• Hi Bernadette,

    I wasn’t sure who you were asking about making up a schedule?

    It’s hard for me to think what your schedule should be. What I can suggest is pencil in as much time for formal sessions as you can. Add times for lunch, dinner etc interspaced between blocks of 2,3,4 hours, based your personal capabilities. Then I would alternate…[Read more]

  • Hi Bernadette,

    I found the teaching retreats to be of great benefit. Every single one is golden: Maybe pick the one that calls to you, if you go this route:

    Teaching Retreats

    Cheers,
    -Ivan/ (DT Teacher in Training)

  • Every moment is pregnant with the possibility for Insight. Insight is simply seeing how things really are. They have never been different than how they really are. Only our false assumptions appeared to temporarily cloud the true state of things.

    It’s not too hard to find brilliant scientific facts, or just puzzle it around in ones mind, and…[Read more]

  • Peter W,

    Just do it 😉

    All is revealed via practice. Questions resolve themselves via practice and Insight.

    Tasting the ice cream vs. talking about it.

    Certainly it’s healthy to do some of that…; in the end there is only me and the cushion, and how far I’m willing to let the process go.

  • Hi Peter W,

    Sorry I should have been more specific. I was not necessarily endorsing liberation unleashed, or any other form of teaching. Nor was I putting less priority on practicing the stages and so on.

    However — was happy to see Pablo talking about simplicity and how ordinary and obvious this is, once truly seen 😉

    My personal opinion is…[Read more]

  • Hi Pablo,

    Very nice 😉

    The way we talk about this, it sometimes seem esoteric, far away, strange, even unattainable.

    That is NOT the case at all though. This is so simple, so clear, anybody can do it. You don’t need to be a super-star meditator or drop you life and live in a cave!

    Cheers!
    -Ivan/

  • Ivan Ganza replied to the topic A string of beads? in the forum Meditation 1 month ago

    Hi Peter W,

    Is is very hard to put a number of hours of meditation required….;

    As for how do you do it; increased powers of attention and peripheral awareness would eventually take you to the place where you can perceive in that way.

    Building the skills outlined in the book should hopefully help in that 😉

    (Edited: The level of detail in…[Read more]

  • Thanks much for the replies!

  • Hi Peter W,

    Not sure if you are familiar with the Teaching Retreats on the DT website? They are a golden resource.

    There is one specifically on this topic called “Meditation and Insight”, if you have time time, it is highly worthwhile to have a listen.

    Teaching Retreats

    Cheers,
    -Ivan/

  • Hi Peter W,

    Great questions, that may take some time to unpack. I’ll try to give input on just the first part of what you asked.

    |Is it a sudden flash of understanding where you now know something you previously didn’t?

    How does insight arise?

    Yes it could be a sudden flash of understanding. It is not really a conceptual understanding h…[Read more]

  • Hi Sanjeev,

    I created a thread where people can add links to good posts related to the above topics.

    (Rather than try and write something myself, I figured there must already be some great resources related to topics we talked about.)

    I hope it may be of help to you:

    Good posts on TMI and Mindfulness

  • Greetings!

    I’m wondering if anybody knows pointers or links to posts about Mindfulness, especially Mindfulness in Daily Life, on this forum. I wonder if Culadasa has posted something in the years that might be linked to?

    I would like to add some more detail to recently topics, rather than write something myself, I am thinking there must be…[Read more]

  • Hi Sanjeev,

    It may be difficult at first, as we face old habits.

    By training the mind and developing more conscious power, you will certainly learn how to find the balance of attention and peripheral awareness — mind wandering will come under control — many more benefits — I hope you continue with the stages…;

    Cheers,
    -Ivan/

  • Ivan Ganza replied to the topic Is it true to say in the forum Meditation 1 month, 1 week ago

    Dear Bernadette,

    |Thinking feels at the time of thinking more solid and real than the state of awareness and yet it proves to be the more ephemeral. What is thinking? What is happening when i am thinking? Why do i think?

    Part of that — only you can answer this for yourself 😉 (Anything someone could write would be just words that may or may…[Read more]

  • Ivan Ganza replied to the topic Is it true to say in the forum Meditation 1 month, 1 week ago

    Hi Bernadette,

    I had sent you a personal message. If you click on your name on the top right and follow into “Message” area you should see it. A little bit of click around should reveal it 😉

  • Hi Sanjeev,

    Myself (and others I hope) will add more details as this thread matures.

    I think we need to first clarify what is your definition of mindfulness? Of being mindful?

    In the context of TMI, we define Mindfulness as the “optimal interaction of attention and awareness in a given situation.”

    Another way to state that is to think of…[Read more]

  • Ivan Ganza replied to the topic Is it true to say in the forum Meditation 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I’m glad you found the recordings. I found them of immense benefit.

    Especially the “Meditation and Insight” retreat.

    Cheers,
    -Ivan/

  • Ivan Ganza replied to the topic Is it true to say in the forum Meditation 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Bernadette,

    Quick note: I’m not sure if you are familiar. There are a wealth of audio recordings available on the DT website. They can serve as an excellent aid to practicing from the book. Really helps fill things into context. Would highly recommend the teaching retreats.

    Cheers,
    -Ivan/

  • Ivan Ganza replied to the topic Is it true to say in the forum Meditation 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Bernadette,

    |Does a time come through practice that thinking occurs in an aware space and not in the rarefied atmosphere of seemingly only being the thinking event?

    The answer is yes.

    If we use TMI terminology, thoughts arise _first_ in peripheral awareness, with each thought basically trying to bait attention so it (the thought) can become…[Read more]

  • Ivan Ganza replied to the topic Is it true to say in the forum Meditation 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Certainly…:-)

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