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  • grayfox0016
    May 23 1:39 PM
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      thank 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
      > read.
      >
      > 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 (
      > www.iabu.org);
      > Executive Secretary, Association of Theravada Buddhist Universities (
      > www.atbu.org);
      > 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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