- May 23 1:39 PMthank you very much for the reply. my problem is there are no theravada temples nearby. is there anyone in this group that could give me instruction?
--- In SanghaOnline@yahoogroups.com, Khammai Dhammasami <oxford.k.dhammasami@...> wrote:
> I think you need a meditation teacher to closely guide you for a few days,
> or a couple of weeks, at least. Nothing can replace the experience of a
> teacher, no matter how many books/ texts/ suttas on meditation you have
> Meditation instruction is not inscribed on stone. It is flexible and
> changes as and when the situation requires. That judgement is made by the
> teacher before one is mature enough and becomes an independent practitioner.
> with metta,
> Ven. Dhammasami
> On 22 May 2012 03:27, grayfox0016 <grayfox0016@...> wrote:
> > **
> > Dear Venerable Sirs,
> > i have been practicing theravada buddhism for ten years and have been for
> > the past three years unable to remain conscious during meditation. i
> > practice mindfulness of breathing. i have looked everywhere for information
> > and tips on how to solve this problem, from the capala sutta to forums on
> > buddhism and have found nothing that works. could you please give me some
> > guidance?
> > i also have a few questions about the satipatthana sutta which i have been
> > focusing my practice on for the past year:
> > how is it to be practiced?
> > 1.) all the techniques at once as they arise? like mindfulness of
> > breathing when sitting meditation, four postures when driving, walking,
> > going to sleep, or standing at work, charnel ground contemplations when one
> > thinks of death or sees a graveyard, etc.?
> > 2.) pick one technique only (such as mindfulness of breathing or the
> > postures) and be mindful of that only?
> > 3.) do all the techniques but in some kind of sequence? such as
> > mindfulness of breathing for the first five days of each month, then four
> > postures for the next five, charnel ground the next five, and so on?
> > currently i do method number 1, i just wanted to make sure i was doing it
> > right.
> > further more i'm not sure how precisely to practice insight as described
> > at the end of each section.
> > thank you very much for your time.
> Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami, DPhil (Oxford)
> Executive Secretary, International Association of Buddhist Universities (
> Executive Secretary, Association of Theravada Buddhist Universities (
> Trustee & Fellow, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Oxford;
> Professor, ITBMU, Yangon;
> Abbot, the Oxford Buddha Vihara, UK, Singapore & Malaysia
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