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by Collective
Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Teachers in South Wales (UK)
Replies: 11
Views: 757

Re: Teachers in South Wales (UK)

Thank you very much for this Peter, I may check it out.

I was also told that they practiced 'odd' rituals. Do you know if this is the case? I'm sorry I have no details but they were quite outlandish if I remember correctly.
by Collective
Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Teachers in South Wales (UK)
Replies: 11
Views: 757

Teachers in South Wales (UK)

Concerning another thread, I was told there's a lot of teachers around my area. However a search only brings up the Kadampa one, which I've been told to avoid like the plague for reasons I'm unaware of. I've searched and can't find anything close by. Does anyone have any info on this for me, anyone ...
by Collective
Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditative Personal Experiences
Replies: 61
Views: 5802

Re: Meditative Personal Experiences

When meditating, eyes closed, Samatha - at one point I was struck by how unreal, how false (for want of a better word) this existence is. It all felt plastic, like it was a facade, a covering of sorts. Like the colouring was too rich, it was like wathcing a T.V programme. I got the impression there...
by Collective
Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditative Personal Experiences
Replies: 61
Views: 5802

Re: Meditative Personal Experiences

When meditating, eyes closed, Samatha - at one point I was struck by how unreal, how false (for want of a better word) this existence is. It all felt plastic, like it was a facade, a covering of sorts. Like the colouring was too rich, it was like wathcing a T.V programme. I got the impression there ...
by Collective
Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Samatha v. vipassana?
Replies: 170
Views: 17065

Re: Samatha v. vipassana?

Thank you for the info
by Collective
Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Have to share this with you
Replies: 1
Views: 404

Have to share this with you

Before I forget what I experienced, before it fades. When meditatin, eyes closed, Samatha - at one point I was struck by how unreal, how false (for want of a better word) this existence is. It all felt plastic, like it was a facade, a covering of sorts. Like the coliuring was too rich, it was like w...
by Collective
Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Samatha v. vipassana?
Replies: 170
Views: 17065

Re: Samatha v. vipassana?

Forgive me I didn't want to start another thread, and I thought this one would be relevant. I apologise if this is a thread jack, feel free to move it elsewhere. I have 2 questions: Is Samatha the meditational practice where you experience the Jhanas, is it the meditation where you focus on the brea...
by Collective
Sat Jul 17, 2010 8:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Not Observing Breath
Replies: 23
Views: 1332

Re: Not Observing Breath

The meditation I am practicing is Vipassana, insight meditation. At the risk of sounding self praising, I seem to be doing very well going by the posts I've read here. I start on the breath for a few minutes until the mind calms, and then I shift awareness to more peripheral sensations. My mistake w...
by Collective
Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Not Observing Breath
Replies: 23
Views: 1332

Re: Not Observing Breath

Learning from books.

Currently: Mindfulness in Plain English by Gunaratana. Vipassana.

But he teaches to focus on the breath
by Collective
Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Not Observing Breath
Replies: 23
Views: 1332

Re: Not Observing Breath

Another thing I realised is when I focus on the breath, I'm not fully aware of my surroundings. The breath is all encompassing, enveloping - not sure if this is good or bad. They say staying with the breath is being in the moment, but my awarenss of the environment seems very hazy, distant, unreal, ...
by Collective
Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Not Observing Breath
Replies: 23
Views: 1332

Re: Not Observing Breath

Very interestng replies, thank you everyone!
by Collective
Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Not Observing Breath
Replies: 23
Views: 1332

Not Observing Breath

This morning I stopped becoming aware of just the breath, and attempted to become aware of everything. Breath, smells, air brushing against my skin, bumps, clicks, aches, pains, stomach rumbles, bird song, doors banging, car engines, itches, etc, and above all else I started to sit back and just obs...
by Collective
Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Focused & Fearless
Replies: 5
Views: 767

Re: Focused & Fearless

This book is about the cultivation of jhanas and how to use the power of deep samadhi to gain insight. It is really good. But if you are taking a (dry) vipassana approach, it might not be the best book for you. I do not know what your practice is, but there comes a point when it's best to stick wit...
by Collective
Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Focused & Fearless
Replies: 5
Views: 767

Re: Focused & Fearless

This book is about the cultivation of jhanas and how to use the power of deep samadhi to gain insight. It is really good. But if you are taking a (dry) vipassana approach, it might not be the best book for you. I do not know what your practice is, but there comes a point when it's best to stick wit...
by Collective
Thu Jun 24, 2010 11:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Focused & Fearless
Replies: 5
Views: 767

Focused & Fearless

Would someone be so kind as to give me some background on this book: Focused & Fearless

I'm practicing Vipassana, is this book recommended?

Thanks all
by Collective
Sun Jun 20, 2010 8:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Observing the Breath Observing Phenomena
Replies: 6
Views: 755

Re: Observing the Breath Observing Phenomena

The way you've described is how breath meditation generally taught, unless there is a specific objective to cultivate samatha. However when you observe the mind there is a lot more than just thoughts, there is never nothing, if you are just noticing thoughts then probably you aren't ready to make t...
by Collective
Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Observing the Breath Observing Phenomena
Replies: 6
Views: 755

Observing the Breath Observing Phenomena

Not so long ago, I mentioned how I had shifted my observation from the breath to observing just the mind. I think the former is more to do with Samatha and the latter Vipassana. I think. Can the two be combined? I ask because I was thinking about observing the breath, and if/when any phenomena arise...
by Collective
Sun Jun 13, 2010 9:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: No Focus
Replies: 5
Views: 350

Re: No Focus

Thank you very much for your replies, they are very encouraging. I have meditated for about a year now, so yes I am a beginner, but this more (advanced?) technique seems to work for me and I am lucky enough that it is a technique I find easy to implement. In short, it now feels like I'm meditating a...
by Collective
Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: No Focus
Replies: 5
Views: 350

No Focus

I've touched upon this before, but I'd like to bring it up again because I believe it's beneficial to me, but I could be wrong and therefore it could be a stumbling block. Perhaps I described my experience incorrectly, I don't know. On occassion, when I meditate, eyes closed, or open, I try a techni...
by Collective
Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: When eyes are closed
Replies: 8
Views: 676

Re: When eyes are closed

Hi Freawaru, They stopp when I realise, and very rarely do they make sense. There was one where I saw this 'Grey' alien type, it was standing in some white room with a window of sorts overlooking an expanse of deep space. I heard the words ' The communication is garbled ' or something like that. The...