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Looking for meditation guidance over Skype

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:19 am
by wingsofwax
Hello,

I've been meditating daily since March, and have made some progress, but I think I would benefit greatly from some interaction and guidance. I have run into a few hurdles here and there, so the guidance of an experienced meditator would be appreciated.

So I am looking for someone who would be willing to talk over Skype. I have some concrete questions related to the breath and posture, but I am also looking for a general discussion about meditation. I'd love to pick your brain, so to speak.

My schedule is wide open, so you decide the time (it should be noted that I am in central Europe, GMT+1).

If you're interested and have the time, please contact me.

Thanks.

Re: Looking for meditation guidance over Skype

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:51 am
by SarathW
This service is provided by the Barre Center for Buddhist studies.
Unfortunately, it cost a lot of money.
Perhaps you may qualify for their scholarship programme.

https://www.bcbsdharma.org/

Re: Looking for meditation guidance over Skype

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:33 pm
by mal4mac
Samatha.org offer a free course with skype interaction:

https://samatha.org/online-course

The course has already started for this year, but they might let you jump in and start now, worth asking anyway. The course has been developed by Peter Harvey, one of the most respected Buddhist academics.

Re: Looking for meditation guidance over Skype

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:47 am
by wingsofwax
Thank you. I have sent an email to Samatha.org and I hope they will be able to help me.

Re: Looking for meditation guidance over Skype

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:40 am
by SarathW
Why is it called Buddhist Samatha meditation?
Don't they teach Vipassana?

Re: Looking for meditation guidance over Skype

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:15 am
by Dhammanando
SarathW wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:40 am
Why is it called Buddhist Samatha meditation?
Don't they teach Vipassana?
The preferred approach of their Thai teacher, Nai Boonman, is samathavipassanā yuganaddha, the third of the four outlined in the Yuganddhasutta.
“Then there is the case where a monk has developed tranquillity in tandem with insight. As he develops tranquillity in tandem with insight, the path is born. He follows that path, develops it, pursues it. As he follows the path, developing it & pursuing it—his fetters are abandoned, his obsessions destroyed.

https://suttacentral.net/en/an4.170

Re: Looking for meditation guidance over Skype

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:22 am
by SarathW
Thank you, :bow: Bhante.

Re: Looking for meditation guidance over Skype

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:34 am
by Dhammanando
SarathW wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:22 am
Thank you, :bow: Bhante.
See also this talk by Lance Cousins, the co-founder of the Samatha Trust:

Samatha Meditation and Insight Meditation: Complementary or Competing?

Re: Looking for meditation guidance over Skype

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:26 pm
by mal4mac
Here's an article on the "big money" being made by some holders of retreats. Samatha.org get some good press for being the least expensive!

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... ebt-crisis

$200 to get a glimpse of a Tibetan lama seems a bit steep...

Re: Looking for meditation guidance over Skype

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:17 pm
by Dhammanando
mal4mac wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:26 pm
Here's an article on the "big money" being made by some holders of retreats. Samatha.org get some good press for being the least expensive!
And no charge at all for their online Skype course.