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by Weakfocus
Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge
Replies: 433
Views: 115710

Month 9

For some time now I have been feeling the need/desire for a third sitting. So this month my resolve is to do three Anapanasati sittings a day: morning and evening sittings for 60 minutes, and an afternoon sitting of 30 minutes duration to begin with. Eventual aim is to have three equal length sittin...
by Weakfocus
Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should we offer food to Buddha?
Replies: 41
Views: 6581

Re: Should we offer food to Buddha?

nalinJ wrote:Did Lord Buddha mention that by offering food to his status we can gain merits?

Or

Did Lord Buddha mention something similar?
To the best of my limited knowledge, there is no such reference anywhere in Tipitaka.
Buddha was very much against such ignorant rites and rituals.
by Weakfocus
Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: There is no fire like lust
Replies: 19
Views: 4358

Re: There is no fire like lust

Is this familiar to anyone? I think it is safe to say all men who try to overcome lust and live the celibate life are aware of this phenomenon. I spent over a decade in this extremely frustrating cycle, even though I knew the way out all along. If anyone's found a way out of this cycle I'm all ears...
by Weakfocus
Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What's stopping you?
Replies: 30
Views: 4679

Re: What's stopping you?

so what's stopping you from ordaining? The knowledge that ordaining as a monk will do absolutely nothing to accelerate my journey to nibbana . I am very fortunate in that I already have favorable circumstances in my life which allow me to meditate and be mindful as much as I want, without worrying ...
by Weakfocus
Sun Mar 16, 2014 7:06 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Diet on Solitary Retreat
Replies: 9
Views: 2029

Re: Diet on Solitary Retreat

Steel-Cut Oats Almond Butter Extra Virgin Olive Oil Green Vibrance Powder Water What do you think? Is it balanced enough? Am I missing anything? Would you substitute anything? Hello Chi I am no nutrition expert, but at first glance this diet is lacking in fresh vegetables and fruits. Is it healthy ...
by Weakfocus
Sat Mar 15, 2014 9:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge
Replies: 433
Views: 115710

Month 8

Seventh month is done. This month started awful. Daily sittings were going 'wrong', virtually no mindfulness no matter how hard I tried. I simply could not stay aware of incoming and outgoing breath. For the few seconds I could keep the mind on breath, I would notice that my natural breath was like ...
by Weakfocus
Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:43 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Your favourite contemporary teachers
Replies: 89
Views: 33919

Two men stand out for me

There are two teachers to whom I feel greatly indebted: Goenka ji . My grandfather. This requires some explanation: he was a Vipassana meditator, and introduced me to Dhamma. It is my own ignorance/stupidity that kept me from walking the path until recently. My grandfather set a very high standard o...
by Weakfocus
Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:42 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Vipassana vs. Jhanas
Replies: 11
Views: 4726

Re: Vipassana vs. Jhanas

suwapan wrote:Here is a summary from a Vipasana Bhavana Study Manual from Boonkanjanaram Meditation Center at a temple near Pattaya, Thailand.
Terrific post, thanks for sharing. And welcome to Dhammawheel.
by Weakfocus
Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How is Dāna prioritized?
Replies: 19
Views: 1681

Re: How is Dāna prioritized?

Scenario 1: You are walking on a street having some food with you, and you see a poor hungry guy who is about to die for not having any food for months. On the other side of the street, you see Buddha walking down the street. You might think it would rather worth giving your food to the poor guy as...
by Weakfocus
Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:01 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Shouldn't lay Buddhists be very successful ?
Replies: 48
Views: 6423

Re: Shouldn't lay Buddhists be very successful ?

When a buddhist gets money he can donate it to others - so if a buddhist is not a monk - and already has a job i dont see why he wouldnt try to get more money along the way (but i can understand how this can not be true ) The amount of money one donates has nothing to do with developing the pāramit...
by Weakfocus
Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:29 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Shouldn't lay Buddhists be very successful ?
Replies: 48
Views: 6423

Re: Shouldn't lay Buddhists be very successful ?

there are probably more than a few very good and advanced lay buddhists - who still have a job - i wonder why they dont get super successful .... Because their definition of being successful in life does not involve earning a lot of cash and acquiring socio-political influence in society. Instead t...
by Weakfocus
Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: "Good/Bad" Sits
Replies: 14
Views: 1994

Re: "Good/Bad" Sits

All sittings are good sittings. Some are better than others, for sure. I am making it a habit to judge the quality of sittings by the extent of my mindfulness and equanimity. I've found the sits which I am enthusiastically engaged in thinking a line of thinking go by quite fast-- which is, not being...
by Weakfocus
Sun Mar 02, 2014 4:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: longer sits for beginners
Replies: 7
Views: 2096

Re: longer sits for beginners

I was well into the groove and my problem was actually that I live next to a semi busy road and I was wondering if this might be inhibiting me from reaching jhana easily. So no problems with the practice itself so far. If noise pollution is a bother you can use earplugs. I started with small 20 min...
by Weakfocus
Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:51 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Enlightenment's Evil Twin
Replies: 6
Views: 1212

Re: Enlightenment's Evil Twin

Exploring the Shadow Side of Meditation “I lost my will to do anything – none if it had any meaning. You could say that I no longer understood existence. I would wake up in the morning and go ‘OK, this is my body, this is me, and I guess I’m doing this but I no longer understood it. I no longer und...
by Weakfocus
Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:27 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks and facebook/internet
Replies: 19
Views: 2059

Re: Monks and facebook/internet

Correct me if i'm wrong. I do believe Buddhism is a religion who adapt to changes. No doubt to reach out to the lay people, especially around the world, now we can access to blogs, twitter and facebook of some great bhikkhu/teachers. But Is it a good ideal as the internet is a unlimited resource of...