duckfiasco wrote:I'm glad to see Mr. Ingram share his encouraging words,
Ingram. After he attained nibbana he went to medical school - quite the overachiever! He used to work in the emergency room at one of the local hospitals here in Huntsville; "Dr. Dan" I heard he was called. He's since moved to Mississippi.
I read most of his book. One interesting thing was that some of the experiences he said he had when he attained 3rd jhanna were nearly identical to ones I had only a few weeks after beginning formal meditation. I was later told those are just "nyams", and not to cling to them - but I don't believe I've attained the 3rd jhanna. That's one of the curious things about the revived meditation tradition in Theravada - since the living experiential lineage of instruction died out, in their re-creation of it they have to speculate about what all the experiences that arise are and try to map them to the textual tradition but it's like they're groping around in the dark.