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Is there any point in learning meditation from an unenlightened person? If there are arahants living, it would make more sense to learn from them. But that being the case, it's quite hard to identify them, and they vow not to openly declare such accomplishment. In these circumstances, consider the negative answer: after deciding there is no point in ...


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Ledi Sayadaw -Vipassana movement pioneer. Extremely influential in spreading Vipassana Meditation among lay people. Considers the whole Tripitaka when formulating the meditation instructions of which many have their roots in the Abidhamma. Mohnyin Sayadaw Saya Thetgyi U Ba Khin - Lay student of Saya Thetgyi (student of Ledi Sayadaw) but highly influenced ...


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Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw is a 20th century burmese meditation master. His teachings on Vipassana Meditation, also called Insight Meditation is derived from the so called "New Burmese Method". The following quote is from the wiki: "The vipassanā Movement, also called the Insight Meditation Movement, refers to a number of branches of modern Theravāda Buddhism ...


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The Buddha tells the Kalamas to choose a teacher wisely in the Kalama Sutta based on the usefulness or skillfulness of the teachings, as well as you can identify the characteristics of the "disciple of the noble ones": "So, as I said, Kalamas: 'Don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by ...


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Daniel Ingram writes a lot about the 'dark night' and working through it. In an interview (Buddhist Geeks I think - sorry no exact reference) he said that dark night will be encountered by Intense meditators who really go for it - many hours a day over months Committed but steady meditators who meditate every day for around 30 minutes and maybe go on a week'...


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It's all about the intentions of the individual. According to Right Livelihood, one of the types of businesses that should not be undertaken is the business in weapons, which is "trading in all kinds of weapons and instruments for killing". These weapons are used for injuring and/or killing other beings. There is no other purpose for them. So, if you are a ...


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Can you provide the complete references from Braun, and is the other U Htay Hlaing? I have never read anything like a complete technique being passed to Saya Thet Gyi. Following is our take (shared here from a draft) concerning the question of Saya Thet Gyi's teachings: There are very few surviving records of Saya Thet Gyi’s instructions, discourses, or ...


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From a practical perspective there aren't going to be that many enlightened people around so if you want to have anything approaching personal instruction then you will have no option but to engage with an unenlightened teacher. I would argue that the personal connection is far more important than being in contact with someone who has completed the path. ...


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Goenka tradition seems to be most close to meditation instruction sourced directly from the Suttas. A course is divided into parts: Anapana - cultivation of Samadhis (1/3 of the length of the course) Vipassana - cultivation of Panna (slightly less than 1/3 of the lenth of the course) Metta - (1 or 2 days depending on the length of the course.) Anapana ...


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S.N. Goenka is a 20th century meditation master who developed a technique of meditation characterized by: Meditation in this style is taught through these centers


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Yes. Free flow is loosely used for Piti. Initially it is subtle vibrations which you feel. As you practice this spreads to your body. These vibrations are pleasant.


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I would suggest that you trust yourself to make that decision for each individual you are contemplating the recommendation. You have personally taken the course so you have firsthand knowledge of its contents and rigors. The people you are going to be talking with are 'close' by your description so you already know a lot about who they are and should ...


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All these episodes are you past Karma or Fabrications in many cases. Sometimes meditation might coincide with the time they were supposed to manifest themselves. With 100k+ or more people doing a retreat every year in 200+ centres there can be such cases. So there is always a chance some independent events happening and someone inferring a correlation ...


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(a) 'An established monastic order' - This the Goenka school is not. There is no Goenka School. Generally this is referred as the linage of Saya Gyi U Ba Khin and Ledi Sayadaw U Ñanadhaja. Also it is influenced by Webu Sayadaw Ledi Sayadaw U Ñanadhaja and Webu Sayadaw are Buddhist monks. Also there many teachers who are Buddhist Monks who are particle ...


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The "dark night" stages are absolutely necessary to get to the point that thoughts, emotions and feelings does not disturb your peace of mind. Suffering is inevitable to have to reach the stages where peace, contentment, stillness becomes continous in daily life. So yes, you can practice in moderation. But practising in moderation can lead you to be lazy in ...


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Just as you let a thought pass through you during meditation rather than trying to crush it, let this opportunity pass through your life rather than crushing it. Disclaimer: I am not "enlightened" If a teacher has not attained enlightenment, that does not automatically show that there is a flaw in his meditation teachings, for there is more to an ...


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The free flow is when the whole body dissolves into subtle vibrations, and you reach the stage of bhanga, total dissolution. It causes pīti (pleasant sensation, rapture, bliss) and if not careful you can develop attachment to it.


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You have very strong concentration but your mindfulness is lacking behind. Every time you fix your mind on an area the concentration takes over and because you have strong sensations in the eyes your concentration takes you back to the eyes. The solution is to scan faster whereby you increase your mindfulness and not let concentration zoom in. When you ...


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I can't speak for the method taught by S. N. Goenka, I only know the part by part sweeping method (link to a detailed talk by Ayya Khema about the benefits of it), but I guess you do the same thing. As for this method it is quite usual to get stressed or tensed, because you have to be much more focused on the experience you may or may not find at the current ...


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Anapana in the context of the one hour sessions should be practiced if your mind not not calm, i.e., : Lot of distracting thoughts You are emotional Hindrances have come up etc. It is always good to do about 5 to 15 minutes to start with, to calm your mind.


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Jack Kornfield. Student of Ajahn Chah. Co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society. Author of many books including After the Ecstasy, the Laundry and a Path with Heart


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Bhikkhu Pesala kindly agreed to share with us a draft of an English translation of Anatta Dipani. The final version may later be published in his Web site, together with other translations of Ledi Sayadaw's works. At the moment many drafts are available on http://www.aimwell.org/LediSayadaw/.


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I can see that you are feeling a bit evangelical after the Goenka Retreat, and you have a great desire to tell others about it. What you are trying to give is a “Dhamma Dana” is Pali for “The Gift of Dhamma.” It is the best gift you can give, this gift of Dhamma. So to your question: What approach should be taken to encourage someone to go on a course? ...


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I don't think they are safe for anyone. It's a very ascetic style of retreat and in my opinion not healthy for body or mind. I know someone who was dragged from the room kicking and screaming. Its not good for the lay person to sit there for ten hours at a time. The body does not cope. Combine that with sleep deprivation because of crowded dorm style ...


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