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by J0rrit
Tue Oct 14, 2014 12:26 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Defocused Gaze/Defocused Awareness
Replies: 12
Views: 2470

Re: Defocused Gaze/Defocused Awareness

Try this out: if you become aware of one sensation or sound or vision in particular, to do this your eyes tension with the narrower focus, to release this tension is to broaden your awareness, and to broaden your awareness you have to release this tension and relax the eyes. Am I right? Our attenti...
by J0rrit
Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:15 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Defocused Gaze/Defocused Awareness
Replies: 12
Views: 2470

Re: Defocused Gaze/Defocused Awareness

That's correct Vince. But also, eyestrain and gaze are somewhat interrelated with awareness. To become aware of say multiple different sound or sensations at once, you have to relax your gaze to broaden your awareness. That's how he ment it U presume? Try this out: if you become aware of one sensati...
by J0rrit
Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:59 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Defocused Gaze/Defocused Awareness
Replies: 12
Views: 2470

Re: Defocused Gaze/Defocused Awareness

Yes, and how do you accomplish this ? GaZe and awareness are interconnected. Could you describe
Hoe do you manage such an awareness of simultaneous things at once ?
by J0rrit
Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:43 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Defocused Gaze/Defocused Awareness
Replies: 12
Views: 2470

Re: Defocused Gaze/Defocused Awareness

Could someone explain more about this? I've tried it and it's difficult. Could someone give me advice about how to accomplish this, because I have a hard time doing this. What exactly are you finding difficult? I do anapanasati with eyes open, and because the visual field is static it requires very...
by J0rrit
Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:17 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Defocused Gaze/Defocused Awareness
Replies: 12
Views: 2470

Defocused Gaze/Defocused Awareness

Hello there, I have a question about being aware with a unfocused gaze/awareness. This guy describes it like this: 'One way into this experience is, oddly enough, with the eyes. There’s a correspondence between the tendency of the eyes to focus narrowly, and the mind to perceive narrowly. If at the ...
by J0rrit
Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Searching a book about the Five Precepts
Replies: 2
Views: 635

Searching a book about the Five Precepts

Hello there,

I'm looking for a book about the Five Precepts in Buddhism. Something about how to live according the five precepts in modern society.

Any recommendations?
by J0rrit
Wed Oct 08, 2014 2:56 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Following Ajahn Brahm: Focus on the experience of the breath
Replies: 20
Views: 4768

Re: Following Ajahn Brahm: Focus on the experience of the br

I remember ajahn Brahms instructions in his book. He said best not to focus on the stomach or nostrils because then it becomes nostril or stomach meditation and not breath meditation. In his book he also said, how do know you're breathing? Focus right there! I'm pretty certain when he said that he ...
by J0rrit
Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:22 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Hindrances: Antidotes
Replies: 1
Views: 980

Hindrances: Antidotes

Hello there, I have a question about all the antidotes you know for the arising of the five hindrances. What works for you? What works for me is for example when Sensual Desire arises: To say to myself 'This is good enough, this is perfect, I'm fully content'. Or when Ill-Will arises to say 'I open ...
by J0rrit
Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:21 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Following Ajahn Brahm: Focus on the experience of the breath
Replies: 20
Views: 4768

Following Ajahn Brahm: Focus on the experience of the breath

Hello there, I have a question about this what Ajahn Brahm says. He says to ask yourself 'how do I know that I'm breathing'? And to focus on just that! Focus on the experience of how you know that you are breathing. When I read this I just followed this. For me, it happened to be a concept. I follow...
by J0rrit
Sat Sep 27, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Extreme shaking and movement of the head and limbs and Jhana
Replies: 11
Views: 2745

Re: Extreme shaking and movement of the head and limbs and J

Hello there, Since a few days my meditation made extreme progress. I have the feeling I have reached the 1st Jhana (sutta Jhana, not hard Jhana) but it could be I'm confusing acces concentration with Jhana. But on my way to or during first Jhana, my body shakes extreme and my head and limbs make in...
by J0rrit
Fri Sep 26, 2014 5:58 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Extreme shaking and movement of the head and limbs and Jhana
Replies: 11
Views: 2745

Re: Extreme shaking and movement of the head and limbs and J

Hello there, Since a few days my meditation made extreme progress. I have the feeling I have reached the 1st Jhana (sutta Jhana, not hard Jhana) but it could be I'm confusing acces concentration with Jhana. But on my way to or during first Jhana, my body shakes extreme and my head and limbs make in...
by J0rrit
Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:18 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Extreme shaking and movement of the head and limbs and Jhana
Replies: 11
Views: 2745

Extreme shaking and movement of the head and limbs and Jhana

Hello there, Since a few days my meditation made extreme progress. I have the feeling I have reached the 1st Jhana (sutta Jhana, not hard Jhana) but it could be I'm confusing acces concentration with Jhana. But on my way to or during first Jhana, my body shakes extreme and my head and limbs make int...
by J0rrit
Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:59 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Calming body and mind/letting go of clinging
Replies: 27
Views: 3205

Re: Calming body and mind/letting go of clinging

Thank you for your answers! I take things very literally, that's why it confused me. Ajahn Brahm says a lot 'don't get involved', 'you do nothing', 'just watch', 'you just go out of the way' etc. If I take this literally, in my opinion these statements tell you to not even aim your awareness intentl...
by J0rrit
Sat Sep 13, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Calming body and mind/letting go of clinging
Replies: 27
Views: 3205

Re: Calming body and mind/letting go of clinging

Yes. But on that other forum, I was told a lot of times that I just had to watch everything unfold by itself. Also Ajahn Brahm mentions a lot 'YOU DO NOTHING, you just go out of the way and watch' etc. 'you don't get involved' etc. But in my opinion, just recognizing you're not in the present anymor...
by J0rrit
Sat Sep 13, 2014 2:02 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Calming body and mind/letting go of clinging
Replies: 27
Views: 3205

Re: Calming body and mind/letting go of clinging

That post you quoted from the other forum is not saying to do nothing at all. It's saying to be kind to whatever arises in meditation. That seems to be the intent or method in this practice. It's definitely not "doing nothing at all." Ok...But it looks to me as that it than the only thing that is b...