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by Beautiful Breath
Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Currently in Thailand...
Replies: 3
Views: 826

Currently in Thailand...

We are currently in Hua Hin. If anyone has been to this part of Thailand and can recommend somewhere of interest we'd really appreciate it...not everything is in the guide books.

SpeakIng of books, I have yet to see any shops selling Dhamma books in English... Any help appreciated
by Beautiful Breath
Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anxiety. ..
Replies: 19
Views: 2712

Re: Anxiety. ..

Thanks everyone...as it happens I am a Psychological therapist and work in a CBT framework with a caseload of Patients with various preesntations including Anxiety.

I was more interested in the possibility of mine being as a direct result of my practices?

BB...
by Beautiful Breath
Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anxiety. ..
Replies: 19
Views: 2712

Re: Anxiety. ..

Thanks...sometimes it feels like a tatoo, there and will always be there...horrible and seemingly apart from my practice. I must be doing something wrong?
by Beautiful Breath
Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anxiety. ..
Replies: 19
Views: 2712

Re: Anxiety. ..

I suppose my anxieties are around relationships manifesting in a general sense of neediness... its awful as I am about as far from insecure as you can imagine as a rule :-D
by Beautiful Breath
Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anxiety. ..
Replies: 19
Views: 2712

Anxiety. ..

Hi all, I have been practicing for some time now but I have to say in terms of any reduction in my personal anxieties they seem to be more accentuated rather than reduced. I can look back over the last year or so and despite all the signs being positive in terms of my sitting practice (so I'm reliab...
by Beautiful Breath
Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Some guidance if you can please?
Replies: 13
Views: 1722

Re: Some guidance if you can please?

Thanks everyone. I guess its down to s subtle sense of the immediacy of things. I want to settle into a practice that's an effective method for seeing the inherent Emptiness of phenomena. So far as my mind is concerned a practice like Mahamudra, looking directly and analytically at the nature of the...
by Beautiful Breath
Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Some guidance if you can please?
Replies: 13
Views: 1722

Some guidance if you can please?

Hi, I will try and keep this as brief as possible. Having been through the Tibetan traditions and flirted with other Meditation practices I eventually settled sometime ago into the Theravada tradition opting for its (on the surface) simple approach to practice and the relatively simple practices in ...
by Beautiful Breath
Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:28 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Feeling a llittle negative (but don't want to)
Replies: 11
Views: 2512

Re: Feeling a llittle negative (but don't want to)

No, really didn't want to get into something that might disturb (either of ours) practice. I guess its just me reading too much into it. Just seems after some very helpful and in depth conversations it dried up suddenly. Anyway, I don't want to sound like a jilted teenager or anything :jumping: In t...
by Beautiful Breath
Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:01 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Feeling a llittle negative (but don't want to)
Replies: 11
Views: 2512

Re: Feeling a llittle negative (but don't want to)

I was only after some advice. Nothing more. 'Theravadin' Culture??? Its England in the 21st Century. Thats being rational!

Anyway, not to worry... :anjali:
by Beautiful Breath
Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:11 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Feeling a llittle negative (but don't want to)
Replies: 11
Views: 2512

Re: Feeling a llittle negative (but don't want to)

maybe there are other things at play and he doesn't feel he can talk to you at the moment? or maybe he is not realising what he is doing? try not to put to much thought into why, but try to develop wholesome states of mind. either way you have a good source of experience here on DW. You are of cour...
by Beautiful Breath
Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:52 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Feeling a llittle negative (but don't want to)
Replies: 11
Views: 2512

Re: Feeling a llittle negative (but don't want to)

I get that...I work as a Psychological Therapist myself. I just can't help thinking a reply would be polite...or passing it on to someone else... I am somewhat stuck in my practice and really need to talk it through.
by Beautiful Breath
Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Feeling a llittle negative (but don't want to)
Replies: 11
Views: 2512

Feeling a llittle negative (but don't want to)

I have been asking for some guidance for a while now from a Monk who is resident in a Monastery near me. Seems every time I ask he is too busy (usually with other people :thinking: !!). He knows me very well and we have had many long walks and conversations...not sure whats happening. I am trying ha...
by Beautiful Breath
Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:44 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Receiving Teachings
Replies: 7
Views: 1524

Receiving Teachings

Hi, I have a friend who is struggling with the fact that Ordained Sangha rely almost exclusivley on the lay community for everything. We have all see this is the various monasteries we have stayed in and I can see how for a none Buddhist it does seem incredibly one sided. What are the Monastic oblig...
by Beautiful Breath
Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Replies: 11
Views: 1911

Re: Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

Thats my whole point though...taking a 'bit' of a complex and comprehensive philosophy and offering it as a new bent is ehically fragile. These practices have been a part of a philosophy/religion for longer than modern Psychology got its mits on it. I have been offering Mindfulness base therapy for ...
by Beautiful Breath
Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Replies: 11
Views: 1911

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

I am a Psycholgical Therapist. I am seeing a growing number of people being trained in "Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy" who are then let loose in our hospitals and surgeries 'teaching' what many of us have been doing for decades. I for one feel a little agreived at this for many reasons not lea...
by Beautiful Breath
Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Feelings of futility...
Replies: 9
Views: 1279

Re: Feelings of futility...

..thanks both. It also makes me question my practice too - ie. should I change my practice to something more inquisitive rather than just sitting here doing nothing :juggling: BB... So, what sort of satipatthana are you doing? ...I do a variation of Silent Illumination. No object as such...just a g...
by Beautiful Breath
Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Feelings of futility...
Replies: 9
Views: 1279

Re: Feelings of futility...

..thanks both. It also makes me question my practice too - ie. should I change my practice to something more inquisitive rather than just sitting here doing nothing :juggling:

BB...
by Beautiful Breath
Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Feelings of futility...
Replies: 9
Views: 1279

Feelings of futility...

...has anyone else experienced this? I currently find that rather than being aware of my meditation object, I am just a man, sat on the floor awaiting some sort of sensation in order to qualify the fact that I could be back in bed getting a an hours extra sleep. Seriously, very strong feelings and t...
by Beautiful Breath
Wed Aug 29, 2012 3:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Silent Illumination
Replies: 2
Views: 715

Re: Silent Illumination

Thanks! :anjali:
by Beautiful Breath
Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Silent Illumination
Replies: 2
Views: 715

Silent Illumination

Hi all,

Does the Theravada have practice like Silent Illumination or Shikantaza?

Thanks,

BB...