Attachment to Method

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Attachment to Method

Postby Myotai » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:36 am

Hello everyone,

For some time now my practice has developed into a fixation on methods. This manifests as a sort of inner narrative about the benefits of Koan, Vipassana, Mahamudra....I know it sounds daft but I have established that its a form of grasping like any other.

Problem is that my practice seems to be stuck and going nowhere. Has anyone else experienced this?

Thank you for reading.
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Re: Attachment to Method

Postby Ben » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:55 am

Myotai wrote:Problem is that my practice seems to be stuck and going nowhere.

How do you know you are stuck and going nowhere?
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Re: Attachment to Method

Postby Myotai » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:27 am

Ben wrote:
Myotai wrote:Problem is that my practice seems to be stuck and going nowhere.

How do you know you are stuck and going nowhere?


Hello Ben,

Because for many months now, all I seem to do in my practice is watch my mind procrastinate over methods. Almost as if its seeking a reconciliation. It goes no further than this.

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Re: Attachment to Method

Postby Ben » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:45 am

Thanks for the clarification, Myotai.
The reason I ask is sometimes I am requested to give advice for co-practitioners who feel the same way but on further investigation, it is clear that the practitioner is expecting certain meditative experiences or that meditation should be pleasant or that life, post adopting practice, should be bliss-filled pleasantness devoid of difficulty.

In your situation I would evaluate whichever method suited me best and give it my undivided attention for at least a year.
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Re: Attachment to Method

Postby PimonratC » Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:10 am

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May I recommend you to this book too?

It was something about mindfulness of mind.
http://03.wimutti.net/pramote/books/The ... 0eBook.pdf

This help me at the beginning till now so I recommend to you. :buddha2:




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Re: Attachment to Method

Postby Myotai » Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:51 am

Thanks for the replies.... I think the danger I speak of is oft referred to as "Quietism".
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