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by marc108
Tue May 21, 2013 4:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience
Replies: 146
Views: 12768

Re: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience

Buddhism has cultural bias within all cultures... that being said, the Buddha himself placed special emphasis on Anapanasati and I think that rather than being cherry picked for cultural convenience, the emphasis on breath meditation simply reflects the Buddha's own emphasis. Also, nearly all of the...
by marc108
Thu May 16, 2013 6:44 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: A rock is moving through my body
Replies: 6
Views: 1174

Re: A rock is moving through my body

http://www.dhammatalks.org/ebook_index.html#eachandeverybreath Pressure. As you release tension or tightness in different parts of the body, it can often give rise to unusually strong or unbalanced energies or sensations. This is normal, and these energies, if left alone, can often work themselves o...
by marc108
Thu May 16, 2013 12:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Don't like to meditate
Replies: 51
Views: 10138

Re: Don't like to meditate

great advice in this thread!
by marc108
Thu May 16, 2013 12:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: POLL: The purpose or goal of meditation retreats is...
Replies: 21
Views: 1556

Re: POLL: The purpose or goal of meditation retreats is...

what a loaded question lol :jumping:

i think this question depends on where the person is in their practice and what the goals of their practice are. given the option i would have chosen most if not all of the above.
by marc108
Wed May 15, 2013 3:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: and now for something comletely different
Replies: 21
Views: 2629

Re: and now for something comletely different

Sadhu!
by marc108
Tue May 14, 2013 12:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What's the difference b/t the 3/4 foundation of mindfulness
Replies: 13
Views: 2463

Re: What's the difference b/t the 3/4 foundation of mindfuln

I recommend that you read Venerable Analayo's classic: Satipatthana: the direct path to realization. Very basically, the third and fourth satipatthanas refer to the mental state (citta) and mental contents (dhamma). The third and fourth satipatthanas contain with it instructions on observing the me...
by marc108
Mon May 13, 2013 5:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Brahm for sale?
Replies: 242
Views: 25671

Re: Ajahn Brahm for sale?

retrofuturist wrote: Bhikkhunis have a tougher time of things because the locations where the laity contribute more to the Sangha don't necessarily co-incide with the locations where bhikkhunis are situated or respected.
do you really believe Bhikkhunis have a tougher time because of their location?
by marc108
Sat May 11, 2013 12:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Breathe! You Are Alive - good interpretation?
Replies: 35
Views: 4624

Re: Breathe! You Are Alive - good interpretation?

free :) http://www.dhammatalks.org/ebook_index.html#eachandeverybreath A new breath meditation manual by Thanissaro Bhikkhu drawing on two sources: the Buddha’s own set of instructions on how to use the breath in training the mind, and Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo’s method of breath meditation — which buil...
by marc108
Sat May 11, 2013 12:37 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Violent sports
Replies: 43
Views: 6211

Re: Violent sports

LonesomeYogurt wrote:One should be especially mindful during these activities so as to make sure that unwholesome aggression does not arise - however, if one accepts the risks and acts to mitigate them, sports like boxing or the martial arts can be fun and productive forms of entertainment and exercise.

:goodpost:
by marc108
Mon May 06, 2013 11:29 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Potential wasp nest problm
Replies: 46
Views: 5398

Re: Potential wasp nest problm

Just get a hose with a strong spray attachment and blast out the nest. This isn't going to kill them, just destroy the nest. Wasps like to start to build nests under my siding most summers... I blast them out and they never come back. I've never found a dead wasp from the blasts of water either. Jus...
by marc108
Mon May 06, 2013 11:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Serious back pain when sitting
Replies: 7
Views: 1329

Re: Serious back pain when sitting

lotus posture is entirely a cultural thing, and it makes no difference if you sit lotus or in a chair as long as your spine is straight and your breathing is unimpeded. just find a comfortable position, with unimpeded breathing & a relatively straights pine, & don't bother putting the effort into tr...
by marc108
Wed May 01, 2013 11:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?
Replies: 58
Views: 7443

Re: No Piti, No Sukkha, No Vipassana?

I have decided to make Anapanasati my main practice and have been doing it for the past couple of weeks, but have not had any sensations arise that I would consider piti or sukkha. So if I'm staying true to anapanasati, afaik this means that I cannot continue until they arise? Also, there needs to ...
by marc108
Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:40 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Breaking the 7th precept
Replies: 11
Views: 1766

Re: Breaking the 7th precept

Modus.Ponens wrote:there is no significance to do the uposata strictly by the lunar calendar.
I agree with this totally. In reality the day doesnt matter & I think if you need to observe a day earlier than just do that. What matters is the observance itself, not the stage of the moon.
by marc108
Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Knee pain from walking meditation
Replies: 8
Views: 672

Re: Knee pain from walking meditation

I've developed pain in my right knee from doing walking meditation. The strain on the knee seems to have developed from the constant turning of the body when I get to the end my walking path. I've tried turning in the other direction hoping that will lessen the strain on my right leg. Although, I r...
by marc108
Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Anapanasati actually inducing sleep...!
Replies: 17
Views: 3068

Re: Anapanasati actually inducing sleep...!

first thing would be to work on your actual sleep, make sure you are getting enough. some other tips: use caffeine wisely and skilfully, have a cup of tea. splash cold water in your face. meditate eyes open. turn on some bright lights. stand up and do standing meditation. if you're actually falling ...
by marc108
Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Feeling really despondent...
Replies: 22
Views: 1430

Re: Feeling really despondent...

James really hit the nail on the head and BuddhaSoups advice about trying to gladden the mind is extremely wise (and effective). Gladdening the mind off the cushion has immeasurable effects on the mind ON the cushion. think all committed meditators end up going through periods of dryness and despair...
by marc108
Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:17 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: the ethics of lay teachers who charge money
Replies: 86
Views: 13747

Re: the ethics of lay teachers who charge money

Ajahn Brahm is clearly the frontman because the Bhikkhunis want it. This is not comparing apples to apples. The amount of Dhamma teaching Ajahn Brahm has put out into the world Is perhaps unmatched in a thousand years. Ajahn Brahm isnt charging for his teachings. He isn't trying to fund himself or h...
by marc108
Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Downloading books you have had physical copies of
Replies: 41
Views: 3019

Re: Downloading books you have had physical copies of

Hi all I can't seem to find my copy of Ven. Analayo's Satipatthana book. I can't remember whether I just misplaced it or whether I left it in Wellington or whether I gave it away. I came across a pdf on scribd, and I'm wondering if it's a violation of the 2nd precept for me to download it given tha...
by marc108
Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years
Replies: 26
Views: 2571

Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Ben wrote: I'm sure there are many hermits in our midst who are likely to suffer from acute asperger's syndrome or various other mental health issues.
Ben

very astute observation.