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by Micheal Kush
Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:59 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: How do you contemplate anicca?
Replies: 43
Views: 4775

Re: How do you contemplate anicca?

On a cosmic time scale, mountains form and disappear even quicker than a blink of an eye. This universe was born and it will die some day. And again, if we put it into the time frame of our unfathomably long samsara, it too is also just a blink of an eye. That's the nature of all conditioned phenom...
by Micheal Kush
Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:36 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Questions on Mahasi Method?
Replies: 5
Views: 1976

Re: Questions on Mahasi Method?

Hi Michael, The other alternative to the falling and rising of the abdomen is what I call external noting, where when one is set to meditate and whenever one hears a sound, one labels "sound" and so on to each every six sense that arise, doing just that. The usual Mahasi approach is to have the ris...
by Micheal Kush
Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:38 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Questions on Mahasi Method?
Replies: 5
Views: 1976

Re: Questions on Mahasi Method?

So my question is, if one chooses to do the external noting which consist of noting every object of the six sense media in the open, can they still attain concentration or jhana for that matter? I always hear from the majority that focusing solely on the breath can sufficiently enhance concentratio...
by Micheal Kush
Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:25 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Questions on Mahasi Method?
Replies: 5
Views: 1976

Re: Questions on Mahasi Method?

Well according to the practice and what I've heard and read is that one, if wills, can note the arising and passing of feelings, six sense media etc. and still attain concentration. During my practice, I can definitely say that noting pain, pleasure and all types of things arising has certaintly cre...
by Micheal Kush
Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:39 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Questions on Mahasi Method?
Replies: 5
Views: 1976

Questions on Mahasi Method?

Hey all, In my practice, I do a formal sitting consisting of focusing my awareness or attention to the breath at the abdomen, noting it every time it rises and falls, continuing with that. Aside with that, I also note every sensation or feeling or object that arises out of the six senses, doing this...
by Micheal Kush
Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Karma, Rebirth and Animals
Replies: 21
Views: 4274

Re: Karma, Rebirth and Animals

[ . . . ] that no matter who they are, what distinction we have from them, endless respect is monumentally better than subtle scolding. But as fellow friend, It is more important for you to look back at the incident with the monk and radiate loving kindness and hopes he finds his peace. May we all ...
by Micheal Kush
Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Karma, Rebirth and Animals
Replies: 21
Views: 4274

Re: Karma, Rebirth and Animals

Thank you for the response and as a fellow practitioner who can resonate with your story, I don't dispute the fact that monks or otherwise should dismiss disabled(or otherwise) people from practicing the Dhamma. However, maybe it was my vagueness or some other element failing to express my message ...
by Micheal Kush
Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Karma, Rebirth and Animals
Replies: 21
Views: 4274

Re: Karma, Rebirth and Animals

Personally, I just find it more horrifying to engage in a thought of living a life as say, a disabled person or totally deprived being, who is ignorant of their past life and who lives another life of birth, decay, death. And yet people say rebirth was conjured up to escape the fear of eternal deat...
by Micheal Kush
Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Karma, Rebirth and Animals
Replies: 21
Views: 4274

Re: Karma, Rebirth and Animals

It's a matter of probability. Even within our own human realm, some of us will do something terrible and be reborn into states of woes while some will do something wholesome and be reborn into better states. Let's say the odds for humans to be reborn into good/bad states are 50/50, then the odds of...
by Micheal Kush
Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Karma, Rebirth and Animals
Replies: 21
Views: 4274

Re: Karma, Rebirth and Animals

Hello everybody, Recently I stumbled upon a series of suggestions pertaining to the karmic effects of animals and their rebirth. We are all taught that karma operates by an ethical component that according to your actions whether they be skillfull or unskillful, can drive towards a destinations whi...
by Micheal Kush
Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Karma, Rebirth and Animals
Replies: 21
Views: 4274

Re: Karma, Rebirth and Animals

Thank you for the wonderful and insightful answers.

I really think the resonating aspect of this topic that really struck me was that Karma is crazy and detachment from Samsara is is really the ultimate freedom. Rebirth sounds worse than death.

Thanks for the responses

With metta, mike
by Micheal Kush
Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Karma, Rebirth and Animals
Replies: 21
Views: 4274

Re: Karma, Rebirth and Animals

Perhaps most animals just act like animals and will be reborn at the same level again and again? Because that's the level closest to their 'minds' during their livetimes? Does Buddhist theory allow for animal being born into the body of a man? Yes, that’s quite possible. Especially if the animal ha...
by Micheal Kush
Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Karma, Rebirth and Animals
Replies: 21
Views: 4274

Karma, Rebirth and Animals

Hello everybody, Recently I stumbled upon a series of suggestions pertaining to the karmic effects of animals and their rebirth. We are all taught that karma operates by an ethical component that according to your actions whether they be skillfull or unskillful, can drive towards a destinations whic...
by Micheal Kush
Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How do you do Death Meditation?
Replies: 9
Views: 1706

Re: How do you do Death Meditation?

This is helpful thank you. Any more suggestions would be conducive. With metta, mike From the Satipatthana Sutta: "And further, O bhikkhus, if a bhikkhu, in whatever way, sees a body dead, one, two, or three days: swollen, blue and festering, thrown into the charnel ground, he thinks of his own bod...
by Micheal Kush
Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Vipassana Jhanas?
Replies: 33
Views: 4527

Re: Vipassana Jhanas?

Hi Michael, Thanks for the advice. I am completely clear on what my goal is, its just which is the path that I want to take and I picked this style of practice. All I needed was a head start on what to do. And even analyzing this thread, it displays a sense of uncertianty regarding what Jhana is or...