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by Cormac Brown
Mon Feb 08, 2016 3:06 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Reality vs. Concepts
Replies: 45
Views: 796

Re: Reality vs. Concepts

... practice, we're supposed to apply sati to real material and mental phenomena (so being mindful of "rising, falling", as opposed to "breathing", which is conceptual). I've been a little perplexed lately where to draw the line as to what is a concept--it seems by the same logic ...
by Herbie
Mon Feb 08, 2016 4:58 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Reality vs. Concepts
Replies: 45
Views: 796

Re: Reality vs. Concepts

... practice, we're supposed to apply sati to real material and mental phenomena (so being mindful of "rising, falling", as opposed to "breathing", which is conceptual). I've been a little perplexed lately where to draw the line as to what is a concept--it seems by the same logic ...
by JohnK
Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the "stilling of all formations"?
Replies: 53
Views: 566

Re: What is the "stilling of all formations"?

... context the word sankhāra is used in relation to kāya, vacī, and citta—body, speech, and mind—to mean the bodily formation, which is in-and-out breathing; the verbal formation, which is applied thought and sustained thought; and the mental formation, which is perception and feeling. The first ...
by dhammapal
Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 835
Views: 55589

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

... conditioning, we learn how to use them more skillfully. And working with the breath is an ideal place to start. You give space to the mind by breathing in a way that feels good. You can use your linguistic habits to talk to yourself about the breath: How does this breath feel? How does that ...
by lotus flower
Sun Jan 24, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Sad i want to attain jhanas but i have mental illnesses. Anyone else who have mental illness and practice meditation?
Replies: 31
Views: 483

Re: Sad i want to attain jhanas but i have mental illnesses. Anyone else who have mental illness and practice meditation

... with medication, the mind works relatively normally. What i found - my mind just wandering and wandering and it is very hard to concentrate on the breathing. That's everybody's problem, just don't rush things. To my knowledge, there is no magic here, if the mind wanders 1000 times, you remind yourself ...
by Pinetree
Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:06 am
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Sad i want to attain jhanas but i have mental illnesses. Anyone else who have mental illness and practice meditation?
Replies: 31
Views: 483

Re: Sad i want to attain jhanas but i have mental illnesses. Anyone else who have mental illness and practice meditation

... with medication, the mind works relatively normally. What i found - my mind just wandering and wandering and it is very hard to concentrate on the breathing. That's everybody's problem, just don't rush things. To my knowledge, there is no magic here, if the mind wanders 1000 times, you remind yourself ...
by lotus flower
Sun Jan 24, 2016 5:53 am
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Sad i want to attain jhanas but i have mental illnesses. Anyone else who have mental illness and practice meditation?
Replies: 31
Views: 483

Sad i want to attain jhanas but i have mental illnesses. Anyone else who have mental illness and practice meditation?

... short samadhi in one hour anapanasati meditation. What i found - my mind just wandering and wandering and it is very hard to concentrate on the breathing. I gave up. I decided to try vipassana with noticing. I found it easier than anapanasati. My mind become more calmed. So i decided to follow ...
by mikenz66
Sat Jan 23, 2016 7:05 am
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Living Dharma/Buddhist Masters. Baraz/Kornfield.
Replies: 0
Views: 74

Living Dharma/Buddhist Masters. Baraz/Kornfield.

... 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 ...
by Pinetree
Sat Jan 23, 2016 6:41 am
Forum: Fringe Theravāda Discussion
Topic: Hostility; Nostrils; Anapanasati; Human Identity
Replies: 17
Views: 305

Re: Hostility; Nostrils; Anapanasati; Human Identity

The connection between breathing and smelling is something worth looking into. Thing is ... why are you singling out nostrils and why are you singling out hostility ? The reality is complex and always changing and I'm sure there are ...
by Pondera
Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:17 am
Forum: Fringe Theravāda Discussion
Topic: Hostility; Nostrils; Anapanasati; Human Identity
Replies: 17
Views: 305

Re: Hostility; Nostrils; Anapanasati; Human Identity

... the anger of the nostrils becomes an everyday impediment to "being human". The sense of smell is tied up very much with the act of breathing. That alone points to its relevance within the scope of how it operates as an inhibitor to our actions.
by katavedi
Fri Jan 22, 2016 8:40 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Formations or Fabrications
Replies: 1
Views: 79

Re: Formations or Fabrications

... formation, and the mental formation.” “But, lady, what is the bodily formation? What is the verbal formation” What is the mental formation?” “In-breathing and out-breathing, friend Visākha, are the bodily formation; thinking and reflecting are the verbal formation; perception and feeling are ...
by gavesako
Thu Jan 21, 2016 5:43 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Walking meditation (cankama) in Thai forest tradition
Replies: 7
Views: 249

Walking meditation (cankama) in Thai forest tradition

... realize that walking cankama gives rise to great wisdom. Walk to and fro. If you're tired then stand and still your mind. Focus on making the breathing comfortable. When it is reasonably comfortable then switch the attention to walking again. https://www.ajahnchah.org/book/Just_Do_It_1_2.php" ...
by acinteyyo
Thu Jan 21, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: Fringe Theravāda Discussion
Topic: Hostility; Nostrils; Anapanasati; Human Identity
Replies: 17
Views: 305

Re: Hostility; Nostrils; Anapanasati; Human Identity

... the body's conditions, the mind can also be influenced by changing the body's condition in return. For example if one relaxes and calms heavy breathing or tension in the chest because of anger or hate, the intensity of the corresponding mindstates often tend to decrease accordingly. The whole ...
by JohnK
Thu Jan 21, 2016 4:22 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Walking meditation vs brick laying
Replies: 16
Views: 719

Re: Walking meditation vs brick laying

... at home, I do it differently (have never been instructed on this). Just like one can, in sitting meditation, open up beyond mindfulness of breathing, to a more expansive awareness of elements of experience, I have done this in walking: knowing hearing a car in the distance, knowing the ...
by dxm_dxm
Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:33 pm
Forum: Fringe Theravāda Discussion
Topic: Hostility; Nostrils; Anapanasati; Human Identity
Replies: 17
Views: 305

Re: Hostility; Nostrils; Anapanasati; Human Identity

I think hostility only has to do with the mind not with the body. Maybe you have noticed that when hostility arises it also influences the way you breath, like breathing more rapidly. But that does not mean hostility is "hold" in then nostrils, rather it is hold in the mind. :namaste:
by anthbrown84
Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: anxiety and stress during breath meditation
Replies: 11
Views: 203

Re: anxiety and stress during breath meditation

I think the problem is created by your "focussing". Anapanasati means mindfulness "with" breathing not mindfulness "focussing" on the breath. Even if you are wanting to develop jhana it's not so much focussing as collecting, placing, and settling ...
by Goofaholix
Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:08 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: anxiety and stress during breath meditation
Replies: 11
Views: 203

Re: anxiety and stress during breath meditation

I think the problem is created by your "focussing". Anapanasati means mindfulness "with" breathing not mindfulness "focussing" on the breath. Even if you are wanting to develop jhana it's not so much focussing as collecting, placing, and settling ...
by Pinetree
Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Beginning Mahasi method troubles
Replies: 7
Views: 179

Re: Beginning Mahasi method troubles

... a beginner. http://static.sirimangalo.org/howto/HTM.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; But to me, either the noting controls the breathing and the sensation (breathing and sensation 'follow' the noting), That's kind of normal, will improve through practice, and if you find it ...
by Ruud
Tue Jan 19, 2016 4:22 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Beginning Mahasi method troubles
Replies: 7
Views: 179

Beginning Mahasi method troubles

... supposed to notice a sensation (primarily the rising and falling in the abdomen) and then note/label it. But to me, either the noting controls the breathing and the sensation (breathing and sensation 'follow' the noting), or the noting 'sits in the way' (I notice the word more than the sensation). ...
by anthbrown84
Tue Jan 19, 2016 12:40 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: anxiety and stress during breath meditation
Replies: 11
Views: 203

Re: anxiety and stress during breath meditation

... to enhance particular ones could lead to confusion. Some are teaching focussing on the breath in particular places, some the general feeling of breathing. Some are instructing to cultivate strong absorption, in which case the key is to return to the breath as quickly as possible when distracted, ...

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