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by apophenia
Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment
Replies: 35
Views: 4662

Re: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment

Okay, next question: is there an online forum or group that's just for ariya? (where they can talk about what's going on for them without anyone going ape shit about it) If you want more open discussion about attainments, try https://www.reddit.com/r/streamentry/ and https://www.dharmaoverground.or...
by apophenia
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Is learning pali really helpful?
Replies: 20
Views: 2765

Re: Is learning pali really helpful?

If you learn Pali, you might improve your practice thereby. If you don’t learn Pali you might miss out on some practical benefits. If you learn Pali and don’t improve your practice, you will still have spent time entertaining and honing the intellect which is better than spending that time watching...
by apophenia
Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Samatha Meditation instructions
Replies: 23
Views: 4569

Re: Samatha Meditation instructions

Hi boundless, The best instruction I have received was via this organisation: https://www.samatha.org/ The best option is to attend a class in person (I don't know where you are based) but you will see that they also do an online version. Failing that, Googling the title that you have given this th...
by apophenia
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation experience
Replies: 18
Views: 1951

Re: Meditation experience

Dear friends, as I enter the next phase of my life, I will have more time for meditation. I hope you can share your experiences about meditation. Your success and "failures". What worked for you and what didn't. Hopefully this Info can help me and others who are interested in meditation. Thanks I r...
by apophenia
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Best metta teachers, talks and guided meditations?
Replies: 12
Views: 2281

Re: Best metta teachers, talks and guided meditations?

My favorite approach to metta is Rob Burbea's:

https://dharmaseed.org/retreats/1084/
https://dharmaseed.org/retreats/1265

I also like Ajahn Achalo's guided metta meditations on Insight Timer or on his website:
http://www.peacebeyondsuffering.org/
by apophenia
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Culadasa on Positive Reinforcement
Replies: 2
Views: 1058

Re: Culadasa on Positive Reinforcement

Culadasa also wrote a meditation manual (The Mind Illuminated) that I found extremely helpful. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25942786-the-mind-illuminated And on his website he has available several series of audio teachings. One of these is focused on cultivating joy. https://dharmatreasure.o...
by apophenia
Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Buddhism and alcohol
Replies: 221
Views: 28509

Re: Buddhism and alcohol

This is a very good realization. You admit that you cannot control your drinking. This is very fertile ground. This is step one: "We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, and that our lives had become unmanagable." You seem to resist the idea of giving AA a good try. Maybe you can read the Big B...
by apophenia
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Buddhism and alcohol
Replies: 221
Views: 28509

Re: Buddhism and alcohol

I failed, it's game over. I give up the fight against Mara. This demon is invincible. I go to samsara, in my next life I will succeed. This is a very good realization. You admit that you cannot control your drinking. This is very fertile ground. This is step one: "We admitted we were powerless over...
by apophenia
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Buddhism and alcohol
Replies: 221
Views: 28509

Re: Buddhism and alcohol

Hello oncereturner. I just skimmed through the thread. I'm in AA (in Belgium) and have been sober now for almost three years. When you say you are going to give it another thought, it seems to me that you are overthinking it (and trying to fix yourself). Go to AA. Give AA a chance while you are "giv...
by apophenia
Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Meditation Book
Replies: 12
Views: 1801

Re: Meditation Book

I really like Upasaka Culadasa - The Mind Illuminated. It doesn't follow the sutta's very closely (in that he doesn't constantly reference sutta's) but it is very useful as a reference manual for samatha - jhana practice. He says quite a lot about insight too I think but I haven't gotten that far yet.
by apophenia
Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: So... Tea is really bad for you? I thought otherwise...
Replies: 22
Views: 3098

Re: So... Tea is really bad for you? I thought otherwise...

It does seem to depend on the country of origin, with teas from China generally being most contaminated: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articl ... objectonly
by apophenia
Sat Jan 21, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Where to begin?
Replies: 13
Views: 2734

Re: Where to begin?

I found the beginner's course of IMC very helpful: http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/programs/for-beginners/ It's a free, self-paced six week mindfulness course. Every year they also offer a similar course with daily emails and weekly skype sessions with a teacher (http://www.insightmeditationc...
by apophenia
Sat Oct 22, 2016 12:54 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Searching for European born monks in Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany
Replies: 2
Views: 723

Re: Searching for European born monks in Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany

You could send an email to Paul van Hooydonck who runs a meditation center in Antwerp, Belgium. He used to be a monk but he disrobed. Maybe he can point you to monasteries or monks. Om this website you can find an email address and phone number.

http://www.antwerpen-meditatie.be/contact.html
by apophenia
Sat May 14, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Moving pressure around my face after meditation
Replies: 7
Views: 1821

Re: Moving pressure around my face after meditation

On a retreat I discussed something similar with a teacher.

He said: too much effort.