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writing down meditation experiences ?

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writing down meditation experiences ?

Postby purple planet » Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:58 pm

the way i learn now is by doing a few meditations and then calling the teacher and describing feelings i got when meditating (regular feelings nothing special) and how it went

i wonder should i write down the experiences after each meditation so i wont forget how it went when i talk to him on the phone - i call now every 3-5 days
Please send merit to my dog named Mika who has passed away - thanks in advance

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Re: writing down meditation experiences ?

Postby SarathW » Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:31 am

I think meditation all about letting go.
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: writing down meditation experiences ?

Postby Kamran » Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:55 am

Thanissaro Bikhu on trying to memorize insights:

"If you're looking for the little formulas or the little nuggets of wisdom that you can wrap up and take home, in hopes that they'll allow you to drop the effort that goes into being so attentive, it's like the old story of the goose laying the golden egg. You get a golden egg and then you kill the goose. That's the end of the eggs. The goose here is the ability to stay attentive, to be present, to be fully engaged in what's happening with the breath. The insights will come on their own — you keep producing, producing, producing the insights — not for the sake of taking home with you, but for the sake of using them right here, right now. You don't have to be afraid that you're not going to remember them for the next time. If you're really attentive, your sensitivity will produce the fresh insights you need next time. It will keep developing, becoming an ability to read things more and more carefully, more and more precisely, so that you won't have to memorize insights from the past. It will keep serving them up, hot and fresh."

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Re: writing down meditation experiences ?

Postby Ben » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:48 am

You might find it of benefit to write down meditation experiences.
My perspective is that by writing them down one may fall into the danger of feeling that they are somehow something special, when in fact, they are just ephemeral transient phenomena manifesting due to conditions.
Whatever you are experiencing, I think it is wise to try to regard with awareness and equanimity - in other words, just observe, just let go.
kind regards,

Ben
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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: writing down meditation experiences ?

Postby manas » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:24 pm

Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: writing down meditation experiences ?

Postby SarathW » Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:20 pm

Try to remember or even try to experience what you have experience before is a hindrance for your development. it is not the present moment awareness. It is something like you try to write down how to ride the bicycle! :smile:
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: writing down meditation experiences ?

Postby James the Giant » Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:28 am

Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.

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Re: writing down meditation experiences ?

Postby manas » Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:48 am

Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: writing down meditation experiences ?

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:38 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.


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