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by philosopher
Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Aversion, disorientation arising from mindfulness
Replies: 15
Views: 1993

Re: Aversion, disorientation arising from mindfulness

Do you think it is better to simply be with and fully experience the feeling of aversion stemming from this feeling of groundlessness for as long as it lasts (years?) or to try to cultivate some positive attitude toward the experience or some "anchor" that serves to ground ? Thanks for the replies....
by philosopher
Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Wildly fluctuating depth of samadhi
Replies: 32
Views: 4427

Re: Wildly fluctuating depth of samadhi

I've been listening to many of Ayya Khema's talks recently and she (along with many other teachers; Thanissaro Bikkhu, for instance, comes to mind) emphasizes that after each session one should do a recapitulation, especially if the absorptions were reached - i.e. consider what you ate, whether you ...
by philosopher
Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Aversion, disorientation arising from mindfulness
Replies: 15
Views: 1993

Aversion, disorientation arising from mindfulness

Hello everyone, I've been finding that when I maintain mindfulness throughout the day, the sense of "no-self" quickly arises which then leads to aversion. I believe this stems from boredom (the mind enjoys escaping into fantasy) as well as disorientation/confusion from sense of no self. The sense of...
by philosopher
Sun Jul 06, 2014 2:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Focus for mindfulness in daily life?
Replies: 12
Views: 1745

Focus for mindfulness in daily life?

Hello everyone, For those who strive to be mindful throughout the day, where do you like to keep your focus? Do you find the breath most helpful, or perhaps the whole body-mind field? It seems that mindfulness in daily life activities is as important, if not perhaps even more so, than formal practic...
by philosopher
Sun Jul 06, 2014 12:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Lucid dreaming for spiritual insight?
Replies: 76
Views: 7692

Re: Lucid dreaming for spiritual insight?

If you've ever done intensive meditation retreats you'll know the mind is constantly at work in creating alternative realities, anything but the bare bones of the present moment. It's hardly a surprise that this continues in one's sleep, I know when I'm on retreat my dreams get relatively more luci...
by philosopher
Sun Jul 06, 2014 12:36 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Lucid dreaming for spiritual insight?
Replies: 76
Views: 7692

Re: Lucid dreaming for spiritual insight?

Just try to meditate while in a lucid dream and see how incredibly deep you go into layers of your self that you didn't even know existed. Wow, this is a great suggestion. I suspect that I would quickly fall back into non-lucidity if I tried this, but it sounds interesting and worth a shot. As it i...
by philosopher
Sat Jul 05, 2014 11:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Recommendations for guided sweeping / body awareness?
Replies: 2
Views: 836

Recommendations for guided sweeping / body awareness?

Can anyone recommend some good guided sweeping / body awareness meditations, such as this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN7zmBIS6ig? I did do a search and found this thread from a couple years ago, but was wondering if others had any more to add: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=11...
by philosopher
Sat Jul 05, 2014 11:38 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Following the breath at the nostrils vs in the abdomen
Replies: 4
Views: 2552

Re: Following the breath at the nostrils vs in the abdomen

Observing the breath at the nostrils tends to lead to a sharper focus, observing at the abdomen tends to lead to a broader concentration. The former is generally more recommended for jhana practice however sometimes people find it too tight or makes awareness centred around the head too much. Thank...
by philosopher
Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Nibbana under the effect of ayahuasca
Replies: 53
Views: 10410

Re: Nibbana under the effect of ayahuasca

On this topic, I like the stance taken by Ajahn Sucitto: The methodologies for transcendence are varied: meditation, prayer, devotion, yoga, fasting, even psychotropic drugs. In the long run, the ones that are the most useful will be the ones that can be integrated into daily life with the minimum ...
by philosopher
Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The most efficient way of cultivating metta?
Replies: 15
Views: 3395

Re: The most efficient way of cultivating metta?

Cause : I don't see how we're all connected. ... I'd like to find an explanation and practice of metta that shows me better how interconnected we are ... My apologies in advance if this is not helpful for you, but what has convinced me of the interconnectedness of all things is studying psychology,...
by philosopher
Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Lucid dreaming for spiritual insight?
Replies: 76
Views: 7692

Lucid dreaming for spiritual insight?

I've been lucid dreaming for many years, and although I don't actively try to induce them anymore, I still have them spontaneously. They are incredibly exhilarating (as those who've had them know very well). The experience of being in a world that seems as vivid as waking life and realizing is a dre...
by philosopher
Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:09 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Following the breath at the nostrils vs in the abdomen
Replies: 4
Views: 2552

Following the breath at the nostrils vs in the abdomen

I've been reading and loving Shaila Catherine's Focused and Fearless (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0861715608/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0861715608&linkCode=as2&tag=yy0e-20&linkId=U2FXVA674RIA66UZ). In it she says to focus concentration on the breath at the nostr...
by philosopher
Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana Dhamma Talks
Replies: 36
Views: 116027

Re: Jhana Dhamma Talks

Oh my god... that was the best dhamma talk I ever heard. And now it's gone! :cry: This is just a speculation of mine: I remember the talk seemed to be edited in some parts to conceal things that Ayya Khema might have said that were more delicate to talk about when you are a nun. Maybe that's why it...
by philosopher
Fri Jul 04, 2014 2:27 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana Dhamma Talks
Replies: 36
Views: 116027

Re: Jhana Dhamma Talks

This dhamma talk is by Ayya Khema. She describes the jhanas 1 to 8, how to get there (except that this part on the 4th is not possible to hear), what you do after each jhana and what insights you get from each jhana. In the end there's a bit of Q&A. It's a very good concise explanation of the subje...
by philosopher
Sat Jun 28, 2014 6:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Opposition between mindfulness & thinking necessary for life
Replies: 2
Views: 829

Re: Opposition between mindfulness & thinking necessary for

The danger present during such a process is that attention can wander to the situation represented by the thoughts and leave the awareness of mental state. Wow, this is all incredibly helpful! This sentence in particular articulates exactly the problem I'm having. Very helpful guidance - much appre...