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by PaulGar
Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to Write Mindfully
Replies: 14
Views: 2098

Re: How to Write Mindfully

Dear PaulGar, it is good to observe the sitting position all the time, not only for the physical benefit, it needs also a big amount of mindfulness. Also to observe once own breath is a good training. Special in Theravada the focus is not on sitting meditation, one can/should train mindfulness all ...
by PaulGar
Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to Write Mindfully
Replies: 14
Views: 2098

Re: How to Write Mindfully

This is an excellent idea and very worthwhile to post, in my estimation. Of course, simple physical tasks were the meditation object of choice of Buddhist monasteries (e.g. Zen monks raking sand). So, just like you said, you can pause to have mindfulness of the sensations of typing or the posture o...
by PaulGar
Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: meditation center around bangkok
Replies: 3
Views: 444

Re: meditation center around bangkok

Hi Effort, the Little Bangkok Sangha (Little Bang) is a great resource for all meditation groups and events occurring in Bangkok.This website is constantly updated by one the local English monks.

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by PaulGar
Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to Write Mindfully
Replies: 14
Views: 2098

Re: How to Write Mindfully

Hello, PaulGar, I approve of your attempt! It's worth persisting with, for both practical and spiritual benefits, I think. You seem to be equating 'mindfulness' with monitoring your physical state. That is something I try to be aware of, and it has improved with time: if I slouch, I now notice and ...
by PaulGar
Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to Write Mindfully
Replies: 14
Views: 2098

How to Write Mindfully

I work as a freelance writer so this means that I spend about ten hours a day hammering away on the keyboards. I find that for most of this time I'm lost in thought and not very mindful at all. I’ve been wondering about the possibility of writing mindfully; in fact I've been trying to do this by usi...
by PaulGar
Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Benefits of Guided Meditation
Replies: 5
Views: 775

Re: The Benefits of Guided Meditation

Thanks for the links guys; I'll check them out. I also hope somebody can suggest something for kaktus.


I would be interested in hearing other people's experience with guided practice - is it just something that is only suitable for beginners?
by PaulGar
Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Benefits of Guided Meditation
Replies: 5
Views: 775

The Benefits of Guided Meditation

I have a regular meditation practice, but I've been wondering about the benefits of supplementing this with some type of guided meditation. One part of my practice that I neglect is cultivating metta, and I wonder if some type of guided loving kindness meditation might help with this. I would be int...
by PaulGar
Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Seeing in the New Year - how are you doing it?
Replies: 10
Views: 851

Re: Seeing in the New Year - how are you doing it?

5 hours to go here in Thailand. I expect I'll be asleep at midnight.
by PaulGar
Tue Dec 28, 2010 6:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation without timers
Replies: 26
Views: 2663

Re: Meditation without timers

I know a lot of monks will meditate for the time it takes a joss stick to burn. This is probably an imprecise measurement tool, but it seems to work for a lot of people.
by PaulGar
Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: 10,000 Hours to Meditation Master
Replies: 6
Views: 1565

Re: 10,000 Hours to Meditation Master

2 mins of mindfulness is better than 2 hours of meditation without mindfulness. My meditation teacher has a habit of breaking us out of our "urge" to sit long hours. When we settle onto our cushions ready for a long sit, he will come along and make us feed the fishes, or something. Reason? To keep ...
by PaulGar
Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: 10,000 Hours to Meditation Master
Replies: 6
Views: 1565

Re: 10,000 Hours to Meditation Master

If you meditated for two hours a day it would take about 14 years of practice. If you practice mindfulness meditation during all your waking hours you will get there much sooner. :smile: :anjali: If I also did a bit of lucid dream meditation then maybe I could become an Arahant before the New Year ...
by PaulGar
Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: 10,000 Hours to Meditation Master
Replies: 6
Views: 1565

10,000 Hours to Meditation Master

I know that there can be no real exact figure put on the amount of time that it would take somebody to become proficient at meditation; after all people will progress at different rates. I also realise that just clocking up the hours isn't the best way to approach meditation (a bit unBuddhist), but....
by PaulGar
Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:01 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Dropping of the 'R'
Replies: 16
Views: 1169

Re: Dropping of the 'R'

Thank You Tiltbillings for the answer. I knew it was a dialect change, just not the details. I'm a sticker for knowing detail. O like the fact that it stays within the older texts, that leads me to believe a more true translation. :) Hi Paul :) I'm new to this sangha as well, and have been treated ...
by PaulGar
Mon Dec 27, 2010 11:32 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Dropping of the 'R'
Replies: 16
Views: 1169

Re: Dropping of the 'R'

I think the fact that the 'R' is dropped in Pali is a good thing for those living in some Buddhist countries. Thais in particular have a real problem pronouncing R :-)
by PaulGar
Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:33 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Thought I'd Join In
Replies: 11
Views: 921

Re: Thought I'd Join In

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. I've been having a look around and I'm looking forward to joning in a thread soon.
by PaulGar
Sun Dec 26, 2010 8:20 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Thought I'd Join In
Replies: 11
Views: 921

Thought I'd Join In

I came across this site while looking for something else – I always seem to come across great things that way. I was once a member of eSangha and miss having other Buddhists to chat with. I stopped using that site for a couple of weeks and when I tried to log on again it was gone – it was like I’d b...