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by VinceField
Sat Apr 18, 2015 12:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation Devices
Replies: 5
Views: 934

Re: Meditation Devices

I think in the long run it's a bad idea. The way I see it, meditation is just as much about developing particular skills as it is about producing particular states, and if you rely on a device to produce calmness then you aren't developing the actual skill of being able to let go of distraction and...
by VinceField
Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation Devices
Replies: 5
Views: 934

Meditation Devices

I'd like to hear opinions about the pros and cons of using technology to assist one's meditation practice. I am mainly referring to any external piece of technology that induces a meditative state, such as Hemi-Sync binaural beats, energy resonance devices, etc.
by VinceField
Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:51 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Why one meal a day?
Replies: 675
Views: 110820

Re: Why one meal a day?

I believe a balanced approach to anything is important, which in this case means caring for both the body and the mind. I have no degrees but I am a certified personal trainer, so I have a bit of experience and knowledge in taking care of the body. Doing so requires regular exercise and healthy eati...
by VinceField
Wed Jan 28, 2015 10:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Marriage as a meditation object?
Replies: 10
Views: 2440

Re: Marriage as a meditation object?

Marriage is not making anybody suffer but mind - saying otherwise it's ignorance. Marriage if it's brings suffering it's showing you something, potining out like toot-ache "there is something to be done" in the sense of realization so if realization pain is gone, you are happy your wife is happy an...
by VinceField
Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Marriage as a meditation object?
Replies: 10
Views: 2440

Re: Marriage as a meditation object?

I suppose that by the same token you can chop your arm off and contemplate the suffering it brings, or murder your family and contemplate the suffering that brings. I think that the average person experiences enough suffering as it to have plenty of opportunities to contemplate it without having to ...
by VinceField
Mon Jan 26, 2015 5:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is focusing on breath sensations not mindfulness of breathing?
Replies: 12
Views: 1892

Re: Is focusing on breath sensations not mindfulness of breathing?

It would make sense to me that a delusional temperament would be better off focusing on the breathing sensations in the body rather than the conceptualizations that the mind fabricates about the breath. After all, delusion deals entirely in concepts, so I'd think a delusional temperament would run t...
by VinceField
Sun Jan 25, 2015 1:00 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: How do we do 16 step breath meditation?
Replies: 13
Views: 2350

Re: How do we do 16 step breath meditation?

Buddhadasa Bhikkhu teaches that the 16 steps must be followed in order from the beginning during each sitting.
by VinceField
Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: I am back
Replies: 15
Views: 1674

Re: I am back

Whoa, I could have sworn I read a merit dedication thread a couple of months ago saying that you had died. Well, glad to see you are alive and well! Take care
by VinceField
Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Replies: 9
Views: 1273

Re: Karma by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

"When I first went to stay with Ajaan Fuang, I asked him about the whole issue of past lives, because I had heard some people say that the Buddha never really taught about past lives, while other people said that he had. Ajaan Fuang’s answer was: The important thing to believe in when you’re practic...
by VinceField
Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Replies: 9
Views: 1273

Re: Karma by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

If you copy a portion of the text and paste it in a google search it will usually lead to the source. :) I do know how to do a search, thanks. However its a lot easier for other people if when we copy and paste something from a website we also add the URL at the same time. . My mistake. You asked f...
by VinceField
Sun Jan 18, 2015 2:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Replies: 9
Views: 1273

Re: Karma by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

I like Thanissaro's teachings on Karma. I used to contemplate whether all of our circumstances arise from Karma, or if some can be chalked up to chance and luck. One thing I thought was interesting was in one of his dhamma talks on karma he said that the state of the body is the result of past karma...
by VinceField
Sun Jan 18, 2015 2:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Replies: 9
Views: 1273

Re: Karma by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Aloka wrote:Hi yxwyi,

Can you provide a URL link to this text please ?

Kind regards,

Aloka
If you copy a portion of the text and paste it in a google search it will usually lead to the source. :)
by VinceField
Sun Jan 18, 2015 5:33 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Following Ajahn Brahm: Focus on the experience of the breath
Replies: 20
Views: 4761

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

In my experience of listening to him and reading his books, Ajahn Brahm doesn't teach a focus on bodily sensations in the sense of the "vipassana" or "sutta jhana" teachers. Of course the sensations are the starting point, but, like the commentaries, and Pa Auk, he teaches moving on to a light nimi...
by VinceField
Sun Jan 18, 2015 3:41 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Following Ajahn Brahm: Focus on the experience of the breath
Replies: 20
Views: 4761

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

After studying further I don't think the answers in this thread were correct. I was always frustrated trying to develop concentration with the physical sensations of the breath. It is too unstable, especially the stomach. I was just recently introduced to pa auk sayadaw who teaches to focus on the ...
by VinceField
Mon Jan 12, 2015 5:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the freedom of speech?
Replies: 12
Views: 1384

Re: What is the freedom of speech?

SarathW wrote:Say USA.
Does the freedom of speech protected by it' s constitution or by law.
What speech is not allowed under it's constitution?
:thinking:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of ... ted_States

Read sections 4 (restrictions) and 5 (exclusions).