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The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge - Page 2 - Dhamma Wheel

The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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Vardali
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Vardali » Fri Nov 06, 2009 8:35 pm

Ok, I started off well (after having signed up my challenge here), the first meditation was ok and in time, but since than I lapsed back into restlessness where I only could handle around 20 mins.

Gonna head off now for today's final attempt, but I am feeling well set so I am optimistic to maybe manage better today.

I have to admit though that I am not forcing myself through, when I just cannot reasonably quieten my mind for a sitting, then I move onto doing something else mindfully. But this doesn't count here, really. Looking forward to see how I will manage this weekend, when I got more quiet time and no time pressure for anything ...

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Ben » Fri Nov 06, 2009 8:41 pm

Good luck Vardali!
If it gets tough going, try and exert some adhitthana! (strong determination) It will be helpful in overcomng your hindrances.
metta

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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BlackBird
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby BlackBird » Fri Nov 06, 2009 11:19 pm

Friday was not so great, failed to meet my goal and only got in about 30 minutes or so throughout the day.
That's life, moving on - The aim for today is 3 hours, no wanting, no outcomes, just sitting.

How'd everyone else get on?

:anjali:
"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Guy
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Guy » Sat Nov 07, 2009 1:30 am

Hi Jack,

I only sat for half an hour yesterday instead of an hour, so today I will sit for an hour and a half. :juggling:

With Metta,

Guy
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby James the Giant » Sat Nov 07, 2009 3:23 am

I failed last night. I thought about it but then... naaaah, I'll just surf the web a bit then go to bed.
Tonight I shall attempt again to sit, even for just 10 minutes.
My morning sit was okay though, I remembered it and woke up before the sun rose. Damn morning chorus birds! Quiet your melodious and joyful tweeting!
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby shjohnk » Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:03 am

Great Idea :clap: I aim to do at least 20 minutes of Breath Meditation a day until the end of the year. May everyone achieve their goals!!!

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby BlackBird » Sat Nov 07, 2009 9:28 am

Did about 1.30 today, roughly half of what I had planned, and I'm fine with that. Might go for another sit before bed.
Been reading '' by Shaila Catherine, it's a very good book.

James I know what you mean. We usually have a Tui that nests nearby and it's delightfully distracting, not to mention all the Black birds. :D

:anjali:
"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sat Nov 07, 2009 10:36 am

It's been hit or miss for me. Yesterday was only about an hour of formal meditation (I have committed myself to 2) but there have been days when I easily met my goal. Much of it has to do with when my son decides to wake up so I'm trying not to be too hard on myself. Anyway I wish you all success. Be well.

Mike
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby BlackBird » Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:22 am

I'd say about an hour today, quite a pleasant sit for a change. Guess it comes back to Ajahn. Brahm's 'pay day' theory :lol:

I have the morning off tommorow, will aim for about 2 hours.

How's everyone getting on? Are we on track?
:group:

:anjali:
"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Sanghamitta » Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:28 am

I cheated really by going for the duration I do most days anyway. :embarassed: However I am attempting to do my practice with extra care, and with a more relaxed attitude, rather than. " Ok Ive done that, now I'll do this ". Tick tick..

I like your sig. very much Blackbird.

:anjali:
The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

Bhikku Bodhi.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby BlackBird » Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:39 am

"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Sanghamitta » Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:10 am

:anjali:
The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

Bhikku Bodhi.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Guy » Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:37 pm

Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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James the Giant
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby James the Giant » Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:45 am

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

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Mawkish1983 » Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:07 am

I need a kick up the censored.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Ben » Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:12 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

(Buddhist aid in Myanmar) • •

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Mawkish1983 » Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:23 am


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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Guy » Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:05 am

Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby BlackBird » Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:07 am

"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Sanghamitta » Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:11 am

Worked late yesterday. Squeezed in 25 mins Metta Bhavana last night. This morning anapanasati for 30 mins.
The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

Bhikku Bodhi.


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