Introducing Mahasi Method

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Introducing Mahasi Method

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:21 am

Listening to this is a well spent hour, putting the vipassana practice into its context.

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This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

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Re: Introducing Mahasi Method

Postby Sanghamitta » Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:37 am

Seconded.

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Re: Introducing Mahasi Method

Postby farmer » Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:11 pm

Thanks for posting this. It is a great introduction for people (like me) who know the Mahasi Method only as a caricature.

At one point, Kearney says "the problem with technique is that it can be done very mechanically in a deadening way." This has always been my impression of the Mahasi Method. From the talk, it is clear that Kearney uses the method as a framework within which meditators can creatively develop a balance of samadhi and investigation. He emphasizes that there is no simple one-size-fits all method, and that meditators have to develop their own feel for what will work for them. Is this how most Mahasi lineage teachers teach? Is Kearney representative or an outlier?
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Re: Introducing Mahasi Method

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:38 pm

farmer wrote:Thanks for posting this. It is a great introduction for people (like me) who know the Mahasi Method only as a caricature.
You are welcome. The caricature is unfortunate and we see a lot of that here, especially when it gets into the false dichotomy of jhana vs vipassana.

At one point, Kearney says "the problem with technique is that it can be done very mechanically in a deadening way." This has always been my impression of the Mahasi Method. From the talk, it is clear that Kearney uses the method as a framework within which meditators can creatively develop a balance of samadhi and investigation. He emphasizes that there is no simple one-size-fits all method, and that meditators have to develop their own feel for what will work for them. Is this how most Mahasi lineage teachers teach? Is Kearney representative or an outlier?
The good teachers, such as Joseph Goldstein and other IMS teachers, teach much the same. The late Munindra-ji, an Indian teacher trained by Mahasi Sayadaw and very traditional in his approach, taught much the same.

I know what you mean by "done very mechanically in a deadening way," but these the teachers that I worked with emphasized keeping the practice "light and easy." When done properly it is very dynamic, very alive, but any practice is going to go through peaks and troughs, which is why working with a good teacher is necessary, especially in the beginning.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson
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Re: Introducing Mahasi Method

Postby mikenz66 » Wed Sep 28, 2011 4:54 pm

farmer wrote: Is this how most Mahasi lineage teachers teach? Is Kearney representative or an outlier?

What he says is generally very similar to the teachers I know, but he does seem to have some very good explanations. However, to me the key point of a teacher is that they can diagnose what an individual is doing, which I presume he is good at, but I have never met him so I can't comment.

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