ryu wrote:Hi all,
I often find that i am distracted by the different concepts / ideas and processes of the various schools of buddhism.
ryu wrote:Hi all,
I often find that i am distracted by the different concepts / ideas and processes of the various schools of buddhism. As a result i find i go round in circles.
I often wonder whether i am doing the right thing.
I have come to the conclusion that all i need to do is....
study and practice the four noble truths, five precepts and the eightfold path. Finito!
Can you please confirm that my decision is the right one or is there anything else i should take into account.
i have no confidence in my direction i am taking my practice at the moment.
seeker242 wrote:I find the actual practice of sitting meditation to be very grounding, especially when it's connected to an actual sangha. I find that if you can just allow your mind to become clear, then proper direction just appears by itself out of that.
Mantra are designed to "occupy" the mind, speech and body of the practitioner to subdue mental wandering but sometimes even they are not enough. truth is though that even with a mantra as "harmless" as OM MANI... it is still a good idea to get an explanation and a ritual reading (trid-lung) from a "qualified"teacher. It really does give a different "depth" to the practice.ryu wrote:have you ever used mantra to any effect.
I usually just watch the breathe but ive started reciting om mani padme hum which seems to work better for me. i am finding that the mantra occupies the space where the mental chatter is in my head whereas with the breathe the mental chatter often overpowers it.
I suffer with adhd and sometimes the chatter / EGO is too much and sitting becomes a nightmare.