Meditator's Atlas by Matthew Flickstein

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Meditator's Atlas by Matthew Flickstein

Postby alan » Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:20 pm

In what has so far been a futile effort to get a handle on the Visuddhimagga I purchased and read Meditator's Atlas. 3 timed through and it is sitting on the shelf with many question marks and scribbles written in the margins. I'd like to hear if anyone thinks I should take a deep breath and have another go at it later, or just put it aside.

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Re: Meditator's Atlas by Matthew Flickstein

Postby cooran » Mon Jan 04, 2010 7:36 pm

Hello alan,

While discussion here may give you some good help, I would also encourage you to take your questions to the folk at Dhammastudygroup.

In their Files section, in "Useful Posts" under 'V', they have selected posts and threads on this topic.

Rather than having a book with notes and scribbles in it, start from the beginning and see if their are threads already. You can add your queries to that thread or start another honing in on your questions.

Nina van Gorkom, Sarah, Rob Kirkpatrick and many others are well-qualified to answer any questions you may have.


I was interested to see that the Dalai Lama also values the Visuddhimagga. :smile:

Posts listed in the Useful Posts section for members of Dhammastudygroup (you may have to join to have access):
Visuddhimagga (Path of Purification) - Understanding with Sub-comy extracts 23138, 23165, 23206, 23263, 23213, 23282, 23658, 23659, 23789, 23851, 24135, 24146, 24166, 24246, 24406, 24484, 24600, 25085, 25256, 25257, 25333, 25347, 25421, 25510, 25548, 25668, 25689, 25803, 25907, 25908, 25921, 25939, 25940, 26246, 26320, 26505, 26700, 26728, 26861, 26988, 27147, 27182, 27482, 27808, 27958, 27977, 28057, 28216, 28896, 28817
Visuddhimagga, ch X1V, Larry's index of text posts and Nina's summaries and translations of the commentary 55332
Visuddhimagga -Dalai Lama 35752 ... 2009.htm#V

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Re: Meditator's Atlas by Matthew Flickstein

Postby bodom » Mon Jan 04, 2010 8:12 pm

I recommend these talks from Silananda.

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo

With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5

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Re: Meditator's Atlas by Matthew Flickstein

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:21 pm

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Meditator's Atlas by Matthew Flickstein

Postby Nibbida » Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:16 am

Depending on your purpose, you might want to try to read Vimuttimagga. It's not exactly the same, but it's shorter and more digestible.

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