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Some Questions

Post by Nothing » Fri May 11, 2018 5:33 pm

When I meditate, eyes open, after a short while, it's like my vision goes dark. Happens every time. It's not pitch dark, but it is dark to the point I can't really see anything.

Is this normal, any idea what it is?

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Re: Some Questions

Post by Sam Vara » Fri May 11, 2018 5:49 pm

Yes, it's normal, or at least nothing to worry about. My guess is that it happens because you are no longer focusing on anything in your visual field, so it just gives up. In terms of the suttas, e.g. MN18, your eye remains, the visual forms remain, but the eye-consciousness is in temporary abeyance.

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Post by Dhammarakkhito » Sat May 12, 2018 2:24 am

agreed with sam,
with eye and forms there arises eye consciousness. the concurrence of these three is contact. craving stitches together eye and forms ignoring eye consciousness. same with the other senses. https://www.wisdompubs.org/landing/madhupindika-sutta
seeingthroughthenet.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/The-Miracle-of-Contact_Rev-0_6.pdf
craving stitches together contact and the arising of contact ignoring the cessation of contact
http://obo.genaud.net/dhamma-vinaya/pts ... re.pts.htm
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Re: Some Questions

Post by justindesilva » Sat May 12, 2018 8:17 am

The same question can arise with ear consciouness during meditation. While listening to a subject of meditation ( say rustling of the wind against leaves of a tree) one may loose the subjective sound. It is similar to the darkness in visual consciouness.

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Re: Some Questions

Post by BasementBuddhist » Sat May 12, 2018 3:37 pm

you're fine, enjoy your meditation and try not to nitpick it so much. Just keep with it and see where things take you. :namaste:

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Re: Some Questions

Post by Nothing » Mon May 14, 2018 5:41 pm

Thank you all for the advice

Much appreciated

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Re: Some Questions

Post by Nothing » Sun May 20, 2018 2:29 pm

What is the Akashic field, is it real?

I'm watching a programme that talks about the Akashic field, and how it's a repository of information that surrounds us and we can access it via meditation. Apparently, it exists and it's being scientifically researched.

Anyone know anything about this?

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Re: Some Questions

Post by paul » Mon May 21, 2018 10:32 pm

akasa: space

Limited space belongs to derived corporality (the space between objects) and it is an object of kasina meditation.
Endless space is the object of the first immaterial absorption, the sphere of boundless space.
Theravada recognizes only Nibbana as an unconditioned element.—-adapted from "Buddhist Dictionary", Nyanatiloka.

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Re: Some Questions

Post by Kim OHara » Tue May 22, 2018 5:24 am

Nothing wrote:
Sun May 20, 2018 2:29 pm
What is the Akashic field, is it real?

I'm watching a programme that talks about the Akashic field, and how it's a repository of information that surrounds us and we can access it via meditation. Apparently, it exists and it's being scientifically researched.

Anyone know anything about this?
A word of warning - "Akashic" pops up in Theosophical and New Age circles, usually as "Akashic Records", e.g. https://blavatskytheosophy.com/akasha-a ... c-records/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akashic_records. Some of these people and sites are quite :alien: (although mostly harmless) and have nothing to do with Buddhism.

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Re: Some Questions

Post by Nothing » Thu May 24, 2018 4:22 pm

Ok thanks all for the information.

I've two more questions I was hoping someone might reply to.

1. Is it best to meditate eyes open or closed? I go with eyes open but was wondering.

2. How would you sum up the reason for why we practice meditation? What are the benefits both naturally (relaxation, focus, etc) and (for want of a better word) supernaturally (ascendency, nirvana, etc, probably incorrect terms but I hope they serve as an example of what I'm asking about)?

I used to have Mindfulness in Plain English and other books but it's been so long since I read them. I find I've taken up meditating again and realised - I've forgotten why I'm doing this. I'd like to be reminded so I'm not just sitting there.

Thank you all

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Re: Some Questions

Post by Sam Vara » Thu May 24, 2018 7:49 pm

Nothing wrote:
Thu May 24, 2018 4:22 pm
Ok thanks all for the information.

I've two more questions I was hoping someone might reply to.

1. Is it best to meditate eyes open or closed? I go with eyes open but was wondering.

2. How would you sum up the reason for why we practice meditation? What are the benefits both naturally (relaxation, focus, etc) and (for want of a better word) supernaturally (ascendency, nirvana, etc, probably incorrect terms but I hope they serve as an example of what I'm asking about)?

I used to have Mindfulness in Plain English and other books but it's been so long since I read them. I find I've taken up meditating again and realised - I've forgotten why I'm doing this. I'd like to be reminded so I'm not just sitting there.

Thank you all
1) Do whatever gives best results, or, if you have a teacher, whatever they recommend. I normally have eyes closed, but find that opening the eyes is beneficial if I am drowsy.

2) That's a big question, and the answer depends on who you ask! Very broadly, meditation is done either in order to make the mind calm and tranquil; or in order to gain insight into our condition. Both are useful or necessary for us to be able to end suffering. Most people say that some degree of calm is necessary to undertake insight meditation. Some people use different types of meditation practice for these two different aims. Have a look at this dhamma talk on meditation
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/au ... etool.html

which some find controversial, but it gives a good sense of how the different terms are used. And try searching on the web or looking at introductory guides.

All this, though, is just words and labels; thinking about meditation. My guess is that if you have re-established a meditation practice, part of you already knows why you are doing it, without the need for a theoretical framework!

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Re: Some Questions

Post by bodom » Fri May 25, 2018 2:17 am

If you don't have access to a good qualified teacher I recommend reading Thanissaro Bhikkhu's excellent meditation manual which will Answer all of your questions:

With Each and Every Breath
https://www.dhammatalks.org/ebook_index.html

It can be read, downloaded and even a free copy request and sent to you at no charge at the link above.

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Re: Some Questions

Post by Nothing » Fri May 25, 2018 12:37 pm

Thank you all for the information

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