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Can one get special powers through mindfulness?

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Can one get special powers through mindfulness?

Postby Uilium » Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:52 pm

Hey there,
One can get special powers through mindfulness? That's the first time I ever heard mindfulness could do that.If someone has these powers, it only proves that one is very proficient in mindfulness of conceptual reality, ultimate reality or both? I guess I always just assumed "powers" could only come from samadhi concentration but I don't know -Thanks

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Re: Can one get special powers through mindfulness?

Postby Timpan » Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:39 am

We have people our temple " meditation group" who have developed some skills or powers but this is usually from attaining higher levels of jhanas. I can not give you say if this is possible only with mindfulness but what i do know is that mindfulness leads to higher concentration and that can result in developing such.

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Re: Can one get special powers through mindfulness?

Postby Modus.Ponens » Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:53 am

Yes, there's a discourse in the scriptures where it is said that the practice of mindfulness can lead to mind reading.
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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Re: Can one get special powers through mindfulness?

Postby Spiny Norman » Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:40 am

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Re: Can one get special powers through mindfulness?

Postby Digity » Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:44 pm

Yes, special power is developing awareness and understanding what's going on in your mind to put an end to suffering.

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Re: Can one get special powers through mindfulness?

Postby polarbear101 » Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:34 am

"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."

"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."

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Re: Can one get special powers through mindfulness?

Postby reflection » Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:46 am

It already starts with the power to be mindful. Quite a special one, already.

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Re: Can one get special powers through mindfulness?

Postby marc108 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:10 pm

"It's easy for us to connect with what's wrong with us... and not so easy to feel into, or to allow us, to connect with what's right and what's good in us."

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Re: Can one get special powers through mindfulness?

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:53 pm

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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Re: Can one get special powers through mindfulness?

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Re: Can one get special powers through mindfulness?

Postby SarathW » Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:15 pm

Some info from a very valuable source:

http://www.aimwell.org/Books/Mahasi/Cul ... Formations
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Can one get special powers through mindfulness?

Postby Strive4Karuna » Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:54 pm

Yes. 100 % Possible. I have "gifts" which are underdeveloped which become stronger through mindfulness and meditation.

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Re: Can one get special powers through mindfulness?

Postby Strive4Karuna » Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:56 pm

Let me tell you what these "powers' are. It is us becoming closer to what we really are. It is not something "special". When we meditate and are mindful, we return to our "normal" state. These "powers" are acquired by returning to who we really are, so it is not us "gaining" these powers, It is us "returning" to these powers we already have. A quote that I have read that is true, "We are not human beings having spiritual experiences, We are spiritual beings having human experiences."

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Re: Can one get special powers through mindfulness?

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Re: Can one get special powers through mindfulness?

Postby Strive4Karuna » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:26 pm

Be VERY AWARE, not to get corrupted by powers. We do not pratice in order to gain special powers to think we are better then everybody else. NO. Everybody has the potential to gain these powers but we pratice in order to end our suffering and attain the ultimate goal. NOT, to gain special powers. Remember this!!

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Re: Can one get special powers through mindfulness?

Postby Crazy cloud » Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:19 am

After an experience of what somebody call "meditation madness" (and let the mind cool down isolated from other people), I'v had a period of a couple of months of a special mindful state. Could "read minds" by just watching the "non-verbal language", and it was very interesting to have that ability, but also a little disturbing. Disturbing, because it gave a certain feeling of being able to control other people. It's facinating to just watch the other persons changing "masks" to accomodate all different personal situations and needs, and to be able to "see" what is really going on in their ordinary minds.

But all of this wasn't to me, a "special power", it was just a period of "extreme" and stable mindfulness.

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