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by Sam Vara
Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Erratic breath
Replies: 2
Views: 23

Re: Erratic breath

... to control the breath instead of simply watching it, which is still an issue that needs work. I also still tend to focus too intensely on the breathing instead of simply being aware of it. My plan is to let it be and simply let the breathing correct itself over time, but I wanted to hear if ...
by wingsofwax
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Erratic breath
Replies: 2
Views: 23

Erratic breath

I've been meditating daily for some months now but have developed some issues with my breathing during meditation. I did some yoga exercises that caused some ribcage muscle pain (intercostal muscle pain), which caused breathing to be painful. This made my breathing ...
by Swatantra
Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Seeker not knowing what they are seeking!
Replies: 12
Views: 109

Seeker not knowing what they are seeking!

... myself a Buddhist). The only things I have learnt so far are from Zen ( as it is very available) so my meditation has only gone so far as mindful breathing, so I am very keen to learn more techniques. I have put off joining a forum due to the fact there are so many different schools of Buddhism ...
by BasementBuddhist
Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why 95% of us are not going to reach Nibbana. (Unless we do something about it.)
Replies: 26
Views: 396

Why 95% of us are not going to reach Nibbana. (Unless we do something about it.)

... things are determined by the very clinging, obsession, desire, and patterns and tendencies we are working to obliterate! Half of you spend all day breathing, never contemplating, gaining iron hard concentration and becoming meditation kings, making your mind as silent as the grave, but never doing ...
by BasementBuddhist
Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: From renunciation to aversion
Replies: 17
Views: 133

Re: From renunciation to aversion

... are not US their dissolution seems a lot less horrifying. Then I would work on accepting pain as neither good nor bad, but a fact of life like breathing or thinking. It is something in the world, and it is just a feeling. Before I used to contemplate this, I used to be very afraid of being ...
by murphythecat8
Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Every session goes like this.....
Replies: 15
Views: 522

Re: Every session goes like this.....

before even attempting breathing meditation, you need to have mindulfness of thoughts and body well established in every moment. the 4 supreme efforts should also be practised constantly. https://dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=37_factors_of_enlightenment ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Is meditation the only way to reach englightenment?
Replies: 42
Views: 5011

Re: Is meditation the only way to reach englightenment?

... trains, it is perfectly feasible. Sitting in your own car in a traffic jam is a perfect opportunity to watch your mind, and keep your focus on the breathing, or on sensations within the body. This is also meditation practice. Then there are daily chores that may be done mindfully or in a rush. ...
by bodom
Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: meditation objects for samatha meditation
Replies: 4
Views: 109

Re: meditation objects for samatha meditation

... Contemplation of Virtue Contemplation of Charity Contemplation of the Devas Mindfulness of Death Mindfulness of the Physical Body Mindfulness of Breathing Contemplation of Calmness Loving-kindness Compassion Sympathy Equanimity Sphere of Infinity of Space Sphere of Infinite Consciousness Sphere ...
by Garrib
Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Is silence a prerequisite?
Replies: 6
Views: 152

Re: Is silence a prerequisite?

... - so you work with what you have, try to reduce your reactions to distracting sense phenomena, just note them and come back to the sensation of breathing (and whatever else your method calls for). Try to make the mind quiet and calm, and then it won't matter as much what is happening outside. ...
by R1111
Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The stilling of all fabrications?
Replies: 28
Views: 341

Re: The stilling of all fabrications?

... & evaluation have ceased. When one has attained the third jhāna, rapture has ceased. When one has attained the fourth jhāna, in-and-out breathing has ceased. When one has attained the dimension of the infinitude of space, the perception of forms has ceased. When one has attained the ...
by Luca123
Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!
Replies: 2785
Views: 361278

Re: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!

Bhikkhu_Samahita wrote:Arhants go to hospital out of compassion for doubters fumbling in Samsara.



It should be the opposite
If Arhants could cure themselves using breathing, they should do just that and show the doubters that they can heal themselves
Why hide their own powers?
I can not see any reasons for that
by Nothing
Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Samatha & Vipassanā
Replies: 36
Views: 1092

Re: Samatha & Vipassanā

That is very useful

It doesn't mention focusing on specific locations, which is great because I have a lot of difficulty doing so. It says to focus on the general breathing which is what I think is best for me.

Thank you Pseudobabble
by Pseudobabble
Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Samatha & Vipassanā
Replies: 36
Views: 1092

Re: Samatha & Vipassanā

... it's just the way I breathe, it's very gentle to the point I can't detect it at those locations. Best I can do is, I am aware of my "general breathing", meaning, not specific to one location, but my entire torso area. Any advice? Thanks all You may find this of use: Thanissaro's Guided ...
by Nothing
Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Samatha & Vipassanā
Replies: 36
Views: 1092

Re: Samatha & Vipassanā

... it's just the way I breathe, it's very gentle to the point I can't detect it at those locations. Best I can do is, I am aware of my "general breathing", meaning, not specific to one location, but my entire torso area. Any advice? Thanks all
by BasementBuddhist
Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a Sotapanna break the 5 precepts?
Replies: 40
Views: 1607

Re: Can a Sotapanna break the 5 precepts?

... a Sotapanna enjoy breaking the precepts? No. Would they do it intentionally? Probably not. So many people think that Buddhism is focusing on their breathing and pretending they don't have likes, dislikes, or get angry. With a little bit of rules and rituals on the side. Practicing this way will ...
by Kristopher
Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello eh!
Replies: 4
Views: 97

Hello eh!

... changes. I'm still getting my toes wet and keeping things pretty basic at the moment. Reading a lot of introduction books, doing some single-point breathing meditation and as well as some compassion related meditations. Trying to make sense of the life of Buddha, The Four Noble Truths, The Noble ...
by Lamahewage
Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Buddha's Anapasati Instructions
Replies: 10
Views: 533

Re: Buddha's Anapasati Instructions

lord buddha said practicing aanapasathi will lead to sathipattana which lead to sapthabojjanga which lead to nibbaana.
how can anyone go to nibbana by breathing in and out.
go to www.puredhamma.net to learn true aanapaanasati what lord buddha preached.
by anthbrown84
Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Shiva. Simply conciousness
Replies: 7
Views: 309

Shiva. Simply conciousness

... I am not the ears, tongue, nose or eyes.(the five senses) I am not space, earth, fire or the wind. I am eternal bliss; I am Shiva. I am not breathing (Prana) power, (Vayus). The seven metals, nor the five coverings(Pancha Kosha) I am not speech, hands, feet nor the rectum. I am eternal bliss; ...
by voitsberg.graz48
Wed May 31, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Buddha's Anapasati Instructions
Replies: 10
Views: 533

Re: Buddha's Anapasati Instructions

WALKING AND BREATHING Don’t search in the scriptures, you will not find anything about how to combine walking and breathing. I even ask a monk in Bangkok. He never heard about it. He even said: “To pay attention to the movements ...
by Bhikkhu_Samahita
Wed May 31, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Daily Dhamma Drops from Ceylon!
Replies: 2785
Views: 361278

Experiencing the Breath!

... Once when Venerable Girimananda was sick, the Buddha said to Ven. Ananda. What is the experience of acute Awareness by in-&-out Breathing? It is when a Bhikkhu, who have gone to the forest, or to the root of a tree, or to an empty hut, sits down cross-legged, having straightened ...

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