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by farmer
Sun Jul 26, 2015 5:37 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from Seattle!
Replies: 12
Views: 1335

Re: Greetings from Seattle!

Welcome Rusty. If you are interested, there are some good resources in the Seattle area. The Seattle Insight Meditation Society is very active and offers a wide range of classes, talks, sittings and retreats. There is also a Thai temple in Woodinville, Wat Atammayatarama, which runs a monthly retrea...
by farmer
Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thai Ajahns
Replies: 10
Views: 1114

Re: Thai Ajahns

I can't say anything about the status of the Forest Tradition within Thailand, but the lineage has some excellent teachers in the West. Ajahn Thanissaro and Ajahn Sucitto are two prominent teachers from whom I have learned a lot. There are also countless other less famous, younger monks who practice...
by farmer
Wed May 28, 2014 5:27 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Almsfood in Western countries
Replies: 11
Views: 1474

Re: Almsfood in Western countries

The monks at the Pacific Hermitage outside Portland Oregon live off food collected during alms round five days a week.
by farmer
Wed May 28, 2014 4:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: To Make a Killing on Wall Street, Start Meditating
Replies: 10
Views: 743

Re: To Make a Killing on Wall Street, Start Meditating

From the article: “Meditation used to have this reputation as a hippie thing for people who speak in a particularly soft tone of voice,” Michaelson says. Not so. “Samurai practiced meditation to become more effective killers,” he says. So too did kamikaze pilots. “It’s value neutral,” Michaelson say...
by farmer
Wed Jan 08, 2014 4:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Visiting Wat Padhammachart in La Puente, CA
Replies: 5
Views: 1251

Re: Visiting Wat Padhammachart in La Puente, CA

Hi Hiker,

I can't help with Wat Padhammachart, but I thought I'd mention that Metta Forest Monastery is a great resource and is about 1:40 by car from La Puente.
by farmer
Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Foggy mind
Replies: 9
Views: 1317

Re: Foggy mind

What happens if you try not to focus on the pleasure, but on the more neutral physical sensations of breathing? The pleasure is still there in the background, but you direct your attention away from it -- kind of like being in a crowded room with many conversations going on, and forcing yourself to ...
by farmer
Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: London area Viharas
Replies: 1
Views: 544

London area Viharas

I am going to be visiting London this week, and if time and jetlag permit, I'd like to make a trip out to one of the Thai Forest monasteries. My plan would be to offer dana, share in the meal, and meditate for a few hours before returning to London on the train. Does anyone have any thoughts on whet...
by farmer
Sun Apr 22, 2012 3:09 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Any advice on a Monastery?
Replies: 12
Views: 1921

Re: Any advice on a Monastery?

You might consider:

http://www.bhavanasociety.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

They are in W. Virginia, so it is probably driving distance for you.


Good luck!
by farmer
Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation: Can't live with it! Can't live without it!
Replies: 28
Views: 2603

Re: Meditation: Can't live with it! Can't live without it!

Ron, I suggest you explore the breath meditation method taught by Ajahn Geoff (Thanissaro Bikkhu). You can find his writings at AccessToInsight and recordings of his talks at DhammaTalks.org. He teaches that it is easier to stick with meditation practice if we find a way to make it interesting, for ...
by farmer
Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:02 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Rarely mentioned criteria of the 1st jhana
Replies: 20
Views: 3950

Re: Rarely mentioned criteria of the 1st jhana

RobertK wrote: Impossible to experience bodily feeling in jhana. How do you interpret the bathman simile? "There is the case where a monk — quite withdrawn from sensuality, withdrawn from unskillful qualities — enters and remains in the first jhana: rapture and pleasure born from withdrawal, accompa...
by farmer
Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: disturbing experience at a Goenka ten day retreat
Replies: 38
Views: 4731

Re: disturbing experience at a Goenka ten day retreat

Guess who wrote this: Sometimes, a "light" can appear in the mind at a very early stage of the meditation. However, for all except accomplished meditators, one will find that such "brazen intruders" are highly unstable. If one focuses one's attention on them, one will not get anywhere. It is not the...
by farmer
Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: disturbing experience at a Goenka ten day retreat
Replies: 38
Views: 4731

Re: disturbing experience at a Goenka ten day retreat

During the "introductory" ten-day course, the emphasis is to develop a modicum of samadhi (khanika or moment-to-moment samadhi) to assist in the practice of vipassana (vedananupassana) with the primary objective of getting established in vipassana. This is not to discount that many people experienc...
by farmer
Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: disturbing experience at a Goenka ten day retreat
Replies: 38
Views: 4731

Re: disturbing experience at a Goenka ten day retreat

Some advice from Ajahn Lee on dealing with the odd things that arise in meditation: Once you've learned to put your breath in order, it's as if you have everyone in your home in order. The incidentals of breath meditation are like people outside your home -- in other words, guests. Once the people i...
by farmer
Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:43 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Question about sensations
Replies: 20
Views: 4449

Re: Question about sensations

Here is a nice piece by Ven. Bodhi on the ways the word "sankhara" functions in the canon.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... ay_43.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Is it my imagination, or does Goenka use the word in a somewhat idiosyncratic way?
by farmer
Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:41 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Your favourite contemporary teachers
Replies: 89
Views: 23790

Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Ajahn Succito. I've never met him, but I've found a lot of useful perspective in his writing and dhamma talks. He strikes me as having deep, empathetic insight into individual and interpersonal psychology and a talent for connecting those insights with the concepts...
by farmer
Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Thanissaro Bikkhu and manipulation of the breath
Replies: 107
Views: 11492

Re: Thanissaro Bikkhu and manipulation of the breath

Tilt is asking a good, specific question and getting only vague answers. Maybe that is because Venerable Thanissaro, rather than teaching specific types of breathing, leaves the meditator with a set of suggestions/questions to explore on his or her own. Those of us who have tried his approach know f...
by farmer
Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Thanissaro Bikkhu and manipulation of the breath
Replies: 107
Views: 11492

Re: Thanissaro Bikkhu and manipulation of the breath

I must have an aversion to how often he uses the word pleasure. That's the puritan in you, Twelph, but you are in good company. The Buddha himself had to overcome doubts about the place of pleasure in spiritual practice: "I thought: 'I recall once, when my father the Sakyan was working, and I was s...
by farmer
Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Thanissaro Bikkhu and manipulation of the breath
Replies: 107
Views: 11492

Re: Thanissaro Bikkhu and manipulation of the breath

In my interpretation, the Buddha here is describing jhana, not a practice that leads to Jhana. He looks to be stating that a person has to be withdrawn from sensuality to enter this state. The way I have been taught, using pleasure to create a mental state is not the same thing as entering Jhana. L...
by farmer
Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Thanissaro Bikkhu and manipulation of the breath
Replies: 107
Views: 11492

Re: Thanissaro Bikkhu and manipulation of the breathe

This discussion of "controlled" breathing assumes that there is a way of meditating on the breath in which the breath is natural or uncontrolled. I think Venerable Thanissaro would argue that our habitual ways of focusing on and conceptualizing the breath shape our breathing even if we intend to bre...
by farmer
Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:03 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: I'm so depressed
Replies: 35
Views: 4377

Re: I'm so depressed

Practicing dana can be a great way to brighten up a gloomy mind, and there are always opportunities for dana near at hand. You could do something as simple as taking a crust of bread outside to feed the birds. "I tell you, Vaccha, even if a person throws the rinsings of a bowl or a cup into a villag...