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Everyday practice

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Everyday practice

Postby zamotcr » Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:38 pm

Hello, my name is Michael Zamot and I'm from Costa Rica. We don't have any Theravada community nor temple here, just a few guys who meet over the internet.

I'm starting again with Buddhism and I want to understand better Theravada tradition (still undecided).

I'm not very good meditating, I tried with a cushion without luck and with a self-made meditation bench which almost work for my posture. Now the problem is my mind, I get bored too soon or I just feel relaxed, but what else should I expect, what should happen? I do some kind of meditation when I practice Tang Soo Do, trying to focus on my movement in the forms.

Also, I want to know which other practices may I do, because, apart from the difficulties, I don't always meditate, I tried as much two times per week. So I want to do something else too, because meditating is not enough.

Thanks so much! :anjali:

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Re: Everyday practice

Postby daverupa » Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:39 pm

What sort of meditation method(s) have you learned? What does your effort look like?

It's possible to have some satipatthana with the martial forms, as you say. This may be a good foundation - what sort of experience is this, for you?

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Re: Everyday practice

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Re: Everyday practice

Postby bodom » Thu Dec 05, 2013 5:54 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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Re: Everyday practice

Postby daverupa » Thu Dec 05, 2013 6:22 pm

There are a lot of ways to make satipatthana work for you. Anapanasati is one of them, but there are any number of other approaches you might try.

You've probably read a Satipatthana Sutta such as , but there are that lets one refine it for their individual temperament.

Beyond the above, I would also recommend reading Analayo's book, which offers a very helpful overview as well as depth discussion of various points.

The precepts, as mentioned above, are indeed a necessary foundation for success here, so that is good advice. One should .

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Re: Everyday practice

Postby Mkoll » Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:57 pm

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa

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Re: Everyday practice

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zamotcr
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Re: Everyday practice

Postby zamotcr » Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:35 pm

Thanks everyone for your comments :)

I got a copy of Analayo book.

I tried meditating 20 minutes in the past and was worse than 10 minutes :zzz: not to mention that I didn't everyday, but two days a week.

Apart from meditation and following the 5 precepts, are there other practices like chanting or give offerings, etc?


:namaste:

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Re: Everyday practice

Postby Digity » Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:14 am

Meditation is used to develop insight. Have you ever thought to sit through the boredom? Try being with it. It might reveal things about your mind. When things come up with your meditation that you don't like you need to learn to sit with it.

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Re: Everyday practice

Postby Mkoll » Wed Dec 11, 2013 5:29 am

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa

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Re: Everyday practice

Postby villkorkarma » Fri Dec 13, 2013 4:22 pm

You have to work with vipassana all your Life in your Daily Life to. not killing, not stealing, not missuse anyone sexually and nothingelse. I dont understand why heedlessness should be dangerous. anyone?
one suffer because one hasnt existed long : )

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Re: Everyday practice

Postby villkorkarma » Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:45 am

You dont feel so well if you drink alcohol. drinking alcohol is a scream for help.
one suffer because one hasnt existed long : )

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Re: Everyday practice

Postby Taijitu » Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:03 am

Good karma lead me to getting a lift in a friend's car yesterday.

We talked about meditation and he told me that he had never felt the need to meditate.

We talked further and he pointed out a picture in a shop window that looked like one he had painted himself.

I asked him if he felt that painting was his meditation.

He answered that yes he felt it was.

He strikes me as a calm, loving and well rounded person that I am happy to call a friend (just because he has a car and I don't :lol:).
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Re: Everyday practice

Postby Taijitu » Sun Dec 22, 2013 5:25 pm

http://www.dhammawheel.com/chat/
Unfettered at last, a traveling monk,
I pass the old Zen barrier.
Mine is a traceless stream-and-cloud life,
Of these mountains, which shall be my home?
Manan (1591-1654)

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