Although I haven't tried them myself,I've heard positive things about Bhante Vimalaramsi's teaching methods.
Moggalana wrote:Yes, mostly. But there are also some critics. As always. http://www.greatwesternvehicle.org/crit ... itique.htm This critic might be biased, however. But I don't know these people. See and think for yourself
Modus.Ponens wrote:Moggalana wrote:Yes, mostly. But there are also some critics. As always. http://www.greatwesternvehicle.org/crit ... itique.htm This critic might be biased, however. But I don't know these people. See and think for yourself
I don't know if you're aware, but the link you provided is from Jhanananda. Jhanananda is a self ordained person called Jeffrey Brooks, and thus is in the Sangha by theft. His criticisms of Bhante Vimalaramsi are unreliable.
jcsuperstar wrote:there are some things about him though i'm not so sure about, like he claims to be able to cure aids..
m0rl0ck wrote:Anyone have advice on narrowing the field of concentration in anapanasati and still remain true to the method as outlined in the suttas?
Kenshou wrote:It sounds like to me that, and I could be wrong, since you're talking about a large amount of tactile input, that you've been doing anapanasati as a method to develop mindfulness of the body. Using anapanasati to develop the 4 frames of reference is something that I think works very nicely.
Kenshou wrote:How far do you waffle, though? I think a little wiggling is inevitable because of all the things that you're trying to keep in focus, but as long as the wiggling takes place within the confines of where you want the mind to be, then I don't think it's a problem. If you waffle completely off subject, then, that's just a matter of practice, I'm afraid.
m0rl0ck wrote:A huatou is a question one asks oneself, similar to a koan. Im using the "not locating the breath any particular place" method.
Maybe i will try the nostril method. I rejected that at first because it seemed artificial and not in line with the suttas.
My focus usually goes to the sensation of the air going in and out of the nose, but the pauses between in and out breath are there. Its alot tricker than i would have first thought, not really an object with constancy, even tho its a tactile sensation unlike a huatou, which in practice seems to resolve itself to a subverbal constant.
Huatou was not taught in the Anapanasati sutta.
Im not sure why you would reject the nose tip method but not this "koan" meditation which the Buddha did not teach and is not in the suttas. The two are incompatible in my opinion.
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