Kasinas

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Macavity wrote:
Manapa wrote:but wonder if there are any more?
Yes. It isn't the most common practice, but there are still a few places where you can learn it.
It struck me looking at the photo that the carpet doesn't help does it ? :tongue:

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Hi Dmytro
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Individual wrote:Is "kasinas" meditation literally envisioning a circle or disc of color, or it metaphorical, in the same way that the Pali translation might say the "sphere of logic" or "realm of logic" (not literally a sphere or realm).

If so, what is the significant reasoning behind viewing a circle or disc of color rather than an entire plane or field of view?
The kasina-nimitta is first limited and the yogin needs to learn how to make it unlimited. The kasinas can lead to psychic powers if the practitioner has the past kamma for this. But this is not the purpose of the practice. The purpose is simply to reach a calm state of mind and then develop Vipassana. I know a few good teachers in Thailand who can assist in this practice if someone is interested (Luang Por Plien and Laung Por Piek).
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PeterB wrote:One of my teachers ( Theravada ) used to deploy Kasinas for people who were depressed and/or given to much discursive and speculative thought.
That's very interesting, thanks for sharing it :anjali:

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Seems likely that some methods used in Color Therapy - eg focusing on and/or visualising colored discs may have originated with the Kasinas.

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Greetings,
PeterB wrote:It struck me looking at the photo that the carpet doesn't help does it ? :tongue:
Maybe if they're busy and run out of kasina boards, you have to look at the carpet instead. :tongue:

Excellent pictures though... thanks for sharing!

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Dazzlebling wrote:Seems likely that some methods used in Color Therapy - eg focusing on and/or visualising colored discs may have originated with the Kasinas.

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I think this is the case. I met one of the founders of Colour Therapy, whose name escapes me but it was Thomas something, and he spoke about kasinas.

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I have just remembered. it was Theo Gimbel, not Thomas anything...perhaps I need colour therapy. :cry:

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Luang Poo Bunyarit (01) Beginning of practice

Luang Poo Bunyarit about his practice right after becoming a monk, chosing kasina as his primary meditation object.
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