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Postby Subha » Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:04 am

Hello everybody,
I've been lurking here for a few weeks, and decided it was time to join the forums (and hopefully contribute on occasion!) To briefly introduce myself, I've been practicing Buddhism (in the mildest sense of the word) for about 7 years, but I'm slowly working towards deepening my practice. If anyone has any advice on dealing with laziness (imo my biggest fetter) besides the Kusita-Arambhavatthu sutta, I would love to know about it! Looking forward to getting hit with some knowledge :D

With peace, love, and happiness,
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Re: Hello everybody

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:08 am

Welcome Subha! Asubha contemplations might be in order to arouse a sense of samvega but this should really only be done under the tutelage of a competent teacher. May you find what you are looking for here! :heart:
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Re: Hello everybody

Postby cooran » Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:28 am

Welcome Subha! :group:

If you meant laziness in regularly sitting for meditation, then perhaps you should begin again with just a regular 10 minutes of sitting. It may be worth your while attending a 10 day Retreat to get you going again.

Some more suttas:

Prescription for dealing with ~ in meditation
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

Excuses: "It's too cold to meditate. It's too hot... It's too...":
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

As an obstruction to Awakening:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... ml#iti-034

Look forward to seeing further posts from you around the forums.

with metta
Chris
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Re: Hello everybody

Postby bodom » Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:56 am

Welcome Subha!

This passage has always inspired a sense of urgency in me:

"These are the roots of trees, O monks, these are empty huts. Meditate, monks, do not be negligent, or else you will regret it later. This is our instruction to you.” ~ AN 7:70
The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Hello everybody

Postby Spiny O'Norman » Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:41 pm

Subha wrote:Hello everybody,
If anyone has any advice on dealing with laziness (imo my biggest fetter) besides the Kusita-Arambhavatthu sutta, I would love to know about it!


Some good suggestions here already. Sometimes I find that going for a long ( mindful! ) walk gets me feeling more energetic.

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Re: Hello everybody

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:54 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Hello everybody

Postby Stephen K » Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:58 pm

Snp 2.10: Utthana Sutta
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

A stirring exhortation to rekindle your efforts. Wake up!


Arise! Sit up!
Of what use are your dreams?
How can you who are sick
And pierced with the arrow of grief
Continue to sleep?

Arise! Sit up!
Train yourself to win peace.
Let not the king of death,
Knowing you to be lazy,
Trick you into his realm.

Cross over this attachment,
Tied to which both gods and men are trapped.
Do not let this chance slip by,
Because for those who do,
There is only hell.

Dusty is indolence.
Dust comes in its wake.
With knowledge and vigilance,
Draw out the arrow of suffering from yourself.
With metta,
Upāsaka Sumana (Stephen)


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Stop the evil; start and continue the good.
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