Ritual, Practice, and The Path... What?

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Re: Ritual, Practice, and The Path... What?

Postby mikenz66 » Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:34 am

Hi Adam,

I think if you follow some straightforward instructions, such as "Mindfulness in Plain English", by Bhante G. (recommended by Pink_Trike) and try to not have any particular expectations of what will happen in your meditation you should be fine. If you go into the retreat with the idea that you are there to learn, not to judge the instructions against what you've been doing, but with some practise and discipline in sitting watching your breath that would likely be an advantage, I think. And presumably the style they teach at the Bhavana Society is compatible with Bhante G's book. You might consider reading and listening to some of the other resources there.

I'm not personally that familiar with Bhante G, but I did read Mindfulness in Plain English a while ago and I recall it being good. And many people recommend it. Different teachers have different approaches to beginning meditation, so in my view it's less confusing to just take your advice from one (reputable!) teacher, or one group, such as the Bhavana Society. It's not that the other teachers are "wrong", but they may emphasise different things, perhaps in different orders, so it can become confusing...

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Re: Ritual, Practice, and The Path... What?

Postby pink_trike » Thu Nov 05, 2009 4:33 am

Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

- Dawa Gyaltsen

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Disclaimer: I'm a non-religious practitioner of Theravada, Mahayana/Vajrayana, and Tibetan Bon Dzogchen mind-training.

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Re: Ritual, Practice, and The Path... What?

Postby PeterB » Thu Nov 05, 2009 7:53 am

Aint that the truth. And even the most eloquent and knowledgable writer cannot convey that aspect of themselves in print. I was very fortunate in that almost the first flesh and blood Buddhist that I met ( the monk who became Dhiravamsa ) conveyed all those qualities, the equanimity and contentment/happiness. So, in addition to practice practice practice, i too would strongly recommend seeking out those who embody those qualities. Their ability to inspire is enormous.

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Re: Ritual, Practice, and The Path... What?

Postby zavk » Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:12 am

Yes, yes. That has been my experience too. I've only ever had the chance to be around four ordained teachers. They each have their own unique admirable qualities. But one of them in particular left a deep impression on me. The quality of dhamma that emanated from his speech and actions inspired me in a way that no book could.
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