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Wise Reflection

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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bodom
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Wise Reflection

Postby bodom » Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:29 pm

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


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Wise Reflection

Postby mlswe » Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:22 pm

i am very very grateful

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Re: Wise Reflection

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:27 pm

Greetings,

I've got the booklet of this at home.

My reflections 8-) on it were that it was a good little text, even if some of the suggested methods to implement this practice seemed a little awkward.

On a related theme...

MN 61: Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta (Instructions to Rahula)
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

Metta,
Retro. :)
"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: Wise Reflection

Postby jackson » Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:23 am

Thanks Bodom,
That was a good, informative read.
May you be well, :smile:
Jackson
"The heart of the path is quite easy. There’s no need to explain anything at length. Let go of love and hate and let things be. That’s all that I do in my own practice." - Ajahn Chah

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Re: Wise Reflection

Postby polarbear101 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:30 am

i just read this a few hours ago, i thought it was awesome, thanks for posting it
"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."

"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."

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Re: Wise Reflection

Postby ieee23 » Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:09 pm

I recently read too.

I thought the author did an excellent job of making an argument for wise reflection being a regular part of someone's meditation practice. Though he listed a variety of techniques, he didn't say much about how to make a regular practice out them.

Does anyone here have a regular wise reflection practice? Do you do it every day the way you would do samatha, vipassana or metta? How long? A half hour to an hour? Do you do it in separate sessions, or at the beginning or end of your regular session?

I've tried The Five Daily reflections for a few weeks. It made me anxious and depressed. That isn't the goal. I can see a similar negative potential in some of the other reflections the author listed. How do you avoid those side effects?


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