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mahasi sayadaw

Postby alan... » Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:24 am

does anyone practice the mahasi sayadaw methods?

could you give me some thoughts on them? answer some questions? progress, technique, and so on?

i have read "heart of buddhist meditation" by nyanaponika thera and am about to read "practical insight meditation" and "the progress of insight" by mahasi sayadaw.

i am trying to redouble my efforts in sattipatthana by refreshing my practical knowledge with these books and i would like some guidance and i have a lot of questions.

please and thank you.

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Postby befriend » Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:41 am

i practice that way, what are your questions.
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Postby James the Giant » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:32 am

I recently did a month long Mahasi retreat, it was GREAT.
MikeNZ practises that style, he's quite knowledgeable about it.
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Postby mikenz66 » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:48 am

Bhikkhu Pesala has a whole site:
http://www.aimwell.org/
I'd start with U Pandita's exposition: In this very life.
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/pesala/Pandita/
I think Patrick Kearney's retreat talks are also a very good introduction:
http://www.dharmasalon.net/Audio/audio.html

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Re: mahasi sayadaw

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:51 am

Sayādaw U Pandita is one of the leading disciples of the Venerable Mahāsi Sayādaw.

His book (In this Very Life) is the product of a three month retreat at Barre, Mass. His interpreter at that retreat was Bhikkhu Aggacitta, who is the abbot of the in Malaysia.

My own meditation teacher was who is another leading disciple of the Sayādaw. I practised for several years in Burma at both Chanmyay Yeikthā and Mahāsi Yeikthā.
• • • • (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)

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Postby Buckwheat » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:18 pm

Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.

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Postby alan... » Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:42 am

mostly my questions involve practicing the satipatthana sutta itself. i haven't seen anywhere that really addresses each technique and how and when they are to be practiced. also i practice jhana meditation which is definitely listed in the maha satipatthana sutta and i wonder how to fit this in with the mahasi technique.

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• • • • (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)

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Postby polarbear101 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:19 am

I've been reading and listening to Patrick Kearney's stuff recently. I was just wondering how related his teachings are to Mahasi's as it seems that he practices in that tradition but I'm not sure exactly how closely he sticks to it. Is he a good source for understanding the Mahasi method?

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Re: mahasi sayadaw

Postby cooran » Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:35 am

Hello PB101,

Patrick Kearney is my main teacher. This is a little about him -

http://www.mitta.net/index.php/about-patrick-kearney

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Re: mahasi sayadaw

Postby badscooter » Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:12 am

"whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon will be the inclination of one's mind"

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Re: mahasi sayadaw

Postby alan... » Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:34 am

one thing i am not clear on is the difference in the mahasi method of the bodily formation from the commentary version.

in the commentaries it says one should contemplate the arising and falling of the body by way of it's dissolution and other things. mahasi says one should see it's literal rise and fall as in the abdomen rising and falling in breathing, the feet rising and falling when walking, and so on.

both methods make sense. the mahasi one is a little more practical though, to watch ones body literally rise and fall is easier than contemplating it's dissolution and rebirth through intellectual inference.

anyone have more info?

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Re: mahasi sayadaw

Postby polarbear101 » Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:06 am

"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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