Theravada, vipassana and mindfulness

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Righteous path
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Theravada, vipassana and mindfulness

Postby Righteous path » Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:07 pm

Hello im new to this forum.. And I want to practice the theravads, vipassana and mindfulness meditation. What teachers, websites, books and practices should I turn to?


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Re: Theravada, vipassana and mindfulness

Postby tiltbillings » Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:17 pm

Here is a good place to search: http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/96/And there are many other teachers talks available there.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

dheamhan a fhios agam

"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson

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Re: Theravada, vipassana and mindfulness

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:54 pm

http://www.vipassana.com/meditation/min ... nglish.php

This is Mindfulness in Plain English. Many consider it a very important guide to the beginning stages of meditation. I would really encourage you to read it.
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta

Stuff I write about things.

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Re: Theravada, vipassana and mindfulness

Postby Bakmoon » Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:49 pm

I would highly reccomend listening to the Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi's talks on the Majjhima Nikaya because they are both very good and also free. Here's a link:
http://bodhimonastery.org/a-systematic- ... ikaya.html

One thing that you should keep in mind is that there are a lot of different traditions of meditation withing Theravada Buddhism. Some of the more major ones are the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition, the Pa Auk Sayadaw tradition, the U Ba Khin tradition (also called the Goenka tradition), and the Thai Forest tradition. Do you have any one of those in mind?

If you want to meditate according to the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition, here is a link to a playlist of videos by an excellent teacher, the Ven. Yuttadhammo:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL ... ature=plcp

If you want to try out the Thai Forest tradition, try out this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTWDEzbRza4

If you want to study the Buddhist scriptures, try this website. It has a selection of very helpful suttas:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/index.html
The non-doing of any evil,
The performance of what's skillful,
The cleansing of one's own mind:
This is the Buddhas' teaching.

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Re: Theravada, vipassana and mindfulness

Postby mikenz66 » Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:36 pm

Greeting, Righteous Path
Righteous path wrote:Hello im new to this forum.. And I want to practice the theravads, vipassana and mindfulness meditation. What teachers, websites, books and practices should I turn to?

There is a list of resources here:
viewtopic.php?f=17&t=341

And a number of threads in the Meditation sub-fora.

Also, you should seriously consider finding a teacher and/or support group locally. A few minutes with a teacher can save a lot of time. This directly may be helpful:
http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/


:anjali:
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Re: Theravada, vipassana and mindfulness

Postby Bakmoon » Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:45 am

On second thought, maybe this link is more helpful for meditating by the Thai Forest tradition:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxrkIYc0 ... ure=g-vrec
The non-doing of any evil,
The performance of what's skillful,
The cleansing of one's own mind:
This is the Buddhas' teaching.

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Re: Theravada, vipassana and mindfulness

Postby klasikos » Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:15 pm

I'm a big fan of Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Here are many of his Dhamma talks, books, and essays for available for free download:

http://www.dhammatalks.org/

You can of also find some of his talks on Youtube.
-Klasikos

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Re: Theravada, vipassana and mindfulness

Postby canmoresunflower » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:14 pm

I am new here too. I would like to suggest Tara Brach and Ajahn Brahm. They are both amazing teachers.


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Re: Theravada, vipassana and mindfulness

Postby YouthThunder » Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:33 pm

Are we supposed to be mindful all the time?Doesn't that make us not planning anything at all?Mindful means "flow" or does it mean be aware of everything?When doing things like listening to music for example I rather let my fantasy run wild instead being "aware" of everyhting around us.%%%


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