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by amtross
Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Dhammanupassana for the Anapanasati practitioner
Replies: 13
Views: 1321

Re: Dhammanupassana for the Anapanasati practitioner

I'm still in the middle of reading it :coffee: , but it's a great article so far. I was wondering about this part: The Buddha said discernment involves comprehending the process of fabrication, the process of action that's going on in the mind all the time. And all the basic building blocks of actio...
by amtross
Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Recent retreat experience
Replies: 27
Views: 3314

Re: Recent retreat experience

When I was hiking the appelachian trail (from GA to ME), there was a saying: "Never stop at a shelter while its raining if you want to go any further that day". When you're hiking in the rain, it usually isn't that bad but once you get in a comfortable spot it's almost impossible to talk yourself in...
by amtross
Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Recent retreat experience
Replies: 27
Views: 3314

Re: Recent retreat experience

However, the most important thing I learned came out of discussing what I had thought was a minor problem --- that at the end of longer (1 hour) sits I tended to not be particularly mindful when switching back to walking. From this clue we diagnosed that I have a laziness hindrance. [Classically a ...
by amtross
Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:24 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Suggestions/advice about starting a group meditation session
Replies: 24
Views: 8203

Re: Suggestions/advice about starting a group meditation session

I used to go to a non-denominational sitting group. It was one hour sit followed by 15 - 30 minutes of group discussion. The format was to just go around the group and everyone say a little something that's on thier mind. It could be anything from how the sit went to what's been going through your h...
by amtross
Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we all mad?
Replies: 7
Views: 644

Re: Are we all mad?

In the foreward to "A Still Forest Pool" by Achaan Chah the zen master Seung Sahn writes: Achaan Chah once walked by some students at the Insight Meditation Center who were doing slow walking meditation on the lawns. He remarked that the meditation center looked like a mental hospital for the diseas...
by amtross
Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and Anxiety
Replies: 32
Views: 6003

Re: Buddhism and Anxiety

I’ve been experiencing a lot of anxiety lately. I don't always see the cause but when I do it always involves projecting myself into the past or the future. I've noticed that I tend to be pretty brutal to these poor selfs that I project, so it’s no wonder so much suffering arises. The more I see thi...
by amtross
Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:54 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Prayers for SATTVA
Replies: 219
Views: 36637

Re: Prayers for SATTVA

May you be well.
May you be happy.
May you be peaceful.
May you be free. :meditate:
by amtross
Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:24 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhāna According to the Pāḷi Nikāyas
Replies: 242
Views: 50417

Re: Jhāna According to the Pāḷi Nikāyas

... I'd point the readers to these two talks found here: http://www.dharmaseed.org/talks/?search=vipassana+jhanas&sort=-rec_date.." onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;. Thanks Tiltbillings! I really enjoyed the Joseph G talk. I've listned to a bunch of his talks and like them all but this...
by amtross
Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhante Vimalaramsi
Replies: 94
Views: 25355

Re: Bhante Vimalaramsi

... Had he done so, he would have discovered that all the Pali words that occur in binary opposition to passambhati have to do with agitation or disturbance or turbulence. Passambhati and its derivatives NEVER occur in opposition to any of the Pali words denoting tightness or tenseness. ... Bhante,...
by amtross
Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A lonely journey
Replies: 14
Views: 1143

Re: A lonely journey

You might consider doing volunteer work in your new comunity.
by amtross
Mon Dec 26, 2011 6:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Buddha have an extreme attachment disorder?
Replies: 17
Views: 1368

Re: Did Buddha have an extreme attachment disorder?

I don't see how it's possible to cling to non clinging. I can see how it is possible to cling to the IDEA of non clinging or the FEELING that arises when one lets go but, in my mind, this is just plain and simple clinging like any other.
by amtross
Sun Dec 25, 2011 8:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Guilt
Replies: 11
Views: 983

Re: Guilt

I too have problems with anger. I have heard it said something like "anger has a sweet tip with a poisoned root". I take this to refer to how anger tends to seem like the right thing to do at the time. It's your buddy, there to look out for your interest and sadly for me, sometimes it even seems lik...
by amtross
Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Joseph Goldstein's "Abiding in Mindfulness" series
Replies: 6
Views: 2125

Re: Joseph Goldstein's "Abiding in Mindfulness" series

+ 1 on Joseph Goldstein's Satipatthana Sutta series. I'm only on talk number 11 because I keep going back and listening to them over and over again. Lots of good info. I love his description of Dukha as a bad fitting wheel.
by amtross
Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: This won't last forever...
Replies: 3
Views: 371

Re: This won't last forever...

Many thanks! you both said things that were very helpful :bow: ... If you remind yourself "this will also change" then this is truth. If you notice yourself attaching to this truth and that this helps you cope then just notice the attachment and the coping... and so remind yourself "this will also c...
by amtross
Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: This won't last forever...
Replies: 3
Views: 371

This won't last forever...

So, I'm going through some stuff these days which is leading to much Dukha. While trying to be with the rising and falling of feelings, emotions and mindstates, I often find myself thinking "Well, this isn't going to last forever...". This thought does give some comfort and on the surface it seems l...