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by marc108
Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Can one get special powers through mindfulness?
Replies: 18
Views: 2130

Re: Can one get special powers through mindfulness?

Digity wrote:Yes, special power is developing awareness and understanding what's going on in your mind to put an end to suffering.

:twothumbsup: indeed!
by marc108
Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Distorted Visions of Buddhism: Agnostic and Atheist
Replies: 136
Views: 14899

Re: Distorted Visions of Buddhism: Agnostic and Atheist

Ben wrote:I think most, if not all visions of Buddhism are distortions. Some visions more distorted than others.
:thumbsup: :goodpost:
by marc108
Tue Apr 16, 2013 4:24 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: sutta support for vipassana jhanas?
Replies: 26
Views: 5082

Re: sutta support for vipassana jhanas?

Mojo wrote:With this topic in mind, which, if any, teachers teach the Anapanasati Sutta in such a way that the vipassana jhanas are attained and not the commentarial jhanas?
Ajahn Thanissaro, Joseph Goldstein, Richard Shankman
by marc108
Tue Apr 16, 2013 4:09 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: mahasi sayadaw
Replies: 33
Views: 4434

Re: mahasi sayadaw

i am trying to redouble my efforts in sattipatthana by refreshing my practical knowledge with these books and i would like some guidance and i have a lot of questions. You might want to start listening to this series of talks, which are not a matter of theoretical knowledge; rather, they reflect a ...
by marc108
Tue Apr 16, 2013 4:02 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: sutta support for vipassana jhanas?
Replies: 26
Views: 5082

Re: sutta support for vipassana jhanas?

:goodpost:

IMO: Vipassana Jhana = Sutta Jhana
by marc108
Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:15 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: A bow from upstate New York
Replies: 10
Views: 2966

Re: A bow from upstate New York

Sadhu for your practice. I grew up upstate, where do you live?
by marc108
Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: dealing with disruptions
Replies: 2
Views: 465

Re: dealing with disruptions

when i must get up, for example to go to the bathroom, i make sure to keep my mindfulness with my breath or in my walking. as far as disturbances like noise... i actually had ran into a problem where any disturbance would totally disrupt my meditation. if i had earplugs on, was totally undisturbed, ...
by marc108
Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:17 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Jhana? Confusion. Com
Replies: 14
Views: 1748

Re: Jhana? Confusion. Com

Sadge wrote:Do you guys think it is a sensible decision to focus practice on jhanas when your concentration is good or could you bang straight into vipasanna? To what goal you may ask? I have none.
Jhana is a part of the 8fold path. If you feel you are up to the task you should pursue it.
by marc108
Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:01 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Grettings from North Carolina
Replies: 5
Views: 585

Re: Grettings from North Carolina

welcome :) i spent some time in NC, i love it.

you may want to check out:

http://embracingsimplicityhermitage.org/

also: http://bhavanasociety.org is ~6 hours from you and worth the drive.
by marc108
Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Critique of the Hardcore Dharma Movement.
Replies: 113
Views: 11277

Re: A Critique of the Hardcore Dharma Movement.

manas wrote: If we then accept that gift and end up realized, what exactly do we have to proclaim, except the greatness of the Buddha, and the Dhamma-Vinaya?
Sadhu to that!
by marc108
Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:47 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Dr. Willoughby Britton interviews Leigh Brasington (video)
Replies: 5
Views: 2137

Re: Dr. Willoughby Britton interviews Leigh Brasington (vide

great video, thanks for this. why is there so much focus on the negative emotions that arise? i think that some people may get the idea that meditation causes psychological problems. i think he is referring to intensive retreat style practice. intensive practice definitely changes the way the mind f...
by marc108
Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Critique of the Hardcore Dharma Movement.
Replies: 113
Views: 11277

Re: A Critique of the Hardcore Dharma Movement.

tiltbillings wrote:In rejecting the Buddha's teaching, it ceases to be following the Buddha. He certainly is free to do that, but there is no point in calling it the teachings of the Buddha. It is the teachings of Ingram.
:goodpost:

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by marc108
Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: temples and bugs/pests
Replies: 9
Views: 1275

Re: temples and bugs/pests

how in the world does this make sense? intention! i wonder about that stuff myself, re: how to deal with dangerous pests. it's been extremely challenging for me to grow my garden without the use of pesticides or any other bug-killing agents. i've heard that a lot of monasteries actually do fumigate...
by marc108
Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: tough as nails living alone in the woods type buddhists
Replies: 16
Views: 1789

Re: tough as nails living alone in the woods type buddhists

i think 'best' is determined by personality and what works best for you. solitary life is good for some peoples practice, and i think for some it would be counter-productive.
by marc108
Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:44 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Jhana? Confusion. Com
Replies: 14
Views: 1748

Re: Jhana? Confusion. Com

i'll start off by saying that i'm going to post a bunch of resources all across the board on what constitutes Jhana. i can also offer some personal tips if youre interested this book is my favorite as far as practical advice: http://www.amazon.com/Focused-Fearless-Meditators-States-Clarity/dp/086171...
by marc108
Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Whats the MO...
Replies: 5
Views: 883

Re: Whats the MO...

In plain English Jhana, in service of insights, allows us to observe the body, mind and heart in the same way the Hubble telescope allows us to observe the universe. Beyond the insight part the states are very healing to the body, mind and heart and allow us to experience extremely pleasant abidings...
by marc108
Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Colored Lights?
Replies: 5
Views: 1017

Re: Colored Lights?

as Samadhi begins to deepen these types of experiences will happen. Some visual phenomenon will occur... swirling colors, flashing lights, background lighting up and down. My understanding is they are a result of Piti arising. You dont need to do anything with them, just stay with your practice. Als...
by marc108
Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Aloha from Cali
Replies: 13
Views: 2165

Re: Aloha from Cali

Welcome. Where in Cali are you?
by marc108
Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Backsliding in my sitting meditation
Replies: 12
Views: 1438

Re: Backsliding in my sitting meditation

We all go through those periods. Could you say specifically what's happening and describe your practice a bit?