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by Namkha
Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Book about jhana
Replies: 22
Views: 4342

Re: Book about jhana

Both of these are excellent guides to what are sometimes called the "sutta jhanas". As a previous poster pointed out Ayya and Leigh are of the same lineage, (Ayya taught Leigh). I would read both if you are interested in the sutta jhanas. I'd also suggest going on a retreat with Leigh. While the jha...
by Namkha
Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:58 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Renunciation of the Sense Pleasures and more?
Replies: 7
Views: 1858

Renunciation of the Sense Pleasures and more?

I've been studying nekhamma parami and the subject of renunciation. It seems that in the suttas renunciation is taught as letting go of the pleasure of the senses. In the Tapussa sutta (AN 9.41) the Buddha speaks in terms of seeing the drawback of sensual pleasures, understanding the reward of renun...
by Namkha
Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: New Jhana Book
Replies: 6
Views: 2402

Re: New Jhana Book

Will this book be available in electronic format? I'm on Leigh's mailing list for the book and received the following this morning that addresses your ebook question: Dear Friends, Right Concentration is now available directly from Shambhala: http://www.shambhala.com/right-concentration.html It wil...
by Namkha
Mon Sep 07, 2015 2:46 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: New Jhana Book
Replies: 6
Views: 2402

Re: New Jhana Book

I don't know how you got the book, since every website—including Leigh Brasington's and Shambhala Publications—says it is available on the 13th of October. Hi Samseva, If you go directly to Shambhala's page for the book: http://www.shambhala.com/right-concentration.html you will find that you are a...
by Namkha
Sat Sep 05, 2015 3:44 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: New Jhana Book
Replies: 6
Views: 2402

Re: New Jhana Book

The book is actually available now directly through Shambhala. I received it last week. It's excellent. Practical and clear. If you have sat with Leigh, this is an excellent synopsis of what he teaches in his retreats.
by Namkha
Mon Jan 06, 2014 8:07 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Tension in my head while I focus on my breath
Replies: 13
Views: 4031

Re: Tension in my head while I focus on my breath

Hi bote, I had a very similar sensation arise at a long retreat I did this summer. It was accompanied by some progress in concentration. At first it was quite noticeable, even keeping me up at night on the retreat. I spoke to the teacher and he said (as did Kmath) that it was probably "stuck chi" hi...
by Namkha
Fri Oct 04, 2013 4:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why will meditation not bring more loss and death?
Replies: 15
Views: 4529

Re: Why will meditation not bring more loss and death?

Thank you for asking this question, I've wondered about this, too. I wonder if the difference is use. We visit the five daily recollections not to wish them for ourselves or anyone, but rather to acknowledge the limitations of our physical form, of samsara. Recognizing them as truth is not the same ...
by Namkha
Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Leigh Brasington and retreats
Replies: 27
Views: 7338

Re: Leigh Brasington and retreats

Jhana 4, your friend is correct. At the retreat I sat this summer, Leigh mentioned the book several times. It is scheduled to come out at the end of 2014 from Wisdom. Leigh described it as a "Brain Dump" of everything that he knows about the Jhanas. He did caution that in his opinion it is difficult...
by Namkha
Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Leigh Brasington and retreats
Replies: 27
Views: 7338

Re: Leigh Brasington and retreats

I heartily recommend Leigh Brasington. He is a gifted teacher, very clear and sure. He is also just an extremely decent, kind person. I sat a two week retreat with him and I'm trying to figure out the next time that I will be able to sit with him. I tend to be someone who likes poetry and mystery in...