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does anyone here do kasina meditation?
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Did you mean to say "any other Buddhist meditation practice"? I don't have access to a teacher where I live (Theravadin nor any other kind**) and I have pretty much given up on a regular meditation practice. As people keep saying here, little progress is possible without a teacher which seems to have proven true at least in my case.PeterB wrote:I was taught it in a Theravadin context Mike, by a Theravadin Bhikkhu and he made no reference to Jhana states at all. It was as you said, specific to the clarification of emotions.
Kasina practice should not imo be done without hands on guidance.
But then imo neither should any other Buddhist practice.
With no exceptions.
But as far as Buddhist practice, I still try to follow the 5 precepts, read the suttas /commentaries and books by teachers, and try to be mindful in general.
[Edit: **correction to the above-there is a Korean Zen center in a town about 30 miles from me]