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by fijiNut
Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:45 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Ajaan Lee Method
Replies: 10
Views: 1926

Re: Ajaan Lee Method

Hi, I generally practice based on the method Thanissaro Bhikku recommends (really the Ajaan Lee method) simply because it's accessible, it's the first thing I tried and it works pretty well for me. However I've had difficulties with it lately so I've been searching around for some other methods. Pl...
by fijiNut
Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vipasanna Course in Fiji 28 Dec 16- 8 Jan 17
Replies: 0
Views: 1155

Vipasanna Course in Fiji 28 Dec 16- 8 Jan 17

Dear friends, I am helping co-ordinate a 10 day Vipassana retreat in the tradition of U Ba Khin as taught by SN Goenka from 28th December 2016- 8th Jan 2017, at the Pacific Regional Seminary in Suva, Fiji. If you are know of anybody who might want to attend or serve on the course please forward this...
by fijiNut
Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:26 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Which Mahasi centre should I go to in Myanmar?
Replies: 7
Views: 3369

Re: Which Mahasi centre should I go to in Myanmar?

I am from Sydney, Australia. I am thinking of going to do some intensive Mahasi practice in Myanmar but not sure which centre should i go to as there are many such centres available. I will go in March 2014.I did contact Sydney Panditarama in Smithfield but the Burmese on the phone did not speak En...
by fijiNut
Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Difficulties with your meditation practice? Cause and remedy
Replies: 39
Views: 2123

Re: Difficulties with your meditation practice? Cause and remedy

Great topic, Dukkhanirodha. From the same link you provided for the Ganakamoggallana Sutta, the Buddha did talk about the gradual training of morality, sense-control, moderation in eating, vigilance, mindfulness and clear consciousness before arriving at the overcoming of five hindrances and jhana. ...
by fijiNut
Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: being mindful
Replies: 10
Views: 762

Re: being mindful

Thich Nhat Hanh gives some solid advice about washing dishes and being mindful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aubF7v-MlMM" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; (starting from 3mins) "When I was a novice washing dishes for the monk.. I did not have running water, hot water, soap. And I had ...
by fijiNut
Tue Oct 25, 2011 4:26 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Did anyone here attain jhana?
Replies: 121
Views: 21354

Re: Did anyone here attain jhana?

Hi Manasikara, Thank you for pointing that out. Beginners mind is important. When I went on the retreat, I didn't have such a long list. Heck, I didn't even know what jhana was. I was just intent (not too tightly) on calming the mind, relaxing the body, and following the breath. The experience of it...
by fijiNut
Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:29 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Did anyone here attain jhana?
Replies: 121
Views: 21354

Re: Did anyone here attain jhana?

To answer the original question: Did anyone here attain jhana? Yes, it was a 10 day Vipassana silent retreat in the Vipassana(U Ba Khin as taught by Goenka) tradition following the mindfulness of breathing (Anapana) stage. There is no "I" that attains jhana, you need the right conditions for a quiet...
by fijiNut
Thu Oct 06, 2011 11:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ian Stevenson, Rebirth, and the Suttas
Replies: 91
Views: 9691

Re: Ian Stevenson, Rebirth, and the Suttas

From my limited understanding, the Buddha talked about wrong view and how it is a hindrance on the path: "And how is right view the forerunner? One discerns wrong view as wrong view, and right view as right view. This is one's right view. And what is wrong view? 'There is nothing given, nothing offe...
by fijiNut
Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A study of the U Ba khin vipassana tradition
Replies: 13
Views: 2355

Re: A study of the U Ba khin vipassana tradition

Great article. In his conclusion, he mentions: ... such modern practices do seem to present viable modes of implementing the instructions on the development of insight found in the early discourses. In as much as they conform to the basic pattern laid out for the practice of insight by giving import...
by fijiNut
Thu May 19, 2011 4:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Resourcefulness & environmentalism in Dhamma -suttas?
Replies: 4
Views: 666

Resourcefulness & environmentalism in Dhamma -suttas?

There is a particular sutta which I find particularly inspiring on where Ananda(or another monk) described how robes were to be used and recycled into smaller pieces (for foot rags, wipe clothe) until finally pounded pulp. I can't seem to remember what the name of the sutta. Can somebody help me out...
by fijiNut
Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pictures/Posters for the Life of the Buddha-Help please
Replies: 1
Views: 592

Pictures/Posters for the Life of the Buddha-Help please

Hi Dhamma Friends, I am writing to ask for some help. Our Buddhist Society is organizing a Buddhist Exhibition for University of New South Wales University in Sydney(total of around 40,000 students) and we have a section dedicated to the theme on the "Life of the Buddha and his Teachings". At the mo...
by fijiNut
Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Difference between craving and clinging?
Replies: 6
Views: 1292

Difference between craving and clinging?

Here are the definitions according to the Pali text society. Tanha http://dsal.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/philologic/getobject.pl?c.1:1:1936.pali Upadana http://dsal.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/philologic/getobject.pl?c.0:1:3973.pali" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; I have always had the preconcept...
by fijiNut
Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:54 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Sutta Support for "Goenka's method" ?
Replies: 32
Views: 5798

Re: Sutta Support for "Goenka's method" ?

There is an academic text which trawls through the Suttas surveying what the Buddha taught in regards to vedana (sensations/feelings).
(requires registration)
http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/2075" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Hope this is useful to the original post(er).
by fijiNut
Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bodhipakkhiya... what place in your practice?
Replies: 11
Views: 1804

Re: Bodhipakkhiya... what place in your practice?

Hi Ben, As further reference to the 37 factors, I have always found the Anapanasati Sutta to be interesting, here the Buddha mentions: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.118.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; "Mindfulness of in-&-out breathing, when developed & pursu...
by fijiNut
Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:01 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden
Replies: 32
Views: 9170

Re: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

But what if a little child playing in the garden notices the serene smile on the Buddha statue's face, which leaves a positive impression in her mind, which later ripens to the affinity for Dhamma?
by fijiNut
Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:24 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: equanimity
Replies: 23
Views: 3274

Re: equanimity

Hi FijiNut. When I was in Myanmar recently, I visited U Ba Khin's centre (IMC) three times and I also trecked out to Saya Thetgyi's centre across the Yangon River. Interestingly, monks still take courses of insight meditation at Saya Thetgyi's centre. I'll post photos and a full travelogue one of t...
by fijiNut
Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:03 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: equanimity
Replies: 23
Views: 3274

Re: equanimity

*A Special Message From Mother Sayama And Saya U Chit Tin* While in Sydney for the auspicious Water Festival course in April 1981, Mother Sayama and Saya U Chit Tin were requested to give a message on Dhamma practise to the students in Australia. This is the message: "Regarding the training in //Si...
by fijiNut
Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Dispassion/Revulsion v Depression
Replies: 7
Views: 1421

Re: Dispassion/Revulsion v Depression

Sadhu! Well explained, thank you RYB and other dhamma friends.
Your postings have helped immensely.

metta,
Sung Low
by fijiNut
Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Dispassion/Revulsion v Depression
Replies: 7
Views: 1421

Dispassion/Revulsion v Depression

How does one distinguish between the two states of mind? The former leads to letting go and represents progress on the path, the latter leads to craving and clinging which is regress. Is it easy to mistake either one for the other? What are the characteristics of the states of mind when one has disp...