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My introduction
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  Mental noting vs Commentary thinking
Posted by: budo - 04-15-2018, 09:55 AM - Forum: Insight Meditation - Replies (1)

I try to mental note everything all the time, when I'm brushing my teeth or showering, it's mostly "feeling feeling feeling, hearing hearing hearing". Is the purpose of mental noting to keep us present and away from commentary thinking? Whenever I have commentary thinking (like a script/story) it seems to take me off into imagination land which takes me away from the present moment.  Commentary thinking seems to be based on past and future, which seems to be based on anxiety/restlessness. For example, in the past I would think of what I should say in a future scenario, or what I should have said in a past scenario, and this puts me into imagination land, which is away from the present moment.

Also, should one keep mental notes at the 5 aggregates level instead of detailed noting? For example, instead of noting "brushing teeth" one would note "feeling, hearing, seeing".. what about "Touching" vs "Feeling"?  Also, if I am imagining something in my head should I note "seeing" or "imagining"?

I noticed as well that if my attention is on feeling this gets me into "liking" and "disliking", and "wanting/not wanting", but if my attention is on another sensation like hearing then I am less attached to wanting/liking/disliking. Should one try to control the attention in this manner, or is it better to note the dominant sensation?

Thank you

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  Questions regarding A Manual of Respiration
Posted by: budo - 04-11-2018, 10:29 AM - Forum: Books by the Venerable Ledi Sayādaw - Replies (4)

So today I read through the book A Manual of Respiration, it is one of the best books I read on Anapanasati and I've read a lot, including ones by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu.

This part in particular grabbed my attention:


Quote:If one practises according to the counting method, the connection method, and the fixing method (where access concentration and attainment concentration are entered), one fulfils the four foundations of mindfulness and the seven factors of enlightenment. However, if one does so with an inclination towards the Deva and Brahma existences after death, the seven factors of enlightenment become dependent on the cycle of rebirths. If one stops short with the attainment of access concentration, attainment concentration, and contemplation of impermanence, one is liable to become inclined towards depending on the cycle of rebirths. Hence, depending on seclusion, dispassion, cessation, and relinquishment mean putting forth effort with a view to attaining the stopping of rebirth in this very life and not stopping short with such attainments as access concentration and attainment concentration. Stopping rebirth means nibbāna.



So before I went on my Mahasi retreat last summer, I would get into the Jhanas, enjoy them, maybe attain a few insights, and end it there. Is this what Ledi means when he says

"If one stops short with the attainment of access concentration, attainment concentration, and contemplation of impermanence, one is liable to become inclined towards depending on the cycle of rebirths. "

It is not enough to even contemplate on impermanence, one must go further and contemplate dispassion, cessation and relinquishment?

From now on, when I return to anapanasati meditation I will always try to end my meditation with these contemplations. Is there any material that expands on dispassion, cessation and relinquishment and how one should contemplate them?

Dispassion makes sense to me, like a sort of indifference, but what does "relinquishment" mean exactly?

What does "to perceive them with wisdom" mean? Does perceive mean to imagine? and wisdom to compare/discern?

In general, I get the gist of where I am lacking and what I should prioritize from here on out, any more resources and materials on this is appreciated.

I think at the end of the day it all comes down to seeing the 5 aggregates first hand, correct me if I'm wrong.

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  My introduction
Posted by: budo - 04-10-2018, 06:26 PM - Forum: Introductions - Replies (4)

Hello,

I go by the username Budo. I started meditating in 2009-2010 when I discovered Buddhism. Since then it has been a process of weeding out what works and what doesn't work. I found that I never really liked Zen or Mahayana because it was too ambiguous and fluffy for me. The book Mindfulness in Plain English by Henepola Gunaratana is what made me experience Mind and Body insights for the first time in 2010. Over the years I delved into many different Buddhist teachings, but always returned to Theravada.

I followed the teachings of Henepola Gunaratana, Ayya Khemma, Thanissaro Bhikkhu, and Buddhadasa Bhikkhu. Last year I was able to enter First Jhana consistently, to the point that my visual field was white, with a strong white orb nimitta, very strong piti/sukha, and loss of hearing while in that state. I even had nights where I woke up in the middle of the night and saw electric spiderwebs with eyes in them, and see-through transparent beings, perhaps from touching 4th Jhana a few times. My dreams became more vivid and more lucid, I started having 100% dream recall.

While the Jhanas were fun to play with, I eventually got dispassion towards them. I went on a 15 day Ajahn Tong/Mahasi based vipassana retreat last summer which was a rollercoaster of emotions, extremely vivid dreams almost as if they were past live memories, a lot of painful sensations coming to surface, etc.  My desires also disappeared for that time, I had no desire to eat until half the day was already over, foods I liked I no longer wanted to eat.

After that retreat I don't know if I attained stream entry or a new path, but I took a break from Buddhism and meditation, went traveling, got into video games and other distractions, but now my interest in video games is slowly disappearing and my interest in meditation and Buddhism is returning.
 
I started meditating again, I don't know if I can get back to first jhana, or if I even have a desire to, I just want to attain a path. I don't feel like I have any suffering in me, only boredom or withdrawal from addictions like video games. I still have some questions regarding the Mahasi dry insight practice, maybe Bhikkhu Pesala can answer them in another thread I'll post.

Aside from that, my goal is to attain nibbana, or at least a path.


Thanks for reading and any thoughts or feedback is appreciated.


Budo

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  Chaiya Meditation Monastery
Posted by: Bag of Bones - 04-02-2018, 01:02 PM - Forum: Insight Meditation - Replies (1)

Greetings Bhante,

I've been reading 'In this Very Life' and trying to practice Mahasi method meditation but feel a retreat of intensive practice is probably necessary to get going with it, so I've been looking for places in the States and came across the Chaiya Meditation Monastery in Las Vegas. Do you know anything about it, or the Venerable Chaiya who is the abbot? I emailed them and got reply to call the abbot, and will once I know when is a good time.

http://www.chaiyacmm.org/ajahn%20chaiya.html

Thank you

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  Typo: Exposition of Mangala Sutta
Posted by: Bag of Bones - 03-27-2018, 11:39 PM - Forum: Books by Bhikkhu Pesala - Replies (2)

Greetings Bhante,
Blessing 34, third sentence has a typo: "Scream-winner".

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  Vasala Sutta — The Outcaste
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 03-12-2018, 11:07 PM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

Added the Vasala Sutta — The Outcaste

The Buddha teaches a fire-worship brahmin about the moral defects that make someone an outcaste.

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  Parābhava Sutta — The Causes of Downfall
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 03-07-2018, 09:43 PM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

Added the Parābhava Sutta — The Causes of Downfall

The antithesis to the Maṅgala Sutta on Blessings, also taught to a deity at Sāvatthi.

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  Kasibhāradvāja Sutta — A Discourse to the Farmer Bhāradvāja
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 03-04-2018, 09:15 PM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

Added the Kasibhāradvāja Sutta — A Discourse to the Farmer Bhāradvāja

The Buddha teaches a farmer how he ploughs and farms the fruit of the deathless.

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  Mettānisaṃsā Sutta — The Benefits of Loving-kindness
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 02-28-2018, 05:01 PM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

Added the Mettānisaṃsā Sutta — The Benefits of Loving-kindness

The eleven benefits of constantly practising loving-kindness.a

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  Upāli Sutta — A Discourse to Upāli
Posted by: Bhikkhu Pesala - 02-27-2018, 07:38 AM - Forum: Selected Discourses - No Replies

Added the Upāli Sutta — A Discourse to Upāli

The Buddha teaches Upāli ten reasons for laying down of the training rules.

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