Planning for a 10-day course

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Planning for a 10-day course

Postby venkatad » Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:08 pm

Hi I am planning for a new 10-day course which will be 3 rd course for me. But I guess it does NOT matter if you are NOT practicing much. Will it be helpful to start practicing before I go to the course which is 2 months away? at least to some extent that gives me strength to cope up such a rigorous schedule...
Please advise me...
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Re: Planning for a 10-day course

Postby PeterB » Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:13 pm

I think it will help a lot venkatad...hope it goes well.
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Re: Planning for a 10-day course

Postby Goofaholix » Tue Mar 01, 2011 6:40 pm

venkatad wrote:Hi I am planning for a new 10-day course which will be 3 rd course for me. But I guess it does NOT matter if you are NOT practicing much. Will it be helpful to start practicing before I go to the course which is 2 months away? at least to some extent that gives me strength to cope up such a rigorous schedule...
Please advise me...
Thanks


It's not like studying for an exam.

You should practise as much and whenever you can, no need to wait until a retreat looms.

It will pay to do some yoga or stretching exersises if you haven't been sitting much beforehand.
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Re: Planning for a 10-day course

Postby Ben » Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:34 pm

Hi Venkatad,
PeterB wrote:I think it will help a lot venkatad...hope it goes well.

I second Peter's advice. Generating the effort to engage in bhavana is sammappadhàna and is a requisite of awakening.
http://www.noblepath.info/recommended_b ... ayadaw.pdf
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Re: Planning for a 10-day course

Postby rowyourboat » Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:09 pm

Hi Venkatad,

May I ask you why you are meditating?

With metta

Matheesha
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Re: Planning for a 10-day course

Postby venkatad » Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:33 pm

rowyourboat wrote:Hi Venkatad,

May I ask you why you are meditating?

With metta

Matheesha

I am no different than common people....My main problem is addiction to whatever....tea,internet, and if i say deeply, my mind is always wanders some where....which is nothing but My mind is addicted/attached to those thoughts...craves...I want to get away from those thoughts, cravings, aversions and have a peaceful life....of course I don't think it is wrong to try something...as long as I can....!!Moreover with the kind of thoughts/fear of death/attachment towards the family all makes me worry about things, people, work Etc. I want myself disassociate and enjoy equanimity. EVEN THOUGH i practice now a days..it is not really up to the mark. I feel a course would put me on track.
mORE OVER AFTER i have taken 2 courses....I felt real good and practice improved my clarity of thinking, compassion towards people, things, lessens worries, fears, I would say it is a wonderful experience. But to be sad enough, I was not able to continue keep practicing.
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Re: Planning for a 10-day course

Postby meindzai » Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:15 am

If you already have a vipassana practice, then doing as much of that as possible is probably good. Otherwise, I might suggest doing a very basic breath practice and just work on getting your mind settled, since this would be a great foundation to build on once you get to the retreat.

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