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by Sprouticus
Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How did you learn to love reading books?
Replies: 62
Views: 561

Re: How did you learn to love reading books?

... doing it in service to an obligation. When I was in junior high I used to hide a book under my desk and read during math class. Reading is like breathing for me. Natural and vital.
by R1111
Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult
Replies: 12
Views: 279

Re: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult

... called "Paramatthas" From the book. The trouble is as soon as I try to practice attention on my breath, without any effort to change the breathing, the exact opposite happens I find myself controlling my breathing waiting for the count where I am actually waiting for myself to breath ...
by j2d2
Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult
Replies: 12
Views: 279

Re: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult

... advise. Does this mean if I observe my heart beat I can regulate or control it? I am actually able to control my heart by proxy, if I slow my breathing right down my heart rate goes down, but of course then I get out of breath and when I breath in my heart starts racing again!
by Goofaholix
Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult
Replies: 12
Views: 279

Re: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult

Since not regulating or controlling is a part of letting go into just breathing, does this mean "the OP has discovered that he or she keeps trying (probably unconsciously or instinctively) to regulate/control what is observed and should just observe (observing ...
by R1111
Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult
Replies: 12
Views: 279

Re: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult

I am also curious about OP's intentions in meditation and if there is some plan to it. You are saying you are practising Anapanasati, are you training for insight, tranquility or both? What materials do you use for instruction?
This is kind of crucial information i think.
by Virg02
Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult
Replies: 12
Views: 279

Re: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult

... before going to sleep and after waking. The trouble is as soon as I try to practice attention on my breath, without any effort to change the breathing, the exact opposite happens I would like to direct you to this exerpt from Bhante Gunaratana's book Mindfulness in Plain English, wich helped ...
by ganegaar
Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult
Replies: 12
Views: 279

Re: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult

... way, after I have done some quite a bit of metta meditation, I realized that, while I am doing metta meditation, i can take a brief peeks of my breathing!, to peek this way was of cause not part of the instructions I received, but I had a (still have) a Monkey mind and an attitude to match :), ...
by Caodemarte
Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult
Replies: 12
Views: 279

Re: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult

... your first insight, that you can't just observe without trying to regulate or control your experience...let go into the simplicity of just breathing. Since not regulating or controlling is a part of letting go into just breathing, does this mean "the OP has discovered that he or she ...
by Goofaholix
Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult
Replies: 12
Views: 279

Re: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult

SarathW wrote:Does this mean if I observe my heart beat I can regulate or control it?


Why would you want to try to? surely that's the point.
by SarathW
Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:47 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult
Replies: 12
Views: 279

Re: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult

that you can't just observe without trying to regulate or control your experience.

Interesting advise.
Does this mean if I observe my heart beat I can regulate or control it?
by Goofaholix
Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:39 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult
Replies: 12
Views: 279

Re: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult

... practicing something else. So I'd encourage you to keep trying...ironically try to not keep trying but instead let go into the simplicity of just breathing and noticing.
by SarathW
Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:15 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult
Replies: 12
Views: 279

Re: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult

It appears you are pushing too hard yourself.
Meditation all about relaxing.
What is your objective or goal of your meditation?
by rajitha7
Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult
Replies: 12
Views: 279

Re: Finding Anapanasati / Minfullness of breathing very difficult

You may have read about Buddhist meditation before. However, I implore you to read this.

https://puredhamma.net/bhavana-meditati ... editation/

There is perhaps some re-learning involved.
by j2d2
Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult
Replies: 12
Views: 279

Finding Anapanasati / Mindfulness of breathing very difficult

... before going to sleep and after waking. The trouble is as soon as I try to practice attention on my breath, without any effort to change the breathing, the exact opposite happens I find myself controlling my breathing waiting for the count where I am actually waiting for myself to breath ...
by pyluyten
Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Point of focus for anapanasati
Replies: 13
Views: 230

Re: Point of focus for anapanasati

... What is that? That's the sensation of the flow of blood. (disclaimer : do not believe what i write) at some point, i'd say it's the sensation of breathing in & breathing out - not anymore a physical sensation but more of mere consciousness. or physical sensations but which are not the breath ...
by Myotai
Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Lost touch with breath
Replies: 12
Views: 394

Lost touch with breath

... one? Effectively I am unable to ' find the breath ' as it were. I have tried bearing in mind Ajahn Brahms advice "How do you know you're breathing"? But even then its all so elusive to me now. :(
by mikenz66
Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I want to read the Visuddhimagga but...
Replies: 31
Views: 519

Re: I want to read the Visuddhimagga but...

... by taking a couple of deep, long in-and-out breaths. This helps to energize the body for meditation and makes the breath easier to observe. Deep breathing at the beginning of meditation is also a good habit to maintain even as you become more skilled in the practice, for it helps to counteract ...
by zan
Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I want to read the Visuddhimagga but...
Replies: 31
Views: 519

Re: I want to read the Visuddhimagga but...

... went into it, wow! I am so grateful to all that did such an amazing job putting it together. I particularly enjoy the section on mindfulness of breathing and it's use of a tactile nimitta allowing one to enter jhana and stay with the breath in some capacity rather than leaving it completely ...
by R1111
Fri Mar 03, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Question on how to raising the FEELING of Metta
Replies: 13
Views: 350

Re: Question on how to raising the FEELING of Metta

... vv. 143-152 (spoken by the Buddha) (And let him think:) "In safety and in bliss May creatures all be of a blissful heart. Whatever breathing beings there may be. No matter whether they are frail or firm, With none excepted, be they long or big Or middle-sized, or be they short or ...
by zan
Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhana so deep that someone was thought to be dead
Replies: 8
Views: 138

Re: Jhana so deep that one is declared dead

... state the body is still warm. Thank you. Could you please clarify what is meant by "vital formations" If I remember correctly it means breathing and body heat. I give u the reference later tonight when I am at home. Some yogis were reported to go into hibernation mode, their body is ...

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