Theravada, vipassana and mindfulness

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Righteous path
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Theravada, vipassana and mindfulness

Post by Righteous path » Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:07 pm

Hello im new to this forum.. And I want to practice the theravads, vipassana and mindfulness meditation. What teachers, websites, books and practices should I turn to?


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Re: Theravada, vipassana and mindfulness

Post by tiltbillings » Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:17 pm

Here is a good place to search: http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/96/And" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; there are many other teachers talks available there.
>> Do you see a man wise [enlightened/ariya] in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.<< -- Proverbs 26:12

This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” HPatDH p.723

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Re: Theravada, vipassana and mindfulness

Post by LonesomeYogurt » Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:54 pm

http://www.vipassana.com/meditation/min ... nglish.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

This is Mindfulness in Plain English. Many consider it a very important guide to the beginning stages of meditation. I would really encourage you to read it.
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta

Stuff I write about things.

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Re: Theravada, vipassana and mindfulness

Post by Bakmoon » Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:49 pm

I would highly reccomend listening to the Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi's talks on the Majjhima Nikaya because they are both very good and also free. Here's a link:
http://bodhimonastery.org/a-systematic- ... ikaya.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

One thing that you should keep in mind is that there are a lot of different traditions of meditation withing Theravada Buddhism. Some of the more major ones are the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition, the Pa Auk Sayadaw tradition, the U Ba Khin tradition (also called the Goenka tradition), and the Thai Forest tradition. Do you have any one of those in mind?

If you want to meditate according to the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition, here is a link to a playlist of videos by an excellent teacher, the Ven. Yuttadhammo:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL ... ature=plcp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

If you want to try out the Thai Forest tradition, try out this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTWDEzbRza4" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

If you want to study the Buddhist scriptures, try this website. It has a selection of very helpful suttas:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
The non-doing of any evil,
The performance of what's skillful,
The cleansing of one's own mind:
This is the Buddhas' teaching.

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Re: Theravada, vipassana and mindfulness

Post by mikenz66 » Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:36 pm

Greeting, Righteous Path
Righteous path wrote:Hello im new to this forum.. And I want to practice the theravads, vipassana and mindfulness meditation. What teachers, websites, books and practices should I turn to?
There is a list of resources here:
http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=341" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

And a number of threads in the Meditation sub-fora.

Also, you should seriously consider finding a teacher and/or support group locally. A few minutes with a teacher can save a lot of time. This directly may be helpful:
http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


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Re: Theravada, vipassana and mindfulness

Post by Bakmoon » Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:45 am

On second thought, maybe this link is more helpful for meditating by the Thai Forest tradition:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxrkIYc0 ... ure=g-vrec" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
The non-doing of any evil,
The performance of what's skillful,
The cleansing of one's own mind:
This is the Buddhas' teaching.

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Re: Theravada, vipassana and mindfulness

Post by klasikos » Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:15 pm

I'm a big fan of Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Here are many of his Dhamma talks, books, and essays for available for free download:

http://www.dhammatalks.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

You can of also find some of his talks on Youtube.
-Klasikos

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Re: Theravada, vipassana and mindfulness

Post by canmoresunflower » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:14 pm

I am new here too. I would like to suggest Tara Brach and Ajahn Brahm. They are both amazing teachers.


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Re: Theravada, vipassana and mindfulness

Post by YouthThunder » Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:33 pm

Are we supposed to be mindful all the time?Doesn't that make us not planning anything at all?Mindful means "flow" or does it mean be aware of everything?When doing things like listening to music for example I rather let my fantasy run wild instead being "aware" of everyhting around us.%%%

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