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by avisitor
Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Zazen
Replies: 19
Views: 2562

Re: Zazen

How do I practice zazen? I have heard that focus on breathing meditation can be called samatha, jhana, mindfuless of breathing (anapanasati). Is zazen sitting in lotus or half lotus and doing nothing? First understand the consciousness and what it does. I don't believe one needs to first understand...
by avisitor
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Losing track of everything in meditation.
Replies: 6
Views: 979

Re: Losing track of everything in meditation.

Well, I suppose we can know for sure death will either be like something or absolutely nothing. (incomprehensible) The sensation of living comes from this body It creates the notion of me and being separate from others You feel pain in your body. I don't feel that pain. So, when death comes, there ...
by avisitor
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Quitting smoking
Replies: 25
Views: 1202

Re: Quitting smoking

Are you looking for something to do?
I know quitting cigarettes is very tough
It is a habit which occupied the mind for at least the moment one smokes
And it was so good with coffee after dinner

oops, sorry
by avisitor
Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:34 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Are thoughts random or karmic? Or neither or both?
Replies: 12
Views: 1846

Re: Are thoughts random or karmic? Or neither or both?

If a person is born and has Karma from a previous life to drama out Then isn't it possible that Karma has influence upon the thoughts of a person? But, this isn't to say that there is no free will .. free will to choose the action upon which to take Is light a particle or wave? It is both and yet it...
by avisitor
Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:57 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Failing at meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 4006

Re: Failing at meditation

Hello, I have been trying to meditate for as long as I can remember. I think my posture is the right one (although I do sit in my bed so maybe that's part of the problem). Anyway, I have this tension right in the middle of my chest, between the breasts. It's difficult to explain it, to describe it,...
by avisitor
Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:40 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Is this concentration or unmindfulness?
Replies: 8
Views: 1546

Re: Is this concentration or unmindfulness?

Agreed. One can fall into a spontaneous samadhi of sorts doing anything the mind finds enjoyable, but this is not the same as a samadhi in which whoesome mental factors are present, and is not conducive in itself towards awakening. Just wondering ... What is it .. that is conducive towards awakenin...
by avisitor
Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Meditation
Replies: 21
Views: 2678

Re: Meditation

What do most say? Oh, one needs a teacher and a sangha. It turns out that the teacher can help one learn the methods But, practice become arduous if one does not practice in a group This group support aides in setting structure to practice when the strength to practice is weak. As most should know, ...
by avisitor
Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: From a Buddhist point of view, how to live your life properly ?[Life choices in the light of impermanence and death]
Replies: 15
Views: 1597

Re: From a Buddhist point of view, how to live your life properly ?[Life choices in the light of impermanence and death]

Buddhism does allow for a middle path to be followed. It is called the middle way because practice along this path doesn't require one to give up one's life and duties. In fact, it teaches us to learn and grow into our lives and become awakened in our lives. But, if you feel the pull to become more ...
by avisitor
Thu Oct 22, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: How can one's progress be tested?
Replies: 30
Views: 4468

Re: How can one's progress be tested?

How can one's progress in meditation and in the buddhist path be tested? If it is a specific method of meditation, there are stages of progress. You may consult your meditation instructor and the relevant meditation manuals. Progress on the Buddhist path has a number of traditional measurements alr...
by avisitor
Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: How can one's progress be tested?
Replies: 30
Views: 4468

Re: How can one's progress be tested?

It's like eating orange, you would know the taste. But, if you have never had enlightenment before Then how would you know it? Otherwise, you are a spineless chump unworthy of calling yourself "zenman". I don't say that to insult you. I don't call myself a Zenman. Spineless? ... nah. Unworthy? ... ...
by avisitor
Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:32 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: How can one's progress be tested?
Replies: 30
Views: 4468

Re: How can one's progress be tested?

What kind of progress are you looking for? Being posted in the Meditation section, I would assume that you want to know how your meditation is going. Well, meditation is a practice. You can tell how it is going. You watch yourself and see if you stay on task (whether that is counting breaths or sitt...
by avisitor
Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:42 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness
Replies: 312
Views: 27250

Re: Emptiness

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFzchcdPwSo

It gets interesting at 10:40 into the video
by avisitor
Sat Aug 15, 2015 4:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Detachment backlash
Replies: 20
Views: 1764

Re: Detachment backlash

But I swear that's exactly what I do. I don't try anything at all... I just watch those thoughts and feelings and it worked very well for almost a week, simply watching them made them melt away, until that 'backlash' I was referring to. And indicentally today I have been feeling pretty strongly dep...
by avisitor
Thu Aug 13, 2015 9:29 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: purest meditation practice
Replies: 7
Views: 1752

Re: purest meditation practice

The Buddha gave us 84 thousand Dharma doors
He didn't give in them in any particular order
by avisitor
Wed Aug 12, 2015 5:06 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Infinite past
Replies: 25
Views: 1661

Re: Infinite past

Don't believe the Buddha spoke about such things as the beginnings of things such as the universe or earth?? mainly because it gives rise to more thinking about things and concepts?? Concepts and ideas aren't an enemy of the Buddhist mind?? Rather they are sometimes a distraction and may pull the mi...
by avisitor
Wed Aug 12, 2015 4:51 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Present moment and planning the future
Replies: 2
Views: 523

Re: Present moment and planning the future

The middle way should have something about being focused upon the present which allows for thoughts about the future Maybe something about not being in habitual thoughts about the past or future But, being mindfully aware of the thoughts about the plans for the future After all, one needs to plan me...
by avisitor
Sat Aug 01, 2015 2:47 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Strangeness while turning off toughts
Replies: 32
Views: 4510

Re: Strangeness while turning off toughts

"What is meant by 'no-thought?' No-thought means to view all dharmas with a mind undefiled by attachment. The function pervades all places but is nowhere attached. Merely purify your original mind and cause the six consciousnesses to go out the six gates, to be undefiled and unmixed among the six o...
by avisitor
Sat Jul 18, 2015 5:13 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Becoming impatient
Replies: 21
Views: 2892

Re: Becoming impatient

Since starting meditation I face many difficulties, most of which subside, when just obersving for a longer period of time. However i have one problem: I am kind of impatient with others. One knows one has a problem ... that is a beginnning Being impatient with others usually means that one believe...
by avisitor
Sat Jul 18, 2015 5:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dependent arising questions
Replies: 40
Views: 4302

Re: Dependent arising questions

Well, at a minimum, there is no consciousness of an object without an object of consciousness. You can't see a form, without there being a form to see, an eye, and eye consciousness. Add another eye, if you want greatly enhanced perception of depth. True. There is no awareness without the person wh...
by avisitor
Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:35 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Zazen confusion
Replies: 3
Views: 1485

Re: Zazen confusion

In Zazen, one is first calming the mind and focusing the concentration This provides a sort of clarity The meaning is that during a normal day, one's mind is scattered and doing many different things Zazen allows the mind to return to its normal function So the scattered, analytical mind which is co...

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