Christopherxx wrote:Hi folks,
Apologies if I have posted this in the wrong section. Any correction would be greatly appreciated .
I have recently become quite intrested in insight meditation.
I am aware of Mahasi and S.N.
I was wondering if there is a sticky on the subject? If not it may be a cool topic to have all the figureheads and or school of thoughts listed and then a complete explanation of the techniques (For instance Mahasi and "noting" and how this practice develops into higher level insights through use as listed in his writings and by his students.) *I did not write out a full explanation of his technique as an example because I did not want to spam the topic .
My next question is on the thai forest traditon. I believe Chah used calming and focusing exercises and then pursued insight meditation by "neutral" viewing of the arisings. Is there a more detailed account that one could provide?
Lastly for anyone with experience in the thai forest traditon which practices do monks fill their day with apart from the light chores and puja/community meditation. I am aware this tradition focuses on the code of coduct for monastics and of "right view, wisdom and concencentration" but i would love to know the practices and how they approach such practices (as each school seems to intreprete the suttas and guidelines a slightly bit different.
By the way, great place guys!
For those who are misled to conceive of all the instructions offered
here as “just samatha practice” (calming) without regard to vipassan›
(insight), please know that this is neither vipassana nor samatha. It is called
bh›van› (mental development). This method was taught by the Buddha
(AN IV,125–27; MN 151,13–19) and repeated in the forest tradition of
Northeast Thailand, with which my teacher, Ven. Ajahn Chah, was asso-
ciated. Ajahn Chah often said that samatha and vipassana cannot be sep-
arated, nor can the pair be developed apart from right view, right
thought, right moral conduct, and so forth. Samatha and vipassana, Ajahn
Chah said, are like two sides of one hand. In the original Buddhist tra-
dition they are inseparable. Indeed, to make progress in the seven stages
of meditation I have described, the meditator needs an understanding
and acceptance of the Buddha’s teachings, and one’s virtue must be pure.
mikenz66 wrote:Hi LY,
I would struggle to find a teacher who wouldn't agree that development of concentration and insight (along with other aspects of the path) are not linked. Do such teachers actually exist in real life?
LonesomeYogurt wrote:There are certainly teachers who say that concentration is not as important as insight, thta Jhana isn't necessary, that you only need access concentration, that one should do Jhana for pure samatha and then only focus on vipassana after emerging, etc.
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