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The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

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: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Guy » Thu Dec 03, 2009 4:49 am

Hi Northernbuck,

Welcome aboard!

Have you heard of Birken Forest Monastery? It is a Canadian monastery based on the Thai Forest Tradition. Here's a link: I know Canada is a big place, so I don't know how close it is to you, but maybe you can go and visit one day.

Ajahn Jayasaro is an excellent teacher, even if you don't live near a monastery you are very fortunate to have come across the Dhamma online. May your practice meet with success.

With Metta,

Guy
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Ben » Thu Dec 03, 2009 4:52 am

Good luck Northernbuck with maintaining your practice!
metta
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“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby withoutcolour » Thu Dec 17, 2009 4:50 am

I wish everyone well on their meditation challenges!!

I myself am feeling a bit guilty. I can make excuses about my crazy busy schedule, but I suppose there is no excuse to not sit on your cushion for at least 10 minutes... I really haven't meditated in a long time, I go through periods of meditating a lot, then reading the suttas a lot, then meditating a lot again... phases of intense learning, then intense practicing... but all the while being mindful, compassionate and utilizing the dharma in my everyday life.
In any event, I think starting tomorrow I'm going to try at least 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening.

Best of luck!!
สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ
sabbe sattā sukhita hontu

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Laurens » Thu Dec 17, 2009 3:55 pm

I set myself the goal of doing at least 20 mins of sitting and 20 mins of walking meditation each day for the rest of the month.

It might not sound too tough, but last Christmas I found maintaining my meditation practice during all the commotion quite difficult!
"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby withoutcolour » Thu Dec 17, 2009 6:52 pm

สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ
sabbe sattā sukhita hontu

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Orbiting-Awareness » Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:26 pm

It's been a while now since I've meditated on a daily basis, and it's time to get serious, so I'm vowing to meditate 10 minutes of walking a day, for a week, and then doing 10 minutes of walking, and 10 minutes of sitting, twice a day for two weeks after that. From there, I'll bump it up in increments of 5 minutes from there. Hopefully this will give me the concentration to get around to getting a skeleton for my trip before the middle of February.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:11 pm

Hello O-A,

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu! I am making a new aditthana for the new year to meditate in a formal posture for an hour each day until 4/1/10. Be well!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby withoutcolour » Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:14 pm

Update!
I meditated for roughly 20 minutes a day for about a week then gradually dropped off. I found that I spent more time exercising (which was my other goal to do once per day) than meditating. Well, at least I'm doing one thing right.
Today, though, I meditating for 10 minutes with my fiance and I'm hoping his support will encourage me to practice more often. We're a little sangha, he and I! (And my dog, she likes to watch us meditate and listen to dharma talks when I play them, heh)

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and Orbiting Awareness, I'd be interested in reading what you have to say about meditating in metropolitan areas -- I used to live in a big city and hear all sorts of craziness at all hours of the day (and night). Do you think that sort of thing challenges us and makes our meditation better or impedes on the process altogether?

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Best of luck to everyone else! Keep up the good work!
สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ
sabbe sattā sukhita hontu

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:47 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: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby withoutcolour » Tue Jan 19, 2010 2:41 am

So long as you're mindful of the snake swallowing you... :tongue:

Heh-heh.
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Ben » Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:56 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby PeterB » Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:18 am

I am maintaining my practice of 40 mins anapanasati in the evening, and 20 minutes of anapanasati plus 20 minutes of Buddho and a little reading in the morning.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Ben » Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:26 am

Well done Peter!
metta

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“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby adept » Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:15 pm

Trying very hard to maintain 20-30 minutes daily of Anapanasati while in full lotus. I may dedicate one day per week to metta meditation as I think it's something I need to work on.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby ba55i5t » Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:59 am

Hello all,

Maybe a little formal introduction would help. My name is James and I have been practicing Buddhism for about 7 months now. I'm rather eclectic - I've been to Vajrayana centres, Zen centres and had discussions with a Theravadin Monk. I had resolved to focus on Shikantaza meditation originally in this New Year, but recently have decided to get back to the basics with some Anapanasati. I do about 20 mins a day (excluding time on the bus), and attend a Zen Centre about once a week. I think I will suggest that from this day forward I will do 20 mins as part of my morning routine, as well as bus time, and atleast 5 minutes every night.

Edit: I'm not attached to missing a minute here or there, I'm just trying to get myself going.

:namaste:
Metta,
James

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Ben » Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:33 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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