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ptsd and shikantaza

Postby omnifriend » Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:32 pm

does anyone have experience with shikantaza helping with ptsd?
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Re: ptsd and shikantaza

Postby shel » Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:44 pm

For what it's worth, I've read ( http://www.amazon.com/Mindsight-The-Sci ... 0553386395 ) that insight meditation can be effective in integrating so called 'implicit' memory. Try googling for keywords like implicit memory and insight meditation if interested.



ps: I hope divulging this information doesn't breach any social imperatives. :tongue:
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Re: ptsd and shikantaza

Postby Konchog1 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 6:25 am

Playing Tetris after a ptsd causing incident helps prevent it.
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Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
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Re: ptsd and shikantaza

Postby Johnny Dangerous » Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:18 am

Stuff like EMDR and other therapies that involve "reliving" intuitively linked traumas seem to me to be about the same thing as insight and calm abiding meditation.
"Just as a lotus does not grow out of a well-levelled soil but from the mire, in the same way the awakening mind
is not born in the hearts of disciples in whom the moisture of attachment has dried up. It grows instead in the hearts of ordinary sentient beings who possess in full the fetters of bondage." -Se Chilbu Choki Gyaltsen
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