• Meshe,

    The naturalist metaphor is one to keep in mind. The post-facto discriminating accords with what I have discovered and as yet am discovering. The beginnings and endings of A & P’s are bound up together, as it seems are the interim “sequences” as well as the contingent dependencies. They arise out of nowhere (emptiness) and fall back into…[Read more]

  • Re, Stage 8, Metacognitive Awareness with Meditation on Dependent Arising.

    I have not been able to apply “chunkier” but do appreciate your advice. At this stage sensations mainly arise (perhaps it is different for others) and with only occasional thoughts (you suggest thoughts) and images.

    I have found help with sensations. Daniel Ingram in…[Read more]

  • Hi Blake,

    I have had luminous experiences with the eyes open and closed but am not sure that is the same as the inner light, so I may be among the “variables.” If it is different than that maybe the inner light will yet happen, maybe not.

    In terms of complete pacification, it seems, at least for me, that as meditative joy spreads it crowds-out…[Read more]

  • Thank you for that explanation, which got me to looking further. I found this in Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s book The Shape of Suffering: A Study of Dependent Co-Arising:

    “The upshot of [Chapter Three] is that a person aiming to put an end to suffering does not need to know all the ins and outs of dependent co-arising, because the practice can be…[Read more]

  • I am at stage 8. Before I began reading TMI I had meditated in zendos and at home. I can do the practices in Momentary Concentration, redistributing alternating attention, and Choiceless Attention. However, I am stuck with the Meditation on Dependent Arising, which is described thus: “In this meditation, you follow mental events as they occur in s…[Read more]