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by Pinetree
Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:07 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Vipassana and Qi energy?
Replies: 46
Views: 10161

Re: Vipassana and Qi energy?

In Vipassana we contemplate on the body as well. It's a bit difficult to explain, but no, we don't. Instead, we contemplate the representation pr perception of the body which is found inside the mind. This is probably one of the reasons meditation retreats like Goenka's don't include physical exerc...
by Pinetree
Fri Apr 29, 2016 5:07 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Vipassana and Qi energy?
Replies: 46
Views: 10161

Re: Vipassana and Qi energy?

I was just trying to understand the link between meditation and purifying the mind that lead also to healing of some illness and boosting immunity system and etc of other effects.. and the chi that is also interrelated with the body and can be used to heal and such. The link is like this: 1. Tensio...
by Pinetree
Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:51 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Vipassana and Qi energy?
Replies: 46
Views: 10161

Re: Vipassana and Qi energy?

Short answer, Qi energy has nothing to do with Vipassana. Long answer, yes, there is a relationship, because all the things are interacting together. But if you wish to pursue the goal of Vipassana, which is insight into the ultimate nature of reality, it's better to go by the short answer :) And wh...
by Pinetree
Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I need help with replacing means of gratification...
Replies: 8
Views: 1412

Re: I need help with replacing means of gratification...

Generally speaking, the answer to your question is a solid insight meditation practice. Which requires a lot of time and effort. You can start to practice NOW, but the results will only come with time. Maybe find a teacher or plan for a retreat sometimes. I need advice and/or an article, book, whate...
by Pinetree
Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Arising" and "ceasing" - What does it actually refer to?
Replies: 21
Views: 2551

Re: "Arising" and "ceasing" - What does it actually refer to?

Arising and ceasing is just change. I don't see the link to causality, in the sense that you can perfectly well observe and discuss arising and ceasing without discussing causality. The way I'm seeing it is the links of dependent origination are 12 colors of beads. The concept of potential field of ...
by Pinetree
Mon Apr 25, 2016 7:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: "Its like this"
Replies: 34
Views: 5793

Re: "Its like this"

Yes, I agree that it's fundamental to accept the present moment. Most if not all of the practice cannot progress if we forget this first important step. Wishing against the present moment is the inability to recognize that the present moment "is like this" and cannot be something different, and is a...
by Pinetree
Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is there a thin line between love and hate?
Replies: 5
Views: 1209

Re: Is there a thin line between love and hate?

The thin line between love and hate is greed, meaning egoistical "love".

But also, I don't understand your post.
by Pinetree
Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the Dhamma purely utilitarian?
Replies: 16
Views: 2551

Re: Is the Dhamma purely utilitarian?

Generally, from Buddha's teachings, I'm not getting that he was promising wealth and pleasure. On certain occasions, he was acknowledging the people's desires for wealth and pleasure and using that context as an opportunity to teach. Also, the nymph story, I saw it as an opportunity to reveal a weak...
by Pinetree
Sat Apr 23, 2016 7:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the Dhamma purely utilitarian?
Replies: 16
Views: 2551

Re: Is the Dhamma purely utilitarian?

Well, kamma is a carrot and a stick. Which is obvious.

But still miss the main point being made. Besides this obvious. Unless the question is whether kamma is utilitarian ?
by Pinetree
Sat Apr 23, 2016 4:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the Dhamma purely utilitarian?
Replies: 16
Views: 2551

Re: Is the Dhamma purely utilitarian?

Certainly anything is better taught in a way that is understood, and Buddha used this approach. Which I guess applies to questions. Beyond my above comment, I'm lost about what points you're trying to make. Buddha would show us the way to untold pleasure and wealth What pleasure and wealth ? I would...
by Pinetree
Fri Apr 22, 2016 2:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Moving pressure around my face after meditation
Replies: 7
Views: 1817

Re: Moving pressure around my face after meditation

I have read that this could possible be because of tension in certain places and indeed I think I tense my face quite a lot when trying to scan my body in order to concentrate my awareness. This happens to many people doing meditation, just seems your problem is somewhat more annoying. Which is tha...
by Pinetree
Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Some basic questions.
Replies: 6
Views: 1487

Re: Some basic questions.

2. You can check Ajahn Brahms Jhana Book: http://www.dhammatalks.net/Books/Ajahn_Brahm_The_Jhanas.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; 4. I assume they are permanent when they come out of anatta. it's not like you can do this while doing breathing meditation so for it to be developed a...
by Pinetree
Tue Apr 19, 2016 8:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why don't people remember their past lives according to the suttas?
Replies: 26
Views: 4881

Re: Why don't people remember their past lives according to the suttas?

The discussion assumes past lives is a special object that requires a special ability to know it.

I'm thinking memory just is usually poor. Anybody remembers their birth, for example ?
by Pinetree
Mon Apr 18, 2016 4:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation retreat?
Replies: 7
Views: 1193

Re: Meditation retreat?

Also, I am uncertain whether the meditation center will have a cultlike atmosphere.
There is no need to use the "atmosphere" as object of meditation.
by Pinetree
Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Rationalizations - following your thoughts even thought you know you shouldn't
Replies: 4
Views: 1290

Re: Rationalizations - following your thoughts even thought you know you shouldn't

It has a opposite effect. By being mindful of my thought I feed this urge even more, until it gains complete control over me and there is no going back. Be flexible about your mindfulness. The mindfulness needs to adjust and adapt to your changing flow of mental state changes. So, don't be mindful ...