true?
I’ve had some conversations with Buddhists who proselytize their view as right. Do Buddhists try to convert people like other religions do?
Does the Buddhist concept of generosity mean when I see people on the street asking for money I should always give it to them?
I’m uncomfortable about the principle of guru devotion, which seems hierarchical and potentially exploitive. Should I follow a guru?
I have a bad back and it really hurts when I meditate sitting on a cushion. Is it okay if I sit in a chair to meditate?
Do Buddhists believe in a soul? We answer your questions on Buddhism and meditation.