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by philosopher
Sat Oct 25, 2014 6:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge
Replies: 433
Views: 124069

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

10.24.14

am
none

pm
16 mins guided metta
14 mins breath

inverted
3/10 - again dozed off; need to find time of day when I'm more alert
by philosopher
Fri Oct 24, 2014 2:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge
Replies: 433
Views: 124069

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

10.23.14

am
10 mins
breath
inverted
2/10

pm
guided lovingkindness
15 mins
inverted
1/10 - dozed off

This seems like a pathetically short amount of daily meditation time... maybe posting will shame me into meditating more! ;)
by philosopher
Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Do you feel you meditate enough?
Replies: 23
Views: 4289

Re: Do you feel you meditate enough?

One of the earliest steps in that sequence is sense-restraint, something that seems rather underemphasized in many places. I find this to be true for myself. What I've observed is that cultivating mindfulness throughout the day by guarding the senses as much as possible helps as much or more than i...
by philosopher
Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Guided meditation for parts of the body?
Replies: 1
Views: 549

Guided meditation for parts of the body?

I was wondering if anyone knows of a guided meditation for the parts of the body, i.e. to help reduce lust.

Thank you.

:anjali:
by philosopher
Thu Oct 23, 2014 4:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge
Replies: 433
Views: 124069

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

My goal is to meditate at least one half hour a day. So far I've been pretty good about keeping up with it but don't do it at a set time each day which I feel is not optimal. Is this a good thread to post other resolutions (such as abstaining from listening to music, which I find reduces my mindfuln...
by philosopher
Sun Aug 24, 2014 4:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: long-term effects of sitting meditation on back health?
Replies: 12
Views: 2662

Re: long-term effects of sitting meditation on back health?

I believe it would be far better for long term health, and also to develop agility in the practice, to use all postures for meditation. Sitting may not be damaging if done absolutely correctly but it is also not as profitable for the body (and mind) as many other possible positions for meditation, i...
by philosopher
Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Recommended retreats in CA?
Replies: 1
Views: 487

Recommended retreats in CA?

Hi all, I did a board search, thinking that perhaps there may be a compilation of retreats listed somewhere. I hope this is the correct forum to post this question in, but I was wondering if I could get recommendations for meditation retreats in California. Specifically southern California would be ...
by philosopher
Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Aversion, disorientation arising from mindfulness
Replies: 15
Views: 1993

Re: Aversion, disorientation arising from mindfulness

philosopher, I don't really have any specific responses to your answers, though it was nice for you to take the time to give them. All I would say in general is to keep your possibilities open and not to hold onto your current views too tightly. Never know what life may bring. Thanks. That's what I...
by philosopher
Sun Aug 24, 2014 8:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Aversion, disorientation arising from mindfulness
Replies: 15
Views: 1993

Re: Aversion, disorientation arising from mindfulness

That is absolutely correct. I doubt all of the things that you mention - strongly. I have also investigated why I doubt them. Do you have any additional advice? Hmmm...not really other than investigating faith and doubt more closely. I'll throw out a few questions, not necessarily expecting any ans...
by philosopher
Sun Aug 24, 2014 8:00 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Lucid dreaming for spiritual insight?
Replies: 76
Views: 7692

Re: Lucid dreaming for spiritual insight?

This is assuming that waking meditation is in fact good enough, or that equal fruits can be gained from both with the same efficiency. I have found that this is not the case. Spiritual insights regarding not only physical reality and the physically-attuned self, but higher-level spiritual insights ...
by philosopher
Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Lucid dreaming for spiritual insight?
Replies: 76
Views: 7692

Re: Lucid dreaming for spiritual insight?

As I said, I suspect very few on this board have firsthand experience of this. There have already been threads on this topic in the past. Here are two of them: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=11374 http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=15443 Also of possible interest on th...
by philosopher
Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Aversion, disorientation arising from mindfulness
Replies: 15
Views: 1993

Re: Aversion, disorientation arising from mindfulness

But for me the feeling is not "Is there any possibility for me to attain the path?" but rather "Is there any possibility at all?" IMO... That's a problem. If you have strong doubt that enlightenment is possible at all then that means you have strong doubt the Buddha was enlightened. If you have str...
by philosopher
Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:21 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Race, gender a no go?
Replies: 38
Views: 10750

Re: Race, gender a no go?

Still, if it is true, this being a "Buddhist discussion forum", I would have thought that cultivating wholesome states (e.g. kindness, compassion), and reducing unwholesome states (e.g. aversion, fear) would be an apt mode of discussion, no matter what the topic. :goodpost: The idea that someone el...
by philosopher
Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Aversion, disorientation arising from mindfulness
Replies: 15
Views: 1993

Re: Aversion, disorientation arising from mindfulness

Mindfulness cannot last for long periods at all. That is if you mean sati sampajanna? If you mean some sort of "awareness" in the common sense of the word that is different. http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=15952 Thanks for linking to that thread. That did have some relevant informat...