You are welcome. The caricature is unfortunate and we see a lot of that here, especially when it gets into the false dichotomy of jhana vs vipassana.farmer wrote:Thanks for posting this. It is a great introduction for people (like me) who know the Mahasi Method only as a caricature.
The good teachers, such as Joseph Goldstein and other IMS teachers, teach much the same. The late Munindra-ji, an Indian teacher trained by Mahasi Sayadaw and very traditional in his approach, taught much the same.At one point, Kearney says "the problem with technique is that it can be done very mechanically in a deadening way." This has always been my impression of the Mahasi Method. From the talk, it is clear that Kearney uses the method as a framework within which meditators can creatively develop a balance of samadhi and investigation. He emphasizes that there is no simple one-size-fits all method, and that meditators have to develop their own feel for what will work for them. Is this how most Mahasi lineage teachers teach? Is Kearney representative or an outlier?
farmer wrote: Is this how most Mahasi lineage teachers teach? Is Kearney representative or an outlier?
mikenz66 wrote:And newer versions of that introductory talk are available at Patrick's website:
JohnK wrote:mikenz66 wrote:And newer versions of that introductory talk are available at Patrick's website:
Mike, can you say which one is "that introductory talk?"
01 Introducing mindfulness
We introduce the concept of “mindfulness,” which is the standard translation of the Pāli word sati. Sati literally means “memory,” and mindfulness refers to the act of remembering the present. We find the same meaning in railway station signs that exhort us to “mind the gap,” to remember to be aware, now. The practice of mindfulness is associated with the felt continuity of awareness, and this is what we are aiming for in our practice.
02 (AM) Introducing method
This morning we introduce the meditation method, tracing its lineage from the Buddha to the revival of meditation practice in the mid nineteenth century in Burma. We look at the basic principles of Buddhist meditation, and how the approach of Mahāsī Sayādaw is structured around the three activities of noting, naming and noticing.
tiltbillings wrote:Listening to this is a well spent hour, putting the vipassana practice into its context.
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