brick walls for training?

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brick walls for training?

Postby no mike » Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:10 pm

Has anyone information on a series of short walls (building up progressively, but not too high), possibly used for training in walking meditation? I've seen this at a small temple in Thailand which was located in a remote farming region. There was a resident monk walking on these short walls. I have been googling text and images but can't seem to find any references.

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Re: brick walls for training?

Postby TheNoBSBuddhist » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:29 pm

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Re: brick walls for training?

Postby no mike » Fri Jun 13, 2014 12:10 am

Oh, yes, I could make my own. But I will have to put them in my 2 bedroom condo, in particular, around my bed. Haha. But if this is a tool that can be used to help with concentration, and has been suggested by mediation teachers, I would seriously consider it.
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Re: brick walls for training?

Postby TheNoBSBuddhist » Fri Jun 13, 2014 6:41 am

You can use anything as a 'foot-guide' even if you go to a poorly-frequented street, and practise walking along the border of a sidewalk, or in a supermarket, following a line of tiles on the floor... any focus of concentration which aides mindfulness and remaining 'Present' can be a help.

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Re: brick walls for training?

Postby rgb1 » Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:23 pm

Why not just do standard walking meditation, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IFvablc6EI. Half the time you will be trying to balance on the stick which isn't the point of walking meditation. Also standard walking meditation doesn't require special conditions, like a balancing stick for example.
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Re: brick walls for training?

Postby no mike » Sat Jun 14, 2014 12:05 pm

TheNoBSBuddhist wrote:You can use anything as a 'foot-guide' even if you go to a poorly-frequented street, and practise walking along the border of a sidewalk, or in a supermarket, following a line of tiles on the floor... any focus of concentration which aides mindfulness and remaining 'Present' can be a help.

If you don't have the tools - invent them! The limitations are merely confined to the diameter of your own vision.... the skull may be small, but the Mind is limitless....


I like your thinking :)

But before I go any further with walking on boards, etc., I would like see if there are any references to this kind of technique. I was hoping someone on Dhammawheel has seen or heard of this, as I am coming up with nothing online, and I lost contact with the person who took me to that remote location in the Thai countryside where I saw the walls.

The other night, when I pretended I was on a wall and making very careful heel-to-toe placements in a straight line, and turning and right angles, I found significant improvement at continuous mindfulness and concentration. As soon as my mind wandered, I found my arms shooting out to regain balance.
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Re: brick walls for training?

Postby no mike » Sat Jun 14, 2014 12:46 pm

rgb1 wrote:Why not just do standard walking meditation, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IFvablc6EI. Half the time you will be trying to balance on the stick which isn't the point of walking meditation. Also standard walking meditation doesn't require special conditions, like a balancing stick for example.


Great video, thank you!

I wonder if boards could be effectively used as guided-practice, an accommodation for the technique similar to the one used in the video, which could be faded out over time.

If I investigate this, I will share my results.

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