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by Heaviside
Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What did the Buddha actually teach regarding meditation?
Replies: 23
Views: 1644

Re: What did the Buddha actually teach regarding meditation?

With all humility I will venture a comment. I have read many suttas, but do not claim to be an expert---and certainly I cannot read Pali. But in all the translations I have seen, the "meditation instructions" I have seen are all couched in very ambiguous terms. Indeed, many present day instructors c...
by Heaviside
Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:23 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Ajahn Brahm's method
Replies: 34
Views: 3970

Re: Ajahn Brahm's method

Though he is indeed an interesting speaker, I find Brahm to be long on generalities and short on practical methods.
by Heaviside
Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:17 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Ajahn Brahm's method
Replies: 34
Views: 3970

Re: Ajahn Brahm's method

I, too, enjoy Ajahn Brahm's talks. But when I sit down to meditate, I realize that he has been long on generalities and short on method. There are very few specific instructions on how to actually meditate in his talks---.
by Heaviside
Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:40 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Advice on tactile "nimittas", and how best to use them?
Replies: 37
Views: 7323

Re: Advice on tactile "nimittas", and how best to use them?

You have made a good point, reflection, about my use of the word "bad". My first reaction was, "Oh, well, it was only a choice of words!" But after further (ahem!) reflection, I realized just how deeply ingrained judgement is and, in truth, I was indeed making a value judgement. It is so hard to let...
by Heaviside
Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:31 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Advice on tactile "nimittas", and how best to use them?
Replies: 37
Views: 7323

Re: Advice on tactile "nimittas", and how best to use them?

It may be worth saying that a tactile nimitta is not really a tactile sensation. The sense of the body (and thus also the breath) is gone and all that remains is the mental component - aka the mind itself. The nimitta is simply how the mind represents itself. It can be by a visual sign (which also ...
by Heaviside
Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:06 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Advice on tactile "nimittas", and how best to use them?
Replies: 37
Views: 7323

Re: Advice on tactile "nimittas", and how best to use them?

I found this old thread only recently through the kind reference of someone else on the forum, and I have really been engrossed with it. May I add my own experience? I have been practicing fairly religiously for forty-five minutes each day for about two years. I have experienced what might be termed...
by Heaviside
Sun Sep 08, 2013 3:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Leigh Brasington and retreats
Replies: 27
Views: 4503

Re: Leigh Brasington and retreats

Jhana4, Yes, that is a much more polite and, on the basis of listening to most of Brasington's talks and reading a bit of his writing, probably more accurate interpretation. But I think you must admit that there are many hucksters and mountebanks out there. Tiltbillings, Thanks for posting the link ...
by Heaviside
Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Leigh Brasington and retreats
Replies: 27
Views: 4503

Re: Leigh Brasington and retreats

Jhana4, Thanks for your comment. I bow to your direct experience. My comment was based upon a mistrust of "escape clauses," not of Leigh Brasington himself, whom I find to be both interesting and informative. As a more general issue, I wonder if anyone has seen this video of Bhante Vimalaramsi's? He...
by Heaviside
Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Leigh Brasington and retreats
Replies: 27
Views: 4503

Re: Leigh Brasington and retreats

A friend of mine from my sutta study group has been on a number of jhana retreats in Asia ( some lasting several months ). She knows Lee and invited him to speak to and sit with our group. He is a very talented speaker, very easy to talk to, grounded in science and he has read the entire Pali Canon...
by Heaviside
Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Focusing on the nostrils?
Replies: 5
Views: 1451

Re: Focusing on the nostrils?

mal4mac said: "Many books say that you don't always get wonderful feelings during meditation, and not to mind this, not to expect it. If you don't expect wonderful feelings, you will not feel frustration. Just do it everyday, maybe for a shorter period each day until things get better? Anyone can do...
by Heaviside
Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Leigh Brasington and retreats
Replies: 27
Views: 4503

Re: Leigh Brasington and retreats

I haven't physically been to any of his retreats, but I have listened to most of the presentations/workshops he has placed on his website. I have seen an interview with him on youtube, but I completely missed what you mentioned on his site. Thank you. I think maybe I was mistaken in thinking that h...
by Heaviside
Tue Jul 30, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Asthma/heart problems and meditation?
Replies: 4
Views: 808

Re: Asthma/heart problems and meditation?

Thanks. It had occurred to me to adopt the "distracting" sensations as part of the breathing, but was wondering if it would provide a focus that was tight enough.

I will give both suggestions a try.
by Heaviside
Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Asthma/heart problems and meditation?
Replies: 4
Views: 808

Asthma/heart problems and meditation?

I have asthma and a couple of congenital heart ailments. When I meditate, I am far too conscious of my pulse and chest flutter, as well as a raw lump in my chest I am always aware of. This makes it hard to stay mindful of the breath per-se.

Does anyone here have similar problems? Any advice?
by Heaviside
Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Leigh Brasington and retreats
Replies: 27
Views: 4503

Re: Leigh Brasington and retreats

I haven't physically been to any of his retreats, but I have listened to most of the presentations/workshops he has placed on his website. Most consist of daily talks he gave at associated retreats. I found them to be superb. Try listening to some to reach your iwn conclusion. Lije you, though, I fi...
by Heaviside
Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:32 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Weirdest experience so far.
Replies: 13
Views: 2793

Re: Weirdest experience so far.

I sometimes have these symptoms. They seem to occur when I try to relax my forehead muscles. It is not easy to determine whether the feeling is tension or relaxation. They occur when I think of my forehead as getting heavy and "sagging" under gravity. (Just a metaphor!) When I do this, I often begin...
by Heaviside
Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:20 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: A Question about Rebirth
Replies: 27
Views: 4978

Re: A Question about Rebirth

I found this discussion of rebirth to be quite interesting:

http://justalittledust.com/blog/?p=503

Any comments?
by Heaviside
Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:11 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: A Question about Rebirth
Replies: 27
Views: 4978

Re: A Question about Rebirth

Here is snippet from another interesting thread by Lazy_eye to which Sam Vara responds (in part): So perhaps the Buddha had confidence that Sariputta could teach in such a way that even such "unpromising" individuals as Dhananjani could achieve enlightenment. Or, the sub-text might be that one who h...
by Heaviside
Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:06 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: A Question about Rebirth
Replies: 27
Views: 4978

Re: A Question about Rebirth

However, if the Buddha meant something as a metaphor, he'd usually announce it and give the teachings that it is analogue to. Yes, he clearly did announce methapors, but it is often a question in my mind whether or not a critical term has been somehow altered in translation. Different interpreters ...
by Heaviside
Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Colored Lights?
Replies: 5
Views: 1017

Re: Colored Lights?

Marc,

Thanks for your helpful comment. :thumbsup:
by Heaviside
Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:15 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: A Question about Rebirth
Replies: 27
Views: 4978

Re: A Question about Rebirth

Well, let me respectfully clear up any misunderstanding that might have occurred here---undoubtedly due to my clumsy self expression. I had no intentention of taking a knowiledgeable position on the subject. Furthermore, a couple of you seem to think I had the ridiculous idea that a khandha referred...