Recent Posts - Awakenetwork - awakenetwork.org - awakenetwork.org http://75.98.175.53 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 11:21:53 -0400 Kunena Forum (Joomla) /components/com_kunena/template/blue_eagle/images/icons/rss.png Recent Posts - Awakenetwork - awakenetwork.org en-gb Pragmatic Dharma practitioners in Japan? - by: Jim Irving http://75.98.175.53/forum/retreat-group-recommendations/13674-pragmatic-dharma-practitioners-in-japan#111579 http://75.98.175.53/forum/retreat-group-recommendations/13674-pragmatic-dharma-practitioners-in-japan#111579 Retreat/Group Recommendations Fri, 13 Sep 2019 20:40:33 -0400 Awake Network Members' Practice - by: Ona Kiser http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13720-awake-network-members-practice#111578 http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13720-awake-network-members-practice#111578 Laurel Carrington wrote:
That looks wonderful, but unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to do it at this point because my feet wouldn’t take it. Maybe if i could lose about 50 pounds . . .

Weight loss is part of my practice, too, I guess. Forgot to mention that... :silly:]]>
General Forum Topics Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:07:16 -0400
Awake Network Members' Practice - by: Laurel Carrington http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13720-awake-network-members-practice#111576 http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13720-awake-network-members-practice#111576 General Forum Topics Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:42:53 -0400 Awake Network Members' Practice - by: Laurel Carrington http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13720-awake-network-members-practice#111575 http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13720-awake-network-members-practice#111575 General Forum Topics Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:40:27 -0400 Dependent Origination, Awareness, and Time - by: Junglist http://75.98.175.53/forum/stream-of-consciousness/13721-dependent-origination-awareness-and-time#111573 http://75.98.175.53/forum/stream-of-consciousness/13721-dependent-origination-awareness-and-time#111573 Stream Of Consciousness Fri, 13 Sep 2019 07:23:17 -0400 If you think you're enlightened ... - by: Junglist http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13722-if-you-think-you-re-enlightened#111572 http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13722-if-you-think-you-re-enlightened#111572 Chris Marti wrote:
I attended a wedding in New Hampshire this summer for one of my wife's nieces. I was entertained by watching a very dysfunctional extended family have it out, day after day after day. THEY weren't entertained, however.

:silly:

I've occasionally noticed that when other parents argue with their little children it can be the most endearing thing in the world to watch the child come up with all kinds of reasoning and arguments and really see the relationship and the desires of them both in action. "It's so sweet how she said... " says I to the parent. "Man, it can be so stressful sometimes!" comes the answer.

I have absolutely no doubt that meditation has enabled to inhabit the more endearing perspective with my family, while of course remaining on the stressful side...]]>
General Forum Topics Fri, 13 Sep 2019 07:21:22 -0400
Awake Network Members' Practice - by: Junglist http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13720-awake-network-members-practice#111571 http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13720-awake-network-members-practice#111571 Zachary wrote:
I've also been doing Zhan Zhuang standing meditation as my primary practice, and have been since the beginning of the year. I've limited it to just the first two postures, "Standing Like a Tree" and "Holding the Balloon"

That's cool, I also basically only do the holding the balloon one. I also find it really beneficial to do some other exercises afterwards to maintain and carry the "energy" into movement, like this walking one: (can't find an English video, sorry :blush: ), in which you imagine pushing a wall or walking upstream submerged in a river. I usually have my hands a bit lower than the guy in the video though.]]>
General Forum Topics Fri, 13 Sep 2019 07:02:08 -0400
Awake Network Members' Practice - by: Zachary http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13720-awake-network-members-practice#111568 http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13720-awake-network-members-practice#111568
I've found it immensely helpful in working with the subtle energy body and various blockages. I began doing it in order to smooth out some out-of-whack energy problems that emerged after practicing in unbalanced ways on a retreat and/or were possibly from a lifetime habit of dissociating from the area of body below the neck.

I've been working out Lam Kam-Chuen's "Way of Energy" and Mark Cohen's "Inside Zhan Zhuang".

I occasionally do seated mindfulness of breath as instructed by Thanissaro Bhikku and Ajahn Lee.

I've also been following the five precepts in a straightforward sense that I've found supportive to practice.]]>
General Forum Topics Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:09:22 -0400
Dependent Origination, Awareness, and Time - by: shargrol http://75.98.175.53/forum/stream-of-consciousness/13721-dependent-origination-awareness-and-time#111567 http://75.98.175.53/forum/stream-of-consciousness/13721-dependent-origination-awareness-and-time#111567 Philip wrote:
The end of the out-breath is a common trigger point for fruitions/cessations for me. Also when doing inquiry practices there are often shifts into openness that seem to be triggered at the same point.

As an interesting curiosity... when I was working toward 4th path, my teacher had me take a deep breath, hold it, and then exhale strongly all-at-once. There is something very deep about the tonality of the body at the end of an exhale that seems to point to nibbana.]]>
Stream Of Consciousness Wed, 11 Sep 2019 13:29:41 -0400
If you think you're enlightened ... - by: shargrol http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13722-if-you-think-you-re-enlightened#111566 http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13722-if-you-think-you-re-enlightened#111566
For what it's worth, my "if you think you're enlightened" scenario happened in early 2017: I was potentially going to lose my job, my wife had a very serious health scare, my dog had cancer and needed an operation, and I had an operation that took me two weeks of bed rest, a month to walk, and maybe a year to mostly recover from. My body was definitely lit up, hyper-vigilant, when all of these things initially hit. But I will say that I never lost it and it really struck me how this was yet another opportunity for practice--- or you could say life is practice... In a short time, it all seemed like the new normal. (And ultimately I was fortunate that many of the worst outcomes didn't happen, I have my job, my wife, and my dog.) In a way it was a great experience because I saw so many assumptions regarding what should/must be stressful appear in my mind and then my mind saying "really? is that helpful?" I do feel like what could have been traumatic was greatly attenuated. So I think there is something to the idea that meditation can create a kind of resiliency to serious life challenges, but it was also clear to me that new and challenging experiences will be new and challenging.]]>
General Forum Topics Wed, 11 Sep 2019 13:18:31 -0400
Dependent Origination, Awareness, and Time - by: Chris Marti http://75.98.175.53/forum/stream-of-consciousness/13721-dependent-origination-awareness-and-time#111565 http://75.98.175.53/forum/stream-of-consciousness/13721-dependent-origination-awareness-and-time#111565 I'll try to find some references to post here.
I found the practices I used in this book:

Time, Space and Knowledge
A New Vision of Reality
by Tarthang Tulku]]>
Stream Of Consciousness Tue, 10 Sep 2019 21:11:32 -0400
Dependent Origination, Awareness, and Time - by: Philip http://75.98.175.53/forum/stream-of-consciousness/13721-dependent-origination-awareness-and-time#111564 http://75.98.175.53/forum/stream-of-consciousness/13721-dependent-origination-awareness-and-time#111564 Seeing That Frees


Random thoughts:
From the Mahasi perpsective, the view is that the object and the conciousness of the object are indeed disappearing continually and if you use the fast noting approach this becomes very apparent in Dissolution when the object and the following conciousness seem to be almost snatched away as fast as they arrive.

The end of the out-breath is a common trigger point for fruitions/cessations for me. Also when doing inquiry practices there are often shifts into openness that seem to be triggered at the same point.

Investigative thoughts - How can I be eperiencing time, i.e. what makes something the past and something the present? Is it that we're just comparing memory with experience. Is all experience just passing memory? When does the current experience become a past experience? Can I sit and watch it happen? What does 'When' even mean in that context?]]>
Stream Of Consciousness Tue, 10 Sep 2019 18:02:17 -0400
If you think you're enlightened ... - by: Eric http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13722-if-you-think-you-re-enlightened#111563 http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13722-if-you-think-you-re-enlightened#111563
There's a level where you could be watching even those patterns arise with non-attachment, but in this situation that was dialed down to, well, very little.]]>
General Forum Topics Tue, 10 Sep 2019 09:59:18 -0400
If you think you're enlightened ... - by: Noah http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13722-if-you-think-you-re-enlightened#111561 http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13722-if-you-think-you-re-enlightened#111561
it had me pretty screwed up for a few hours... i expect this will continue for a couple days at least.]]>
General Forum Topics Tue, 10 Sep 2019 03:14:12 -0400
If you think you're enlightened ... - by: Ona Kiser http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13722-if-you-think-you-re-enlightened#111560 http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13722-if-you-think-you-re-enlightened#111560
I'm also frequently annoyed by cab drivers. They drive terribly, talk too much, complain constantly, and ask nosy questions, though usually only as a pretext for launching into non-stop complaints. Uber drivers are very courteous and drive very nicely. I think because they feel less job security, needing good ratings to get rides assigned. The taxi drivers work at taxi stands and are not rated.

You could rename this thread "complaints"? lol]]>
General Forum Topics Mon, 09 Sep 2019 19:54:14 -0400
If you think you're enlightened ... - by: Chris Marti http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13722-if-you-think-you-re-enlightened#111559 http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13722-if-you-think-you-re-enlightened#111559
:silly:]]>
General Forum Topics Mon, 09 Sep 2019 18:13:54 -0400
If you think you're enlightened ... - by: Ona Kiser http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13722-if-you-think-you-re-enlightened#111558 http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13722-if-you-think-you-re-enlightened#111558 General Forum Topics Mon, 09 Sep 2019 17:52:55 -0400 If you think you're enlightened ... - by: Chris Marti http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13722-if-you-think-you-re-enlightened#111557 http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13722-if-you-think-you-re-enlightened#111557
:ohmy:]]>
General Forum Topics Mon, 09 Sep 2019 17:14:27 -0400
If you think you're enlightened ... - by: Eric http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13722-if-you-think-you-re-enlightened#111556 http://75.98.175.53/forum/2-general-forum-topics/13722-if-you-think-you-re-enlightened#111556
In my case I spent a few hours in a kind of brother in law situation. Have not gotten that contracted in years maybe, even if it was only a few minutes. Still plenty to learn, or unlearn.]]>
General Forum Topics Mon, 09 Sep 2019 13:27:15 -0400
Dependent Origination, Awareness, and Time - by: Andy http://75.98.175.53/forum/stream-of-consciousness/13721-dependent-origination-awareness-and-time#111555 http://75.98.175.53/forum/stream-of-consciousness/13721-dependent-origination-awareness-and-time#111555 Junglist wrote:
Rob often says that the points he makes are to be used for practice, and so I wanted extract specific practices from what he describes.
For example:
- Was the consciousness that depended on the breath and the one that appeared dependent on the other objects, the same consciousness?
- It feels the same, how can it feel the same? What is it that feels the same?

This was incredibly deep for me, especially the "It feels the same... what is it that's the same as it was when I was a child?". I was not doing any specific practice at the time, but was simply reading this post, when I had a clear, visceral, down-to-the-bone knowing of what the "it" was for me. The understanding has continued to deepen and develop over the last six years. The experience was unasked for and unintentional, but I can't imagine living without this knowing.

See my first few posts here on Awake Network to see how this developed for me initially: http://awakenetwork.org/forum/111-personal-practice-diaries-logs-comments-questions/8887-andy-s-journal

Traditionally, the practice for this recognition is inquiry, eg. "What knows this?", or "What knows this experience?" a la Ramana Maharshi or Adyashanti. Most recently, I've been working productively with Loch Kelly's glimpse practices from his book "Shift Into Freedom". I find it useful to not do active practices such as vipassana or concentration during the same practice session. Working in short bursts seems more effective for me. If I lose stability during inquiry, I'll do some gentle resting practices to settle back into it.]]>
Stream Of Consciousness Mon, 09 Sep 2019 10:23:29 -0400