rowyourboat wrote:... It is important to know which bit of the practice you are doing- ie what your current task is- if your hindrances are not removed it is important to set your mind firmly on this task. There is no point trying to jump ahead of the que. ...
Those people who think they can jump the que are merely developing enough samadhi at the beginning (unknowingly), to just get to that gateway they must pass to get to the next stage (of developing insight)- becuse there is no insight without samadhi. In the absence of a Buddha it is a good idea to develop samadhi upto the first jhana, because then this task is completed:
Develpoing the first jhana means the hidrances have been temporarily suppressed:
'Dry insight' is possible, but simply takes a long time because you are using a suboptimal meditation technique to develop the required samadhi.
starter wrote:Hope you and other friends can contribute more wisdom and means on how to uproot the hindrances ...
rowyourboat wrote:Hi starter,
This sounds correct. Now- how long can you focus on something without thoughts/strong emotions interfering? If this around 10-15 minutes at a go, it is likely that you are ready for vipassana. The point of vipassana is to see how the mind creates reality (to put it in a different way) - do you feel ready to try it out? Remember, there maybe tough bits heading into the deeper waters of the dhamma- you must be like a warrior going into battle- a battle which will destroy the world and 'you' along with it. Are you ready?
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