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by no mike
Sat Jun 14, 2014 12:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: brick walls for training?
Replies: 6
Views: 1295

Re: brick walls for training?

Why not just do standard walking meditation, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IFvablc6EI . Half the time you will be trying to balance on the stick which isn't the point of walking meditation. Also standard walking meditation doesn't require special conditions, like a balancing stick for example. G...
by no mike
Sat Jun 14, 2014 12:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: brick walls for training?
Replies: 6
Views: 1295

Re: brick walls for training?

You can use anything as a 'foot-guide' even if you go to a poorly-frequented street, and practise walking along the border of a sidewalk, or in a supermarket, following a line of tiles on the floor... any focus of concentration which aides mindfulness and remaining 'Present' can be a help. If you d...
by no mike
Fri Jun 13, 2014 12:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: brick walls for training?
Replies: 6
Views: 1295

Re: brick walls for training?

Oh, yes, I could make my own. But I will have to put them in my 2 bedroom condo, in particular, around my bed. Haha. But if this is a tool that can be used to help with concentration, and has been suggested by mediation teachers, I would seriously consider it.
by no mike
Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: daily short meditations vs weekly long sessions
Replies: 27
Views: 4348

Re: daily short meditations vs weekly long sessions

Daily vs weekly... Nobody ever meditated tomorrow! The rotary engine of Buddhist progress is sila-samadhi-pañña or morality-meditation-wisdom. Meditation without morality is an uphill battle. Morality is much easier acquired with the help of meditation. Wisdom grows best from morality and meditatio...
by no mike
Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: brick walls for training?
Replies: 6
Views: 1295

brick walls for training?

Has anyone information on a series of short walls (building up progressively, but not too high), possibly used for training in walking meditation? I've seen this at a small temple in Thailand which was located in a remote farming region. There was a resident monk walking on these short walls. I have...
by no mike
Sun Jun 08, 2014 6:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: daily short meditations vs weekly long sessions
Replies: 27
Views: 4348

Re: daily short meditations vs weekly long sessions

Assuming daily practice of morality, precepts, mindfulness, Dhamma study, etc... If there was a choice of one or the other, which scenario might have better momentum for the development of deeper states of concentration: daily one-hour meditation, or weekends (consecutive) dedicated to all-day sche...
by no mike
Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: daily short meditations vs weekly long sessions
Replies: 27
Views: 4348

Wat Metta

http://www.watmetta.org/index.html The Metta Forest Monastery may be the best example of what I am looking for in the US, only something closer to where I live, or at least a day's drive. "There are no scheduled retreats at the Monastery as there are at most meditation retreat centers. Rather, the M...
by no mike
Sun Jun 08, 2014 12:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: eyes
Replies: 10
Views: 2134

Re: eyes

Hi No Mike, It seems you are getting some good advice here. However, an eyes-open approach seems to be more common in Mahayana circles than Theravada, so looking for pointers in Mayahana books, websites, or forums (such as http://www.dharmawheel.net ) might also be useful. :anjali: Mike The other s...
by no mike
Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: daily short meditations vs weekly long sessions
Replies: 27
Views: 4348

Re: daily short meditations vs weekly long sessions

Mike, your posts are really very good, and point out some of the challenges that we face in the west when trying to do the practice as the Buddha taught it, with jhana being a big part of that. Even living near a big city in the US, as I do, it's hard to find practice centers, teachers, and a sangh...
by no mike
Sun Jun 08, 2014 12:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: daily short meditations vs weekly long sessions
Replies: 27
Views: 4348

Re: daily short meditations vs weekly long sessions

:coffee: Mike, if you have a set of outside bulkhead doors, which allow access to your basement or lower levels of your house, you may want to consider, vacuuming it out, and installing some old, soft carpet on the steps. You can close the outside doors, and the inside door and sit in the dark for ...
by no mike
Sun Jun 08, 2014 12:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: eyes
Replies: 10
Views: 2134

Re: eyes

I've been sitting facing a wall with eyes open since this was recommended and it keeps me awake (mostly, haha). The only problem that seems to keep bothering me is focus issues. My eyes start to water and strain a little looking for something to focus on, and they wander a little. This comes and goe...
by no mike
Sat Jun 07, 2014 12:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: daily short meditations vs weekly long sessions
Replies: 27
Views: 4348

Re: daily short meditations vs weekly long sessions

If you have the time and willingness to do long sessions on the weekend, I don't see why you couldn't do the daily practice as well, even if it's for less than an hour. But I don't know your situation so please forgive me. Ah, both, haha. Can you pick which one you think would have more value, in t...
by no mike
Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: daily short meditations vs weekly long sessions
Replies: 27
Views: 4348

Re: daily short meditations vs weekly long sessions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oEk_3dKttQ Momentum to the end. Another analogy that comes to mind is the kettle on the stove, to which I was referred on this forum some time ago. Short periods of full heat will not lead to a boil, unless left there long enough. That is the problem I see as a lay p...
by no mike
Tue Jun 03, 2014 11:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: daily short meditations vs weekly long sessions
Replies: 27
Views: 4348

Re: daily short meditations vs weekly long sessions

If you have the time and willingness to do long sessions on the weekend, I don't see why you couldn't do the daily practice as well, even if it's for less than an hour. But I don't know your situation so please forgive me. Ah, both, haha. Can you pick which one you think would have more value, in t...
by no mike
Tue Jun 03, 2014 11:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: daily short meditations vs weekly long sessions
Replies: 27
Views: 4348

daily short meditations vs weekly long sessions

Hi, friends; Assuming daily practice of morality, precepts, mindfulness, Dhamma study, etc... If there was a choice of one or the other, which scenario might have better momentum for the development of deeper states of concentration: daily one-hour meditation, or weekends (consecutive) dedicated to ...