Culadasa on Positive Reinforcement

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Culadasa on Positive Reinforcement

Post by Pseudobabble » Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:56 am

One of the most important topics in my opinion. Culadasa brings together a western scientific outlook and the practical aspects of the tradition very well.
"Does Master Gotama have any position at all?"

"A 'position,' Vaccha, is something that a Tathagata has done away with. What a Tathagata sees is this: 'Such is form, such its origination, such its disappearance; such is feeling, such its origination, such its disappearance; such is perception...such are fabrications...such is consciousness, such its origination, such its disappearance.'" - Aggi-Vacchagotta Sutta

'Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return.' - Genesis 3:19

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Re: Culadasa on Positive Reinforcement

Post by ieee23 » Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:07 pm

Ajahn Brahm has said similar things in his meditation sessions. He tells people to cultivate being relaxed and happy in the present moment to give the mind a reason to stay there.
Whatever a bhikkhu frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind. - MN 19

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Re: Culadasa on Positive Reinforcement

Post by apophenia » Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:14 pm

Culadasa also wrote a meditation manual (The Mind Illuminated) that I found extremely helpful. ... lluminated

And on his website he has available several series of audio teachings. One of these is focused on cultivating joy. ... ober-2010/

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