The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Ben » Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:35 am

Hi James,

ba55i5t wrote:Hello all,

Maybe a little formal introduction would help. My name is James and I have been practicing Buddhism for about 7 months now. I'm rather eclectic - I've been to Vajrayana centres, Zen centres and had discussions with a Theravadin Monk. I had resolved to focus on Shikantaza meditation originally in this New Year, but recently have decided to get back to the basics with some Anapanasati. I do about 20 mins a day (excluding time on the bus), and attend a Zen Centre about once a week. I think I will suggest that from this day forward I will do 20 mins as part of my morning routine, as well as bus time, and atleast 5 minutes every night.

Edit: I'm not attached to missing a minute here or there, I'm just trying to get myself going.

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Daily Meditation Journal

Postby bodom » Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:39 pm

I thought it might be good to start a daily meditation journal in which we can all post and share. This can be a good way to stay motivated and really commit yourself to a daily meditation practice. Please everyone feel free to post and use this as a daily log, diary or however you think fit. The important thing is the actual practice in which I hope this thread will inspire.

And please remember the Buddhas words of warning:

"There are these roots of trees, these rooms that are void: meditate, bhikkhus, do not delay lest you regret it later. This is our instruction to you."

This morning i walked for 30 minutes followed by another 30 minute sit.

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Daily Meditation Journal

Postby bodom » Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:29 pm

I managed to get 30 minutes of walking in just now while my daughter took a nap. Got to get it in whatever way i can. Hope to see some others posting. :smile:

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Re: Daily Meditation Journal

Postby Guy » Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:30 pm

I like the idea.

So far today:

20 minutes of Metta - went quite smoothly.
40 minutes of Anapanasati - very heavy sloth and torpor, lots of day dreaming, not much mindfulness.

I will walk for a bit now, which usually helps with the sloth and torpor, then I'll do Anapanasati again.
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Re: Daily Meditation Journal

Postby bodom » Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:05 am

Guy wrote:I like the idea.

So far today:

20 minutes of Metta - went quite smoothly.
40 minutes of Anapanasati - very heavy sloth and torpor, lots of day dreaming, not much mindfulness.

I will walk for a bit now, which usually helps with the sloth and torpor, then I'll do Anapanasati again.


Thanks for posting Guy. I have always found walking before sitting to be greatly beneficial in my practice. It is especially emphasised in the Mahasi tradition. I always keep in mind a quote from Sayadaw U. Pandita who said sitting without walking first is like trying to start a car with a dead battery.

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Re: Daily Meditation Journal

Postby bodom » Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:20 pm

Walked and sat for 30 and 30. Spent a good part of the session noting the sensation of "hunger" as I haven't eaten yet. Will aim to get maybe a 30-45 sit in later today while my daughter naps.

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Ben » Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:21 pm

The Daily Meditation Journal has been merged into this thread.
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby effort » Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:34 pm

old subject, like it :popcorn: :anjali:

i want to confess that because in the same time i get cold and my allergy starts i dint follow the routine for about 5 days, i can not breath from nostrils and sometimes feel no oxygen.
i know its just an excuse, but this time no force to make a sit.

happy to confessed !
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby bodom » Sat Mar 20, 2010 6:33 pm

Was able to get in a 30 minute walk and 30 minute sit just now. My daughters with grandpa for the day so I have lots of time for study and practice. :smile:

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby bodom » Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:04 pm

30 minutes walking / 30 minutes sitting.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby rowyourboat » Mon Mar 22, 2010 7:12 pm

tried to remain today with a mind of metta, saddha, and dana for much of it as possible. Feel much happier for it.
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby bodom » Tue Mar 23, 2010 2:39 pm

30 minutes walking / 30 minutes sitting.

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby bodom » Wed Mar 24, 2010 1:38 am

Had my hour session interupted tonight so was only able to get 30 minutes of walking in. Better than nothing i guess. :smile:

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Guy » Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:50 am

Today I walked for 100 minutes then sat for 60 minutes. Quite a lot of restlessness while I was walking so I walked for an extra 40 minutes than I originally intended to try to test out this restless feeling (a technique I have tried before). It seemed to come in waves, at first it got more intense, sometimes it was totally absent and I was very peaceful by the time I came to sit. But then while I was sitting I went the other way and slipped into some dullness a little bit when I tried to narrow my focus to the breath.
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby bodom » Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:20 am

Only 20 minute sit tonight. My daughter is sick and not at all happy.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Ben » Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:20 am

Well done Bodom!
Any meditation during times of difficulty where you are attending to the needs of another is a good thing.
It is during times of adversity that practice becomes our anchor.
Wishing your daughter a full recovery soon.
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:32 am

bodom wrote:Only 20 minute sit tonight. My daughter is sick and not at all happy.


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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby bodom » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:55 am

Thanks Ben and David for your well wishes. She's just a little congested and having trouble breathing when laying down so its nothing serious. She's on the tail end of it.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby bodom » Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:40 pm

30 minutes walking / 30 minutes sitting.

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby bodom » Sun Mar 28, 2010 2:46 pm

30 minutes walking / 30 minutes sitting.

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