The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Reductor » Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:12 am

Once more I have completed the hour. This was a difficult night for me.

Peace to all.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Reductor » Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:10 am

I was getting comfy in bed for sleep when I remembered that I hadn't posted here.

So yes, I did my hour. It is becoming easier and easier to do each day, in terms of habit and duration. Last night was difficult in that I was burdened by certain defilements, while tonight was very good. It was smooth sailing, and I ended with a good bout of brahmavihara meditation.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Guy » Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:55 pm

Hi Yana,
Yana wrote:I'm going to meditate 2/day.(Anapanasati)

I will start with 5min then add 1 min every sitting till i reach an hour.

5min+1,2,3..55min.

yes it's very slow..but i like slow and gradual work!grr.
Hopefull after i will have adapted..and i won't have much trouble sitting two hours a day.An hour 2/day.which is my ultimate goal for my lifestyle.
That's an awesome goal and an awesome strategy!

I have pretty much the same goal, but I am starting to think that my strategy is too advanced (i.e. hour/day already) for where I am actually at (busy and restless due to being busy, also sleep deprived). Starting from tomorrow I will try your strategy.

Thanks for sharing!

Metta,

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Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Guy » Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:58 pm

thereductor wrote:Once more I have completed the hour. This was a difficult night for me.

Peace to all.
I admire, and aspire to, your level of sincerity and unwavering dedication!
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Guy » Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:00 pm

thereductor wrote:So yes, I did my hour. It is becoming easier and easier to do each day, in terms of habit and duration.
That's reassuring to know, too!!!
thereductor wrote:Last night was difficult in that I was burdened by certain defilements, while tonight was very good. It was smooth sailing, and I ended with a good bout of brahmavihara meditation.
Glad to hear your persistent effort is paying off!!! Meanwhile I am taking the lazy man's path to happiness - Mudita!!! :D
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Reductor » Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:34 pm

Guy wrote:
thereductor wrote:So yes, I did my hour. It is becoming easier and easier to do each day, in terms of habit and duration.
That's reassuring to know, too!!!
thereductor wrote:Last night was difficult in that I was burdened by certain defilements, while tonight was very good. It was smooth sailing, and I ended with a good bout of brahmavihara meditation.
Glad to hear your persistent effort is paying off!!! Meanwhile I am taking the lazy man's path to happiness - Mudita!!! :D
:heart: I do wish I could claim the accolades this morning, but cannot. Last night, after a rather intense and bitter argument with my wife, I couldn't bear to sit down and meditate. The thought of spending any more time, of being any closer, to those thoughts and feelings, made me run for the nearest distraction.

Tonight I will sit, of course. I resolve that from this day on I will sit even with the most frightful and awful experiences that come my way.

And whatever road you take, I hope that it is well paved and smooth.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Reductor » Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:30 am

How many thoughts can be thought in an hour? A lot!

But I'm rather slow, so perhaps I averaged one every two or three seconds tonight. Hmmm :thinking: 1200? :rofl:

Not that many, I don't think. Perhaps I am even slower than I thought!

Anyway, I sat tonight. A lot of thoughts came up about family life - good, helpful thoughts, which made them hard to relinquish.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Reductor » Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:16 am

A pretty decent night. By relaxing my body and smoothing my breath, mindfully, I calmed a rather raucous obsession. Not bad. Heck, I went from being worked up all day, to being so relaxed I had to intentionally ramp up my energy. All in the course of 10 minutes or less, even.

Anyway, good night.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Reductor » Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:16 am

How many nights has it been? :thinking:

Excluding the 27th of March, it has been 10 days. Yay!

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Reductor » Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:13 pm

Last night I sat for only 30 minutes. Then I woke up! It had been a long day, so I went to bed. :shrug:

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by bodom » Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:32 pm

thereductor wrote:Last night I sat for only 30 minutes...
Only? Thats more than ive been able to get in these past few days...these kids just dont want to nap at the same time...

Would this be considered a breach of the precepts?

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To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

- Upasika Kee Nanayan

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Reductor » Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:56 pm

bodom wrote:
thereductor wrote:Last night I sat for only 30 minutes...
Only? Thats more than ive been able to get in these past few days...these kids just dont want to nap at the same time...

Would this be considered a breach of the precepts?

:tongue:
I would have to research it!

Until then, I suggest my parents standby when I was kid! :twisted:
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by bodom » Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:48 pm

Ha!

Well I spoke too soon. There both fast asleep and I was able to get a solid hour of meditation in. :woohoo:

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

- Upasika Kee Nanayan

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Reductor » Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:29 pm

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Reductor » Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:21 am

I've completed the night's meditation. I got in just a little metta reflection there at the end; perhaps I should make an hour of that on its own sometime!

I'm getting better at calming my mind and thereby gaining some relief, or mental room, from the days obsessions/cravings. This makes things easier, but of course a whole day spent practising relinquishment would lead to a more complete letting go than trying to relinquish for 10 or more minutes once a night.

But one step at a time.

Thanks for reading.

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