meditation

Staring At The Wall

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Staring at the wall is a good meditation practice.

Pick a spot on the wall, stand in front of it in a comfortable position, set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes, and then stand as still as possible, only …


Wise People

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After realizing the truth, the Buddha didn’t seek out wayward and ignorant people to help, he looked for people who were already accomplished in morality and concentration and shared his …


No Self

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You are not the physical sensations you experience. Sights, sounds, touch, tastes and scents all arise and pass away, and when observed accurately, are not the thing you call “me”. …


I ain't afraid of no ghosts

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As a kid I was fascinated by ghosts, and also a little creeped out and scared. At some point in my life I took on a completely different attitude towards ghosts. I realized that I’m much more …


Five Hindrances

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“Parasites Of The Mind”

A word I like for “dullness and drowsiness” is lassitude.

What to do? …


Llena con visión

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A friend spoke with me recently about difficulty attaining access concentration. I am far from an accomplished meditator, but I asked him what he’s experiencing and did my best to relate my …


Pali terms for the eightfold path

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Panna

Sila

Samadhi


Useless Talk

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After giving Moggallana advice for combating drowsiness, the Buddha instructed him to avoid two kinds of behavior that lead to restlessness.

First, he should abstain from pride, because pride will …


Sariputta is better than me

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Sariputta is a great example of: “yea, that guy is better than me.” I’m reading the book Great Disciples of the Buddha because it was recommended in Mastering the Core Teachings of …


Nonsense I might write about in the future

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Stuff I’d like to write about:


Memorizing The Mahasatipatthana Sutta

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The Mahasatipatthana Sutta, recited by Ananda at the First Buddhist council.

The four frames of reference (4): body, sensation, mind and mental qualities.

Observation of the body (6): breathing, …