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Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

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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Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

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"Life is a struggle. Life will throw curveballs at you, it will humble you, it will attempt to break you down. And just when you think things are starting to look up, life will smack you back down with ruthless indifference..."

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"Life is a struggle. Life will throw curveballs at you, it will humble you, it will attempt to break you down. And just when you think things are starting to look up, life will smack you back down with ruthless indifference..."

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Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

Postby mikenz66 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:11 am

And there are some extensive discussion comparing Zen and other meditations here:

http://www.zenforuminternational.org/vi ... =17&t=5422
http://www.zenforuminternational.org/vi ... p?f=7&t=34
http://www.zenforuminternational.org/vi ... =64&t=1656

http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=7346
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=93
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=929
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=8726

Personally, I'd rather sit with chan/zen group than have no personal interaction. The basics of mindfulness are simply the basics of mindfulness. Thich Nhat Hanh and his followers, for example, seem to me to have a very effective approach to mindfulness that is very compatible with Theravada teachers.

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Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

Postby ground » Sat Oct 15, 2011 1:14 am

No offence intended since I do not find any advantage in identification with a tradition but I find it completely inconsistent to claim to follow Theravada but then practice with another tradition.

But it may be just showing that traditions and their tenets are "naturally" merging when they are spreading in one and the same geographical area. For hundreds of years traditions have been "fermenting in their own juices" in their eastern countries of origine that have somehow been their "natural ghettos".


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Postby mikenz66 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 1:35 am

Hi Alex,

My experience is that in real life people don't go to meditation sessions to discuss doctrinal technicalities. Those really have little to do with it...

I understood this thread to be about the establishment of a basic meditation practice, which is what I'm talking about.

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