The Benefits of Training the Mind that We Can Verify for Ourselves

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    Blaz Simcic

    Dear all,

    I think it would be really beneficial to discuss the progress we’ve made in our daily lives.

    How did meditation practice changed your daily life? What difference do you feel?

    I’m somewhere in the 5th or 6th stage now and I’m becomimg increasingly aware of my thoughts and words during the day (but I don’t see any other benefits). What can I expect in the next stages (especially with unification of the mind)?



    Hi Blaz

    Before I answer, I just want you to know that I’m currently in a teacher training program with Culadasa. So my answers are grounded in his teachings, but they are, of course, also being filtered through this particular mind. Other students in the program will probably have some great responses as well.

    Anyway, an important distinction to make is between samatha and vipassana. Samatha practice entails training the mind – developing stable attention and powerful mindfulness. A full state of Samatha has three other qualities as well – joy, tranquility, and equanimity. This is basically what you’re doing by working through the Stages. As wonderful as Samatha is, however, it’s not an end in itself but a way to make the mind ripe for Vipassana, or Insight. In other words, a mind in Samatha is in the perfect state for investigating reality and thus having Insight.

    Insight is a cognitive transformation which really restructures fundamental assumptions we hold about the nature of self and reality. These insights include: dissatisfaction, impermanence, interconnectedness, emptiness and no-self. Insight can happen at anytime and in any Stage. However, as you progress through the Stages, the possibility of Insight increases. That said, the final Insight into no-self, the one that leads to full awakening can only in a state of Samatha

    So, like two wings of a bird, you really you need Samatha and Vipassana together for your practice to soar.




    (How did meditation practice changed your daily life? What difference do you feel?)

    When I am doing two- one hour sits a day, I become fearless. Not the extreme sports type fearless, but the “I am not afraid so open myself up to others” type of fearlessness. I suppose that I also have the extreme sports type. I just think that those acts are often brought on by fear, or the denial of fear.

    On the somewhat negative side. I have had this high pitched electrical hum at the base of my skull for the past couple of years now. I don’t really know if it has anything to do with my practice, but I suspect so.

    Being able to block out distractions when necessary is a big plus in my line of work. I just have to be careful to use that ability for only a short time, otherwise I am not as aware of my surroundings.

    Things will change with practice. It’s inevitable.



    Blaz Simcic

    Hi Matthew and Mitchell, thanks for your answers! Blaž

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