daverupa wrote:I don't practice the previous methods I'm familiar with because they simply cannot accomplish my current goal, which is dukkha-nirodha.
Ceremonial Magick, taijiquan, qigong, various shamanisms, Hoshinroshiryu's Secret Smile, Zen - it was all of a similar flavor, where satipatthana is altogether different, altogether useful, altogether productive of results. Night and day, really.
Beautiful Breath wrote::stirthepot:
We all have our particular practice that we either feel comfortable with or they work (for us). I have flirtations with Silent Illumination as well as attempting Jhana practice.
My question is this, why 'don't' you practice other methods that you may have experience of....whats your rationale?
For instance, I used to practice a very analytical form of meditation on Emptiness in the Gelug Tradition - but find that it feels like I am giving my mind more to deal with rather than attempting to calm it.
My motivation for asking is honest and its not meant to open a Pandoras Box
Coyote wrote: Getting inspiration is another matter but other traditions sometimes have a radically different understanding of the goal, so it doesn't really make sense to take too much from them.
May I be protector for those without one,
A guide for all travellers on the way;
May I be a bridge, a boat and a ship
For all who wish to cross (the water).
May I be an island for those who seek one
And a lamp for those desiring light,
May I be a bed for all who wish to rest
And a slave for all who want a slave.
danieLion wrote:Beautiful Breath wrote:My question is this, why 'don't' you practice other methods that you may have experience of....whats your rationale?
My question is this. Why do you seem to be presuming that Buddhists don't practice other methods? Or are you presuming that if you practice some form of Buddhist method that this implies that they are mutually exsclusive to anything not strictly Buddhist?
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