• Hello Cheese,

    I really appreciated your earnest post. Several thoughts occurred to me.

    First, walking this path, it can seem as if we are asked to relinquish everything: to eat cake without thinking “oh, what a delightful taste!”; to work our jobs without being personally invested in career advancement; to love our family – say, our only child –…[Read more]

  • Hi Sam,

    The usual reason why people feel dullness with the body scan is because awareness has faded. As a result, the breath sensations will appear hazy, or absent, or divorced from the overall proprioceptive experience of your body, or they will start to mix with other non-breath sensations such as pleasure.

    The reason this is happening is…[Read more]

  • Jeremy Graves replied to the topic Culadasa BATGAP in the forum Meditation 1 year, 6 months 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.

  • 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 year, 6 months 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 year, 6 months 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]

  • Hi micro,

    If you’re already fairly concentrated, this rigorous schedule should work well; an increase in concentration has, as a side-effect, a decreased need for sleep, so ~6 hours won’t be a problem.

    If you’re familiar with the mind-system model in TMI, you could say this happens because the sub-minds in a mind-system unified by meditation…[Read more]

  • Hi micro,

    If you’re already fairly concentrated, this rigorous schedule should work well; an increase in concentration has, as a side-effect, a decreased need for sleep, so ~6 hours won’t be a problem.

    If you’re familiar with the mind-system model in TMI, you could say this happens because the sub-minds in a mind-system unified by meditation…[Read more]

  • Hi micro,

    If you’re already fairly concentrated, this rigorous schedule should work well; an increase in concentration has, as a side-effect, a decreased need for sleep, so ~6 hours won’t be a problem.

    If you’re familiar with the mind-system model in TMI, you could say this happens because the sub-minds in a mind-system unified by meditation…[Read more]

  • Hi 5adja5b,

    With a handle like that, I have to ask if you’re really a droid from Star Wars!

    Anyway, thank you for coming to DTC with your questions. I suspect the reason nobody has responded besides Ivan is because it would be hard to provide advice on such rarefied experiences as arupa jhanas and nibbana without having more context about your…[Read more]

  • Hi 5adja5b,

    With a handle like that, I have to ask if you’re really a droid from Star Wars!

    Anyway, thank you for coming to DTC with your questions. I suspect the reason nobody has responded besides Ivan is because it would be hard to provide advice on such rarefied experiences as arupa jhanas and nibbana without having more context about your…[Read more]

  • Hi 5adja5b,

    With a handle like that, I have to ask if you’re really a droid from Star Wars!

    Anyway, thank you for coming to DTC with your questions. I suspect the reason nobody has responded besides Ivan is because it would be hard to provide advice on such rarefied experiences as arupa jhanas and nibbana without having more context about your…[Read more]

  • Hi 5adja5b,

    With a handle like that, I have to ask if you’re really a droid from Star Wars!

    Anyway, thank you for coming to DTC with your questions. I suspect the reason nobody has responded besides Ivan is because it would be hard to provide advice on such rarefied experiences as arupa jhanas and nibbana without having more context about your…[Read more]

  • Hi 5adja5b,

    With a handle like that, I have to ask if you’re really a droid from Star Wars!

    Anyway, thank you for coming to DTC with your questions. I suspect the reason nobody has responded besides Ivan is because it would be hard to provide advice on such rarefied experiences as arupa jhanas and nibbana without having more context about your…[Read more]

  • Hi Wiley,

    Nice to “cyber” meet you, and thank you for your regular presence on these forums.

    I just wanted to address briefly something you said in your correspondence with Nelson. You mentioned that you “completed the 10 Stages,” but found that meditative joy was “missing.” The thing is, one cannot actually complete the 10 Stages without the…[Read more]

  • Hi Wiley,

    Nice to “cyber” meet you, and thank you for your regular presence on these forums.

    I just wanted to address briefly something you said in your correspondence with Nelson. You mentioned that you “completed the 10 Stages,” but found that meditative joy was “missing.” The thing is, one cannot actually complete the 10 Stages without the…[Read more]

  • I see I forgot to address the issue of “active generation” you mentioned. The act of generating the meditation does not impede the development of concentration via loving-kindness. (When you first start learning this practice, it may take some extra energy, and annoyance may arise, but these usually pass fairly quickly.) Some people even discover…[Read more]

  • Hi GC,

    Loving-kindness is a profound practice that “kills two birds with one stone.”

    First, it selectively strengthens the intention to regard others with warmth and friendliness. This spontaneous capacity develops into a powerful intention that can be sustained continuously on or off the cushion as a kind of divine abode (“brahmavihara”),…[Read more]

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  • Hi, Ward. Due to health reasons, I too have suffered from chronic insomnia, for the past seven years or so. My experience is that the sub minds do understand the context – ie, that you are not meditating formally, but rather intending to fall asleep. So I don’t think this will be a problem for you.

    I hope your sleep difficulties improve soon!

    Jeremy

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