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by tamdrin
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 131
Views: 17808

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

[... yet I read that for some folks, meditation was easier as a layman? Is this a common experience?? Yes that's a common experience, but not universal. I remember myself and Venerable Jayasara and Venerable Cunda and Ajahm Brahm all had that experience when we first went to the monastery. After so...
by tamdrin
Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordaning Now or Studying Abroad (Dilemma)
Replies: 18
Views: 559

Re: Ordaning Now or Studying Abroad (Dilemma)

SarathW wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:32 am
Welcome back to the miserable lay life and never ending suffering.
:sage:
The monkhood is definitely not free of suffering. Not even close.
by tamdrin
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordaning Now or Studying Abroad (Dilemma)
Replies: 18
Views: 559

Re: Ordaning Now or Studying Abroad (Dilemma)

I would study now while keeping the precepts and a practice of meditation at least two times a day. Go on retreats or more in depth meditative practice when you have the opportunity. Really develop your ability of samadhi before ordaining.

Just my 2 cents.
by tamdrin
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: I'm not satisfied with my meditation.
Replies: 32
Views: 1162

Re: I'm not satisfied with my meditation.

Thank you that is good advice. I do enjoy practicing metta both for myself and others. I realize it is very important not to have any expectations at all when meditating because this very desire blocks progress.
by tamdrin
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 46
Views: 1055

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

Vipassana meditation is for the abandonment of views. Self is one view, non-self is another view. Views depend on ones karma and habitual tendencies but for someone practicing samatha/vipassana meditation they are just thoughts.
by tamdrin
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How to see dependent origination in meditation?
Replies: 50
Views: 1049

Re: How to see dependent origination in meditation?

Where can I get this book? I'm interested in the Pa Auk tradition. The head monk seems very knowledgable. The author who is a psychiatrist meditated his entire adult life and never had jhana form until one day in his sixties decided he had to go,he retired or closed up his practice he went to pa Au...
by tamdrin
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How to see dependent origination in meditation?
Replies: 50
Views: 1049

Re: How to see dependent origination in meditation?

It depends what you mean by "Seeing" dependent origination. For example when I walk past the ice-cream freezer in the supermarket, Im aware of craving - does that count? :tongue: No, because I already stated the preconditions in the OP, such as being in jhana. You can't analyze anything if your act...
by tamdrin
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How to see dependent origination in meditation?
Replies: 50
Views: 1049

Re: How to see dependent origination in meditation?

Where can I get this book? I'm interested in the Pa Auk tradition. The head monk seems very knowledgable. I got it from here. https://wisdomexperience.org/product/samatha-jhana-and-vipassana/ This is from the chapter : Meditation on Dependant Origination.Its about how you link the past life causes ...
by tamdrin
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How to see dependent origination in meditation?
Replies: 50
Views: 1049

Re: How to see dependent origination in meditation?

So knowing his, how does one see dependent origination in Samadhi meditation? You can't see Dependent origination in samadhi meditation.Samadhi is a recharge station.A purification of mind.You can't move in it.So you can't investigate anything. Seeing Dependent origination means you are tracing cau...
by tamdrin
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma is everything!
Replies: 20
Views: 1115

Re: Karma is everything!

According to Theravada tradition and Buddhist tradition in general kamma is a quite complicated and multi-faceted law that is hard to understand.


THe Ven from Pa Auk has written a 400 page book on this law. Available here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tAhYl7 ... Fkr1u/view
by tamdrin
Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What are the Karmic Effects of Lying?
Replies: 24
Views: 714

Re: What are the Karmic Effects of Lying?

His Holiness the Dalai Lama once said something interesting. He said this tongue (pointing to his own) has never told a lie. That is amazing.

Sadhu..
by tamdrin
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: I'm not satisfied with my meditation.
Replies: 32
Views: 1162

Re: I'm not satisfied with my meditation.

I guess complaining to cyber space does work.. Not long after having posted this I found a method of meditation that is working for me and I'm feeling quite a bit better... really interesting.
by tamdrin
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation Centers - Your Experiences?
Replies: 7
Views: 394

Re: Meditation Centers - Your Experiences?

I live in Thailand but I have not attended any courses at a meditation center.


Pa Auk in Myanmar is supposed to be good.


You can see what the Venerable Sayadaw teaches in books like this:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qwl-bq ... 0hEdi/view
by tamdrin
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi everyone, I want to share my personal experience about Dhamma
Replies: 18
Views: 919

Re: Hi everyone, I want to share my personal experience about Dhamma

Hello Tien,

I enjoyed your post. You're English is very good and you seem highly educated. I am American but usually living in Thailand these days. I wish you success in your practice, you are still young, so don't forget to relax from time to time as well.


Take care!
by tamdrin
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: I'm not satisfied with my meditation.
Replies: 32
Views: 1162

Re: I'm not satisfied with my meditation.

I have been meditating for many years although my efforts have not been consistent. I have schizophrenia and am on anti psychotics for that. Would this effect my ability to access samadhi potentially? Most likely no. Meditate at a particular time in the morning after you wake and before you sleep. ...