Online teachers

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lucky-2012
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Online teachers

Postby lucky-2012 » Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:52 pm

Hi

Can anyone recommend a teacher who accepts students for an online relationship, or is this not a good idea (ie should it be face to face)? I feel I am at a point in my practice where I would like (need?) to have a good teacher. Also how would one go about asking to be a teacher's student? I have had various teacher-student relationships previously, but feel I am looking for something different this time, ie. someone both advanced and with a strong theravadan background.

Any advice would be gratefully received.

With metta

:anjali:
"Make it your sport — watching the defilements and making them starve, like a person giving up an addiction"

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Re: Online teachers

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:28 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

lucky-2012
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Re: Online teachers

Postby lucky-2012 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:05 am

Thanks Cittasanto

My main motivation for wanting a teacher is that I am finding it more difficult to maintain harmlessness (e.g. wrong speech), and I am wishing for some guidance on finding my life's "mission" (for want of a better word). However I am open to the idea that maybe just meditation is the best way forward. For now that seems like the only option so I will try and develop my patience.

With metta

:anjali:
"Make it your sport — watching the defilements and making them starve, like a person giving up an addiction"

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai ... ensed.html

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Re: Online teachers

Postby Ben » Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:29 am

Greetings,

If you have the time and inclination, a residential meditation retreat maybe very beneficial for you at this time.
kind regards,

Ben
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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
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Re: Online teachers

Postby rowyourboat » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:00 pm

Hi Lucky-2012,

What's stopping you from developing harmless speech?

With metta

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Re: Online teachers

Postby lucky-2012 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:24 pm

Hi Rowyourboat,

To answer your question - just bad habits I think. In particular when online (so maybe that is a sign that an 'online' teacher wouldn't be the way to go). Maybe because I work with computers, I have a tendency to let my fingers take over. This has landed me in 'trouble' on facebook, twitter, online forums, etc etc.

With metta
"Make it your sport — watching the defilements and making them starve, like a person giving up an addiction"

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai ... ensed.html

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Re: Online teachers

Postby lucky-2012 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:25 pm

"Make it your sport — watching the defilements and making them starve, like a person giving up an addiction"

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai ... ensed.html

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Re: Online teachers

Postby rowyourboat » Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:35 pm

Hi Lucky,

As long as you think that handing responsibility over to a teacher is going to get you to nibbana, I don't feel you will get there. What you type is your responsibility - your online or otherwise teacher cannot (and will not) police your thinking for you.

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Re: Online teachers

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:27 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Online teachers

Postby mirco » Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:02 pm

"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as concentration, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps unification is a better rendition, as samadhi means to bring together. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It's a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." -

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Re: Online teachers

Postby lucky-2012 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:11 am

Thank you all for your comments.

With metta

:anjali:
"Make it your sport — watching the defilements and making them starve, like a person giving up an addiction"

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai ... ensed.html

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Re: Online teachers

Postby Jack » Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:38 pm

Lucky, there are quite a few very good teachers that use Skype. It has worked for me and I know lots of people who have had success with this method. Try http://alohadharma.wordpress.com/ or http://www.pragmaticdharma.com/forum/. They have both very advanced practitioners and beginners as students.

I have more info it you need it. My email is [email protected].

Jack


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