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by Collective
Thu Oct 07, 2010 8:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Eyes (Again)
Replies: 31
Views: 2362

Re: The Eyes (Again)

Ben wrote:just be aware of that and be aware of the mind attempting to respond to the different types of sensation with aversion, indifference (as opposed to equanimity) and craving.

Ben
I was wondering about the difference between 'indifference' and 'equanimity' as they both sound similar to me.
by Collective
Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Eyes (Again)
Replies: 31
Views: 2362

Re: The Eyes (Again)

Hi Collective If when you are practicing vipassana and your object is sensation, just be aware, just be equanimous. After awhile, with some sensations, you will begin to notice its changing nature. Some gross sensations like pressure or pain may dissolve into finer sensations which have a shimmerin...
by Collective
Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Eyes (Again)
Replies: 31
Views: 2362

Re: The Eyes (Again)

I am a little unsure about how you practice Viapassana and how you practice Samatha. This is how I do it Vipassana = I focus on the breath and pay attention to everything/anything that arises. I acknowledge the 'sensation' from a neutral stand point, trying not to judge it through my personal biases...
by Collective
Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Eyes (Again)
Replies: 31
Views: 2362

Re: The Eyes (Again)

Hi Collective. Yes, its a good idea to do both. I do both. But many practitioners do only one or the other. Whichever teacher or method you have confidence in, then follow those instuctions. kind regards Ben Thank you Ben Would you recommend I practice Vipassana one morning and Samatah the next mor...
by Collective
Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Eyes (Again)
Replies: 31
Views: 2362

Re: The Eyes (Again)

Hi Collective I recommend that you get yourself a copy of Ven Analayo's excellent "Satipatthana: the direct path to realization". Not just because it will answer this question you have, but also because it is an excellent commentary and manual for the Satipatthana Sutta. Very basically, samatha exe...
by Collective
Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Eyes (Again)
Replies: 31
Views: 2362

Re: The Eyes (Again)

Thank you all very much, I appreciate the great advice. For the record, I'm eyes closed, or at least have been for the last 6 months or so =============================================== Not wanting to start another thread (and at the risk of exasperating you all...) After all these months, and read...
by Collective
Sun Oct 03, 2010 9:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Eyes (Again)
Replies: 31
Views: 2362

Re: The Eyes (Again)

Hi Collective, A question... Is the purpose of meditation to enter into a "very nice sensation"? kind regards Ben Hello Ben No not really. I'm practising Vipassana, insight meditation. I was practising Samadhi(?). I was merely curious as to why I'd get these sensations with eyes open but never when...
by Collective
Sun Oct 03, 2010 9:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Eyes (Again)
Replies: 31
Views: 2362

The Eyes (Again)

Still undecided about the eyes open or closed. The two main books I've read; "Mindfullness, Bliss and Beyond" by Ajahn Brahm, and "Insight Meditation" (Vipassanna) by Saltzberg/Goldstein both recommend eyes closed. Yet when I meditate with my eyes open, now and again tend to enter into a blissful st...
by Collective
Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Breath Focusing and Staying Present
Replies: 32
Views: 2777

Re: Breath Focusing and Staying Present

jcsuperstar wrote:what method/teacher are you following now?
If directed to me, I suffer from ADD so I keep jumping from Gunaratana and Ajahn Brahm. Right now I'm with Brahm. Tomorrow, who knows :|
by Collective
Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:57 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: re: vipassana meditation
Replies: 6
Views: 1512

Re: re: vipassana meditation

welcome to Dhamma Wheel sidhattha. Don;t worry about sensations not changing. Whatever arises - just observe! Keep in mind the object of vipassana meditation as you have been taught it is to develop awareness and equanimity. Progress is not measured by the type of sensation you are experiencing. me...
by Collective
Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Breath Focusing and Staying Present
Replies: 32
Views: 2777

Re: Breath Focusing and Staying Present

Ok so they way I see it is; 'focus' on the breath to begin with, stay with it, slowly and gently become 'aware' of your surroundings, and not 'focused' on any one thing. Whatever arises.

If you slip, go back to focusing on the breath.

Rinse repeat as necessary :D
by Collective
Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Internal Dialogue
Replies: 77
Views: 4800

Internal Dialogue

I've been noticing lately I 'talk' my thoughts. It's very much like an internal dialogue I'm having with myself. It feels such an unecessary burden now I'm aware of it. For example, this morning whilst putting on my running shoes before my run, I caught my mind thinking 'I need new training shoes - ...
by Collective
Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Luang Pu? Watch the Mind
Replies: 2
Views: 397

Luang Pu? Watch the Mind

"The genuine basis of the Dhamma is the mind, so focus on watching the mind. Get so that you understand your own mind poignantly. When you understand your mind poignantly, you've got the basis of the Dhamma right there."

Luang Pu?

What do you think of 'focus on watching the mind'?
by Collective
Fri Aug 06, 2010 1:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Ajahn Brahm's Mindfulness, Bliss & Beyond
Replies: 2
Views: 423

Re: Ajahn Brahm's Mindfulness, Bliss & Beyond

I have the book but dont believe he specifies eyes open or closed, though when I listened to a guided meditation by him he advised eyes closed. I dont think it really matters as its what works best for you in your practice. I also believe he states in this book to read through the different stages ...
by Collective
Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Ajahn Brahm's Mindfulness, Bliss & Beyond
Replies: 2
Views: 423

Ajahn Brahm's Mindfulness, Bliss & Beyond

Ajahn Brahm's Mindfulness, Bliss & Beyond I was wondering if anyone knows if he teaches eyes open or closed in the above mentioned book? I have the book but won't read further than page 14 as it there instructs me to build a solid foundation with silent present moment awareness before moving on. Tha...
by Collective
Sun Jul 25, 2010 8:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Teachers in South Wales (UK)
Replies: 11
Views: 758

Re: Teachers in South Wales (UK)

pererin wrote:Hi Collective

I'm in West Wales - also new(ish!) to Buddhism
Hello pererin, welcome to the site :)
by Collective
Sun Jul 25, 2010 8:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How do I watch the breath (without controlling it)?
Replies: 18
Views: 3376

Re: How do I watch the breath?

If I am unaware of my breath it moves by itself, automatically. However, if I focus on my breath it becomes manual--I have to control it. If I try not to control my breath, while still focusing on it, I stop breathing. If I continue this naturally I will breathe out of need for air, but this way fe...
by Collective
Sun Jul 25, 2010 8:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Teachers in South Wales (UK)
Replies: 11
Views: 758

Re: Teachers in South Wales (UK)

I was thinking about what I would do in your situation Collective..do you know I think I would start first by trying out the Cardiff Triratna centre. ( formerly FWBO ) You will find it under Cardiff Buddhist Centre . They teach anapanasati thoroughly and well. :anjali: Cardiff is a bit too far for ...
by Collective
Fri Jul 23, 2010 2:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Teachers in South Wales (UK)
Replies: 11
Views: 758

Re: Teachers in South Wales (UK)

PeterB wrote:Make it clear that you are interested in basic meditation with no frills..
Good point.
by Collective
Fri Jul 23, 2010 2:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Teachers in South Wales (UK)
Replies: 11
Views: 758

Re: Teachers in South Wales (UK)

Thank you Peter, I'll give the Kadampa one another shot.

The others are way too far for me to travel weekly

Thank you again