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by philosopher
Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Methods for increasing mindfulness in daily life as a lay person
Replies: 14
Views: 3575

Re: Methods for increasing mindfulness in daily life as a lay person

Thank you! This is a great list! I would add that you can observe the three characteristics when you walk, for more than 15 min, to work, or wherever you're going. It's a gradual practice but it works. - Impermanence: 1- Feel the sensations moving in your feet as you walk; 2- After the movement of ...
by philosopher
Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: crushing bad mind with good mind
Replies: 21
Views: 4384

Re: crushing bad mind with good mind

There's a talk by Shaila Catherine titled "How to Work with Distracting Thoughts" ( http://imsb.org/prev/teachings/audio.php ) in which she discusses the quoted method, along with others given by the Buddha and modern dhamma teachers. Listen to the talk; she gives precise instructions for using this...
by philosopher
Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Methods for increasing mindfulness in daily life as a lay person
Replies: 14
Views: 3575

Methods for increasing mindfulness in daily life as a lay person

Hello everyone, I was wondering if any of you have found or developed methods to help assist you in practicing mindfulness in daily life. I've come up with many over the last few years. Some of these include: -setting a timer or using a random timer to stop and take a few mindful breaths or meditate...
by philosopher
Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Guided body scan meditations that include attention paid to organs, etc?
Replies: 0
Views: 707

Guided body scan meditations that include attention paid to organs, etc?

I've recently been exploring body scan meditation as an effective means of calming the mind when it's agitated and refuses to settle. I've tried a couple guided ones to become familiar with different styles and came across the one used in MBSR programs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daU-xneLA0g" o...
by philosopher
Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:04 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Using pain as object of meditation - instructions, guided meditations, resources?
Replies: 10
Views: 2932

Re: Using pain as object of meditation - instructions, guided meditations, resources?

This talk may be of interest: Bhikkhu Bodhi: Working with Pain Bhikkhu Bodhi has a lot of experience of meditating with pain. :anjali: Mike Thank you, Mike; this was extremely helpful and just what I was looking for. The Shinzen Young talks Bhikku Bodhi references towards the end are available on Y...
by philosopher
Sat Jul 18, 2015 4:55 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Using pain as object of meditation - instructions, guided meditations, resources?
Replies: 10
Views: 2932

Using pain as object of meditation - instructions, guided meditations, resources?

Hello! Since beginning to meditate about five years ago my pain tolerance has increased greatly (to the point that doctors are astonished and have said my tolerance is "eerie.") Much of the chronic pain I used to suffer from when I first began meditating has diminished (yay!), but I still have to un...
by philosopher
Sat Jun 20, 2015 9:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Guided Big Mind Meditations?
Replies: 11
Views: 2426

Re: Guided Big Mind Meditations?

Hi Philosopher, You could look at: http://www.dharmaseed.org/talks/?page=2&sort=-rec_date&search=big+mind&page_items=10 http://www.audiodharma.org/talks/audio_player/1770.html Perhaps you could explain the idea of "Big Mind". :anjali: Mike Thank you!! I don't think I am a position to explain anythi...
by philosopher
Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Guided Big Mind Meditations?
Replies: 11
Views: 2426

Guided Big Mind Meditations?

I recently came across a guided big mind meditation by Shaila Catherine and found that it immediately deepened my formal practice greatly. I prefer to not listen to the same recording over and over again, however, so I found a couple others: one by Jack Kornfield and another by Howard Cohn. Does any...
by philosopher
Tue Oct 28, 2014 5:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reasons for not devoting one's life completely to the path?
Replies: 13
Views: 1793

Re: Reasons for not devoting one's life completely to the pa

Lay life need not be second rate. Similarly the life of a renunciation is often, particularly in the west, romanticised. With metta, Ben What is "second rate" and what is "romanticized"? I simply mean, how do individuals find any energy and motivation to maintain a householder's life beyond what's ...
by philosopher
Tue Oct 28, 2014 5:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reasons for not devoting one's life completely to the path?
Replies: 13
Views: 1793

Re: Reasons for not devoting one's life completely to the pa

http://www.palikanon.com/english/wtb/s_t/samyojana.htm :anjali: Why is the first list different from the second? Is the first from a different source in the Canon? The first seems so very true to me, especially in the order it is presented. It is absolutely my experience and deeply felt belief that...
by philosopher
Tue Oct 28, 2014 5:10 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reasons for not devoting one's life completely to the path?
Replies: 13
Views: 1793

Re: Reasons for not devoting one's life completely to the pa

Because not everybody is ready to give away all their money and possessions and live off alms forever. I think it takes a great leap to ordain for this reason. Even a very devoted dhamma practitioner may also have worldly responsibilities like taking care of family members. Yes, I see that, and my ...
by philosopher
Tue Oct 28, 2014 4:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reasons for not devoting one's life completely to the path?
Replies: 13
Views: 1793

Reasons for not devoting one's life completely to the path?

Hi everyone, A question I've been pondering for some time is why many more practitioners of the dhamma do not dedicate themselves wholly to the spiritual path rather than maintaining complicated householders' lives. Nearly every day I question whether to engage in some additional worldly project or ...
by philosopher
Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge
Replies: 433
Views: 121400

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

am
5 mins guided metta
15 mins breath
inverted

pm
20 mins breath
inverted

concentration in formal practice 6/10
mfulness daily life 4/10
by philosopher
Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: facial tension too unbearable
Replies: 23
Views: 5761

Re: facial tension too unbearable

I encounter the same issue from time to time. A few things that have helped, as others have suggested are: -cultivating an attitude of including the pain in my awareness / expanding my awareness to include the pain. i.e. "Can I suffer and still be free?" (Ajahn Munindo) -yoga and massage to address ...
by philosopher
Sun Oct 26, 2014 4:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge
Replies: 433
Views: 121400

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

guided metta meditation inverted 15 mins breath - dozed off supta baddha konasana concentration 4/10 new schedule has me getting less sleep so I'm far more likely to doze off than I was before. mfulness during the day has improved greatly, however, which at the moment to me is more important than my...