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by Kamran
Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mixing traditions- No Theravada temple near
Replies: 26
Views: 2152

Re: Mixing traditions- No Theravada temple near

If a mango has a worm in it you don't have to throw it away, just eat around the worm :) That is, you can carefully take what is skillful from Zen and leave alone what is not skillful. For example, the Zen practice is to meditate with your eyes open in order to stay alert and I have also found it he...
by Kamran
Tue May 22, 2012 12:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation is like... (put your similie here)
Replies: 46
Views: 7683

Re: Meditation is like... (put your similie here)

Meditation is like....lying on the beach listening to the waves while feeling the hot sand under you, the sun on your skin, a cool breeze, and without a thought in your head completely imbibed with serenity :)
by Kamran
Sun May 20, 2012 4:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Recommended reading
Replies: 47
Views: 46766

Re: Recommended reading

Thanks for the list.

"The Teachings of Ajahn Chah" is also available online:

http://www.ajahnchah.org/book/index.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Kamran
Sat May 19, 2012 6:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation Experience Guidance
Replies: 21
Views: 4724

Re: Meditation Experience Guidance

The great thing about nada/sound of silence is that it becomes louder the more concentration you have and provides useful feedback loop for your meditation. It is reassuring to hear the celestial sounding noise get louder as you meditate. However, I did not find it skillful for maintaining mindfulne...
by Kamran
Sat May 19, 2012 6:04 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The body and the breath
Replies: 15
Views: 2706

Re: The body and the breath

It is physical. He is speaking of the physical sensation, which seems like energy, that you feel when your awareness is on a body part or the entire body. I also did not understand initially and had to imagine/visualize but became sensitive to the "breath energy" after a little while. For example, m...
by Kamran
Tue May 15, 2012 1:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Thanissaro Bikkhu and manipulation of the breath
Replies: 107
Views: 14459

Re: Thanissaro Bikkhu and manipulation of the breath

Thanissaro Bikhu points out that depending on what state of mind you are in you may need to breath differently. For instance, it is helpful sometimes to push the breath. Breathing unnaturally deep for a few minutes at the start is helpful to reset yourself in some cases. You have to experiment and f...
by Kamran
Sun May 13, 2012 2:22 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Meditation Style
Replies: 7
Views: 1675

Re: Meditation Style

Make sure to check out Thanissaro Bikhu's informative and inspiring 15 min talks. http://dhammatalks.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; I have tried a few methods including Mahasi, but its the Ajahn Lee method as taught by Thanissaro Bikhu that I have had the most success. Its basic...
by Kamran
Tue May 08, 2012 1:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to deal with accusations against my practices
Replies: 21
Views: 3017

Re: How to deal with accusations against my practices

You may want to point out classical Christian meditation books like St. John of the Cross’ The Dark Night of
The Soul. It is my understanding that Christian stages of meditation are mapped out remarkably similar to the Buddhist in their fundamentals.
by Kamran
Sat May 05, 2012 4:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to guard the sense doors?
Replies: 9
Views: 2048

Re: How to guard the sense doors?

thanks.
by Kamran
Fri May 04, 2012 2:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to guard the sense doors?
Replies: 9
Views: 2048

How to guard the sense doors?

Anyone know of practical training for guarding the sense doors as described in below passage. Any suggestions would be appreciated. "'Here a monk, on seeing a visible object with the eye, does not grasp at its major signs or secondary characteristics. Because greed and sorrow, evil unskilled states,...