• Thank you so much Patrick. I am currently working on stage 3 and found this recap incredibly helpful. I stumbled across you post by accident but it actually contained answers to questions I already had and even things that I only realised while reading. This reads indeed like the “advice I would give to myself in hindsight” or “the post that I…[Read more]

  • I found the passage about what is followed by what rather confusing. But thanks for pointing out that footnote about “stage 7 before insight”. I read this a while ago but had forgotten about it. I also like the application of the 80/20 rule to meditation practices 🙂

    Thank you so much for your elaborations. They clarified a lot to me.

  • Hey Mary,

    thanks for your response.

    I found the Metta Meditation, posted on Reddit and contacted the groups you mentioned. With your tips I am also going to try to find further ones from the list above.

    The eSangha is not within a feasible time for Down Under, but I messages Nick.

    I would very much like to read your stage 2 guide. I’ll message…[Read more]

  • Hi Meshe, thanks for your response.

    Do I get you correctly that you say that as an advanced meditator it is OK to add a Vipassana technique (like e.g. the Goenka body scan or noting etc.) to the practice? What do you mean by “advanced”? The milestones in TMI are called “novice”, “skilled”, “transition” and “adept”.

  • Hey Michael,

    on good days I’d consider myself being stage 3.

    I do understand that TMI is a Samatha technique while Goenka is a Vipassana technique, having only a very rough beginners knowledge of the terminology. I still do visit my local Vipassana groups from time to time, so do you think there is a possibility to using the TMI technique (tied…[Read more]

  • Hello. I am following The Mind Illuminated (TMI) in the earlier stages.

    I value community a lot and thus like to go to e.g. weekly group sittings and talks. Also I would like to attend retreats. I live in Melbourne (Australia, not Florida) and Dharma Treasure is not really a thing here. Hence I wanted to ask what styles/schools/sanghas could be…[Read more]

  • Hello. I am following The Mind Illuminated (TMI) in the earlier stages.

    I saw that stage 5 introduces body scanning and wanted to ask on opinions on doing this practice in earlier stages.

    The book states that in order to develop strong mindfulness you have to develop more overall power of the mind, a foundation built up until that point. In no…[Read more]

  • Regarding motivation I would find it interesting to know how peoples motives changed over time. E.g. from “dealing with my psychological condition X”, via “supercharging my brain” a lot of ideas about meditation are out there. And usually, if you go on a long journey, eventually you find motivations you did not think of in the first place. So…[Read more]

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