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a better way to learn

Postby no mike » Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:41 pm

This post comes after hitting a wall with meditation. I backed up to see the bigger picture and I realize I am having trouble with other things, such as seeking refuge in the Sangha.

Are there levels of being a monk somewhere between formal full-time residency and lay practitioner?

I am wondering if there are any opportunities in the US as I have seen in Thailand. It was my understanding, one can be accepted as a monk, as one wishes to stay at a temple for a weekend or longer, and return for personal, spiritual development as one can. Something not as formal as staying long-term, and yet not quite the same as booking for a group retreat as a "lay practitioner."

I am not looking for a special place to meditate per say, or a therapeutic mini-vacation from a busy life, I am interested in something where my day-to-day life at home is where my spiritual work and meditation is being practiced with earnest effort, and the time at a center is for feeling a part of a community and the support of the Sangha, with some personalized instruction or spiritual guidance if possible. It is very hard to teach myself everything from books alone. And making reservations for a ten-day or even shorter public meditation event is a challenge, as I am a single parent.

Thank you :)

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Postby Sanjay PS » Fri Nov 01, 2013 4:18 pm

Hi Mike ,

Being a single parent and progressing in Dhamma can be quite a surmounting task , given the child is in the early years .

There are 1 day and 3 day Goenkajis Vipassana retreats (www.dhamma.org) , but on needs necessarily to first complete a 10 day retreat , to go on for the shorter retreats . Hoping and wishing that sooner or later situations and opportunities does allow you to take off for a 10 day course .

10 days is the barest essential for one to feel ones mind deeply , enabling one to continue on with the process , at home , once the course is over .

Take care.

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Postby daverupa » Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:11 pm

Apart from Buddhist groups (which are Mahayana more often than not, in my experience) you may have luck looking among secular Mindfulness programs for some community.

I tend to avoid both sorts of groups due to the high prevalence of woo-woo, but there can be gold in them thar hills.

Otherwise, may be useful.

As far as intimations of monastic effort go, give the eight precepts a shot for a fortnight while trying on some chastity. Alongside some mindfulness, it may be very interesting for you to watch how things unfold. Gentle, good-natured curiosity can go a long way here.

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Postby Taijitu » Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:41 am

Have you ever tried sitting with a group of friends or even strangers listening peacefully to what they have to say so that you agree with each perspective even if they argue? Only acknowledging their existence out of politeness and only talking when approached for your opinion.

I have found this to be a very rewarding experience.
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one suffer because one hasnt existed long : )

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Thank you Floor this helped me.
one suffer because one hasnt existed long : )

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Postby yogya » Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:06 am

I understood, meditation in relation to proper technique. Learning is not place specific - at home or meditation center. Which ever works for you, as long as you are equipped with the right technique, then go for it. :smile:

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