Doubt and fear

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gusthgm
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Doubt and fear

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Good night, folks.
I've been practicing vipassana for a while now and I've realize that I have a constant feeling of fear and doubt present in almost every aspect of my life. Through meditation I could see that those feelings have been present for as long as I can remember, and now that I can see how harmful they are, I feel also lost related to what to do about it, how to deal with them in my daily routine out of meditation.
Does anyone know any teaching about it? Any discourse, anything, please.
Thank you.
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MN 4: Bhaya-bherava Sutta — Fear & Terror
What would it take to live in solitude in the wilderness, completely free of fear? The Buddha explains.
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
With Subrahmā
Subrahmā the god asks for the escape from fear. The Buddha says there is no escape from fear without letting go of everything.
https://suttacentral.net/sn2.17/en/sujato

5. Doubt (vicikicchā)

The hindrance of doubt (vicikicchā) refers to doubt about one's ability to understand and implement the meditation instructions, as well as about the teacher and Buddhist teachings in general.

Ajahn Brahmavamso states: "Doubt refers to the disturbing inner questions at a time when one should be silently moving deeper. Doubt can question one's own ability 'Can I do This?,' or question the method 'Is this the right way?,' or even question the meaning 'What is this?.' It should be remembered that such questions are obstacles to meditation because they are asked at the wrong time and thus become an intrusion, obscuring one's clarity."[web 2]
Traleg Kyabgon states: "When we meditate in the presence of this hindrance, we have a constant nagging feeling: 'How do I know what I am doing is right? How do I know if this thing really works and if I am not just wasting my time? How do I know what the Buddhist teachings say is true? How do I know if that what the meditation teachers have taught me is right and that they are not deluded?'"[5]

Analogy
Doubt is compared to being lost in a desert, not recognising any landmarks.

Antidote
Ajahn Brahmavamso states:[web 2]
Such doubt is overcome by gathering clear instructions, having a good map, so that one can recognise the subtle landmarks in the unfamiliar territory of deep meditation and so know which way to go. Doubt in one's ability is overcome by nurturing self-confidence with a good teacher. A meditation teacher is like a coach who convinces the sports team that they can succeed.
The end of doubt, in meditation, is described by a mind which has full trust in the silence, and so doesn't interfere with any inner speech. Like having a good chauffeur, one sits silently on the journey out of trust in the driver.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_hindrances
THE FIVE HINDRANCES
A talk given by Ajahn Brahmavamso at Bodhinyana Monastery
On the 15th of August 2001
https://www.dhammatalks.net/Books7/Ajah ... rances.pdf

The Five Hindrances (Nivarana)
Ajahn Brahmavamso
https://www.budsas.org/ebud/ebmed051.htm
:anjali:
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gusthgm
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Lucas Oliveira, thank u so much!
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gusthgm wrote:I feel also lost related to what to do about it, how to deal with them in my daily routine out of meditation.
While cultivating the Path with meditation is great, it should not be your only daily activity. Make sure to take care of your body with daily physical exercises, the best kinds are outdoor cardios like running, biking, hiking, walking, etc. You'd be surprised of the intimate relationship between the body and mind. Physical exercises are known to release endorphins, the "feel-good" hormone that makes you feel an overall sense of well-being and confidence, makes you feel fearless and that you can take on anything the world throws at you.
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gusthgm wrote: Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:43 pm Good night, folks.
I've been practicing vipassana for a while now and I've realize that I have a constant feeling of fear and doubt present in almost every aspect of my life. Through meditation I could see that those feelings have been present for as long as I can remember, and now that I can see how harmful they are, I feel also lost related to what to do about it, how to deal with them in my daily routine out of meditation. Does anyone know any teaching about it? Any discourse, anything, please.
Thank you.
Yes, there is a teaching that is very close to your experience, namely, as you continue to observe doubt & fear, they will be understood and will naturally subside, as their pointlessness is understood.
So when fear & terror came to me while I was walking back & forth, I would not stand or sit or lie down. I would keep walking back & forth until I had subdued that fear & terror. When fear & terror came to me while I was standing, I would not walk or sit or lie down. I would keep standing until I had subdued that fear & terror. When fear & terror came to me while I was sitting, I would not lie down or stand up or walk. I would keep sitting until I had subdued that fear & terror. When fear & terror came to me while I was lying down, I would not sit up or stand or walk. I would keep lying down until I had subdued that fear & terror.

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
There is always an official executioner. If you try to take his place, It is like trying to be a master carpenter and cutting wood. If you try to cut wood like a master carpenter, you will only hurt your hand.

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Next time your karma comes i mean after that you will feel little calmer
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