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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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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby James the Giant » Sun Mar 17, 2013 11:01 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 LonesomeYogurt » Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:46 pm

Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta


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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Feathers » Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:33 pm

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Ben » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:19 pm

“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: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Modus.Ponens » Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:26 pm

Before you all, I make the strong resolution to meditate every day. :buddha1:
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Ben » Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:27 pm

“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: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Modus.Ponens » Wed May 01, 2013 1:15 am

Thank you Ben! :)

Just finished my meditation, even if it was short. Baby steps. :)
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Feathers » Sun May 26, 2013 3:00 pm

Right here we go again. My exams are over, I've had a few days' sleep, and the world in general is looking a little better. So the plan is 15mins morning, 15mins evening of sitting - starting with present moment awareness and hopefully getting to focus on the breath. I'll also chuck some metta in at some point, but starting out with those two 15mins . . . I've just downloaded the Insight Timer app, if anyone uses it and wants to add me . . . well my name is Deborah. Not sure how you actually find people :p
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sun May 26, 2013 11:43 pm

To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Reductor » Mon May 27, 2013 7:24 am

Hey all,

I downloaded that insight timer app, then searched for dhammawheel; KB has already made a group, so join up.

And I'm just putting this pledge out there: I'm going to renew my daily meditation practice in the simplest way possible, by meditating each day for no fewer than 10 minutes a day. Of course, I hope to grow that into something larger. As it is, though, I'll settle for this modest goal.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Ben » Mon May 27, 2013 9:55 am

Yes, Khalil Bodhi has done a fantastic job in setting up the Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge and the Uposotha Club groups. I think the app can be a very positive tool for people who are seeking additional motivation, structure and support for their meditation practice.
kind regards,

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: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Modus.Ponens » Mon May 27, 2013 11:15 am

I just want to share an experience of mine that has given me the discipline I needed to have a daily practice. I'm a lazy person, so for me to have a daily practice was always a nightmare. But I discovered the trick. Instead of aiming at sitting for 20, 30 or 60 minutes doing meditation, I said to myself: "well, I'll try doing walking meditation instead". So the trick is to be mindful in the time periods you're doing routine tasks that you would otherwise be doing with some aversion. For example, to go to the university I walk a good distance and take the subway. So I use that period to do walking meditation and, when I'm still, in the subway, doing mindfulness of the breath.

Not only is this beneficial in itself, because I end up cultivating my mind, but it also has the wonderful side effect of me having the discipline to sit for 30 minutes doing samatha. It's a win-win situation: time is not wasted, I practice mindfulness and on top of that it's much more likely that I sit to do meditation.

Simple, huh? Try it! :smile:
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Ben » Mon May 27, 2013 11:20 am

A great result, MP!
“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: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Mon May 27, 2013 1:55 pm

To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Zenainder » Mon May 27, 2013 2:41 pm

If I may encourage early practitioners: do not fret quantity of time meditating, but rather QUALITY of time spent practicing. If you are worried about how long you are meditating, you are completely missing the point!

With metta!

Zen

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby jadborn » Mon May 27, 2013 2:47 pm

Wow, what a great idea. I haven't been meditating consistently for the last few months, so I officially challenge myself to sit for at least 10 minutes everyday for just one week.

It's not much, but any amount of time spent sitting is good, right? Hopefully this will get me back on the horse!
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Feathers » Mon May 27, 2013 3:08 pm

The app is brilliant :-)
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Coyote » Mon May 27, 2013 5:53 pm

Now that my exams are over I want to get back into a steady meditation practice over the summer. I plan to sit for 2 hours a day, 1 hour in the morning and evening, consisting of both Metta and Anapanasati. I also want to keep the 5 precepts more strictly and move towards keeping the uposatha, at least partly - the food one may be an issue given that I live with my family and we eat together. I am not going to be hard on myself if I miss a day or don't quite reach my goal as it is a good chance to learn.
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Che Guebuddha » Sat Jun 01, 2013 8:21 pm

Up the river,
on and on,
The Practice carries on,
on the Dhammic raft.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby jadborn » Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:30 am

"O Sariputra! Form does not differ from the void, and the void does not differ from the form. Form is the void, and the void is form."

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