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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: 864

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: 864

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: 6756

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: 6756

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: 19673

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: 450

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: 19673

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: 1507

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: 1507

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: 1507

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: 1507

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: 1507

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: 862

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: 862

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: 862

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