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by TravisGM
Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:25 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Theravada attainment
Replies: 10
Views: 1958

Re: Theravada attainment

The highest form of attainment is that of an arahant - a being who is free from greed, hatred, and delusion. You can reach this by following the Noble Eightfold Path - Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Concentration, and Right Mindfulness...
by TravisGM
Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:51 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Theravada attainment
Replies: 10
Views: 1958

Re: Theravada attainment

The highest form of attainment is that of an arahant - a being who is free from greed, hatred, and delusion. You can reach this by following the Noble Eightfold Path - Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Concentration, and Right Mindfulness...
by TravisGM
Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mental illness in meditators - advice needed
Replies: 9
Views: 2146

Re: Mental illness in meditators - advice needed

It doesn't sound like he would make a good monk, due to interpersonal problems that might arise as the Venerable noted. Also the struggles with sensual desires would most likely effect his time as a monk. It doesn't sound like he is much of a good husband either. If he is repeatedly violating the t...
by TravisGM
Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:37 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Oxford
Replies: 10
Views: 1769

Re: Hello from Oxford

Welcome
:)
by TravisGM
Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:23 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Members Bios - please contribute yours
Replies: 171
Views: 50008

Re: Members Bios - please contribute yours

Skiing is cool, but I heard that sport is going downhill. Ive gotta say thats the hardest Ive laughed on this forum, good one :goodpost: So my name is Travis and Im one of those people you often meet who know very little of the 'inside world' or 'real facts' of a certain hobby. With that said, I do...
by TravisGM
Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:05 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 7
Views: 1021

Re: Greetings

Welcome to the dhamma wheel!

Good to see some older people here too
:namaste:
by TravisGM
Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:30 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhanic factors
Replies: 6
Views: 1496

Re: Jhanic factors

That makes a lot of sense. I gotta say it seems like there are a lot of progressive steps to the jhanas :)

I must ask next then, how does one know it is joy or bliss?
by TravisGM
Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:09 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhanic factors
Replies: 6
Views: 1496

Jhanic factors

Hello all :) This would be my 2nd post in Anapanasati meditation. I hope all your practices are going well and I appreciate any and every response I receive. What my question is today is whether or not I'm experiencing one of the jhanic factors. When I begin to focus on the anapana spot I feel happy...
by TravisGM
Thu Jul 19, 2012 6:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma and relationships
Replies: 18
Views: 2073

Re: The Dhamma and relationships

I appreciate all the replies on this post, thank you all very much.

You are all far along the path, in my opinion :)
:anjali:
by TravisGM
Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:59 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Colorado!
Replies: 4
Views: 785

Hello from Colorado!

Hello everyone! Glad to be on board with some of the most intelligent minds the world contains :)

'Happiness is the only thing that matters, and Buddha found true happiness.'

:hello:
by TravisGM
Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma and relationships
Replies: 18
Views: 2073

The Dhamma and relationships

From my limited understanding, Buddha came up with the 8 fold path so that lay people could practice the way to Nibanna, but did he include married couples in this? I have a girlfriend and Im attempting to slowly reintroduce Buddhism into my life but as a couple that means she is also going to get e...
by TravisGM
Tue Jul 17, 2012 6:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: foot falling asleep too the point that i can't move it???
Replies: 29
Views: 10252

Re: foot falling asleep too the point that i can't move it???

Your name and avatar make me happy
I have to agree :D
by TravisGM
Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: seriously, no one else has any ideas? dealing with emotion?
Replies: 21
Views: 2657

Re: seriously, no one else has any ideas? dealing with emotion?

I think Id have to agree, meditation itself isn't meant to escape problems, rather, to be with them in their entirety. I like to think that the reason why the Middle Way taught by Buddha isn't as popular as, lets say, McDonalds is because of its difficulty and honesty. Buddha taught meditation as a ...
by TravisGM
Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:31 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Anapana Meditation Inquiry
Replies: 8
Views: 1932

Re: Anapana Meditation Inquiry

Yogurt, you've helped me twice in the same day. Your karma must be awesome :) thank you again. You've been a great help
by TravisGM
Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:29 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana experience
Replies: 20
Views: 4201

Re: Jhana experience

:namaste: that's ok :)
by TravisGM
Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:16 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Anapana Meditation Inquiry
Replies: 8
Views: 1932

Re: Anapana Meditation Inquiry

But the main point of Anapanasati meditation is to eventually focus on the breath at that point yes? Even after physical sensation has subsided?
by TravisGM
Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:10 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana experience
Replies: 20
Views: 4201

Re: Jhana experience

LonesomeYogurt wrote: Anapana is mindfulness of breath, not mindfulness of sensation on the upper lip! Just pay attention to the breath as it passes into your nostrils... It's interesting to say that anapanasati isn't mindfulness of a sensate-spot, and then to recommend a sensate-spot... I think, r...
by TravisGM
Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:35 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana experience
Replies: 20
Views: 4201

Re: Jhana experience

It might be indicative of access concentration coming on, but it's not something associated with jhana.
I'm curious, does the anapana spot move often too during access concentration? Because I find it difficult to locate an exact pOint for the spot and I'm not sure why...
by TravisGM
Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:32 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Anapana Meditation Inquiry
Replies: 8
Views: 1932

Re: Anapana Meditation Inquiry

I'm not sure if this thread had been close but I have always been having the same problem. I'm curious, did the meditation ever get better? How can one stop that from happening?
by TravisGM
Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:04 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana experience
Replies: 20
Views: 4201

Re: Jhana experience

Experiences like this in meditation are quite common and not indicative of jhana.
Thank you :)