Meditation techniques used in Thai Theravada

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Meditation techniques used in Thai Theravada

Postby Kabouterke » Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:35 am

Hi everyone! I got such great answers and support for the questions I posted in the past few days, that I'd like to ask you something else.

I already searched for this on the forum, but couldn't really find an answer. In one a few of my previous posts I've said that I am considering starting to go to a Theravada Buddhsit temple. I will be trying two of them out in the next few days. They are both Thai wats. Additionally, as a few of you might remember, I am exploring the different vipassana techniques to see which one fits best for me, at least to begin with. I am curious about what techniques are typically taught to newcomers at Thai Buddhist wats.

Two questions for you:
1. What meditation methods can I -generally- expect at a Thai wat?
(I know this could be a potentially humongous list, but for instance, do Thai traditions typically only start you out with samatha techniques and only switch the advanced students over to vipassana? What sort of "beginner's" techniques do Thai traditions typically use: counting the breath, labeling, etc?)
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2. Is it uncommon or unwise for someone to do begin doing a different method than what is taught at the Wat, such as the labeling technique?

Sorry, I really like my lists :)

Thanks so much, in advance!

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Re: Meditation techniques used in Thai Theravada

Postby Bakmoon » Sun Jun 09, 2013 5:51 pm

The non-doing of any evil,
The performance of what's skillful,
The cleansing of one's own mind:
This is the Buddhas' teaching.

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Re: Meditation techniques used in Thai Theravada

Postby cooran » Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:42 pm

This list may be of interest:

Meditation in the Thai Theravada Tradition
http://www.thebigview.com/buddhism/meditation.html


With metta,
Chris
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Re: Meditation techniques used in Thai Theravada

Postby Kabouterke » Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:58 pm

Great website, thanks Chris!

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Re: Meditation techniques used in Thai Theravada

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Re: Meditation techniques used in Thai Theravada

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Re: Meditation techniques used in Thai Theravada

Postby willyloco » Tue Jun 18, 2013 6:35 am

Hi Kabouterke,

I live in Tongeren, Limburg; Dutch speaking.
Actually I did 2 online courses at audiodharma. Very good support.
And once a year I do a short retreat at Amaravati Monastery in England.

I think there aren't many theravada practitioners in the area where I live. Not that I know of anyway.

With Metta

Willy

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Re: Meditation techniques used in Thai Theravada

Postby convivium » Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:08 am

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai/
i've always liked ajahn lee (since visiting wat metta), but a monk in ajahn mun/chah lineage monastery recommended this guy and said he'd teach me from one of these if i came back.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai ... along.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai ... uddho.html
enjoy...
Just keep breathing in and out like this. Don't be interested in anything else. It doesn't matter even if someone is standing on their head with their ass in the air. Don't pay it any attention. Just stay with the in-breath and the out-breath. Concentrate your awareness on the breath. Just keep doing it. http://www.ajahnchah.org/book/Just_Do_It_1_2.php

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Re: Meditation techniques used in Thai Theravada

Postby convivium » Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:27 am

Just keep breathing in and out like this. Don't be interested in anything else. It doesn't matter even if someone is standing on their head with their ass in the air. Don't pay it any attention. Just stay with the in-breath and the out-breath. Concentrate your awareness on the breath. Just keep doing it. http://www.ajahnchah.org/book/Just_Do_It_1_2.php

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