05/30/15

Meditation Dangers & Risk Reduction

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One may be forgiven for thinking that meditation is a risk-free activity. In the rush to sell Buddhist-style meditation as a scientifically proven, healthy lifestyle choice for the modern consumerist, the dangers are rarely mentioned.  There are dangers, however. Wrong motivation, attachment, and emotional disturbance are the dangers most likely to ensnare unwary meditators…

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02/26/15

Intuitive Awareness – Ajahn Sumedho

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“There is a huge difference between the use of the mind to think, to analyse, reason, criticise, to have ideas, perceptions, views and opinions, and intuitive awareness which is non-critical… We’re not interested in just developing our critical faculty, because usually in countries like this it’s highly developed already, but to trust in intuitive awareness (sati-sampajanna).” – Ajahn Sumedho

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12/18/14

The Real Study – Ajahn Chah

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“The eight factors of the Eightfold Path of the Buddha, the path of practice, are nothing other than this very body: two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, one tongue, and one body. This is the Path. And the mind is the one who follows the Path. Therefore both the study and the practice exist in our body, speech, and mind…” – Ajahn Chah

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06/27/14

Misperception: Buddhism Leads To Inertia

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Unfortunately, the Buddha’s goal of freedom through wise renunciation is so often misperceived – “How does sitting on a cushion help people who are starving or oppressed? Isn’t some amount of desire good? So at least we would feel the motivation to eat, to go to work, to have children… etc.?” To anyone who thinks this way I would say contemplate seriously whether or not lust and aversion are the only human motivators and whether or not meditation really is a recipe for inaction…

 

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12/30/13

Spaciousness

I find the absence of mental disturbance that sometimes happens during meditation to be a pleasant experience. Sometimes I can induce it by visualising the spaciousness of open moorland or the vast interior of a medieval cathedral, for example. A useful insight arising from such deep concentration is the conditionality of the tranquillity…

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07/27/13

Anger

In this post I suggest that anger is a deluded person’s emotional response to the existential facts of impermanence, dissatisfaction and insubstantiality.  Anger serves no useful purpose whatsoever, and through meditation and mindfulness practice one gets better at dealing with this destructive emotion…

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05/30/13

Faith

According to Wikipedia, “Faith is confidence or trust in a person, thing, deity, or in the doctrines or teachings of a religion. It may also be belief that is not based on proof… The word faith is often used as a substitute for hope, trust or belief.”  In this post I contemplate the meaning of ‘faith’ and identify five types that appear to be operating in modern day society…

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