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Lost and Still Searching

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Lost and Still Searching

Postby Still Searching » Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:59 pm

I am trying to become awake.
How does one awaken themselves?

I wish to seek enlightenment and achieve nirvana.

I know this won't be easy, but I want to give it a try.
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." ~ Siddhārtha, Gautama Buddha

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Re: Lost and Still Searching

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Re: Lost and Still Searching

Postby Ben » Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:53 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Lost and Still Searching

Postby Bakmoon » Sat Dec 22, 2012 1:10 am

The non-doing of any evil,
The performance of what's skillful,
The cleansing of one's own mind:
This is the Buddhas' teaching.

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Re: Lost and Still Searching

Postby Still Searching » Sat Dec 22, 2012 2:59 am

I've been practicing meditation, it's not been going too well though.
I seem to be very distracted.
I try not to focus on anything else and just 1 thing but it doesn't work.
I then get headaches and feel confused.

Maybe I should just get lessons to help practice the meditation because I think I'm doing it wrong.

The meditation I'm doing is the healing one, to remove all negative energy surrounding me.
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." ~ Siddhārtha, Gautama Buddha

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Re: Lost and Still Searching

Postby Bakmoon » Sat Dec 22, 2012 3:42 am

The non-doing of any evil,
The performance of what's skillful,
The cleansing of one's own mind:
This is the Buddhas' teaching.

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Re: Lost and Still Searching

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Dec 22, 2012 3:45 am



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Lost and Still Searching

Postby Still Searching » Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:12 am

I actually don't know the name of it.
I'm very new to the Buddhist practices and don't know the names of the meditations.
I bought a book by Madonna Gauding called The Meditation Bible and I'm on the page "Healing body, mind and spirit"
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." ~ Siddhārtha, Gautama Buddha

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Re: Lost and Still Searching

Postby cooran » Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:37 am

Hello SS,

This is not necessarily buddhist, or Theravada, meditation. Goodreads says about the author:
'With more than 140 techniques and practices drawn from Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Sufi, Taoist, Pagan, Jewish, Native American, and mystical traditions. ..... '

You may be better concentrating on the methods taught by the Buddha initially.

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Chris
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---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: Lost and Still Searching

Postby Still Searching » Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:46 am

I'm still new to it all, I didn't realized Buddhism had specific meditation.
Thank you for bringing it up.
Bakmoon is helping me and explaining all the differences.

So far, I've only learned about basic stuff in Buddhism like the Four Noble Truths, where Buddhism originated and the life of Siddhartha the Buddha.

I still yet need to learn about the Eightfold Paths and meditation.
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." ~ Siddhārtha, Gautama Buddha

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Re: Lost and Still Searching

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:18 am

http://www.what-buddha-taught.net/Books ... athing.htm

This is a primer on meditation from a Buddhist perspective, written by a Thai monk. It may help. Be wary of the resources you'll find out there; a lot of things referred to as "meditation" are not particularly Buddhism. There is much out there that does not conform to, or even contradicts outright, the teaching of the Buddha.
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta


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Re: Lost and Still Searching

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:45 am



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Lost and Still Searching

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Re: Lost and Still Searching

Postby Still Searching » Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:39 pm

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." ~ Siddhārtha, Gautama Buddha

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Re: Lost and Still Searching

Postby drifting cloud » Mon Dec 24, 2012 10:21 pm

Here is an audio recording of basic breath meditation instructions from Thanissaro Bhikku:

http://www.audiodharma.org/talks/audio_player/300.html

That should be enough to get you started, although I also recommend finding a qualified teacher as well.

Access to Insight has a wealth of information on basic concepts and the original teachings of the Buddha:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/

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Re: Lost and Still Searching

Postby alan... » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:15 am

get yourself this book and this one

you can get both for under twenty dollars total if used ones are okay. if you're not looking to buy books then check out all the wonderful links others posted above. also really familiarize yourself with the eightfold path, each step is crucial! learn it inside and out. all of buddhist practice can fit within it.

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Re: Lost and Still Searching

Postby alan... » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:37 am

and this book

and/or this one

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Re: Lost and Still Searching

Postby Still Searching » Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:34 am

Thank you Alan & Drifting Cloud :twothumbsup:
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." ~ Siddhārtha, Gautama Buddha

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