Search found 213 matches

by Collective
Sun Oct 31, 2010 6:18 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: A 'Basic' Question
Replies: 22
Views: 3124

Re: A 'Basic' Question

Hi Collective Does your method of vipassana make it easy for you to see the impermanence of all mental and material phenomena that arises? With metta Matheesha I'm not fully aware of it through out the whole day no. But I think that's more to do with me not being mindful. What I mean is, when I med...
by Collective
Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:35 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: A 'Basic' Question
Replies: 22
Views: 3124

Re: A 'Basic' Question

One morning I practice vipassana, the next I practice samatha, and so on.

Is this wise?

Thank you
by Collective
Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:59 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: A 'Basic' Question
Replies: 22
Views: 3124

Re: A 'Basic' Question

I was meditating a few months ago when I got a glimpse of this 'Annica' concept. For a split second, the reality that everything changees, that nothing lasts, really hit me. It was allof a sudden so clear. But it slipped away almost as quickly. And yes, it was a good liberating feeling. So I hope t...
by Collective
Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:14 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: A 'Basic' Question
Replies: 22
Views: 3124

Re: A 'Basic' Question

On another angle, metta meditation helps me with the fear of death. The Buddha said that one who practices metta dies unconfused. When I practice metta, I feel that if I would die that day, there wouldn't be a problem. I hope this is not too off topic. It isn't off topic at all, it helps. Thank you
by Collective
Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:57 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: A 'Basic' Question
Replies: 22
Views: 3124

Re: A 'Basic' Question

So Vipassana, real insight, is this going to help me overcome not just my terror of dying, but of all terrors? You might find this helpful. Speaking about death, Goenkaji said that death is a taboo because of fear about death. He explained how a Vipassana meditator eradicates fear by exploring the ...
by Collective
Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:55 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: A 'Basic' Question
Replies: 22
Views: 3124

Re: A 'Basic' Question

I think that is very real Collective. I remember a time when i was in my twenties where my fear of dying became so acute that i could hardly bear to see graves...I dont look forward to it even now, but it has lost its terror. In part that is due to being older, but it is also a result of Vipassana ...
by Collective
Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:42 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: A 'Basic' Question
Replies: 22
Views: 3124

A 'Basic' Question

Forgive me if this is in the wrong forum. I have meditated for the last 18 months, possibly more toward the two year mark. I've read a few books, and lately, my time on the cushion has increased to 45 minutes every morning. I've read about vipassana nurturing real 'insight' and I've read about other...
by Collective
Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: SN Goenka
Replies: 31
Views: 2752

Re: SN Goenka

Ben wrote:I found the following article on SN Goenka's son teaching vipassana to prisoners in Burma's prisons:

http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?ar ... 663&page=1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I hope some of you find it of interest.
kind regards

Ben
Thank you Ben
by Collective
Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: SN Goenka
Replies: 31
Views: 2752

Re: SN Goenka

Lately I've been practising Samatha one morning then Vipassana the next morning, and so on.

I just got myself a bit confused as to what both really were. It's clearer now.

Thank you all :namaste:
by Collective
Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: SN Goenka
Replies: 31
Views: 2752

Re: SN Goenka

Is anapanasati to do with vipassana or samatha? ===== The Anapanasati Sutta defines a meditation which includes both in one meditation. jack That's intriguing. When I first started meditating, I practiced Samatha. I would stay with the breath as best I could, no matter what sensation arose, physica...
by Collective
Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: SN Goenka
Replies: 31
Views: 2752

Re: SN Goenka

Thank you all very much, I shall follow up your advice Unfortunately though, as far as day retreats are concerned - I have a wife and 3 children. Also, there's not a vipassana class for miles, let alone a retreat. I get everything from books, vids and coming here For which I'm very thankful :namaste:
by Collective
Sat Oct 23, 2010 10:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: SN Goenka
Replies: 31
Views: 2752

Re: SN Goenka

Hello Collective, Wisdom books has quite a few: http://www.wisdom-books.com/Author.asp?AUTH=Goenka%2C+S+N" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Also I hope Ben replies in this thread as he has been practising under Goenka-ji for many years with great results. Even sat with him in India as ...
by Collective
Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: SN Goenka
Replies: 31
Views: 2752

Re: SN Goenka

Sorry but you lost me.
by Collective
Sat Oct 23, 2010 2:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: SN Goenka
Replies: 31
Views: 2752

Re: SN Goenka

Is anapanasati to do with vipassana or samatha?
by Collective
Sat Oct 23, 2010 12:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: SN Goenka
Replies: 31
Views: 2752

Re: SN Goenka

I've just read that article, as you were posting. Very good read.

Can someone recommend a book on meditation by SN Goenka?

Thank you
by Collective
Sat Oct 23, 2010 8:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: SN Goenka
Replies: 31
Views: 2752

SN Goenka

I've read a little about SN Goenka, he's highly praised here. Why is this, does he teach differently, or is he just an excellent teacher?

Thanks all
by Collective
Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Eyes (Again)
Replies: 31
Views: 2333

Re: The Eyes (Again)

Thank you Ben. That was basically the final piece of the jigsaw for me.

It's appreciated.
by Collective
Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Eyes (Again)
Replies: 31
Views: 2333

Re: The Eyes (Again)

I think the best way to get a handle on this is to cut straight to the chase using a direct example/question:

You are practicing Vipassana and a sensation arises

What do you do?

You are practicing Samatha and a sensation arises

What do you do?


Thank you all :)
by Collective
Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Eyes (Again)
Replies: 31
Views: 2333

Re: The Eyes (Again)

So then, is it accurate to say

Vipassana focuses on the breath whilst acknowledging rising sensations

Samatha focuses on the breath to the exclusion of rising sensations?
by Collective
Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Eyes (Again)
Replies: 31
Views: 2333

Re: The Eyes (Again)

Thank you very much :)