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by KenD
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Bringing the mind to stillness
Replies: 14
Views: 7893

Re: Bringing the mind to stillness

I think one of the foremost things that meditators need to understand is that the brain secretes thoughts. That's just what it does. The saliva glands secrete saliva, the stomach secretes gastric juices, the brain secretes thoughts. You cannot make the brain stop it's secretions through force of wi...
by KenD
Sat Jun 06, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Best Guide for Breath Meditation For Beginners
Replies: 29
Views: 17137

Re: Best Guide for Breath Meditation For Beginners

All of the commentaries, books, and dhamma talks referenced above may be of use in developing mindfulness of breathing as taught by the Buddha. At the risk of sounding too simple, my recommendation is to use the instructions given in Majhima Nikaya 118. Key phrases include; developed and cultivated,...
by KenD
Fri May 15, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Poll: What do you consider authoritative?
Replies: 39
Views: 2097

Re: Poll: What do you consider authoritative?

Changed answer from #2 to #4. Have great respect for the entire Pali cannon. Not a scholar or an intellectual, but strive to practice the Buddha Dhamma based on right view. Having studied the Manual of Abhidhamma under the guidance of a Burmeese monk, I found much wisdom and insight in the sections ...
by KenD
Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Do you like (practice) Samatha or Vipassana?
Replies: 9
Views: 2987

Re: Do you like (practice) Samatha or Vipassana?

Voted other = both
As well explained above by Pondera and skandha.
by KenD
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: We can't change the past. So isn't the past permanent?
Replies: 39
Views: 2460

Re: We can't change the past. So isn't the past permanent?

I guess everything does change,
except what you choose to recall.

Merle Haggard
by KenD
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: “Dhamma to Inspire” : The Buddha’s Words for Monastics(And aspiring ones)
Replies: 7
Views: 1589

Re: “Dhamma to Inspire” : The Buddha’s Words for Monastics(And aspiring ones)

Though intended for monastics, this excellent collection is very inspirational for lay persons as well.
Sadhu, sadhu, sadhu
by KenD
Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Vippasana Retreat and Breath Meditation
Replies: 6
Views: 1380

Re: Vippasana Retreat and Breath Meditation

Thank you for all the helpful responses :thumbsup: It is amazing to be able to post a question and receive thoughtful answers from experienced practicioners around the world. It may be possible to teach an old dog a new trick. For the last few days, the object of mindfulness in my sitting meditation...
by KenD
Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:12 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: A bow from upstate New York
Replies: 10
Views: 3302

Re: A bow from upstate New York

We are near Cobleskill, 40 miles west of Albany.
Going for retreat at Chuang Yen Monastery in Kent, NY

:bow:
by KenD
Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Vippasana Retreat and Breath Meditation
Replies: 6
Views: 1380

Vippasana Retreat and Breath Meditation

Will soon be attending a 10 day retreat at a local monastery. I am looking forwards to the opportunity for uninterrupted practice in a supportive environment and keeping 8 precepts. Attended the same retreat last year. The teaching is Vipassana with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditat...
by KenD
Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:18 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: A bow from upstate New York
Replies: 10
Views: 3302

A bow from upstate New York

Have also been reading the forums for about a month and was just able to register today. My intro, briefly. 60 year old man. Back in the 70s read Alan Watts, Ram Dass, Yoga Suttras of Patanjali, etc and did some meditataion. Many years went by, raising 6 kids and workin for a living. Always remember...