Living Dharma/Buddhist Masters. Baraz/Kornfield.

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Living Dharma/Buddhist Masters. Baraz/Kornfield.

Post by mikenz66 » Sat Jan 23, 2016 7:05 am

Since Ven Dhammanando's recommendation of James Baraz's talk on Ajahn Naeb, http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f= ... 1&p=367180 I've been listening to Baraz's other talks that are based on Jack Kornfield's book Living Dharma (formerly LIving Budddhist Masters):
http://www.amazon.com/Living-Dharma-Tea ... 1590308328
https://buddhistbooksblog.wordpress.com ... -kornfield/

The book covers 12 modern meditation teachers from Burma and Thailand (most of whom are not longer living, hence the title change...),
In his talks: http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/86/?searc ... ter+series, Baraz adds some of his own experience with these teachers, as do some of the audience. He also gives some short guided meditations on each approach.

These talks (or the book) are worthwhile in dispelling the notion that there are only one or two "normal" meditation practices. Here we have Sunlun Sayadaw's heavy breathing (and heroic sitting), Ajahn Naeb's postures as a route to understanding dukkha, and teachers who focus on body, feelings, mind, etc...

And though he's not in Kornfield's book, a later talk from Baraz on U Tejaniya http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/86/?search=tejaniya is in the same vein.


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Mike

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