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Meditating on Words

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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Re: Meditating on Words

Postby clw_uk » Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:58 pm

Strange ive never come accross it, what tradition is it? do you have a website or anything i can look at?


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Re: Meditating on Words

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:46 am

HI Craig,

The directory http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/ might also be useful...

I think that it might be useful to reflect on why you feel the need to be able to give money if you go on a retreat. For a start, there are other ways of giving (by volunteering to help out on future retreats, for example).

Also, I think that there is a huge psychological difference between feeling that you're paying for a service and realising that you are receiving a gift. If you feel that Ajahn X is instructing you because he is anticipating a donation, that's not really conducive to a good relationship. Furthermore, it would be very unhelpful to get to a difficult point in a retreat and be feeling that Ajahn X should be treating you better because, after all, you're actually paying for this.

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Re: Meditating on Words

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Re: Meditating on Words

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:50 am



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.


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