Hello. This seems like a nice place to hangout
I have two questions:
1. I have read a sutta that says we should stop all I-making and my-making. I cannot find the exact sutta anymore. I have to wonder though, how are we supposed to get anything done if we can't use the self as a kind of tool to plan to do things in the immediate & distant future? Also, isn't it somewhat useful to have some notion of how you look, behave, smell, etc etc etc. In addition to personal qualities like "i am good at math, writing", etc..? Youd have to be really thickheaded to not see situations where selfawareness can't be useful it seems.
2. I've thought about how to do sati for 2 years now, and i finally feel like i got it nailed. First i had to wade through mountains of disinformation, including this notion of calling sati "vipassana"?? in addition to calling sati "present-moment-awareness" etc etc etc! I am tired(haven't slept tonight, yes i'm a bad Buddhist!) but this is how i do it now: i simply watch all the aspects of phenomenae arise, including my self-thought... . And all the thoughts saying this is stupid, whatever... First i suppose i get more focused & concentrated and then it's like all the phenomenae kinda "adds up" after eachother; this is when i get aware of longer & longer memory even though i am still aware of things arising in the present!! I haven't done it a lot, but have I found some secret here?? The little i have done this and already i am freer than i have ever been; and the world seem so much more beautiful!!
Am i doing it right? How do you do it? And when i ask that, i am really asking how is your
experience when "meditating"?
To be honest i feel like everyone could get enlightened relatively fast if they were to use this method(combined with the non-self teachings of the Buddha), which i Do believe have ample support in the suttas... But perhaps not so much in modern buddhist meditation books!