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Postby Christopherxx » Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:09 pm

Hi there,

My last post was on the thai forest tradition.

I know the mahasi method is large in burma and I have heard of the mahasi centre yet I am wondering if there are monasteries that follow such a schedule as the centre but allow an individual to live a life there (ordination, etc.).

Also apart from the thai forest tradition and mahasi centres are there any other groups within Theravada that focus mainly if not exlusively on meditation (either at the monks discretion) or schedule with a certain style like mahasi tradition?

Thank you! :)

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Re: Meditation focused groups

Postby Goofaholix » Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:34 am

Christopherxx wrote:I know the mahasi method is large in burma and I have heard of the mahasi centre yet I am wondering if there are monasteries that follow such a schedule as the centre but allow an individual to live a life there (ordination, etc.).


I'm not sure what you're asking, they all allow an individual to live a life there.

Christopherxx wrote:Also apart from the thai forest tradition and mahasi centres are there any other groups within Theravada that focus mainly if not exlusively on meditation (either at the monks discretion) or schedule with a certain style like mahasi tradition?


The Thai forest tradition doesn't emphasise meditation, at least not to the extant that the Burmese do. There are lots of different schools or approaches besides these two.
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Re: Meditation focused groups

Postby Christopherxx » Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:54 pm

I wasn't aware that the mahasi centre was structured like that - I thought it was a pay per stay style structure rather than a conventional monastery or ordination style centre.

Also would you be able to expand a bit on the second part?

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Re: Meditation focused groups

Postby mikenz66 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:07 am

Hi Christopher,
Christopherxx wrote:I wasn't aware that the mahasi centre was structured like that ...

There isn't really such a thing as a worldwide "Mahasi Centre Structure". Many different monasteries (and lay organisations) teach variations of that style, and have their own way of organising things.

Having said that, there will be groupings. Those are closely affiliated with U Pandita's monasteries (U Pandita was one of Sayadaw Mahasi's students), for example, will have a similar structure. However, I don't think you'll find the sort of consistency that Goenka's organisation has. Monasteries don't really work that way (hence the enormous variety in even the Ajahn Chah sub strand of the "Thai Forest Tradition").

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Re: Meditation focused groups

Postby rowyourboat » Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:27 pm

Hi ChristopherXX

The Galduwa tradition is a similar meditative tradition found in Sri Lanka. Nissaranawanaya is a branch centre which has western monks ordaining. They follow either the Mahasi or U Panditha style with Jhanas thrown in, depending on your teacher.
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Re: Meditation focused groups

Postby Christopherxx » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:43 pm

Great info guys!

Thanks so much.

It always great to have a resource where people that have trodden the same ground can help you out a bit :)

wishes well!
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Re: Meditation focused groups

Postby Christopherxx » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:59 pm

mikenz66

I was hoping you could maybe list some of the monasteries associated with U Pandita; Do any such locations exist in the west?

Thanks mike!
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Re: Meditation focused groups

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:15 pm

http://nauyana.org/

Na Uyana Monastery is one of Sri Lanka's greatest meditation centers. I'd really recommend checking it out; for a non-Western organization, its accommodations are comparatively great.
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
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Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
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Re: Meditation focused groups

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Aug 26, 2012 6:59 am

Hi Christopher,
Christopherxx wrote:mikenz66
I was hoping you could maybe list some of the monasteries associated with U Pandita; Do any such locations exist in the west?

There are some monastaries that are specficially affiliated here:
http://www.saddhamma.org/html/resources ... ters.shtml
http://www.panditarama.net/

However, my point was that thousands of monastaries and lay teachers use that style, so "associated" could mean a lot of different things...

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Re: Meditation focused groups

Postby Christopherxx » Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:23 pm

thanks yogurt :)

and yah mike i see what you mean now - i guess i have this certain paradigm about how things "would work" but it is much more complex than that haha

thanks again guys!
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Re: Meditation focused groups

Postby marc108 » Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:33 pm

Bhante G's place:
http://www.bhavanasociety.org/
Thanissaro Bhikkhu's place (Thai Forrest, but not from the Ajahn Chah lineage):
http://www.watmetta.org/
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