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Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

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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Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

Postby PeterB » Mon Oct 17, 2011 1:57 pm

You can even find one and avail yourself of her/his teachings. There's a radical thought.

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Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

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Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

Postby Ben » Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:02 am

Hi Daniel
You might like to have a read of Ven Analayo's "Satipatthana: the direct path to realization" where he talks about contemplating the hindrances.
kind regards,

Ben
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Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

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Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

Postby Ben » Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:08 am

Hi Daniel,
I don;t have my copy with me currently. I do remember Venerable writing about reviewing the hindrances. It could be in the Investigation of Dhammas section. I'm sorry I can't be more specific.
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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.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

Postby Ben » Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:13 am

Thanks for finding the page ref, Daniel!
“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

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Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

Postby danieLion » Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:53 am

1. The A to the Q, "Is a teacher required to practice meditation?" is a categorical no.

Re-frame: Is a teacher required to successfully practice meditation?

That seems more appropriate to me.

2. It's not so much about a teacher requirement as a collaboration between the instructor and instructed to arrive at workable instructions.

3. I've observed several practitioners use the phrase "my teacher" in a way that suggests they're wearing it like a credential badge or a backstage pass, or as conferring the right to brag on them, which can devolve to: My Ajahn can beat up your Ajahn!

4. I trust that if I meet someone that (a) I could humbly and with sincere respect refer to as my teacher, and (2) that is willing and able to handle me, then I will probably at that point technically have a teacher. Until then, I will remain teacher-less.

Daniel :heart:
PS: Can a BOOK be a teacher?

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Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

Postby mettafuture » Sun Dec 30, 2012 3:22 am

A video that's relevant to this discussion.



The suttas he references are DN 16:6.1 and MN 56.18.


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