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by Zenainder
Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: ...what is unsatisfactory, that is not self...
Replies: 91
Views: 7911

Re: ...what is unsatisfactory, that is not self...

OP, Keep in mind the three universal truths: Life is suffering (dukkha), temporary (anicca) and not self (anatta). The sequence that ignorance typically follows is resistance to these truths: first to the temporal state, attempting to make permanent all pleasant experiences. The Buddha thus stated t...
by Zenainder
Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation
Replies: 27
Views: 4547

Re: The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation

I think the "value" is completely conditioned based and it is useful, but not necessary. I do not think its a practice / tradition to become overly attached to. The truth comes from within, after all. Such practices absolutely do have value as means, as tools, to condition yourself toward aspired i...
by Zenainder
Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation
Replies: 27
Views: 4547

Re: The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation

I've contemplated this (with a more open view) and I can see how recollecting the Buddha prior to meditation can give rise to inspiration and devotion for the practice giving it perceived value. Although I do not practice this directly, I do have a small shrine of the Buddha in my den and it does at...
by Zenainder
Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation guide for kids?
Replies: 8
Views: 1804

Re: Meditation guide for kids?

So a friend of mine has gotten into meditation. She's read Mindfulness In Plain English, but that is a bit much for her 7 year-old son. Anyone have any recommendations for something more suitable for a youngster? Yuttadhammo from out of Canada recently produced a candid production regarding meditat...
by Zenainder
Thu Jul 25, 2013 1:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation guide for kids?
Replies: 8
Views: 1804

Re: Meditation guide for kids?

So a friend of mine has gotten into meditation. She's read Mindfulness In Plain English, but that is a bit much for her 7 year-old son. Anyone have any recommendations for something more suitable for a youngster? Yuttadhammo from out of Canada recently produced a candid production regarding meditat...
by Zenainder
Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation
Replies: 27
Views: 4547

Re: The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation

Viscid wrote:
Ianand wrote:Or is the mind still too hardened in its views and not yet pliant? (Once more, rhetorical questions, meant for reflection.)
lol, these types of comments are so horribly patronizing.
Depending on how one reads it, it could be offensive. It's a relevant question worded in a respectful way IMHO.
by Zenainder
Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation
Replies: 27
Views: 4547

Re: The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation

Insightful post!! Would you reference said person with such a view as a "faith follower"? One could look upon it in that way, yes. I certainly wouldn't discount such a view. Faith follower until he proficiently is able, through his own determined effort and diligent practice, to see these mechanism...
by Zenainder
Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation
Replies: 27
Views: 4547

Re: The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation

Recently I have been making a determined effort to recollect the Buddha before I begin my meditation in earnest. I generally spend 3 or 4 minutes in the meditation posture visualising the Buddha and myself bowing to him, I recollect his qualities, his limitless compassion, his perfection of insight...
by Zenainder
Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:55 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Is withdrawing from the senses entirely healthy?
Replies: 6
Views: 2210

Re: Is withdrawing from the senses entirely healthy?

Beautiful Breath, Is not meditation being "present" within the mind? It is the conscious decision to withdraw temporarily from wordly workings, doings, goings, etc. and stilling the body in preparing for training the mind in an appropriate setting. If, for example in jhanic meditation, the senses wi...
by Zenainder
Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: DO without rebirth?
Replies: 26
Views: 3117

Re: DO without rebirth?

"And what is birth? Whatever birth, taking birth, descent, coming-to-be, coming-forth, appearance of aggregates, & acquisition of [sense] spheres of the various beings in this or that group of beings, that is called birth." -DN 22 "Re-birth" is the conceptualized understanding due to samsana (cyclic...
by Zenainder
Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:52 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How common is Jhana
Replies: 11
Views: 2543

Re: How common is Jhana

I definitely believe that the Jhana's, Dhyana's, Samadhi's are all generally the same states, just labeled differently throughout many cultures and religions. Even Christianity. I suppose I was curious because I've only read about people that have attained a Jhana state, through 2nd or 3rd hand acc...
by Zenainder
Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Entering jhana and then leting your focus loose
Replies: 13
Views: 3039

Re: Entering jhana and then leting your focus loose

When I write "carrot on a stick", which is a western phrase, it means like a donkey with a stick strapped to its back with a carrot in front it. It progresses forward and forward grasping for the carrot, but never obtaining it. It is a metaphor used for something one normally will never get, but ch...
by Zenainder
Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:16 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Entering jhana and then leting your focus loose
Replies: 13
Views: 3039

Re: Entering jhana and then leting your focus loose

It is often a detriment to stick a jhana or enlightenment in front of us as a carrot on a stick and grasp after them desperately. Well I have thought about this and decided to stick it in front of everybody like a carrot, told many of my friends (the ones you can talk something like this to them) b...
by Zenainder
Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation
Replies: 27
Views: 4547

Re: The value of recollecting the Buddha before meditation

It's probably worthwhile to ponder about why recollecting the qualities of a historical figure is effective preparation for meditation, and perhaps to see the practice in a broader context, so here I ramble: It seems intuitively true to me that generally, recollecting any particular figure would ha...
by Zenainder
Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Resistance
Replies: 4
Views: 988

Re: Resistance

I am a little unclear on exactly how your issue of resistance to impermanence etc. arose. where you in a sitting or was it more general reflection? in my limited experience, when i am sitting (and noting, as in the mahasi sayadaw tradition), i might feel resistance but it is experienced in terms of...