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by Zimesky
Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Concentration Cycles..
Replies: 5
Views: 1160

Re: Concentration Cycles..

Thanks very much for your input! It's interesting as to the sorts of problems beginners like us seem to go through. Sometimes I feel like I could write pages about the mercurial nature of the problems that arise in meditation. These days I think I can sum up most of my problems with the hindrances o...
by Zimesky
Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Concentration Cycles..
Replies: 5
Views: 1160

Concentration Cycles..

My meditation has lately been proceeding like this lately: I sit down and focus on my breath after Metta. I try to focus on the presence of the breath going in and out through my nostrils. I also try to pay attention to the texture/hot-cold sensation/ and length of each breath. About 20 minutes In I...
by Zimesky
Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Is there a risk of being buried alive while in Deep Jhana?
Replies: 17
Views: 2835

Re: Is there a risk of being buried alive while in Deep Jhan

According to that, I understand that if you stop meditating by hearing a bell, then it was not deep Jhana. Maybe it's a special esoteric bell, or somethin. I have no idea, I haven't attained the state, or met anyone who has to confirm anything. I also heard it's not good to touch anyone in Jhana. E...
by Zimesky
Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Grogginess, vivid images, poor concentration.
Replies: 10
Views: 1060

Re: Grogginess, vivid images, poor concentration.

Awesome! Thank you so much! I've downloaded it and will get started on it tonight. As a small update, I'm still definitely dealing with the Sloth-Torpor. It's interesting though, I'll drift along in a heavy, foggy, dream state, then I'll spontaneously become very focused, and I can feel an energy fl...
by Zimesky
Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Grogginess, vivid images, poor concentration.
Replies: 10
Views: 1060

Re: Grogginess, vivid images, poor concentration.

Thanks for the links Kabouterke =) I'll get started on reading them right away. Also, again thanks for everyone else' advice/links as well!
by Zimesky
Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Grogginess, vivid images, poor concentration.
Replies: 10
Views: 1060

Re: Grogginess, vivid images, poor concentration.

Thank you kindly again, Daverupoa =) And thanks again to Aloka for the link. After I read it I followed the link back to the main site and found my way to a PDF of Ajan Cha's teachings. I paged through to a section called "On Medtation" I stumbled onto a passage that nearly perfectly describes my is...
by Zimesky
Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Grogginess, vivid images, poor concentration.
Replies: 10
Views: 1060

Re: Grogginess, vivid images, poor concentration.

Thanks for the response =) May I ask how you practice Anapana without the single pointed focusing? I'm also not very familiar with gladness meditation. I also agree that the issues I have seem to fall within the purview of the Sloth-Torpor Hindrance, also Doubt, as well. I always seem to be question...
by Zimesky
Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Grogginess, vivid images, poor concentration.
Replies: 10
Views: 1060

Grogginess, vivid images, poor concentration.

These have been the recent traits that seem to re-occur in most of my meditations lately. I've been trying to practice Anapana for my primary meditation, supplementing it with walking/standing meditation. Every time I sit, I tend to drift off into a dream state, filled with vivid imagery. I'm consci...
by Zimesky
Thu Jul 18, 2013 6:44 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How common is Jhana
Replies: 11
Views: 1707

Re: How common is Jhana

I definitely believe that the Jhana's, Dhyana's, Samadhi's are all generally the same states, just labeled differently throughout many cultures and religions. Even Christianity. I suppose I was curious because I've only read about people that have attained a Jhana state, through 2nd or 3rd hand acco...
by Zimesky
Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:01 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How common is Jhana
Replies: 11
Views: 1707

How common is Jhana

How common is Jhana? Further more, are any countries that have more people attaining the Jhanas?
by Zimesky
Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:46 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Nostril concentration risks?
Replies: 8
Views: 2369

Re: Nostril concentration risks?

Zimesky, are you experiencing any difficulties similar to what you're asking about? I had been experiencing a few week long headache when I originally posted this, and was also trying the concentration at the tip of the nose instructions. I very rarely get headaches so when I had it I was thinking ...
by Zimesky
Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:33 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Nostril concentration risks?
Replies: 8
Views: 2369

Re: Nostril concentration risks?

OK, I found the book that I had initially heard this from. It's a book called "Working Towards Enlightenment" written by Master Nan Huai-Chin. This book was among the first of the materials that really got me into meditation, and later on, more interest in Buddhism it'self. For the longest time his ...
by Zimesky
Wed Jun 05, 2013 7:28 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Nostril concentration risks?
Replies: 8
Views: 2369

Nostril concentration risks?

I've heard that there may be consequences from concentrating on the tip of the nose. One being an increase in blood-pressure in the head, leading to other more serious issues that may arise. Does anyone know if there is truth to this? If so, any remedies one can use?
by Zimesky
Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants
Replies: 150
Views: 31071

Re: Any living Masters/Legends/Arahats?

Thanks for that great link! I don't want to narrow my scope to Arahatts, any information on great meditation teachers is also sought.
by Zimesky
Fri May 31, 2013 8:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants
Replies: 150
Views: 31071

Any living Masters/Legends/Arahats?

It always seems like that when I discover a teacher of such stature as Acariya Mun, Ajaan Boowa, Ajaan Chan or any other masters like them, I always seem to be a (give or take) a decade too late, and they will have passed on. These teachers leave behind incredible legacy's, stories, and lessons for ...
by Zimesky
Fri May 31, 2013 12:39 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Anapanasati actually inducing sleep...!
Replies: 17
Views: 3072

Re: Anapanasati actually inducing sleep...!

I feel drowsy after Ananapana, does that put me in the sleep camp?
by Zimesky
Thu May 30, 2013 4:54 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Trouble with Anapana
Replies: 16
Views: 2762

Re: Trouble with Anapana

I want to thank everyone again for their help! The advice and the links everyone has offered have been invaluable. How many hours of meditation per day would be a good goal to work towards, in the direction of developing Jhana/Samadhi?
by Zimesky
Fri May 24, 2013 8:25 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Ritalin and meditation.
Replies: 1
Views: 1663

Re: Ritalin and meditation.

I have ADHD and personaly, have always learned better with physical and visual methods. I can sympathize with this. I took Ritalin when I was young until I got to high school. The concentration was rigid if it was there at all. Sometimes I would concentrate on patterns in the carpet while whole clas...
by Zimesky
Fri May 24, 2013 12:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A drug that helps meditating ?
Replies: 36
Views: 6092

Re: A drug that helps meditating ?

What on earth have you actually attained if you can't do this without a hallucinogen. There are drastic changes that these kinds of drugs do to your brain. Your body naturally produces serotonin to dream/sleep. If you introduce something into your system that takes over this process or puts it in ov...
by Zimesky
Sat May 18, 2013 8:39 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Can't find a thread!
Replies: 2
Views: 1432

Re: Can't find a thread!

Ah wonderful! This is exactly the one, thanks very much for finding it =)