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Dangers Of Meditating On Emptiness Of Self

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#1 Goodie


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Posted 17 April 2016 - 08:51 PM

Usually it is said that to remove all problems one has to meditate on emptiness. But what if someone does meditate on emptiness too much, focusing a lot on emptiness of himself, can this make him crazy? Because during meditation on emptiness of I all kinds of wrong ideas about I are removed, but if one is not skillful, can he become crazy?

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 09:55 AM

I've read somewhere about one practicioner who wrongly understood the idea of emptiness and after some time he started to speak about himself from the 3rd person: i.e. "this body goes there" and etc...

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Posted 21 April 2016 - 09:42 PM

Some people who have studied Buddhism for long, even became Geshe, went into a long retreat, came out of it quite crazy. Prof. Robert Thurman warns about a wrong kind of meditation, where one can fall into a kind of trap,  called "a demon cave", so if it has such a name, surely it is possible to go quite wrong. It's very important to have a qualified Teacher and to follow His / Her advice correctly, as well all know.

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