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by WindDancer
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What’s your practice routine?
Replies: 6
Views: 372

Re: What’s your practice routine?

Thanks for the question. I, too, am interested in how others live the practice. I live an active practice that is influenced by a few main sources. I have maintained a Zen practice since the 1970's. In addition to formal sitting practice, I have developed a high level of skill in practicing meditati...
by WindDancer
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why are you in this forum?
Replies: 53
Views: 2598

Re: Why are you in this forum?

I have maintained a mostly solitary Zen practice since the 1970's. I was introduced to vipassana meditation and Theravada Buddhism in 2013. I have maintained an active solo practice, mainly supported by Dharma talks and guided meditations found on the internet or by reading several of the most recom...
by WindDancer
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What are you always getting ready for ?
Replies: 17
Views: 602

Re: What are you always getting ready for ?

It is a great poem because it gets to existentialism at the end of the day. Reminds me of the story between Diogenes and Alexander the great. Diogenes asked Alexander the great “What are you going to do after you have conquered the whole world?” and Alexander said “After I have conquered the whole ...
by WindDancer
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Could someone point me to some good talks for introduction to the vipassana method?
Replies: 6
Views: 598

Re: Could someone point me to some good talks for introduction to the vipassana method?

Thanks for the question. I had a similar experience. I have maintained a Zen practice since the 1970's which included concentration meditation. I was introduced to Jon Kabit-Zinn's work on mindfulness pain and stress reduction about 6 years ago when I was looking for help with chronic illness and pa...
by WindDancer
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nibbana in your own words and understanding?
Replies: 14
Views: 318

Re: What is Nibbana in your own words and understanding?

Thanks for the discussion of this topic. I am interested in learning more. For me, Nibbana is freedom from clinging, grasping and the drive to become. It is letting go of trying to grasp happiness from the elusive smoke that is the conditioned world- things which are unsatisfactory, not permanent an...
by WindDancer
Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha and sleep
Replies: 28
Views: 1468

Re: The Buddha and sleep

Thanks for the discussion. I live a dedicated practice; however, I have had to adapt recommended guidelines so that I live in harmony with serious chronic illness. I rarely can sleep well during the night. For years, I tried fight this. I learned to accept things as they are and live in harmony with...
by WindDancer
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is worth spending time on?
Replies: 14
Views: 917

Re: What is worth spending time on?

So I'm currently not working or studying due to mental illness which is now subsiding and that means I have allot of time on my hands. So I've been wasting my time just watching TV, listening to music, anything to fill my day. But this feels like such a waste of time in the grand scheme of things. ...
by WindDancer
Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Monks Average Meditation Routine
Replies: 20
Views: 2721

Re: Monks Average Meditation Routine

I should have been more specific, I was asking about formal meditation, walking or sitting. Thanks for all the insightful answers. How realistic is it for a lay person with a family, 9-5 job, kids and other commitment to really attain any level of Samahdi? Maybe I'm not ready to meditate. I'm start...
by WindDancer
Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Monks Average Meditation Routine
Replies: 20
Views: 2721

Re: Monks Average Meditation Routine

DCM, thanks for the question. As a lay practitioner who has considered becoming a monastic, I have had similar questions. I have little personal knowledge; however, I have listened to many Dharma teachers, some of them monks and others lay teachers in the West. In Theravada Buddhist areas of the wor...
by WindDancer
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kalama sutta only for non Buddhists?
Replies: 12
Views: 1176

Re: Kalama sutta only for non Buddhists?

Thanks for the discussion.
by WindDancer
Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: When is it skillful to charge money for wisdom?
Replies: 31
Views: 2776

Re: When is it skillful to charge money for wisdom?

I wonder if it's not as cut-and-dried as all that, though. I think it depends on how much is being charged, and where the money is going. If an organization is sponsoring a visiting teacher and renting space to put on the event, it seems reasonable for the organization to try to recoup their costs ...
by WindDancer
Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Joke!!!
Replies: 593
Views: 99176

Re: Joke!!!

Thanks to each of you. These are great. Kim, I live very near to the eclipse map in your joke. I see numerous UPS planes taking off from the airport which serves as the main hub for UPS in the midwest of the USA. I walk the dogs sometime between 3:00 and 5:00 a.m. on my 2 1/2 acres. Frequently I wil...
by WindDancer
Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can you follow Buddhas teachings and still dislike people?
Replies: 66
Views: 5135

Re: Can you follow Buddhas teachings and still dislike people?

I have found that it has been easiest for me to maintain and open loving heart when showing up in love and service to my animal friends, such as my dogs, horses or cats. yes, that's very common I think. Animals can be a quick switch to develop metta. Goal of metta it's to obtain an state of mind. A...
by WindDancer
Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: sleeping on the floor
Replies: 14
Views: 8070

Re: sleeping on the floor

Sleeping on a hard (but not too hard) mattress on the floor (without a frame or anything to lift it up) is a good alternative to sleeping completely on the floor. Since I was a teenager, I have preferred to sleep on a low simple bed. Currently I have a basic box spring set directly on the floor wit...