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by mynameisadahn
Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Resistance
Replies: 4
Views: 714

Re: Resistance

Great, i think we have similar thoughts, at times. As for how to categorize your feeling of resistance, I might relate my experiences. I do try to note kilesas/defilements accurately, and find this helpful in my practice. When sitting, at times, I might allow myself a moment (just a moment or two) t...
by mynameisadahn
Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Resistance
Replies: 4
Views: 714

Re: Resistance

I am a little unclear on exactly how your issue of resistance to impermanence etc. arose. where you in a sitting or was it more general reflection? in my limited experience, when i am sitting (and noting, as in the mahasi sayadaw tradition), i might feel resistance but it is experienced in terms of ...
by mynameisadahn
Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: evening vipassana leading to yoga nidra like situations??
Replies: 2
Views: 1609

Re: evening vipassana leading to yoga nidra like situations?

Thanks Kim. I think meditating earlier would be best as well, but I would be very lucky to wake up in the morning without waking up my toddler as well. It does look like the tibetan sleeping practices are distinct from yoga nidra. I am also a bit unclear on what yoga nidra is, exactly. It seems very...
by mynameisadahn
Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: evening vipassana leading to yoga nidra like situations??
Replies: 2
Views: 1609

evening vipassana leading to yoga nidra like situations??

Hello, I've re-committed myself to a daily vipassana practice over the last two weeks. I have been meditating for a couple of years, but mostly it has been irregular. My question basically comes from the fact that I meditate in the evening, before bed. So about 10pm for me. I find that this frequent...
by mynameisadahn
Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:41 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: good acronym for remembering right speech?
Replies: 6
Views: 2089

Re: good acronym for remembering right speech?

awesome! I need to work on my funny acronyms, those are way better!
by mynameisadahn
Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:39 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: good acronym for remembering right speech?
Replies: 6
Views: 2089

good acronym for remembering right speech?

I have been working on practicing right speech, which is really hit or miss for me at times. Importantly, I find it helpful to remember some of the specific phrases used in the suttas describing what is right/wrong speech. In the last couple of weeks, I have tried using an acronym as a memory-device...
by mynameisadahn
Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:29 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: would learning jhana solely from sutta be possible?
Replies: 40
Views: 9135

Re: would learning jhana solely from sutta be possible?

Coming back to this thread over the weekend, I was a bit strident earlier talking about Ayya Khema etc. Sorry about that! Please chalk it up to enthusiasm. To Alan ... I definitely see where you are coming from with the stressful job and concentration being a reprieve from that. Yoga is a good break...
by mynameisadahn
Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:56 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: would learning jhana solely from sutta be possible?
Replies: 40
Views: 9135

Re: would learning jhana solely from sutta be possible?

Working at a retreat with an experienced teacher is one thing, working at home with books and forum advice is another. It is not a matter of "Don't try this at home." It is, however, a matter of realistic expectations of trying this at home, both in terms of what to expect and the pitfalls, of whic...
by mynameisadahn
Fri Jan 18, 2013 4:24 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: would learning jhana solely from sutta be possible?
Replies: 40
Views: 9135

Re: would learning jhana solely from sutta be possible?

why do you feel this forum is not the place? all i notice is a lot of vipassana people who don't think it's necessary but other than that i've gotten some good info. what approach should i go with? I think this is a great forum, but as I said, I have seen you ask at least two questions about jhanas...
by mynameisadahn
Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:16 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: would learning jhana solely from sutta be possible?
Replies: 40
Views: 9135

Re: would learning jhana solely from sutta be possible?

To answer the OP's question directly. Yes. You can learn directly from the suttas. My example would be Ayya Khema . If you are interested in more explicit discussion about the jhanas then I would suggest googling her name (she was a buddhist nun, originally from germany, who passed away several year...
by mynameisadahn
Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:50 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Viṡuddhimagga Instructions on Metṭā
Replies: 3
Views: 934

Re: Viṡuddhimagga Instructions on Metṭā

I believe Mahasi Sayadaw answers this question briefly, in his manual on Metta. (which is a book that can be found on the access to insight webpage, I believe). He is fairly brief, as I recall, and it is something like you cannot really wish good will towards someone who has passed on and is reincar...
by mynameisadahn
Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: "Yoga is better than meditation. Be your own teacher."
Replies: 12
Views: 2441

Re: "Yoga is better than meditation. Be your own teacher."

I will have to re-read that book, thanks for the recommendation. I read some of it a year ago, but could review portions.
by mynameisadahn
Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:01 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: "Yoga is better than meditation. Be your own teacher."
Replies: 12
Views: 2441

Re: "Yoga is better than meditation. Be your own teacher."

Hello all, Just wanted to agree with the general sentiment here. I have been doing a bit more yoga lately for stress relief and find it very helpful. I might take it one step further, actually. I have a tendency to do a lot of striving in my sitting, trying to immediately obtain calm from the breath...
by mynameisadahn
Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha's advice on Brushing Teeth
Replies: 28
Views: 7593

Re: Buddha's advice on Brushing Teeth

This is interesting. Just for everyone's information, I wanted to mention that this tooth brushing issue was also addressed a great deal in Islam. (I am not Muslim, this is just my understanding). As some may know, Muslims pray multiple times per day, and I believe the use of the "miswak" stick is s...
by mynameisadahn
Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:39 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Variations in the meditation practices of early Buddhists
Replies: 7
Views: 2469

Re: Variations in the meditation practices of early Buddhists

I would be interested to see what responses you will get to your question. To answer it based on my limited knowledge, I would point to the first sections of the metta sutta, which as I recall, refers to 'those devoted to' different types of meditation. However, that seems to be a fairly short passa...