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by mddrill
Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:33 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: In which sutta does the Buddha explain what no self means?
Replies: 28
Views: 1019

In which sutta does the Buddha explain what no self means?

I would like to understand whether the typical Western understanding of no self is the same as the traditional understanding. Does anyone have suggestions for which texts I can begin with to understand what is traditionally meant by no self?
by mddrill
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What are some goods books/resources to learn metta meditation from?
Replies: 11
Views: 732

Re: What are some goods books/resources to learn metta meditation from?

This book contains the talks and guided meditations from a Metta Retreat led by Ajahn Pasanno. https://www.abhayagiri.org/books/584-abundant-exalted-immeasurable Edit: You might google "dhammawheel metta" as this has been discussed here -- there might be other ways to search, but this will work. Th...
by mddrill
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What are some goods books/resources to learn metta meditation from?
Replies: 11
Views: 732

Re: What are some goods books/resources to learn metta meditation from?

Perhaps you could focus on the well wishing or intention (may I be happy, may x be happy, may all be happy or well) rather than looking for feelings that you may not have yet. So, like, just say those words in my head over and over? Usually I try to not think during meditation, is metta different?
by mddrill
Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What are some goods books/resources to learn metta meditation from?
Replies: 11
Views: 732

What are some goods books/resources to learn metta meditation from?

Does anybody have any suggestions? I think I have a general idea of how to practice metta but when I try to do it I can't find any feelings of loving-kindness to focus on, even when I focus on the "easy" people. When a feeling is there, it's hard to tell whether it's true metta or just attachment si...
by mddrill
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What is "breath energy"?
Replies: 6
Views: 553

What is "breath energy"?

I'm reading With Each & Every Breath by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. He talks about sending "breath energy" through various parts of the body in meditation and creating a "cocoon of good breath energy" when someone is sharing their struggles with you.

What does this mean? Does it just mean visualizing air?
by mddrill
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How do I start out in the Theravada tradition?
Replies: 10
Views: 1770

How do I start out in the Theravada tradition?

Hello, I've been practicing Zen meditation for a few years and want to check out the Theravada tradition, but I don't really know where to start. I see that there's a Theravada monastery near me, but it doesn't have any regular meeting times for lay practitioners like the Zen centers I'm used to. It...
by mddrill
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:36 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: If life is suffering, then wouldn't it be unethical to have children?
Replies: 42
Views: 4351

If life is suffering, then wouldn't it be unethical to have children?

Wouldn't that be bringing a child into an existence which is suffering?
by mddrill
Fri May 02, 2014 6:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Posture Question
Replies: 1
Views: 551

Posture Question

I cant seem to find a comfortable position to meditate in, Burmese style hurts my knee, quarter- lotus hurts my hips, I cant do any other lotus's. I tried using a chair but I can keep my back strait and off the back of the chair. I tried putting my zafu on the chair to tilt my pelvis forward and kee...
by mddrill
Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:23 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Question about subtleness of breathing.
Replies: 2
Views: 766

Question about subtleness of breathing.

Hi, when I'm practicing breathing meditation, the more I concentrate on my breathe the subtler it becomes (I believe that is what is supposed to happen). Untill I get to a point where the breathing becomes so subtle I feel like I need to gasp for air. when this this happens I have to breathe harder....
by mddrill
Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Knees Touching the ground (posture question)
Replies: 8
Views: 3098

Knees Touching the ground (posture question)

I've read that in a cross legged posture your knees should touch the ground, and if not I either need to put pillows under my knees or get a higher seat. But I have relatively thick calf and thigh muscles which prevent my knees from touching the floor, what should I do in this situation? they say yo...