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by Maarten
Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How to develop psychic powers? And how common are they?
Replies: 13
Views: 3289

Re: How to develop psychic powers? And how common are they?

How does one develop psychic powers such as reading the minds of others, and leaving ones body? Are such powers common among meditators? Or do you have to be a monk for years before you can get them? Why would one want to deliberately develop fancy psychic powers? To impress others, to obtain some ...
by Maarten
Sat Jul 30, 2016 10:29 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How to develop psychic powers? And how common are they?
Replies: 13
Views: 3289

How to develop psychic powers? And how common are they?

How does one develop psychic powers such as reading the minds of others, and leaving ones body?
Are such powers common among meditators? Or do you have to be a monk for years before you can get them?

With metta,

Maarten
by Maarten
Mon Jun 13, 2016 3:34 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can you feel it when someone sends you metta?
Replies: 17
Views: 3894

Re: Can you feel it when someone sends you metta?

I have no idea, but that's a beautiful thing nevertheless :) Yes it is a beautiful idea. Maybe it would be wholesome to believe they can feel it, even if this may not be true? It would motivate the practise because you would be doing something more that just cultivating a mindstate, you would feel ...
by Maarten
Mon Jun 13, 2016 3:23 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can you feel it when someone sends you metta?
Replies: 17
Views: 3894

Re: Can you feel it when someone sends you metta?

Afterwards I got the idea that some of them knew I was sending them metta by their reactions. Could this be possible? Perhaps they were picking up that you were feeling metta. Yes, this at least must have been the case. After the talk there was this old Lady just standing there smiling at me, almos...
by Maarten
Sun Jun 12, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can you feel it when someone sends you metta?
Replies: 17
Views: 3894

Can you feel it when someone sends you metta?

I have just returned from a visit at Muttodaya in Germany. I have been practicing by myself for about 5 years before this, so it's my first time meeting other buddhists and meditating with them. My main practise is metta and I was sending metta to the people in the hall which was very strong at some...
by Maarten
Sun Apr 10, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Stream Entry as a "lightning flash" experience?
Replies: 22
Views: 4401

Re: Stream Entry as a "lightning flash" experience?

The Thinker wrote:Hi Maarten, Good talk^ thanks :anjali:
Yes, it's a great talk and he's a skilled teacher. Just to bad there aren't to many talks of his online.
There are more talks at the site of his monastery if you are interested: http://birken.ca/audio_monastics" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Maarten
Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: between breaths and controlled breathing
Replies: 24
Views: 3908

Re: between breaths and controlled breathing

I find it very hard not to control the breath at all. I think you learn to control it less and less as you improve your skill. If you are controlling the breath a lot, maybe you are forcefully connecting the in and out breaths so that in your case there is no discernible pause between the in and out...
by Maarten
Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:32 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can the breath disappear all at once?
Replies: 10
Views: 2372

Re: Can the breath disappear all at once?

Thanks for the support! I'll give all the sugestions a try. I have a feeling I won't be getting into Jhana anytime soon anyway. :) One difference between my previous experience of the breath disappearing more gently is that there were no concerns about it, while the sudden disapearance seems to prov...
by Maarten
Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:28 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Stream Entry as a "lightning flash" experience?
Replies: 22
Views: 4401

Re: Stream Entry as a "lightning flash" experience?

Maybe it's uselful if I post the actual simile given: "The simile is: someone is leading you along in the dark. Towards a mountain, and you think the guy knows what he's talking about, but you're stumbling along in the dark, you can't see the mountain. Suddenly there is a lightning flash that reveal...
by Maarten
Wed Mar 30, 2016 7:48 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can the breath disappear all at once?
Replies: 10
Views: 2372

Can the breath disappear all at once?

I've been meditating mostly following Ajahn Brahms instructions. When I was just starting out I had an accidental experience of Jhana. This happened basically exactly like Ajahn Brahm discribes. In the stage before Jhana the breath became very subtle, the in and out breaths vanished and there was ju...
by Maarten
Wed Mar 30, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Stream Entry as a "lightning flash" experience?
Replies: 22
Views: 4401

Stream Entry as a "lightning flash" experience?

Hello Everyone, I like to listen to dhamma talks a lot and i've heard both Bhante Sujato and Ajahn Sona refer to the experience of stream entry as something that happens similar to a flash of lightning in the dark in which for a moment you glimpse the truth. Is this comparison ever made in the sutta...
by Maarten
Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:41 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Interesting Thought - Painkillers? Anti-depressants?
Replies: 44
Views: 12893

Re: Interesting Thought - Painkillers? Anti-depressants?

In my view getting I'll is the result of bad kamma, and being fortunate enough to have medicine available is good kamma. Refraining from taking the medicine could be good / bad kamma depending on the results.
by Maarten
Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:48 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Mother, how will I know when it's real jhana?
Replies: 64
Views: 13256

Re: Mother, how will I know when it's real jhana?

socoguy78 wrote: Who is the translator? Are they reliable? What publication did this come from?
Much Maha Metta,
Zach
Hi Zach,

If I am not mistaken this formula is found in many places, one such place is:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
by Maarten
Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: is love of life metta?
Replies: 40
Views: 6957

Re: is love of life metta?

If you practise metta meditation, watch the feeling you generate for all the beings out there. Then compare this feeling to what you call love of life and you have your answer. ;)
by Maarten
Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:19 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Mother, how will I know when it's real jhana?
Replies: 64
Views: 13256

Re: Mother, how will I know when it's real jhana?

The Buddha communicated the qualities of Jhana to us like this: “There is the case where an individual, withdrawn from sensuality, withdrawn from unskillful qualities, enters & remains in the first jhana: rapture & pleasure born from withdrawal, accompanied by directed thought & evaluation. Again, t...