• In TMI, Culadasa and his co-authors state that Stage 4 has been passed once gross distractions are absent throughout the meditation session. I am wondering how strictly this is meant. Is it advised to stick to Stage 4 practice and not start the body scanning if within an hour of meditation, I usually have a few gross distractions between stretches…[Read more]

  • First of all, thank you very much for this forum – it is very helpful!

    My question is on the intellectual understanding of No-self. Here is my admittedly very basic understanding, from which my question arises:
    – We are just the five aggregates
    – Everything, incl. our five aggreagtes, arises and passes away causally conditioned, and the whole of…[Read more]

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  • Thank you Blake,

    I have read your link and will try the breathing before my next meditation session.
    The sensations begin in my lower belly and side body, going to them with my attention does not change the way my body reacts to it.
    Today doing a body scan also did nothing to lessen the bodily reactions so perhaps that was just incidental.

    I…[Read more]

  • Hi Kim,

    I have had a similar experiences with the premature arising of piti, in stage 3 or 4. Culadasa explained this as a partial unification of mind. Different minds and bodies respond differently to the practice. Even though some of the sensations can be unpleasant, try to let go of the aversion as best you are able.

    One practice that has…[Read more]

  • I have been praticing at stage 4 for quite a while now and seem to be experiencing what is described as meditative joy.

    My body starts swinging side to side, first gently but can quickly become pretty violent. Sometimes it twists violently and my arms want to flail around.
    I get a stupid grin on my face, my head pulls backwards often and…[Read more]

  • I have been praticing at stage 4 for quite a while now and seem to be experiencing what is described as meditative joy.

    My body starts swinging side to side, first gently but can quickly become pretty violent. Sometimes it twists violently and my arms want to flail around.
    I get a stupid grin on my face, my head pulls backwards often and…[Read more]

  • I have been praticing at stage 4 for quite a while now and seem to be experiencing what is described as meditative joy.

    My body starts swinging side to side, first gently but can quickly become pretty violent. Sometimes it twists violently and my arms want to flail around.
    I get a stupid grin on my face, my head pulls backwards often and…[Read more]

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  • Full Circle replied to the topic Culadasa BATGAP in the forum Meditation 1 week, 6 days ago

    That makes sense.

    I guess what prompted my question on what Culadasa meant by preparing for death was that I’m dealing with a lot of anxiety and fear in my own life and practice and a theme that comes up and links to it is death anxiety. I’ve been struggling with any practices other than metta/brahmavihara’s with other practices triggering a lot…[Read more]

  • ward replied to the topic Self retreat schedule in the forum Meditation 1 week, 6 days ago

    Yes, thanks much. It’s hard to imagine that my subminds will ever “shut up and listen,” but I’ll try to stay open to that and hold the intention.

  • Jeremy Graves replied to the topic Culadasa BATGAP in the forum Meditation 1 week, 6 days ago

    Hi Full Circle,

    You’re very welcome. Yes, it’s interesting to consider the attention-awareness paradigm in light of Mahamudra/Dzogchen. It opens a whole new perspective on TMI.

    By the way, I didn’t mean to suggest equanimity equals asceticism and social withdrawal. The bodhisattva path is also one of equanimity.

  • Full Circle replied to the topic Culadasa BATGAP in the forum Meditation 1 week, 6 days ago

    Hi Jeremy

    Thank you for your answer it clarified a lot. Also going back to the pages you recommended I got a lot more re-reading them, I think I need to re-read the whole book based off that experience!

    I had picked up that Culadasa had health issues but I didn’t know that it was that serious, very sorry to hear that and I hope his health…[Read more]

  • Hi Ward,

    Yes, the process I was describing is indeed pacification of mind. Thank you for pointing that out.

    The reason subminds eventually stop projecting distractions into awareness is precisely because they cease to generate them at an *unconscious* level. In other words, the subminds learn to set aside their individual agendas – to stop p…[Read more]

  • Jeremy Graves replied to the topic Culadasa BATGAP in the forum Meditation 1 week, 6 days ago

    Hi Full Circle,

    I too enjoyed his interview!

    I’ll take a gander at answering your questions:

    1. The practice he referred to was “Meditating on the Mind,” p. 331. As you may know, traditional Mahamudra practice is divided into three phases: ground Mahamudra, in which one recognizes and learns to abide in the knowing and empty quality of…[Read more]

  • Jeremy Graves replied to the topic Culadasa BATGAP in the forum Meditation 1 week, 6 days ago

    Hi Full Circle,

    I too enjoyed his interview!

    I’ll take a gander at answering your questions:

    1. The practice he referred to was “Meditating on the Mind,” p. 331. As you may know, traditional Mahamudra practice is divided into three phases: ground Mahamudra, in which one recognizes and learns to abide in the knowing and empty quality of…[Read more]

  • ward replied to the topic Self retreat schedule in the forum Meditation 1 week, 6 days ago

    Jeremy said “…the sub-minds in a mind-system unified by meditation are no longer wasting their energy by incessantly generating desire- and aversion-based thoughts and feelings at an unconscious level; the act of meditation is a much less energy-intensive process than our usual neurotic mental activity!”

    Wouldn’t it be more correct to say that…[Read more]

  • Of course, I meant to say that it is imperative that you do NOT use a schedule like this to reinforce the ego.

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