Also, co-authored by Joseph Goldstein. It is an excellent choice. Let me also recommend for a beginner Jack Kornfield's A PATH WITH HEART. While being strictly not 100% Buddhist, it is well worth the read. Anything by Joseph Goodstein is good.Bodharma wrote:
I plan read Jack kornfield's book, "Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation."
Bodharma wrote: Due to my illnesses, I will not be able to go to any Temple or attend retreat and meditation classes.
Bodharma wrote:As far as keeping the precepts, I take some narcotic pain meds. When you take drugs as prescribed by a Dr. And you really need them to move about and function, is that considered an intoxicant? Honestly I do not feel impaired. I just get some relief of the pain, usually 20 %, and that is the difference between me moving around and staying in bed all the time. This illness kicks my butt at times physically and emotionally. I have noticed I can deal much better now that I am meditating again. It has helped me stay present with the pain and not become anxious.
The preliminary practices depend on the person. I practice something called Buddhanussati, or Recollection of the Buddha. You can find a lot about it from the Visuddhimagga, Chp VII.
A simpler discussion of it can be found here.
Personally, I just light some candles around my Buddha statue and then look at it a bit. I imagine what the Buddha might have looked like, then consider that he was free of mental turmoil of every kind, unlike me, and had attained such a state by considering ever more closely the nature of his own mind and body. I smile a bit, and three times recite: Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma-sambuddhassa
...the focus on what Buddha taught...
I have read a bit online about vipassana, believe this type of meditation would be most beneficial to me in dealing with chronic pain and illness. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ulcerative colitis! and fibromyalgia.
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