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by Weakfocus
Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge
Replies: 421
Views: 76080

Month 13

This month I resolve to do at least two Anapanasati sittings a day: morning and evening sittings for 60 minutes each. 20140815 Morning sitting. Evening sitting. 20140816 Morning sitting. Evening sitting. 20140817 Morning sitting. Evening sitting. 20140818 Morning sitting. Evening sitting. 20140819 M...
by Weakfocus
Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Torn between two worlds
Replies: 18
Views: 1122

Re: Torn between two worlds

I feel the same stress, being pulled in two entirely opposite directions. It tears you up, a part of your mind craves all the material things and then another part tells you there is no lasting joy in these worldly pleasures, and I feel guilty for pursuing them. I have underperformed in life (in ter...
by Weakfocus
Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:32 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Robin Williams, depression, suicide and meditation
Replies: 47
Views: 5247

Re: Robin Williams, depression, suicide and meditation

From what I've read, Mr. Williams had problem of not merely depression but also dependance on drugs/alcohol. He also had multiple marriages over his lifetime and the resultant stress that comes from them. So blaming his suicide on 'depression' seems rather unfocused, we might as well blame 'ignoranc...
by Weakfocus
Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge
Replies: 421
Views: 76080

Month 12

This month I resolve to do at least two Anapanasati sittings a day: morning and evening sittings for 60 minutes. Motivation for a third sitting has evaporated, I'll just aim to maintain two sittings/day for now. If someday I sit in afternoon I'll just add that to daily record instead of setting expe...
by Weakfocus
Tue Jul 08, 2014 5:18 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?
Replies: 59
Views: 7126

Re: Why Dhammawheel is not growing?

I think offering an optional questionnaire at the time of joining (what one is looking for? what are the expectations? etc) and also asking for feedback (optional of course) from members is a good idea to gauge where the forum is succeeding and where it is not. True, what makes a person register wi...
by Weakfocus
Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Video on NY Times on persecution of Burmese Muslims
Replies: 20
Views: 1961

Re: Video on NY Times on persecution of Burmese Muslims

And where is the NY Times video on the relentless, barbaric persecution of every other religion by the muslims? I guess there is so much material on that these poor NYT chaps cannot find a way to edit it down to a cute little video. what bad may come out of this situation or the way it's being cover...
by Weakfocus
Sun Jun 15, 2014 3:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge
Replies: 421
Views: 76080

Month 11

This month I resolve to do three Anapanasati sittings a day: morning and evening sittings for 60 minutes, and an afternoon sitting of 40 minutes duration. 20140615 Morning sitting. Afternoon sitting. Evening sitting. 20140616 Morning sitting. <Failure> Evening sitting. 20140617 Morning sitting. Afte...
by Weakfocus
Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Tips for a noisy meditation
Replies: 32
Views: 2313

Re: Tips for a noisy meditation

Any useful tips on how to not get distracted by such noise?? Use earplugs. There are many different types, some are more comfortable than others, some are cheaper than others. I use cheap reusable/washable earplugs for all my sittings since I live in an extremely noise polluted enviornment, they ha...
by Weakfocus
Wed May 28, 2014 6:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the Buddhasasana really in decline?
Replies: 50
Views: 2872

Re: Is the Buddhasasana really in decline?

However it seems to me that this number is far less than that in the time of the Buddha. Is that so? I have the same feeling. According to suttas during Buddha's time there were gathering in which tens/hundreds of Arahants were present. Soon after Buddha's death, five hundred Arahants were present ...
by Weakfocus
Wed May 28, 2014 4:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Whats your motivation ?
Replies: 13
Views: 797

Re: Whats your motivation ?

seeker242 wrote:
purple planet wrote:so what motivates you to practice and put effort in ?
Essentially, dukkha. :smile:
The very same. Dukkha -and my desire to escape its clutches permanently- is what motivates me to meditate daily.
by Weakfocus
Thu May 15, 2014 11:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge
Replies: 421
Views: 76080

Month 10

This month I resolve to do three Anapanasati sittings a day: morning and evening sittings for 60 minutes, and an afternoon sitting of 35 minutes duration. 20140515 30 minute Morning sitting. 25 minute Afternoon sitting. 50 minute Evening sitting. 20140516 55 minute Morning sitting. Afternoon sitting...
by Weakfocus
Sat May 10, 2014 12:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday Ben!!!
Replies: 23
Views: 2385

Re: Happy Birthday Ben!!!

Happy birthday, Ben ji!
May your life be full of happiness.
by Weakfocus
Fri May 09, 2014 3:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Couldn’t Dhamma protect Tibet?
Replies: 16
Views: 2292

Re: Couldn’t Dhamma protect Tibet?

I was watching the following video and wonder why Dhamma did not protect Tibetan people. Because in Tibet there is no true Dhamma, but mainly the false one. Hi Zom, wow you must have been around at the time of the Buddha then, to be able to so boldly proclaim which Dhamma is true, and which is fals...
by Weakfocus
Sat May 03, 2014 8:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati Help - First day meditating.
Replies: 13
Views: 1506

Re: Anapanasati Help - First day meditating.

How to bring focus back to the breadth and stop allowing the mind to drift away?. When you come to notice that mind has wandered away from respiration, make a mental note ("mind has wandered") and bring it back to breath. Do it as many times as required during a sitting, with patience and without g...
by Weakfocus
Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Goenka and Sotāpanna
Replies: 6
Views: 1080

Re: Goenka and Sotāpanna

Myotai wrote:Maybe I am misinterpreting him. I think I may have got most of it from 'The Art of Living'.
Have you attended your first 10-day course yet, Myotai? Do so, it will help you understand many little things that cannot be appreciated by merely reading books and articles.
by Weakfocus
Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge
Replies: 421
Views: 76080

Month 9

For some time now I have been feeling the need/desire for a third sitting. So this month my resolve is to do three Anapanasati sittings a day: morning and evening sittings for 60 minutes, and an afternoon sitting of 30 minutes duration to begin with. Eventual aim is to have three equal length sittin...
by Weakfocus
Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should we offer food to Buddha?
Replies: 41
Views: 3202

Re: Should we offer food to Buddha?

nalinJ wrote:Did Lord Buddha mention that by offering food to his status we can gain merits?

Or

Did Lord Buddha mention something similar?
To the best of my limited knowledge, there is no such reference anywhere in Tipitaka.
Buddha was very much against such ignorant rites and rituals.
by Weakfocus
Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: There is no fire like lust
Replies: 19
Views: 2808

Re: There is no fire like lust

Is this familiar to anyone? I think it is safe to say all men who try to overcome lust and live the celibate life are aware of this phenomenon. I spent over a decade in this extremely frustrating cycle, even though I knew the way out all along. If anyone's found a way out of this cycle I'm all ears...
by Weakfocus
Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What's stopping you?
Replies: 30
Views: 2779

Re: What's stopping you?

so what's stopping you from ordaining? The knowledge that ordaining as a monk will do absolutely nothing to accelerate my journey to nibbana . I am very fortunate in that I already have favorable circumstances in my life which allow me to meditate and be mindful as much as I want, without worrying ...
by Weakfocus
Sun Mar 16, 2014 7:06 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Diet on Solitary Retreat
Replies: 9
Views: 1133

Re: Diet on Solitary Retreat

Steel-Cut Oats Almond Butter Extra Virgin Olive Oil Green Vibrance Powder Water What do you think? Is it balanced enough? Am I missing anything? Would you substitute anything? Hello Chi I am no nutrition expert, but at first glance this diet is lacking in fresh vegetables and fruits. Is it healthy ...