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by one_awakening
Mon May 27, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness v Meditation
Replies: 22
Views: 2520

Re: Mindfulness v Meditation

Is that Right Concentration though? Right Concentration is Jhanas, attention sustained and maintained on a single object leads to nimitta which leads to jhanas Yes it is right concentration. Just because you're not in Jhana does not mean concentration is not present. For example, when you're being ...
by one_awakening
Mon May 27, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness v Meditation
Replies: 22
Views: 2520

Re: Mindfulness v Meditation

budo wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 6:41 am
So you're practicing concentration when you're mindful of yourself eating?
Yes. You are keeping the body in mind and also concentrating on your body movements.
by one_awakening
Mon May 27, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness v Meditation
Replies: 22
Views: 2520

Re: Mindfulness v Meditation

budo wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 3:14 pm
Meditation is mindfulness + concentration
Whenever you're practicing mindfulness you are also developing concentration. I don't think you can separate the two.
by one_awakening
Sun May 26, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness v Meditation
Replies: 22
Views: 2520

Mindfulness v Meditation

I don't see any difference between meditation and mindfulness. Mindfulness can be practiced at any time. When practicing mindfulness while sitting, it's called meditation.
by one_awakening
Sat May 11, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The therevada approach of pain
Replies: 5
Views: 450

Re: The therevada approach of pain

Hello, Am I right to believe that, at least in the case of pain, theravada teachings encourage us to go againt our biological nature by suppressing the natural responses that pain triggers in us, Thanks. In some ways, yes. I'm not sure it's suppression though. It's more training the mind to notice ...
by one_awakening
Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: which suttas especially relevant for attaining first jhana?
Replies: 23
Views: 1924

Re: which suttas especially relevant for attaining first jhana?

Hi Frank, Here is a sutta where the Buddha explains his attaining of first jhana before he attained enlightenment “That’s so true, Ānanda! That’s so true! Before my awakening—when I was still unawakened but intent on awakening—I too thought: ‘Renunciation is good! Seclusion is good!’ But my mind wa...
by one_awakening
Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sankhara = "replicator"?
Replies: 26
Views: 1344

Re: Sankhara = "replicator"?

There's just no English equivalent to word Sankhara.

The problems is that the term occurs in three major areas. As the second link in Dependent Origination, the faith aggregate and to mean all conditioned things.
by one_awakening
Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Work seems to be getting in the way of mindfulness
Replies: 9
Views: 1010

Re: Work seems to be getting in the way of mindfulness

First of all, dispense with the noting. When practicing mindfulness, we don't actually note, because it's exhausting. Instead, bring your awareness to the present. Start with the body. If you're making a cup of coffee, notice when you reach for the spoon. Notice when you power the hot water into the...
by one_awakening
Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Usefulness of Meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 1519

Re: Usefulness of Meditation

It's like saying a ladder is not much use, unless you are up at the top. You have to step on the bottom rungs of the ladder to get to the top. I agree, but I'm not necessarily talking about real insights which you do need to climb to the top of the ladder to achieve, but there are things which you ...
by one_awakening
Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Usefulness of Meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 1519

Re: Usefulness of Meditation

Laurens wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:55 am

Aye, I'm saying it's usefulness isn't limited if you are following the Buddha's instructions
I never said it's usefulness was limited. I said it's usefulness is limited IF you don't learn anything from the meditation.
by one_awakening
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Usefulness of Meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 1519

Re: Usefulness of Meditation

Based on your comment I wonder if you are saying that is a bad thing? I never said it was a bad thing, quite the contrary. It's one of the most important practices on the Buddhist path. Yes meditation has many benefits, but the Buddhist path is about seeing clearly, so unless you can learn somethin...
by one_awakening
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Usefulness of Meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 1519

Re: Usefulness of Meditation

Laurens wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:44 pm
If you meditate as taught by the Buddha, and put in the appropriate effort you will get insights and wisdom from doing so.

Do it right with commitment and effort and it's always useful.
I never said it wasn't useful
by one_awakening
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Usefulness of Meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 1519

Re: Usefulness of Meditation

Pseudobabble wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:05 pm

So, unless something is useful, it is useless.

Very informative.
I never said it was useless
by one_awakening
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who is doing the "attaching"?
Replies: 23
Views: 1441

Re: Who is doing the "attaching"?

Ryan95227 wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:58 am
Who is doing the attaching?
There's a problem with your question, You are assuming that there is a self doing the attaching.
by one_awakening
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Usefulness of Meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 1519

Re: Usefulness of Meditation

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:00 am
Or if it calms you down, or makes you happier and more peaceful.
Or improves your life. Or enables you to face the day easier. Or if it's metta and that helps combat mental illness.
Yes it's limited to these types of things