I am relatively new to Buddhism and I’ve been struggling with the balance between study and practice. Is there an ideal balance between the two?
How do you know when you’re forcing your meditation, instead of applying proper effort? Do you recommend short periods of meditation or longer ones?
How does one get through that middle-to-later phase if one can’t go live in a monastery or sit with a teacher for several years?
I would like to help my friend out and to help them find their way to the path. How can I do that without seeming to preach Buddhism?
“I want to ordain in the Theravada tradition, but I’m concerned that my current problems might lead to failure as a monastic. Any ideas?”
When there’s a disconnection between practice and life, how can one actually incorporate practice into everyday life?
Doesn’t the idea of reincarnation imply that there is a thing or self that can be referred to as existing, which passes from one life to the next?
Sometimes when I teach I feel like I’m pretending to be someone I’m not because I see where I fail to live up to these precious teachings. I begin to doubt.
I’ve been a Buddhist for more than twenty years and I’ve done a lot of meditation practice. More and more I find myself asking “What’s the point?”