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by catmoon
Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: body scan body awareness?
Replies: 9
Views: 1489

Re: body scan body awareness?

I find this is good for finding out where there's all this tension in the body that I wasn't aware of, which ends up disappating on it's own as soon as I bring mindful awareness to it. Kind of like what happens with thoughts. Seems to in turn soften the breath. -M I'd even go so far as to say, rela...
by catmoon
Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: body scan body awareness?
Replies: 9
Views: 1489

Re: body scan body awareness?

Spending a few minutes on a body sweep at the outset establishes physical relaxation which tends (tends, mind you) to lead to a relaxed state of mind. A periodic check during meditation does not require full attention and will often pick up grinding teeth, straining eyes, rising shoulders and so on....
by catmoon
Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Eye of the hurricane
Replies: 2
Views: 584

Re: Eye of the hurricane

Freawaru wrote:
I do not understand people. Can anyone explain them to me ?

It's simple. There are really only three types of beings, those that have an intuitive grasp of mathematics, and those that don't.
by catmoon
Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Killer cows of the Pali Canon
Replies: 17
Views: 2640

Re: hell officers

I am no expert, but I have in my lifetime had several hundreds of encounters with cows, many of them with no fence between us. In none of those encounters did the cow attack me. Come to think of it, none of them threatened me though one might say some of them stalked me. Probably looking for treats....
by catmoon
Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Satipatthana sequencing
Replies: 60
Views: 9409

Re: Satipatthana sequencing

Greetings Catmoon, The sequence is not rigid, but not irrelevant either. If sati is already strong enough to attend to dhammas , then why not dive right in? That's where the delusions of self will become untangled. Metta, Retro. :) I feel quite unsure that I understand what exactly you are saying. ...
by catmoon
Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Illusion and Emptiness
Replies: 43
Views: 7207

Re: Illusion and Emptiness

The Mahayana/Madhyamaka critique of the ideas of dharmas as being ultimate partless particles with findable true existence does not really address what is found in the Theravadin texts. Is Shantideva a valid Theravadin text? I may be reading him wrong, but he seems to shred the bolded concepts pret...
by catmoon
Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Going to a Mahayana teacher
Replies: 18
Views: 2603

Re: Going to a Mahayana teacher

Maybe your indecision means you have not gathered enough information to make an assured decision. Each sect tends to specialize in an aspect of Buddhism, such as ritual, meditation, scriptural study, compassion, or mysticism. They tend to be very good at what they focus on. In time I hope to see you...
by catmoon
Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: duration of meditation
Replies: 8
Views: 1318

Re: duration of meditation

Lately I have been sitting with a simple intention: a session should be not less than ten minutes. But usually it works out to something in the 20-40 minute range and sometimes stretches as long as a couple of hours. It's interesting that there is a natural tendency to develop attachment to long ses...
by catmoon
Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Satipatthana sequencing
Replies: 60
Views: 9409

Re: Satipatthana sequencing

Comments, questions, corrections, criticisms, slaps around the face... whatever is relevant... are all appreciated. :meditate: Metta, Retro. :) *SLAP* :jumping: Retro, are you in danger of constructing a pet theory? It seems clear to me that the idea is that there are these four objects of meditati...
by catmoon
Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What position do you use for sitting meditation.....
Replies: 23
Views: 3511

Re: What position do you use for sitting meditation.....

How very interesting. Like others above, I usually sit crosslegged and sometimes try half lotus for brief periods, but good results come while using a chair. The chair meditations seem to progress more quickly and are more sustainable. I must be more Western (or older) than I thought. So why do I sp...
by catmoon
Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Conceptual and Non-Conceptual
Replies: 50
Views: 7436

Re: Conceptual and Non-Conceptual

Hi Slow Learner, I think that one of the key points is that thinking about impermanence is not the same as having real insight into it, though presumably the former is helpful to developing the latter... Metta Mike This seems correct to me. Thus, if you want to build intellectual understanding as a...
by catmoon
Thu Jan 14, 2010 7:53 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Thoughts occuring in Jhana?
Replies: 12
Views: 2646

Re: Thoughts occuring in Jhana?

I've been reading two books on attaining the jhanas, but I think I've found two different views on one part of the practice that leaves me confused. First, Bhante Gunaratana says in his book 'Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English' that thoughts can occur in at least the first jhana. In Ajahn Brahm's ...
by catmoon
Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: dhamma talk on 4NTs
Replies: 10
Views: 1248

Re: dhamma talk on 4NTs

rowyourboat wrote:
ven Kusuma is well known in sri lankan meditation circles:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... 0612569616#" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

RYB
Thanks for the link. A really useful little talk.
by catmoon
Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Bad resources
Replies: 45
Views: 7099

Re: Bad resources

Hello all, What is a "bad resource"? Even the most inaccurate book, considered trash by many, can have a fortunate result. I wouldn't be a buddhist but for coming across The Third Eye by Lobsang Rampa when I was about 13 years old and still an ardent Christian. It was a quarter of a century later, ...
by catmoon
Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Bad resources
Replies: 45
Views: 7099

Re: Bad resources

I have a nice healthy aversion to about anything by D.T. Suzuki. But that said, he seems to be a highly respected writer for some reason. :shrug: