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Learning meditation from books

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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Learning meditation from books

Postby Jhana4 » Tue May 24, 2011 11:06 pm

Sometimes even Buddhist monks have to do it:
http://dcbuddhiststudies.wordpress.com/ ... editation/
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: Learning meditation from books

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Tue May 24, 2011 11:18 pm

To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

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Re: Learning meditation from books

Postby bodom » Wed May 25, 2011 12:46 am

And if one is going to learn meditation from a book there is no better place to do so
than his own book:

Mindfulness In Plain English
http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma4/mpe.html

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Learning meditation from books

Postby lilacbloom » Tue May 31, 2011 6:01 pm

I plan to start learning meditation, but before I begin with formal classes I'd like to read more through books. Any suggestions of good reads of mindfulness and meditation? Thank u very much.

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Re: Learning meditation from books

Postby bodom » Tue May 31, 2011 6:21 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Learning meditation from books

Postby PeterB » Tue May 31, 2011 6:36 pm

For various reasons Dhamma in Sri Lanka became largely a scholastic matter...that is no longer the case thanks to the efforts of those such as the good Bhikkhu.
A viable and living tradition of meditation is now widely available...books are a last resort.
One person known to me was asked by Ajahn Chah to bring all his books on meditation for Luang Por to " look through"...with a good deal of razzamataz Luang Por then " hid" them.... :smile:

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Re: Learning meditation from books

Postby Platypus » Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:31 pm

It's cool that theravada lacks The aversion to learning stuff from books that mahayana practitioners have.
It's kinda nice. And refreshing. Especially for those of us who have no theravada groups in easy reach.
Last edited by Platypus on Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:49 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Learning meditation from books

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:28 pm

That's a fascinating video. It was fascinating that Bhante G said that one of his teachers was a meditation expert, but never got around to teaching him!

What he said about commentarial material was also very interesting. That since the details were based on the personal experience of the people who contributed to the commentaries the detailed instructions didn't always work the same for others. Which I think is a good thing to remember when reading any detailed advice from ancient or modern teachers...

:anjali:
Mike


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