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 Ben » Mon May 27, 2013 9:55 am

Yes, Khalil Bodhi has done a fantastic job in setting up the Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge and the Uposotha Club groups. I think the app can be a very positive tool for people who are seeking additional motivation, structure and support for their meditation practice.
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Modus.Ponens » Mon May 27, 2013 11:15 am

I just want to share an experience of mine that has given me the discipline I needed to have a daily practice. I'm a lazy person, so for me to have a daily practice was always a nightmare. But I discovered the trick. Instead of aiming at sitting for 20, 30 or 60 minutes doing meditation, I said to myself: "well, I'll try doing walking meditation instead". So the trick is to be mindful in the time periods you're doing routine tasks that you would otherwise be doing with some aversion. For example, to go to the university I walk a good distance and take the subway. So I use that period to do walking meditation and, when I'm still, in the subway, doing mindfulness of the breath.

Not only is this beneficial in itself, because I end up cultivating my mind, but it also has the wonderful side effect of me having the discipline to sit for 30 minutes doing samatha. It's a win-win situation: time is not wasted, I practice mindfulness and on top of that it's much more likely that I sit to do meditation.

Simple, huh? Try it! :smile:
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Ben » Mon May 27, 2013 11:20 am

A great result, MP!
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Khalil Bodhi » Mon May 27, 2013 1:55 pm

Reductor wrote:Hey all,

I downloaded that insight timer app, then searched for dhammawheel; KB has already made a group, so join up.

And I'm just putting this pledge out there: I'm going to renew my daily meditation practice in the simplest way possible, by meditating each day for no fewer than 10 minutes a day. Of course, I hope to grow that into something larger. As it is, though, I'll settle for this modest goal.

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Anumodana! I'm always so inspired by my brothers and sisters in the Dhamma! Good work! :heart:
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Zenainder » Mon May 27, 2013 2:41 pm

If I may encourage early practitioners: do not fret quantity of time meditating, but rather QUALITY of time spent practicing. If you are worried about how long you are meditating, you are completely missing the point!

With metta!

Zen

P.S. - Not a bad idea OP!

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by jadborn » Mon May 27, 2013 2:47 pm

Wow, what a great idea. I haven't been meditating consistently for the last few months, so I officially challenge myself to sit for at least 10 minutes everyday for just one week.

It's not much, but any amount of time spent sitting is good, right? Hopefully this will get me back on the horse!
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Feathers » Mon May 27, 2013 3:08 pm

The app is brilliant :-)
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Coyote » Mon May 27, 2013 5:53 pm

Now that my exams are over I want to get back into a steady meditation practice over the summer. I plan to sit for 2 hours a day, 1 hour in the morning and evening, consisting of both Metta and Anapanasati. I also want to keep the 5 precepts more strictly and move towards keeping the uposatha, at least partly - the food one may be an issue given that I live with my family and we eat together. I am not going to be hard on myself if I miss a day or don't quite reach my goal as it is a good chance to learn.
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Che Guebuddha » Sat Jun 01, 2013 8:21 pm

Zenainder wrote:If I may encourage early practitioners: do not fret quantity of time meditating, but rather QUALITY of time spent practicing. If you are worried about how long you are meditating, you are completely missing the point!
I agree. Yet, this is the very part of the Dhammic Path to first "become a meditator" then to un-become by direct and actual realisation. Its a trap most (if not all) practitioners fall into at the start of their practice. Solidifying into a "meditator" will create suffering. Anicca teaches us that nothing is solid. If trying to solidify any phenomena Dukkha is born. Can't talk about Anatta because I have no direct insight about it. Was drowning in the Sea of Dukkha Nanas for a few years though, all because of "becoming" a meditator (feeling guilt when not sitting daily or feeling guilt if sitting short sessions, or feeling guilty if not being concentrated/blissful/didn't gain new insights, etc, etc, etc ...)

Practiced daily for 3 years. Stopped practicing for 2 years. Now feeling to get on with the practice again (but without becoming a meditator)

That said I will start using the Insight Timer App again from tonight and just keep rafting up the river ...

May we all benefit from the Dhamma :buddha1:
Up the river,
on and on,
The Practice carries on,
on the Dhammic raft.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by jadborn » Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:30 am

jadborn wrote:Wow, what a great idea. I haven't been meditating consistently for the last few months, so I officially challenge myself to sit for at least 10 minutes everyday for just one week.
Woo! Looks like I did it! Now for one more week....... :sage:
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by starter » Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:52 pm

Reductor wrote:Hey all,

I downloaded that insight timer app, then searched for dhammawheel; KB has already made a group, so join up.
Hi Reductor and other friends,

Would it be possible to provide the link for the group? Where to downlod the insight timer app?

Thanks and metta!

PS: please excuse me if these questions have already been answered. I didn't read the 7 pages of the thread.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Doshin » Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:39 am

starter wrote:Would it be possible to provide the link for the group? Where to downlod the insight timer app?
I guess it is: https://insighttimer.com/
starter wrote:PS: please excuse me if these questions have already been answered. I didn't read the 7 pages of the thread.
I know that feeling.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Ben » Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:51 am

If you go to http://www.insighttimer.com and search for "Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge", you should be able to find our group there.
The group is only seven members strong. If you have difficulty finding the group, send either Khalil Bodhi or myself a PM on Dhamma Wheel with your insighttimer username and we will be able to invite you.
kind regards,

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by duckfiasco » Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:40 pm

Eight members strong :)

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Ben » Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:42 am

duckfiasco wrote:Eight members strong :)
Fantastic, it will be great to have you on board.
Its a small group, for sure, but that doesn't matter if it provides you with the inspiration and motivation that is going to be beneficial to you.
with metta,

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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