I need some guidance

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Re: I need some guidance

Post by Ben » Sun Nov 29, 2009 8:27 pm

Collective wrote:I'll stick with Samatha. Will at awaken me?
No, on its own it won't. But the benefit of practicing samatha can't be overlooked. It will assist you in your progress towards liberation. Saya Thetgyi, a teacher within the tradition that I practice, was said to have practiced the samatha variant of anapana-sati for seven years before moving on to vipassana. So, my advice to you Collective is to 1. keep on going and 2. Refine the other aspects of the path. Ensure you are maintaining your sila as sila conditions one's progress in developing samadhi (via samatha).
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Re: I need some guidance

Post by Dhammabodhi » Sun Nov 29, 2009 9:36 pm

Hi Collective,

You might find this link useful. Also check out Bhikkhu Pesala's nice article on Samatha and Vipassana.

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Re: I need some guidance

Post by Laurens » Sun Nov 29, 2009 10:33 pm

Another worthwhile thing to remember is that your aim is to keep mindfulness at all times, not just on the cushion. At the end of your meditation session just take a second to acknowledge how you feel, often you will feel calm and peaceful, don't then rush up and throw that all down the tube, what you should do is try to maintain that calm peaceful awareness for as long as possible into your daily buisiness. Get up slowly and mindfully, and try to sustain that clear peaceful awareness.
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Re: I need some guidance

Post by Jack » Mon Nov 30, 2009 4:54 pm

There are some excellent vipassana guided meditations on the web that you can download. For instance, see:

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

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

Going on a retreat even though it is not located close to you would be beneficial.


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Re: I need some guidance

Post by Sanghamitta » Mon Nov 30, 2009 5:07 pm

Of course we dont know how you are fixed for transport and so on. But Wales is a very small country. :smile:

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Re: I need some guidance

Post by Collective » Mon Nov 30, 2009 5:50 pm

Thank you all very much for the advice, it's all great stuff, and taken on board.

Thanks again :)

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