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by Frank
Sat May 26, 2012 6:02 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: are the jhanas taught in zen/chan?
Replies: 49
Views: 7850

Re: are the jhanas taught in zen/chan?

bulhaeng wrote:Btw, I think that OP's question isn't limited to jhanas as in the Pali Canon but also to corresponding dhyanas, am I right?
you are correct sir.
by Frank
Fri May 25, 2012 7:16 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: can anyone clearly explain what vipassana meditation is?
Replies: 9
Views: 2062

Re: can anyone clearly explain what vipassana meditation is?

all of it! please and thank you! what school vipassana teaching are you using?[/quote 1.I have done 10 days courses (Goenka is the teacher) mostly at Igatpuri at Nasik near Bombay. Lodging and boarding, food is totally free for 10 days. One has to register before hand as seats are limited and candi...
by Frank
Fri May 25, 2012 7:15 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: pure land practices?
Replies: 16
Views: 1848

Re: pure land practices?

LastLegend wrote:Yes. When you don't recite Amitabha, you can practice mindfulness as a supplement.
cool, thanks.
by Frank
Fri May 25, 2012 6:45 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: finding a teacher.
Replies: 13
Views: 1552

Re: finding a teacher.

screw it, you guys are right. i'm going to try to schedule time to go see him. thanks.
by Frank
Fri May 25, 2012 6:43 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: source for the "store house consciousness" idea?
Replies: 14
Views: 2082

source for the "store house consciousness" idea?

it's generally thought of as a mahayana idea. but i'm positive i read a sutra from the pali canon where the buddha tells his students that if a man died and his karma was left behind it would be a giant massive hill sized pile. so basically he is saying that our karma is stored and transferred with ...
by Frank
Fri May 25, 2012 6:37 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: how to stay awake during meditation?
Replies: 33
Views: 4956

Re: how to stay awake during meditation?

avoid direct sunlight, wind, busyness, markets, travel, gossip, media, electronic devices and especially screens of any kind don't sit on a nest when you meditate. You should feel like you're on terra firma. so avoid distractions, don't sit on something too soft (nest?) and sit on firm ground (terr...
by Frank
Fri May 25, 2012 6:35 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: pure land practices?
Replies: 16
Views: 1848

Re: pure land practices?

You practice no difference than other schools-precepts, moral conduct, etc. But instead of sitting meditation, you recite Amitabha. In Pure Land, Faith (in Amitabha), Vow (to be reborn in his Pure Land), and Practice (reciting Amitabha-never give up). so it's all the same, but right mindfulness and...
by Frank
Fri May 25, 2012 6:34 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: can anyone clearly explain what vipassana meditation is?
Replies: 9
Views: 2062

Re: can anyone clearly explain what vipassana meditation is?

i've read plenty of descriptions, they are usually vague and sound very similar to anapanasati. could someone please elaborate? sorry if this is a very broad question as "vipassana" is an ambiguous term, but nonetheless, you see "vipassana meditation" as a phrase used all over the place, so whateve...
by Frank
Fri May 25, 2012 6:29 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: can anyone clearly explain what vipassana meditation is?
Replies: 9
Views: 2062

Re: can anyone clearly explain what vipassana meditation is?

i've read plenty of descriptions, they are usually vague and sound very similar to anapanasati. could someone please elaborate? sorry if this is a very broad question as "vipassana" is an ambiguous term, but nonetheless, you see "vipassana meditation" as a phrase used all over the place, so whateve...
by Frank
Fri May 25, 2012 6:27 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: are the jhanas taught in zen/chan?
Replies: 49
Views: 7850

Re: are the jhanas taught in zen/chan?

Still, the concern is that one settles into meditative absorption and fails to attain any realization as a result. This was Zhuhong's opinion at least. That being said, I've never had the sense that Chan or Zen for that matter ever valued formal dhyāna practice. It might have been by the time Chan ...
by Frank
Fri May 25, 2012 6:07 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: are the jhanas taught in zen/chan?
Replies: 49
Views: 7850

Re: are the jhanas taught in zen/chan?

Generally speaking jhanas are considered Hinayana and other "superior" methods are employed. ouch! sore spot? sounds like the jhanas took your lunch money or something. I don't think jhāna/dhyāna is inherently inferior, but the Mahāyāna literature on meditation within the East Asian cultural sphere...
by Frank
Fri May 25, 2012 5:35 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: pure land practices?
Replies: 16
Views: 1848

pure land practices?

i've read about pure land and am interested. i read a practice manual on it and a few articles, all i ever hear though is that they chant "amitabha" at all times and want to be reborn in his pure land. i know there MUST be more to it than that. what other practices are there? how important is each s...
by Frank
Fri May 25, 2012 5:26 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: are the jhanas taught in zen/chan?
Replies: 49
Views: 7850

Re: are the jhanas taught in zen/chan?

my ch'an teacher knows of them and has given me instruction about them, but probably because i asked about them and he has read most of the sutta pitaka of the pali canon and knows i'm reading it as well. as far as i know it's not standard curriculum at the temple. what about everyone else? what ab...
by Frank
Fri May 25, 2012 4:09 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: are the jhanas taught in zen/chan?
Replies: 49
Views: 7850

Re: are the jhanas taught in zen/chan?

Huseng wrote:Generally speaking jhanas are considered Hinayana and other "superior" methods are employed.
ouch! sore spot? sounds like the jhanas took your lunch money or something.
by Frank
Fri May 25, 2012 12:50 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: finding a teacher.
Replies: 13
Views: 1552

Re: finding a teacher.

Frank wrote:
Paul wrote:This may sound stupid, but have you considered writing a letter to him? Seems like the obvious answer to me.
not a bad idea. thanks.

and also: lol, a letter! when i was young that's how we did things! now that we live in the techno age i didn't even consider it! that's hilarious.
by Frank
Fri May 25, 2012 12:36 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: can anyone clearly explain what vipassana meditation is?
Replies: 9
Views: 2062

can anyone clearly explain what vipassana meditation is?

i've read plenty of descriptions, they are usually vague and sound very similar to anapanasati. could someone please elaborate? sorry if this is a very broad question as "vipassana" is an ambiguous term, but nonetheless, you see "vipassana meditation" as a phrase used all over the place, so whatever...
by Frank
Fri May 25, 2012 12:33 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: are the jhanas taught in zen/chan?
Replies: 49
Views: 7850

are the jhanas taught in zen/chan?

my ch'an teacher knows of them and has given me instruction about them, but probably because i asked about them and he has read most of the sutta pitaka of the pali canon and knows i'm reading it as well. as far as i know it's not standard curriculum at the temple. what about everyone else? what abo...
by Frank
Fri May 25, 2012 12:20 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: how to stay awake during meditation?
Replies: 33
Views: 4956

Re: how to stay awake during meditation?

tips? tricks? ideas? experience? anything helps :smile: i do anapanasati. Well, here is what I find works pretty well. Short, more frequent sessions. Proper diet(less sugar, lighter foods right before meditation). Proper sleep schedule. A proper exercise routine involving cardiovascular exercise ,w...
by Frank
Fri May 25, 2012 12:18 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: how to stay awake during meditation?
Replies: 33
Views: 4956

Re: how to stay awake during meditation?

how the hey now do you fall asleep in lotus or half? i mean i doze, but can't actually snooze. The more you meditate the stronger your clarity will become, the strength of your awareness will increase. If you can, try being mindful throughout the day in all activities, remain relaxed but keep a sha...
by Frank
Fri May 25, 2012 12:17 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: how to stay awake during meditation?
Replies: 33
Views: 4956

Re: how to stay awake during meditation?

maybay wrote:eat less
this does help