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by spoke
Mon May 07, 2012 3:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A place to combine intensive practice with worldly projects?
Replies: 13
Views: 980

Re: A place to combine intensive practice with worldly projects?

You might want to consider moving very close to a monastery. Walking distance would be ideal. Then you can frequently participate in public events but go home to do the worldly things you need to do. It would also allow you to regularly practice dana in the form of meals and other services. I have ...
by spoke
Fri May 04, 2012 9:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Self-Discipline
Replies: 19
Views: 2094

Re: Self-Discipline

You might consider setting up a commitment on a goal tracking website like stickk.com - I did this a few months ago and it worked well. Here's how it works: you define a goal that you want to stick to, say for example, I want to meditate X number of minutes per day, every day, for Y weeks. And then ...
by spoke
Fri May 04, 2012 5:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A place to combine intensive practice with worldly projects?
Replies: 13
Views: 980

Re: A place to combine intensive practice with worldly projects?

Thanks for the responses! I particularly appreciate the tip re: alternating meditation / work days, getting a cellular internet connection (got one - now to find the right community) and the Shambhala Center work/study program (I believe that IMS Forest Refuge has a similar work/study program - some...
by spoke
Thu May 03, 2012 10:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A place to combine intensive practice with worldly projects?
Replies: 13
Views: 980

A place to combine intensive practice with worldly projects?

Hi all, For the past several years I've been trying to create an environment at home where I can dedicate the majority of my time to intensive dhamma practice, along with some non-dhamma related writing projects. My attempts to dedicate my best efforts to these pursuits have unfortunately not really...
by spoke
Thu May 03, 2012 9:35 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Any advice on a Monastery?
Replies: 12
Views: 1902

Re: Any advice on a Monastery?

I would recommend Metta Forest Monastery in Southern California - I flew in all the way from Europe to spend two weeks there as a guest earlier this year, and benefited from the experience tremendously. The monastery practices in the Thai Forest tradition of Ajaan Lee. You can learn more about the m...
by spoke
Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:36 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Kundalini experiences on a Goenka retreat
Replies: 23
Views: 10622

Re: Kundalini experiences on a Goenka retreat

Talk with enough people who have been on meditation retreats, and I think you'll learn that these are fairly common experiences. Best not to exaggerate their importance. Quite so. Or as Ajahn Munindo said " Someone told me that they had a kundalini experience, my response was, so what. " Well, I gu...
by spoke
Sat Jun 25, 2011 1:08 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Kundalini experiences on a Goenka retreat
Replies: 23
Views: 10622

Kundalini experiences on a Goenka retreat

Hello all, I wanted to ask about some developments that have occurred in my practice recently, and which have left me excited, intrigued and confused about how to proceed. I've been practicing in different traditions (Zen, Vipassana, Gurdjieff) since around 2001. About a year and a half ago I attend...