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by Pinetree
Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:09 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Tiramisu and precept breaking
Replies: 85
Views: 10815

Re: Tiramisu and precept breaking

"I undertake the training rule to abstain from fermented and distilled intoxicants which are the basis for heedlessness."
Ok, so if we go by this quote, in the absence of intention, what exactly is broken ?
by Pinetree
Tue May 31, 2016 9:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Jack Kornfield "Psychedelics and Spiritual Practice"
Replies: 126
Views: 22403

Re: Jack Kornfield "Psychedelics and Spiritual Practice"


That is incorrect, in the same way that to say that a man can know what it is like to give birth is incorrect.
The particulars of the experience aren't important.

Getting born is dukkha, giving birth is dukkha. What else do you need to know ?
by Pinetree
Mon May 30, 2016 5:45 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Vipassana and Qi energy?
Replies: 46
Views: 10226

Re: Vipassana and Qi energy?

Prana is more the air energy. Prana is more trendy with certain people, while others are more into the fire energy, for example. The structure of energies in the Indian context is quite complex, and is usually is correlated with the elements. The word "energy" is quite vague, can be applied to many ...
by Pinetree
Fri May 27, 2016 4:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Impulsive people and meditation
Replies: 35
Views: 5521

Re: Impulsive people and meditation

I don't think that it is accurate to say that someone who is impulsive or depressive should be excluded from the benefits of mindfulness - that is just like saying that you are too dirty to take a bath! Of course, I'm not a psychologist hahaha Yes, but I believe the question here is how effective c...
by Pinetree
Tue May 24, 2016 7:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Out of Body Experience? Or something ...
Replies: 7
Views: 1434

Re: Out of Body Experience? Or something ...

You certainly should be mindful of the experiences that you have, such as wanting, aiming, the attachment, the peace, and possibly the pleasure that you find in that peace. I don't have access to a teacher. Maybe you do ... For example, Ven. Yuttadhammo offers free Web-based meditation courses, teac...
by Pinetree
Tue May 24, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Is it possible to fix posture kamma issues?
Replies: 8
Views: 2808

Re: Is it possible to fix posture kamma issues?

For slouching what has helped me a lot is alternating sitting and walking meditation (with hands touching behind my back). Start with 5-10 minutes each. These exercises are easy and should be helpful for a slouched back, can be done few times daily: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoC1P-Aoywk" oncli...
by Pinetree
Mon May 23, 2016 8:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Impulsive people and meditation
Replies: 35
Views: 5521

Re: Impulsive people and meditation

But that's the thing... some of them can't even close their eyes on the raisin exercise, they say their eyelids won't stay shut, others start feeling nervous because it's going too slow and it gets on their nerves. No need to close the eyes. The training doesn't need to happen in unnatural circumst...
by Pinetree
Sun May 22, 2016 8:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Impulsive people and meditation
Replies: 35
Views: 5521

Re: Impulsive people and meditation

You don't need to mix together mindfulness with relaxation. For somebody with eating disorders, mindfulness of the eating is the obvious approach (you probably heard of the raisin exercise). And you don't necessarily need more than that. And really the easiest exercise is to chew more times (while c...
by Pinetree
Tue May 17, 2016 5:36 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: material and immaterial jhanas in vipassana meditation compare to samatha and scheme
Replies: 11
Views: 2325

Re: material and immaterial jhanas in vipassana meditation compare to samatha and scheme

In Vipassana, we transcend the illusory view/perception of the reality to reach knowledge of the true nature of reality. So in vipassana approche , like the way to observe the sensations in the body , it doesn't lead to this state ? If one does reach that state, and some people do, one is advised to...
by Pinetree
Sun May 15, 2016 9:52 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Meditation subjects, intrusive and discursive thoughts
Replies: 5
Views: 1611

Re: Meditation subjects, intrusive and discursive thoughts

This is working as a hindrance to my Vipassana practice, so how would you suggest to deal with this? I heard something I think it's generally a good advice: when something isn't working, get back to polishing the basics. First thing you would be to have a solid foundation to the meditation techniqu...
by Pinetree
Thu May 12, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Anatta specific mediatation?
Replies: 6
Views: 1685

Re: Anatta specific mediatation?

I've been listening to some lectures by Patrick Kearney, where he explains that the practice of insight progresses from gross to subtle, and if I remember correctly, it's suffering, impermanence, nonself. But he also said that some people might be more naturally sensitive to one of these three aspec...
by Pinetree
Mon May 09, 2016 4:47 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: advice on realtionships and buddhism
Replies: 8
Views: 2106

Re: advice on realtionships and buddhism

Although, I am still trying to understand how to have sexual relations, but without having desires for the 'body' etc. Well, sexual activity takes a number of hours per week, so I wouldn't think this is a priority issue, as long as it doesn't take over your life. And you still have time left for yo...
by Pinetree
Sun May 08, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Complicated issue I'm facing with meditation and mindfulness
Replies: 17
Views: 3923

Re: Complicated issue I'm facing with meditation and mindfulness

It seemed that whenever I tried to be presently aware of everything in my surrounding, my attention was weakened.
Yes, that can be confusing.

The way I practice, is to be mindful of whatever I am aware. Not to be aware of everything that I can possibly be aware of.
by Pinetree
Sun May 08, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: advice on realtionships and buddhism
Replies: 8
Views: 2106

Re: advice on realtionships and buddhism

3) motivation for getting back on the path
Usually for Buddhism, suffering is a good motivation.
by Pinetree
Fri May 06, 2016 6:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Consciousness and Impermanence
Replies: 13
Views: 1972

Re: Consciousness and Impermanence

Simply looking at a blue wall, you will see that the experience changes. The ceiling is optional.