Unless we fully accept what presents itself this moment how can we move on?MisterRunon wrote:
but if you continue meditating and don't see any results, should you continue doing it or move on?
Your stuck with it.
The biggest difficulty I see with meditators is this trying to achieve some type of experience (bhanga for example), as if this experience will fix everything, instead of just being with this moment as it unfolds.
Invite some stillness into your life now, never mind 18 months from now. The future is uncertain, death can come at any moment, observing this moment as it is now, guarantees one a future birth where they will have the capacity to practice Dhamma.MisterRunon wrote:
That is what I meant about stagnation. If I were to listen to that adage, and after 18 months I have not noticed much difference, then that would be me heading towards a fruitless path (or at the very least, ineffective one).
AT's are chosen if they give off a certain vibration, and also meet the lifestyle requirements. Some have years of experience teaching and are better suited relating with students, and some may be chosen after a few years within this tradition and are new to dealing with students questions.MisterRunon wrote:
A few other students I have met from the center have been to 20+ 10 day courses and they still struggle with the same issues, and I think this may be rooted in the poor/erratic/impersonal quality of the ATs.
Remember Mr. Goenka is, and always is, the teacher. The AT's are not guiding you from form to formless, this is why they can come off as impersonal, they are most likely trying to get the student back to the depth of practice and not allow their practice to surface to much with a lot of discussion. Simple blunt straight forward answers are usually given, most find these answers unsatisfying.
You can try other techniques, the bridge between form and formless is this life energy Mr. Goenka points us towards experiencing. As your practice matures you can observe this energy in different ways.
Much success to you on your journey!