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deciding what to do without a teacher.

Postby alan... » Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:49 pm

none are in my area. i have no realistic hope of getting a teacher.

that being said:

what do i do? how do i decide on what practices i do?

so far i'm memorizing satipatthana and practicing it. i practice jhana meditation as described in the suttas and other books. and i live according to the precepts and eightfold path as much as possible. from my studies this should be appropriate. morality, concentration and wisdom.

but there are so many other things in the suttas! metta, sublime abidings, anapanasati as it's own complete practice, and so on. how do i know if i'm doing enough or should be doing something else?

is there some way i could find a teacher online? are there any temples that have monks online to answer questions?

EDIT: i'm poor, poor, poor. retreats and travel are not an option.
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Re: deciding what to do without a teacher.

Postby mikenz66 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:01 pm

Hi Alan,

There are various on-line courses. Here are some links:
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=6860
http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/ ... e-courses/
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=13387

You might also consider a residential retreat. Most Lay centres charge an up-front cost for use of the facility, but at Monasteries (at least in my experience) or the Goenka centers http://www.dhamma.org/ there is no up-front cost, only a donation of what you can afford.

You might also consider telling us what area you live in, and someone here may have some local information that isn't readily available via Google, phone books, or the World Buddhist Directory http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/

:anjali:
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Re: deciding what to do without a teacher.

Postby Raitanator » Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:51 am

I don't know what you're into, but here's course which gives brief overview of each tradition.

In addition, the practices themselves will be different, as Rinpoche has stated that he would like to develop Dharma Das in a way that includes aspects from many traditions of Buddhism, including Theravada, Zen, Shingon etc.


http://www.dharmadas.co/mod/page/view.php?id=47
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Re: deciding what to do without a teacher.

Postby Yana » Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:06 am

Hello,

I am alone too.I have no teacher,buddhist groups or temples, as well but i learn a lot through borrowing Buddhist Books in the Library i borrowed the Dhammapada. I also systematically learn Buddhism through a guided online resource such as Buddhanet and Access to Insight.There is a lot of resources available online.There's also good guidelines on Anapanasati,audio materials too. I incorporate it into my daily practice,take notes,study and analyze it.But most importantly keep the precepts,and meditate.Then ofcourse there's dhammawheel,a good way to test your knowledge is to post on the Discovering Theravada forum if the moderators approve then you know your on the right track ahaha. :tongue:
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Re: deciding what to do without a teacher.

Postby Aloka » Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:22 am

i'm poor, poor, poor. retreats and travel are not an option.


Hi alan...

There are audio teachings, text downloads and free books available from Forest Sangha Publications.

http://forestsanghapublications.org/index.php

Kind regards,

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Re: deciding what to do without a teacher.

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:27 pm

There are plenty of good online resources, and books that could be recommended.
but, someone who can help us and get to know us is incredibly useful.
http://www.suttareadings.net/index.html
http://www.dhammatalks.org/
http://forestsanghapublications.org/downloadListen.php
http://www.budsas.org/ebud/ebidx.htm

an places which offer various means to learn about the Theravadin practice and texts
http://www.bcbsdharma.org/

there are also sticky threads in some areas that have resources.

alan... wrote:none are in my area. i have no realistic hope of getting a teacher.

that being said:

what do i do? how do i decide on what practices i do?

so far i'm memorizing satipatthana and practicing it. i practice jhana meditation as described in the suttas and other books. and i live according to the precepts and eightfold path as much as possible. from my studies this should be appropriate. morality, concentration and wisdom.

but there are so many other things in the suttas! metta, sublime abidings, anapanasati as it's own complete practice, and so on. how do i know if i'm doing enough or should be doing something else?

is there some way i could find a teacher online? are there any temples that have monks online to answer questions?

EDIT: i'm poor, poor, poor. retreats and travel are not an option.
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Re: deciding what to do without a teacher.

Postby alan... » Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:49 pm

Yana wrote:Hello,

I am alone too.I have no teacher,buddhist groups or temples, as well but i learn a lot through borrowing Buddhist Books in the Library i borrowed the Dhammapada. I also systematically learn Buddhism through a guided online resource such as Buddhanet and Access to Insight.There is a lot of resources available online.There's also good guidelines on Anapanasati,audio materials too. I incorporate it into my daily practice,take notes,study and analyze it.But most importantly keep the precepts,and meditate.Then ofcourse there's dhammawheel,a good way to test your knowledge is to post on the Discovering Theravada forum if the moderators approve then you know your on the right track ahaha. :tongue:


we're in the same boat! that's mostly what i do as well. you sound like you're on the right track for sure. what kind of meditation do you do?
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Re: deciding what to do without a teacher.

Postby alan... » Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:50 pm

Aloka wrote:
i'm poor, poor, poor. retreats and travel are not an option.


Hi alan...

There are audio teachings, text downloads and free books available from Forest Sangha Publications.

http://forestsanghapublications.org/index.php

Kind regards,

Aloka


i love the forest tradition, thanks.
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Re: deciding what to do without a teacher.

Postby Yana » Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:46 pm

alan... wrote:
we're in the same boat! that's mostly what i do as well. you sound like you're on the right track for sure. what kind of meditation do you do?


Hi Alan,

I do Anapanasati and Metta. Just two. :anjali:
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Re: deciding what to do without a teacher.

Postby alan... » Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:54 pm

Yana wrote:
alan... wrote:
we're in the same boat! that's mostly what i do as well. you sound like you're on the right track for sure. what kind of meditation do you do?


Hi Alan,

I do Anapanasati and Metta. Just two. :anjali:


do you work with jhana at all? how did you learn metta? i've never been very good at it.
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