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by elcfa
Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:04 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: 30 day retreat
Replies: 16
Views: 3558

Re: 30 day retreat

I have done many one-month meditation retreats in Thailand as part of my ongoing, annual "ritual". I would not hesitate one moment to highly recommend it for everyone. You progress much quicker than you would doing meditation at home. Important: Try to settle all unfinished business before going. It...
by elcfa
Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sitting for long hours
Replies: 38
Views: 3296

Re: Sitting for long hours

1) Is this normal? Not sure for others, but it was for me. It went from numbness to mild pain to excruciating pain so much so that my clothes were full of sweat and my body was shaking. 2) Will it be fine with practice once my legs gradually get used to it? Yes. Your body will get used to it and sud...
by elcfa
Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:40 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhāna According to the Pāḷi Nikāyas
Replies: 242
Views: 46089

Re: Jhāna According to the Pāḷi Nikāyas

I ask because I've always wanted a comprehensive text on the subject of meditation that looked at the subject exclusively from the perspective of the suttas, devoid of the original insertions of commentators (either modern or ancient, Theravadin or other). Alas to date I've found nothing that satis...
by elcfa
Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Ambhavan contact information
Replies: 8
Views: 1390

Re: Wat Ambhavan contact information

Depending on what passport you hold, you can until March 31, 2011 get free tourist visa for more than the standard 30 day stay. http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/343775-free-visa-and-us10000-riot-insurance-for-thailand-tourists-extended-by-one-year/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; I...
by elcfa
Sat Sep 18, 2010 11:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anatta question, letting go
Replies: 6
Views: 700

Re: Anatta question, letting go

Is the practice of letting go of the 'one who knows' even realising the knowing as anatta? I have read that many meditators even get stuck up on taking this knowing/awareness as an 'atta'. Any sutta's support this or teachings I am unaware of? You may find the following article about the seventh an...
by elcfa
Sat Sep 18, 2010 8:52 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Not Everything Is Written In Stone. . .
Replies: 156
Views: 18312

Re: Not Everything Is Written In Stone. . .

And though the capacity to form thoughts is not disabled, it is calmed and under control, though a subtle flux of attention always remains. Not proliferative thought by any means but the acts of noticing and comprehension continue to operate, and preferably are put to work on insight themes. I woul...
by elcfa
Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why not brain-scan an Aharant? Benefits for science & Dhamma
Replies: 39
Views: 4295

Re: Why not brain-scan an Aharant? Benefits for science & Dhamma

You may want to check out the following books Zen-Brain Reflections James H. Austin http://www.amazon.com/Zen-Brain-Reflections-James-H-Austin/dp/0262012235/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_3" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Zen and the Brain: Toward an Understanding of Meditation and Consciousness [...
by elcfa
Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Bhikkhu meditating beneath tree / in empty hut (Photo req)
Replies: 14
Views: 2467

Re: Bhikkhu meditating beneath tree / in empty hut (Photo req)

Achan Anan from Wat Marp Jan

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by elcfa
Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 79297

Re: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment

Folk and Ingram has simply re-interpreted the vocabulary of the Dhamma to become something else altogether. This is exactly what bothers me a lot and used to confuse the hell out of me. I was trying very hard to see where I got my understanding of the suttas (as well as my meditation practice) so d...
by elcfa
Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How many times a day do you sit?
Replies: 42
Views: 2790

Re: How many times a day do you sit?

2x1 hr (1 morning 1 evening), 3-4 x1 hr on a good day. At least 30'/day if I don't have time.