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The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience

Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths. What can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
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Re: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience

Postby Sekha » Thu May 30, 2013 10:53 am

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"My religion is very simple - my religion is ice-cream."
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Postby Sekha » Fri May 31, 2013 5:02 am

As a matter of fact, my practice is derived from the space kasina, which was recommended to me by a Pa Auk instructor to counteract the particular type of hindrance I have been confronted to, and it has proven in my case to be much easier to practice and much more efficient than anapanassati. Yet, I don't have the pretentiousness to go publicly criticize the teachers who would not have performed such an accurate diagnosis on my particular situation, as if I knew better than them what they have to do. And I could even criticize that same instructor on various other grounds, because of which I eventually decided to walk away from him, but that would just be very mean.
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Postby mettafuture » Fri May 31, 2013 7:24 am

Some resources on traditional practices that may be of interest to the members here.

Audio Talks:
by James Baraz
by Gil Fronsdal
by Jack Kornfield

Essays:
by Bhikkhu Bodhi
by Bhikkhu Khantipalo
by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Meditations:
edited by George AP, others
edited by George AP, others

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Re: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience

Postby Mr Man » Fri May 31, 2013 7:47 am

At one time I had the good fortune to meet Bhante Dharmawara, who used to teach colour meditation in the west

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Postby daverupa » Fri May 31, 2013 5:52 pm

So, to be clear:

When newcomers take up seated meditation and play with the many varieties on offer, yet ignore (or aren't taught) the preceding requirements e.g. satisampajanna, wakefulness, guarded sense gates, sila - this is cherry-picking?

Or does the cherry-picking occur when one or another meditation method is taken up in preference to others?

Or does cherry-picking only occur amongst Western Buddhists, somehow?

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