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Title: Second members introduction thread 2011 - 2017
Post by: Matthew on September 08, 2011, 09:05:43 AM
The old thread was getting a bit long. If you just joined the forums you can say hello here.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: barrec on October 24, 2011, 03:31:38 AM
Hello! My name is Everett and I recently began practicing meditation. I've been an avid reader of the forum for a while, and am excited to be a part of the community.

I've always been interested in mediation and found a copy of Still The Mind at a book store this past Summer. After reading it, I committed myself to trying to meditate once and see how it goes. So far, I've been meditating for these few months and have noticed a few, albeit subtle, changes in my life, and have found the most trying part can be making the time for it every day :o).

I live near Portland, OR USA and have been happily married for almost two years now. My wife and I both work in education and have a beautiful black cat. In the Fall, I also play tuba in a polka band. I enjoy music, working out and laughing.

Again, it's a pleasure to be part of the community!
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: chintan on October 24, 2011, 04:30:11 AM
Hello Everett - welcome to the forum. Nice to have you onboard. Most of our introductions are in the previous thread on this topic. Hope to see you around.

Chintan
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Morning Dew on October 24, 2011, 05:16:12 AM
Welcome aboard.

Love cats. I am owned by two;
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Take care
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Andrew on October 24, 2011, 06:45:46 AM
In the Fall, I also play tuba in a polka band. I enjoy music, working out and laughing.

Welcome Everett, when I read this bit of your intro, I smiled. That sounds like awesome fun.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on October 24, 2011, 10:23:21 AM
barrec,

Welcome to the forums. Making regular time to meditate and keeping it up is one of the hardest things for many people in this busy modern world. You are not alone in this.

Matthew
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on October 24, 2011, 11:17:05 AM
Welcome to the forums, Everett. Hope to know more about you.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Stefan on October 25, 2011, 05:20:42 PM


it's a pleasure to be part of the community!


 ;D ... not always, Battie, not always ...

Hi Everett, nice to have you here!

Greez, Stefan
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vincent L on October 25, 2011, 09:28:46 PM
Hi guys,

I was surfing the net to find a forum to further my learning of the path to enlightenment and found this forum so decided to be part of the community.  ;)

I'm from Malaysia and having a dad that practices meditation for over 30 years I'm pretty much in believe of the Buddhism teachings and keen to learn more.

Hope to have some useful exchange here as I just started to meditate with a mantra and I find the benefits are limitless.

Thank you once again

 
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on October 25, 2011, 09:34:14 PM
Welcome Vincent. May you find that which you need.

Matthew
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DerDomi on October 25, 2011, 09:43:29 PM
Hi guys,

I was surfing the net to find a forum to further my learning of the path to enlightenment and found this forum so decided to be part of the community.  ;)

I'm from Malaysia and having a dad that practices meditation for over 30 years I'm pretty much in believe of the Buddhism teachings and keen to learn more.

Hope to have some useful exchange here as I just started to meditate with a mantra and I find the benefits are limitless.

Thank you once again

Hi Vincent, welcome! Good to have you here, I hope you enjoy this place =)

I'm hell impressed by your dad! Does he talk about his journey in meditation? If he wants to (and you, too) bring him on here, I would love to hear what he has to say.

Warm regards to Malaysia from freezing Germany =)
DD
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vincent L on October 26, 2011, 05:22:41 AM
Welcome Vincent. May you find that which you need.

Matthew

Thks Matthew I am sure I will  :)



Yes DerDomi, I believe my dad could help as he has never one day not meditated for his 30+ years. Usually his session starts at 7pm - 8pm and 11pm - 12 pm. I believe he has reach some higher states in his mediation, but he always told me to seek a qualified sifu to learn the right understanding of meditation.

Some things he has told me about his stage of meditation is that he found that a person simply becomes selfless and without "Ego" reaching a higher stage and is keen to help others in need and mostly beneficial to his health. I believe he looks much younger then his age for one.  :D

I can't promise that he will be coming in here but I am willing to share whatever questions you guys may have and I will pose them as questions maybe to him.

He did shared some tales of his friends who has reach a higher stage of enlightenment and I can say some are in accordance with what the different Buddhist scriptures have said will happen.

Well this is the introduction section let me see where should I post the next comments if there are.

Good day to you too 
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Andrew on October 26, 2011, 04:26:58 PM
Welcome Vincent.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: kanoo on October 30, 2011, 03:53:40 PM
Hi Guys,

My first post here I am a Brit that has recently moved to Thailand and I have been dabbling with meditation / mindfulness and am keen to start learning more about Buddhism....am now actively looking for a temple where I can visit where I can learn from English speaking monks (not mastered Thai just yet) I have only had a meditation routine for the past 6 weeks so I am very new, but have been fascinated by mindfulness for a long time before this through the books of Tolle.

I have been practicing a form of meditation called The Relaxation response and I must admit I'm pretty impressed with the results I have had.

I am normally quite a high strung, stressed and jittery person, easily swept away by my thoughts. But after a month I feel way better, more confident, calmer, relaxed just mentally more balanced than ever since I can ever remember really. I feel so lucky now as I feel this is going to have a massive positive impact on the quality of my life.

During my research though I came across something similar to the Relaxation Response (RR) called Natural Stress Relief (NSR) a TM imitator at a fraction of the price of TM and apparently claims to be 3 times as effective as the Relaxation Response?

I know this is primarily a forum for Vipassana but I just wondered if anyone has any direct experience of using one or both of these methods? do you have a preference? what are the pro's / cons of each - as I have just switched to (NSR) in the past couple of days to try it out.

I have heard from one healer who says he was seeing some regular TM practitioners for stress problems that they only managed to conquer after switching to The Relaxation Response?.

Many thanks, looking forward to sharing information and hearing your views.

Kanoo


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Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Andrew on October 31, 2011, 12:35:56 AM
Hi kanoo,

Welcome,

Sounds like the basic meditation method practiced in these parts, that is; relaxation before investigation. Would you mind posting this topic in the "Meditation Practice and Path' section of the forum so we can keep this thread for intros? That way we can have a good ol' conversation about the technique you want to discuss...

Metta to you

Andrew
 
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on October 31, 2011, 07:43:07 AM
Welcome, Kanoo. If by TM you mean transcendental meditation, I doubt if there are many here who practice it. Maybe we have some who have come across TM in the past.

Also, seconding Andrew, you may start a thread in the forums to get help with your questions.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: kanoo on October 31, 2011, 07:20:34 PM
Thanks guys will do  :angel:
Title: Jeeprs - moving on
Post by: Jeeprs on November 07, 2011, 12:53:43 AM
Hi All - as you might have noticed, I have not been participating a great deal since September or so. I have decided to join an online Zen community.  This is not because of any negative views of this community but simply because I identify with Mahayana Buddhism, and in particular, the Soto Zen form of practice, and I am going to concentrate my efforts on that particular form of Dharma. Even though both forms look externally similar, there are subtle but significant differences in philosophy and approach.

My personal blog is at http://sunyavadi.blogspot.com (http://sunyavadi.blogspot.com) if anyone wishes to contact me. Many thanks to Matthew for providing this facility and all the moderators for their generous work and assistance. My best wishes to all my friends here.

jeeprs
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Andrew on November 07, 2011, 01:51:34 AM
I like your blog, nice and peaceful looking!

Well, keep in touch, I'll try to stop by and leave random comments on your blog... I'v started one as well, just to get some thoughts out of my head that don't seem to fit anywhere else..

http://budoreflex.blogspot.com/ (http://budoreflex.blogspot.com/)

I think it is a good thing to do, there are plenty of things that need to be said without others having to feel an obligation to discuss. I can get out the ideas and see what they look like in the real world.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on November 07, 2011, 10:01:22 AM
Wishing you all the best, Jeeprs. I would still urge you to visit this place now and then, just to keep in touch.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Quardamon on November 07, 2011, 10:37:30 AM
Farewell. I am sorry to see you leave. I like your clarity.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on November 07, 2011, 04:38:32 PM
Jeeprs, wishing you the best - you'll be missed. Be well, Matthew
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DarkNightOfNoSoul on November 20, 2011, 09:21:22 AM
Hi all!

I've been interested in Buddhism since I was a kid, but only started studying it properly in my mid 30s when I found myself in the fortunate position to be able to take time out from my career. I attended a 10-day Goenka retreat in 2006, and have been to two others since then.

Following my last retreat (nearly three years ago), I started experiencing emotional difficulties, which to me seemed to arise from significant changes in my values and in the way that I experience the world (about which I'd like to ask the forum's advice in another thread). Consequently, I have not had a regular meditation practice for about two years now. However, I now suspect that giving away meditation altogether is not going to help me - it's almost as if the changes I've experienced are irreversible. So I've recently started meditating daily again, and plan to attend my fourth retreat after Christmas.

My experiences during the first retreat inspired me to make a radical career change so that I could try and explore the vipassana meditation technique from a scientific perspective. Next year I'll be attempting my masters thesis in neuroscience, and I plan to study the physiology of the "sensations" that one becomes attuned to in meditation. I hope to move on to a PhD after the masters, but it all depends on whether my masters project gets approved, and how it goes.

However, I'm still very much a novice in Buddhist meditation, so I'm hoping to learn from this forum and from others' experiences, whilst trying to re-establish my own meditation practice.

Looking forward to chatting!

Cheers,
Dark Night.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on November 20, 2011, 03:38:25 PM
Welcome to the forums, DN. Glad to know about your interest in, and commitment to Vipassana practice. Good luck with your thesis. I hope you will be sharing your insights with us, as you proceed in the thesis. Wish you all the best.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DarkNightOfNoSoul on November 22, 2011, 09:32:00 PM
Thanks Vivek!
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on November 27, 2011, 07:11:30 AM
DN ... Vagus nerve, Amygdala, Anterior Cingulate ..... Neuroscience is slowly unravelling the depths of meditation. Yet without a personal practice it risks being dry science. The Buddha was an empiricist and this is the cultural bent that the west brings back to Buddhism: stripping away slowly at the cultural bents from other adopted homes of The Buddha's teachings .. which have often lead the current interpretations far from his truths, his Dhamma.

Hope you'll share your thesis with us.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Admetus on November 27, 2011, 11:43:06 AM
Hello, my name is James.

I tried out meditation around 6 years ago, trying out a Guided Meditation CD led by Bodhipaksa.  The quieting effect was impressive at the time and I meditated a few times before getting distracted by other things.  I also had an opportunity at university to join a Shorinji Kempo club which apart from being a martial art, emphasises the (Buddhist) philosophical and technical aspects as practically half of the curriculum.  The meditative aspect of this martial art has probably been invaluable to my development, for around this time I began to feel virtue manifesting itself from beneath the seams of my personality.  Since then I have trawled through a few Eastern philosophical texts and recently took up meditation again to experiment with the benefits of meditating to a long routine.

I look forward to receiving your help!
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: magenta on November 27, 2011, 01:36:16 PM
Hello to all-

As a new member I would like to introduce myself. I first became interested in meditation when I read krishnamurti but he kind of leaves you hanging there and so I moved on to joko Beck and Jon Kabbat Zinn.  I think Beck really helped me understand what Krishnamurti was pointing to and Zinn also. I am now practicing everyday and not just when i sit-I practice virtually all day- living each moment and feeling the presence of it-it is much easier to do in the morning after good night of sleep-more trying later in the day or when I have too little sleep. my mind has always been one full of thought-racing and leaping into consciousness creating anxiety and depression issues-meditation has really awakened me to how sick our human minds can become when they become consumed with thought.

I am here because I want to learn, help, and participate

Bless you all
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on November 27, 2011, 11:10:47 PM
magenta, James,

Welcome to the forums. The mind truly can be a proliferating distraction from reality. I hope you find here some of what you need on each of your journeys.

Warm regards,

Matthew

ps Beck is a good writer - helped me a lot too at the start - and Bhodipaksa is a good chap too.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Andrew on November 28, 2011, 01:13:12 AM
Hello, my name is James.

I tried out meditation around 6 years ago

Maybe meditation tried you out?  ;)

Welcome James. Feel free to start a thread in the main forum so we can see what help flows, you may be surprised at how much you may have to offer.

regards
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Andrew on November 28, 2011, 01:16:41 AM
Hello to all-

 my mind has always been one full of thought-racing and leaping into consciousness creating anxiety and depression issues-meditation has really awakened me to how sick our human minds can become when they become consumed with thought.

I am here because I want to learn, help, and participate

Bless you all

Hello Magenta,

It is good to see you are so self aware in what is going on in your mind, and also your willingness to learn, help participate. A great combination of qualities, I get the feeling that you have had some previous successes and experiences.

Welcome, jump in and get involved, and bless you too.

regards.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Nam_aRupa on November 28, 2011, 05:18:36 AM
Hello everybody..

I am glad to find such a forum like this - and i agree its allways a beautiful experience meeting fellow vipassana students on the travel..

My name is Thomas and am from in California..
I have been on the path for over a year now with the main focus on  Vipassana Meditation.
I started practicing on my own, by reading about the teachings and listening to dharma talks. I then found a lovely Sangha very close from where i live which was a blessing - I had the chance to talk to a teacher the first time which took my practice to another level.

Last June i went to my first 10 day Goenka experience which was the most intense thing i ever did.
I found that this practice was exactly what i was longing for all my life  :angel:

I surely hope to meet other fellas of the dhamma practice and know we can grow
and create beautiful music together  :-*


blessings to you
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Andrew on November 28, 2011, 05:44:44 AM
Welcome Thomas,

Indeed it would seem the world has fallen into your lap when meditation finally makes sense, it is good you have found a local sangha and the good sense to look to on-line support as well.

Looking forward to your contributions

regards

Andrew
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on November 28, 2011, 07:20:14 AM
Hi James, Magenta and Thomas! :) Welcome to the forum.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: frepie on December 06, 2011, 08:14:06 PM
My name is Pierre. I have been a member of this forum for 2 years approx, but left 3 years ago because I was fed up with some of the opinions that were carried. I am making a comeback, knowing that my discomfort of then was not only the result of the opinions of others, but also of my own reactions to those opinions.
I have been meditating for about 10 years now. I started with a 4 hour course where I was taught mantra based meditation and anapana. I prefered anapana, and my attention went naturally to the sensations at the nose area. In 2007, I went to a Goenka retreat, because this was the only that existed in my area. I have now been to 3 10 day retreats, and I also served for 5 days. I would like to do the 20 day retreat, so I need to do 2 more 10 day retreats and I must also serve a few times.
I also went in California in feb. 2010 to study MBSR wit Jon Kabatt-Zinn and Saki Santorelli.
I am currently trying to reorient my career to become an MBSR coach. Meditation has brought so many changes in my life that I thought it would be a good idea to try to share this experience.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Quardamon on December 06, 2011, 09:16:23 PM
Welcome back.
Well - I came after you left, so we had no interaction, but I saw your  name often in the older posts. It is good that someone who starts to learn MBSR has a lot of experience in meditation to start with.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: frepie on December 07, 2011, 05:30:54 AM
I didn't learn a lot in the mbsr class, at least the meditative aspect of it. The course is way less demanding than Goenka's. Less discipline means that every time people were facing difficulty, they always could get up and get an cup of herb tea or eat a banana, running away from challenging experiences. However, MBSR course teaches you how to interact with people with health issues, Goenka's doesn't.
I don't know if this is the place to discuss this Quardamon but you seem to have some experience with mbsr. Could you develop on this topic?
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on December 07, 2011, 08:31:12 AM
Welcome back, frepie.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Stefan on December 07, 2011, 05:05:59 PM

so many new names ... welcome guys!

... left 3 years ago because I was fed up with some of the opinions that were carried ...
... my discomfort of then was not only the result of the opinions of others, but also of my own reactions to those opinions ...

oh, I understand that! it's always good to realise that (despite of the stupidity of others) the annoyance and the discomfort is the own part of the "drama". after all, the other members are indulging our own strange opinions and stupidity (at least most of the time), so we should try the same. no one's enlightened here, so stupidity and weird opinions are sort of built in ...

... well, we are working on it, aren't we ...

 :)
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: chintan on December 07, 2011, 06:13:00 PM
Welcom Frepie / Nama_Rupa / Magenta / Admetus...

Really nice to see so many new names... this forum has been a bit quite of late but rest assured its not always like this..

Hope to see you all around..

Chintan
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: frepie on December 07, 2011, 06:30:43 PM
As I said during my previous stay here: This forum is like the United Nations and I love it!
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Andrew on December 07, 2011, 11:39:07 PM
Welcome back frepie,

have a nice stay  :)
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on December 09, 2011, 02:59:47 PM
Good to see you again Pierre, I think the strongly held opinions that lead you away last time have softened into something more mature - as well as your reactions to them.

Matthew
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Quardamon on December 09, 2011, 06:23:24 PM
I don't know if this is the place to discuss this Quardamon but you seem to have some experience with mbsr. Could you develop on this topic?

Frepie, if you open
http://www.vipassanaforum.net/forum/index.php/topic,2.0.html (http://www.vipassanaforum.net/forum/index.php/topic,2.0.html)
(That is   'Sangha: Community Introductions / Re: Hello all: Introduce yourself in this thread or just read it to meet the members' )
and on the top right search box you fill in my user name, then click on the word 'Forums' within the search box and click on 'Topic' in the drop-down list, then click on the magnifying glass, you will find my introduction. You will find no MBSR there, nor Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. But you are not very far off.
In fact I am doing my best to be more at home with my attention since my wife complained about my being with the forum friends so much. So I refrain from asking more about you.

That is how it is at the moment. I am planning again to go on my fourth retreat, 8 days in April. I planned that a year ago also, but did not go because I could not pay it. Now, I have more a sense that I need to go to stay healthy - I am, and I want to keep it that way.

Be well,

Quardamon
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: frepie on December 10, 2011, 03:54:51 AM
Good to see you again Pierre, I think the strongly held opinions that lead you away last time have softened into something more mature - as well as your reactions to them.

Matthew

I am not Buddhist but I am tempted to say "annica"...
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: frepie on December 10, 2011, 04:03:39 AM
I don't know if this is the place to discuss this Quardamon but you seem to have some experience with mbsr. Could you develop on this topic?

Frepie, if you open
http://www.vipassanaforum.net/forum/index.php/topic,2.0.html (http://www.vipassanaforum.net/forum/index.php/topic,2.0.html)
(That is   'Sangha: Community Introductions / Re: Hello all: Introduce yourself in this thread or just read it to meet the members' )
and on the top right search box you fill in my user name, then click on the word 'Forums' within the search box and click on 'Topic' in the drop-down list,...
I do not see that drop down menu. Maybe you have admin rights. Doesn't matter, I will find it manually.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on December 10, 2011, 09:36:58 AM
Pierre, the menu appears when you click on the word "forums" in the box. If not please shoot me a PM with the equipment/browser (inc version you use) .. I'll take a look.

Matthew
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: frepie on December 10, 2011, 10:01:17 PM
It's ok Matthew, my mistake, I found the drop menu Quardamon was talking about.
Title: Welcome
Post by: Morning Dew on January 05, 2012, 06:20:30 PM
Hi All - as you might have noticed, I have not been participating a great deal since September or so. I have decided to join an online Zen community.  This is not because of any negative views of this community but simply because I identify with Mahayana Buddhism, and in particular, the Soto Zen form of practice,... My best wishes to all my friends here.

jeeprs

May the path lead you to nothing less than liberation. Be well and drop by sometime.
p.s. love the blog

Hi all! ... However, I'm still very much a novice in Buddhist meditation, so I'm hoping to learn from this forum and from others' experiences, whilst trying to re-establish my own meditation practice.

Looking forward to chatting!
Cheers,
Dark Night.
Hello, my name is James.
...
I look forward to receiving your help!
Hello to all-
...
I am here because I want to learn, help, and participate

Bless you all
Hello everybody..

I am glad to find such a forum like this - and i agree its allways a beautiful experience meeting fellow vipassana students on the travel..

My name is Thomas and am from in California..
...
I surely hope to meet other fellas of the dhamma practice and know we can grow
and create beautiful music together  :-*
blessings to you
My name is Pierre.
... Meditation has brought so many changes in my life that I thought it would be a good idea to try to share this experience.

Dark Night, Admetus, magenta, Nam_aRupa and frepie WELCOME to the Communtiy of Vipassana Forum :)
Looking forward to share this Path with you.

May you be happy free from harm and suffering
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: rob on January 24, 2012, 09:18:00 PM
Hey all, just wanted to do my intro. My name is Rob (you're shocked) and I'm a meditation newbie. I'd wanted to try it for quite some time, and eventually got enrolled in a weekly intro class that runs 6 weeks. I'm also devouring every book, lecture, video and website I can get my hands on. Mostly centered around Thich Nhat Hahn, Eckhart Tolle, Osho, Alan Watts, and soon to include Joseph Goldstein.

I'm very overwhelmed, and discouraged with my practice probably 50% of the time, but I've only been at it about 3 weeks. My natural tendency is to expect perfection immediately and beat myself up if I don't "excel" right away. I'm sure that has a lot to do with it... cursing myself when I notice my mind wandering and whatnot.

I'm currently on a host of mood stabilizers for moderate-to-severe bipolar disorder, and have been on no less than 15 antidepressants or antipsychotics in the last 10 years. I'm not a basket case or a victim of the pharma industry, but I kept hallucinating and getting violent and waking up driving my car with no recollection of how I got there or where I was going, etc etc. Most of my bipolar manifestations, though, are now related to anger issues and depression. I'd love to be able to drop the meds, but I'm not expecting miracles. Primarily I think I need to work on my anger and my feelings of insecurity/need for validation from others.

Looking forward to learning from and participating in the community here. :)
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on January 25, 2012, 06:42:52 AM
Hello, Rob. It is quite a tough ride in the beginning stages of practice, especially if one has mental issues also to deal with. But, if you stick to it no matter what, there are bound to be some positive impacts happening in the long run. We have couple of such inspiring stories here in the forums. Trust you would stay around and find many helpful things here. All the best.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cilla on February 11, 2012, 12:33:00 AM
Hello All.

I took up with buddhism last year in about August. I read a heap, got significantly inspired, found a local sangha that suits me, have done one  10 day goenka retreat (in january and before that a 2 day retreat with my zen teacher. My teacher has been away since end of December  for a few months and my practice is failing. Since he's been away i've lost momentum and am not meditating daily. I need to find a way back to that. The Goenka retreat while very good, did not help in this matter.

I need to sort this out and get back to daily practice.

I have done quite a lot of "work" on myself in the past and believe that i can make quite rapid progress in self development with buddhism. (ignore the word self here - for me self development is not becoming good in your job, making a lot of money etc. Its development of the character, just like in buddhism - Sorry, i felt i had to clarify that  as i have seen the term self development erroneously described in this way by buddhists before).

Aside from that, i lead a pretty simple lifestyle; spending quite a bit of time gardening and caring for a few animals. I live with my father but I'm middle aged. I don't work.


Spiritually, i'm a total skeptic.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Andrew on February 12, 2012, 08:54:26 AM
Hi Cilla,

Welcome! Daily practice can be a weight around your neck if you let it. Best to start off small with 5 mins sits, and keep those up. Also; Relax. Letting go of all the striving is a big part of being able to notice the things that practice encourages us to notice. they go hand in hand.

anyway, welcome again

be happy and well

Andrew
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cilla on February 13, 2012, 08:22:48 AM
Thanks Andrea. However, i think while some people need to relax more, some need to work a bit harder. I'm one of the latter. My life is pretty relaxed and I don't have a lot of worries. I've already let go a great many things.

I don't really agree with your position on not doing sitting meditation. I think there is an important place for it. Actually more than important. I think its imperative.
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Post by: Vivek on February 13, 2012, 10:52:05 AM
Hello, Cilla. Welcome to the community. I don't think you have been advised to stop sitting altogether. You seem too much fixated on having a definite outcome from your meditative practice. All such wanting will only keep you away from the true benefits meditation. The best thing would be, again, to relax and let go of such assumptions, expectations etc and be easy on yourself. Dhamma is all about balance, working on extremes almost always proves counter-productive. Attending more retreats, strengthening Sila as well as Samadhi are some other effective options to gear up your practice.

All the best!
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cilla on February 13, 2012, 05:47:19 PM
I think the only thing i'm a bit fixated on at the moment is getting a sitting practice happening. I can assure that the only way i get anything done is by not being quite as undisciplined as i currently am. It helps me to keep pushing a bit when things are not happening. Take time out only helps if i've got a deadline and i need a break.

But thanks for the welcome vivek. I once knew (online)another vivek in india but i expect there are many, Right? He was photographer from Mumbai.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on February 14, 2012, 06:09:48 AM
:) Many Viveks, yes..
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Don on February 17, 2012, 12:38:27 PM
Hi,

I'm a 31 yo M from Hawai'i and I just started practicing Vipassana starting January as a New Year's Resolution. I took an 6 week online course and during the process realized that I wanted to become a Buddhist so I asked my meditation teachers if they could help me to formally take Refuge in the Triple Gem. I am so happy to have finally found my true spiritual path after years of seeking.

The online course was based on Sayadaw Mahasi style Vipassana. I have also signed up for my first retreats, one retreat that is 7 days long and another 10 days long. My goal is to be able to someday attend the 3 month retreat at Insight Meditation Center.

I've been looking for a forum to help me with my practice and also to meet some good online Dharma friends. I am a newbie so I'm not sure how much I can contribute in terms of knowledge but I will try to help out when I can.

Looking forward to interacting with you all. Take care!

With Metta,
Don
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Andrew on February 17, 2012, 01:55:57 PM
Welcome Don,

Sounds like a resolution that is sure to make a real difference. Good work! feel free to contribute as you see fit.

 :)

Andrew
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: inconditus on February 17, 2012, 04:15:04 PM
Greetings,

I stumbled upon Vipassana through a suggestion from a friend. I was ranting about how I was sick of "everything" on another forum and the only response I received was "Vipassana Meditation." A quick google search led me to dhamma.org-the main website for goenka retreats and I was facinated. My husband and I went on the January 25th-Feb 5th retreat and the whole time I felt like I was going bat shit crazy. Well, in hindsight I was/am crazy all the time but just didn't have the mindfulness to realize it let alone be o.k. with the reality that I created for myself. I really enjoyed the retreat but the one thing that just struck me is in one of the discourses Goenka said (and I'm am butchering this in a badly remembered paraphrase) that we dig many 10 foot holes searching for water and cry because this hole or that hole hasn't quenched our thirst yet. Rather than digging many holes it is wiser to pick one and continue digging.

This was/is hard for me because since highschool I've been a jack of all trades when it comes to spirituality. I've enjoyed mixing meditation techniques, doing chakra sometimes, visualization others, or simply practicing some self reiki to get out the negative junk.

I understand that Vipassana meditation is secular but it was my "hmmm..." moment where I decided to try Vipassana for at least a few months continuing the 1 hour morning and 1 hour in the evening schedule. I would like to commit a year but I'm commitment phobic  ??? Already I am having trouble with this. I try to at least sit for the amount of time whether I do vipassana or anapana or even fall asleep after working late. Hopefully I am creating a habit if nothing else ^_^

This brings me to joining this forum, to find a community of people that can help me and hopefully I can provide some words of wisdom also. Sorry if this post is hard to read. My brain gets jumbled up when it comes to introductions
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Andrew on February 18, 2012, 12:36:06 AM
Welcome inconditus,

Nice intro, not jumbled at all. I can relate to some of what you said, it is certainly encouraging to have you around making the effort to sit like you are. It is confronting when we start to see how much trouble we are making for ourselves, that I can definitely relate to!

love and light to you too

Andrew
Title: Happy to have found this forum
Post by: pbzen on February 18, 2012, 08:53:50 AM
I've been meditating for about six months now (usually for about 20 minutes in the evening).  I'm looking for other members to trade emails with and give each other support. 

I really enjoy listening to gnostic lecturers like Alan Watts and Terence McKenna.  Attempting to shed my ego is how I'm challenging myself every day.  Meditation has given me a new perspective about my size and place in the universe. 

I also have a strong interest in shamanistic rituals and their potential for allowing us to entering a more primal state of mind.  Send me a message if you share some of my interests. 

Looking forward to meeting you!

Peace, pbzen
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on February 18, 2012, 11:35:20 PM
Watts is a gem.

Dhamma and meditation are gems.

Exchanging with others is a gem.

Welcome pbzen, I trust you will find something beneficial to your path here.

Kind regards,

Matthew
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on February 18, 2012, 11:37:32 PM
inconditus,

Your words are not jumbled though your Dhamma may be if learned from Goenka. Worry not. All comes good in time.

Peace.

Matthew
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Cilla on February 19, 2012, 12:58:14 PM
I've only just done the goenka course and i thought almost all of it - i'd say 97% fitted exactly with what i've known about dharma before i did the course.

Goenka differs in some crucial points which could be confusing to anyone who comes to buddhism through goenka.

Specifically what is different is that he downplays sati/mindfulness to the point of practically not mentioning it,  and promotes vipassana to prana (spelling) wisdom. It is only this that is different from all the other books and things i've read.

Oh one other thing is different but its very valuable. He actually teaches a  practical tool to cultivate equanimity.

Since you have come from the tibetan tradition Matthew, you might not realise that Goenka's version of dharma is pretty much straight from the pali canon.

I wouldn't say incognito that what goenka teaches is truly secular. He makes a valiant effort to make it palatable to anyone from other religions and i think that is very very commendable. And the proof that it works is that little film that gets shown called dhamma-brothers where its clear some of these guys are committed christians and manage to retain their belief in god.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Billymac629 on February 19, 2012, 01:16:35 PM
Hello I'm 34 living in new jersey...  I dabbled in meditation years ago through martial arts... I've practiced consistently for a little over a year now... Focusing on mindfulness meditation.. Started with samatha working through a book written by yongey mingyur rinpoche called The Joy Of Living...  Then started vipassana using mahasi method about 8 months ago...
Now I just kinda mindfully watch sometimes using noting sometimes not. don't really see big deal in vipassana vs samatha practice...  In my view you need both in mindfulness meditation practice..
Enjoy jon kabat zinn, yongey mingyur rinpoche, jack kornfield, thich nhat hanh, and suzuki to name a few...
Anyway happiness to all.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Andrew on February 19, 2012, 03:10:44 PM
Welcome Billymac629.

Good to have you here, I really enjoyed your first post the other day. I'm also of the opinion that all the divisions talked about are not a 'big deal', what matters are results.

Happiness to all indeed.



Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: inconditus on February 19, 2012, 03:35:57 PM
Your words are not jumbled though your Dhamma may be if learned from Goenka. Worry not. All comes good in time.

I'm curious to hear an explanation on this if you don't mind. I've tried looking up the differences of vipassana meditation and Theravada buddhism sects but haven't found much that sticks with me. I've always been better at hearing things from people rather than articles though :)

Eventually I want to read the sutras and have my own interpretation of them rather than another's. I've always been a proponent of finding one's own path even if it is within a wider religious/spiritual community. That's the beautify of subjective reality I suppose.

Andrew Thank you for your kind words. I've been playing around with listening to chants for a few minutes in the beginning and the end, which sometimes helps and sometimes doesn't. Same with timing to see if that helps witht he sleepiness but is still close enough to when I go to sleep that it's still "bedtime meditation." Lol.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on February 19, 2012, 05:43:45 PM
inconditus,

The differences in approach have been argued a lot on the forum over the years, and often far from eloquently. You can read many threads exploring - and sometimes downright arguing - these things to death.

Please accept my apologies for posting those words in the introduction thread. Not the most welcoming welcome I could have mustered!

Access to Insight is a great resource for the Suttas. http://www.accesstoinsight.org (http://www.accesstoinsight.org)

I recently linked to an article (http://www.vipassanaforum.net/forum/index.php/topic,1831.msg19129.html#msg19129l) there which explains something important about "Vipassana meditation".

Kind regards,

Matthew
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on February 20, 2012, 12:03:19 PM
Hello Don, inconditus, pbzen and Billymac629, welcome to the community. Hope you'd find it worthwhile being part of this community. 
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: inconditus on February 20, 2012, 12:53:11 PM
Matthew,

Thank you for the links. I took no offense to your earlier comment either though I do appreciate your apology  :)
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Satipatthana on February 26, 2012, 07:17:46 AM
Greetings All,

Matthew, thanks for adding me. I was a little concerned when I read that "we're now taking new members" that maybe you don't always and maybe I had missed the window of opportunity...

Other interest:

1. I'm an Internet security engineer. Have worked on servers in the pentagon, etc. Currently working for a company that runs fingerprints.
2. Married 16 years, 5 kids, 3 are adopted from Haiti.
3. Getting ready to launch several Internet Marketing ventures.
4. Meditating off-and-on for about a year now, read on meditating for many years, mostly focused on being mindful, then came across some Goenka recordings - 11 of them, I guess his nightly discourse. So I started sitting for a while.
5. I play chess - interested in some games?

At any rate, glad to be here. I'll be posting some of my questions out in the other areas of the forum.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Billymac629 on February 26, 2012, 03:34:58 PM
Welcome satipatthana! :)
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Andrew on February 27, 2012, 12:29:57 AM
Welcome mate, good to have you here. Sounds like you like challenges...  ;) :)
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: teacher on February 28, 2012, 08:20:21 AM
Namaste everybody

Here is my little story about how i got into mindfulness

From past 5 years i was like identified by my ego >:(. My mind was a total mess.Constant pressure of career has made my life like a hell.I was drifting through life.3 months back i suddenly got a mental shock :o .It was like uncontrolled thoughts and pain in my head :'(.My mind was creating thoughts about reality,about suicide and everything bad and good. :angel:I was depressed and suicidal .Then i surfed internet to know what has happened to me.I then realized that my ego was collapsed. :)The situation was like spiritual emergency.I continued my research without taking medications.I realized lots of things about life and started to bring mindfulness.It was a great improvement.1 month back i consulted the physchiatrist  because although a great improvement was there but i was little bit worried because i am not feeling completely  normal. :( He prescribed me very mild medication.i am still taking the drugs but continuously doing  mindfulness throughout the day (from past 2 months ) and vipassana meditation at night (past 1 month) and really feeling good and lots and lots of improvement.Thoughts are still there but very very few .i have never stilled my mind to such a level from my childhood.So i understand that it will take some time to train my mind to deep  stillness.   

i don't know what type of disorder has caught me in although i suspect it was borderline bipolar disorder .
doctors say that there is nothing to worry without mentioning the disorder.Now i feel more or less normal.

comments are welcome ....

i am a funny guy and i like to make lots of friends. will share more if anybody is interested .i Know it is not a mental disorder forum .So sorry for describing my illness but i now believe that after sufferring comes realization .I want to commit myself to meditation and dhamma .

enjoy and thanks for taking me into this community .My best wishes to all 


Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Namaste on February 28, 2012, 08:32:44 AM
namaste hi  :)  I think you are very much like me, wanting to be with peaceful stillness and silence soooo badly, and then happy open times with people, and then back to rejuvenating stillness and silence  :)

humor is interesting thing, always finding new things that can be funny
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: teacher on February 28, 2012, 08:52:39 AM
namaste hi  :)  I think you are very much like me, wanting to be with peaceful stillness and silence soooo badly, and then happy open times with people, and then back to rejuvenating stillness and silence  :)

humor is interesting thing, always finding new things that can be funny

currently i have nothing to do .So i am doing lots and lots of mindfulness all over the day in my bed .Actually i have seen that most of my thought patterns are gone.i can now actually  see and  feel  the stillness of my mind and its urge to think something.I don't have people around me except my mom .dad and brother which do not interferes in what i do .I am really watching my head all over the day since there is nothing right now in which i can indulge my self. people say that empty mind is a devil's workshop but i don't see this right.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Namaste on February 28, 2012, 11:35:38 AM
namaste hi  :)  I think you are very much like me, wanting to be with peaceful stillness and silence soooo badly, and then happy open times with people, and then back to rejuvenating stillness and silence  :)

humor is interesting thing, always finding new things that can be funny

currently i have nothing to do .So i am doing lots and lots of mindfulness all over the day in my bed .Actually i have seen that most of my thought patterns are gone.i can now actually  see and  feel  the stillness of my mind and its urge to think something.I don't have people around me except my mom .dad and brother which do not interferes in what i do .I am really watching my head all over the day since there is nothing right now in which i can indulge my self. people say that empty mind is a devil's workshop but i don't see this right.

i envy you, wish I spent all my idle time being mindful instead of being indulgent ( like this very, very nanosecond  :D )
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: KrAzEeSiK on March 02, 2012, 10:58:38 PM
Hey everyone.  My name is Jeremy. I am currently 22 years old.  I was just until recently a Cavalry Scout in the Army for 3 years, now taking back to college and starting a new life yet again.  Married for 1 1/2 years.  No Children.  I am an avid snowboarder and live in NC. I also play golf for the college team where I attend school.  I have only studied on meditation for a few weeks now, and I have not actively began practicing it.  Before I start I want to make sure I know my intentions, but I am very curious in learning what sort of opinions everyone has to offer me, and helping me with learning.  I have PTSD, and I am seeking meditation not only for that reason, but as an open minded individual, I want to explore cultures and practices outside of my "home" nature.  From the things I have read from you all I can see that you are most very experienced individuals and I hope to learn and grow in this practice along with anyone else who may be willing to help me on my way to finding myself again.  I do have lots of questions and I have an extremely vivid mind and like to discuss out of this world things.  I think out loud and have no shame in anyones opinions.  Looking forward to hearing from you all and starting my walk down a more peaceful path.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on March 02, 2012, 11:14:50 PM
Hey Jeremy,

Snowboarder here too (60 weeks on the mountain plus 40 as a skier). Not much beats a couple of miles of fresh waist deep powder - except perhaps the one thing we can help with: exploring you true "home" nature - as opposed to all the ideas and formations you cling to as your "identity".

Also a sufferer of PTSD and I can say for sure that getting your practice off to the right start, based in calm relaxed awareness will heal PTSD.

My journey began years ago yet there were many bridges to cross and swamps to traverse. The journey is not done yet some wisdom about it's ups and downs has accumulated through experience. Many people coming to the path do so to do this work, yet when standing on the precipice they halt, hesitate or become stuck. I did too for a while: once you get a sight, a taste - some experience - of what this path means it's quite a shock for many.

"Peace is every step", says Tic Naht Hahn, yet so many forms of practice do not prepare the practitioner for peace but for a war with the self. Peaceful yet disciplined is the middle way. Relaxed yet awake. Calm yet aware. Mindful of arisings yet not clinging to them, nor pushing them away.

Here is your peaceful path. Ask questions or start a practice thread, join in.

Welcome,

Matthew
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: KrAzEeSiK on March 02, 2012, 11:32:19 PM
I seriously appreciate the warm welcome, and completely agree with your statements.  As I stated before I am a very deep and logical thinker, so no train of mind, or path of thought is a stranger to myself.  I understand the concepts you've brought to my attention again, and it really reminds me of my own thinking years ago.  For "MOST", and I say that with the most general sense possible, it's learning those very things, or even just realizing the connection between them, but for "SOME" it's a reawakening that needs to occur, and I think you all will be able to help me do that in order to find my way.  I definitely don't expect a Hollywood ending or view on the practice of meditation.  I am looking for those moments of calm in the storm, rather than heaven on earth.. if that makes sense?  So I hope with these sort of thoughts I have taken a step in the right direction of understanding, I'm no expert and don't intend to be, although with experience I hope to be a student with knowledge to share.  Thanks again for the welcome again, and it's a warming feeling to see others who have suffered the "same" sort of conditions as myself, that can have the empathy to understand.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on March 03, 2012, 12:13:51 AM
I seriously appreciate the warm welcome, and completely agree with your statements.  As I stated before I am a very deep and logical thinker, so no train of mind, or path of thought is a stranger to myself.  ....

It will be interesting when you experience the train of no thoughts, the forever silent now. :)
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Alexanderjohn on March 03, 2012, 08:51:54 AM
Quote
I definitely don't expect a Hollywood ending or view on the practice of meditation.  I am looking for those moments of calm in the storm, rather than heaven on earth.. if that makes sense?

A very healthy outlook. Wish you all the best with your practice.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vidar on March 08, 2012, 04:43:08 PM
Hi,

I'm Vidar. I'm 36. Originally from Norway but live in London. I'm a software developer and entrepeneur.

I'm an atheist, and so a lot of material on various forms of meditation is really off-putting because of strong religious overtones. What's drawn me to vipassana is the combination of the tolerance and quite secular nature of buddhism in general, and coming across Mindfulness in Plain English as well as a bunch of podcasts about vipassana at Audio Dharma, in particular a series by Gil Fronsdal, that gave me a "gentle" introduction without the religious aspects.

I don't consider myself a buddhist, though I consider it possible to be an atheist and a buddhist, but I do find that buddhism has a lot to contribute in terms of life lessons that are applicable whether or not you consider yourself religious.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Andrew on March 09, 2012, 01:52:42 AM
Welcome Vidar.

What sort of software do you develop?
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vidar on March 09, 2012, 03:09:51 PM
Andrew,

I work mostly on web applications these days. My day job is mostly customer relationship management for restaurants and bars... My evening project is a mapping application. But I've done all kinds of stuff - one of the most exciting ones was a communications system to exchange data over the GSM network with a boat in motion (so it had to deal with dropped connections etc. reliably) that were tracking an unmanned submersible used for sonar mapping the sea...
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: teacher on March 09, 2012, 03:38:45 PM
Hi,

I'm Vidar. I'm 36. Originally from Norway but live in London. I'm a software developer and entrepeneur.


hii and welcome . Fellow software engineer here. Just on the verge of completing my engineering.Got placed in aricent (telecommunication sector). Waiting for joining letter.

the forum is great and carries lots of insights on vipassana

   
I don't consider myself a buddhist, though I consider it possible to be an atheist and a buddhist,


glimpse of ego .meditation will work against your ego
 
I do find that buddhism has a lot to contribute in terms of life lessons that are applicable whether or not you consider yourself religious

This is true.But at the end there is nothing left .Meditation is a process of unlearning the mind .It will take you in your early childhood when you were unaware of any religion or beliefs.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on March 12, 2012, 06:36:07 AM
Welcome to the forums, Vidar.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Andrew on March 12, 2012, 07:17:04 AM
Andrew,

I work mostly on web applications these days. My day job is mostly customer relationship management for restaurants and bars... My evening project is a mapping application. But I've done all kinds of stuff - one of the most exciting ones was a communications system to exchange data over the GSM network with a boat in motion (so it had to deal with dropped connections etc. reliably) that were tracking an unmanned submersible used for sonar mapping the sea...

Well, welcome Vidar, I particularly like your post on mindfulness the other day, I see you have a good grasp of what it's all about, i look forward to more of your advice.

 
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: CameronJ on March 19, 2012, 09:59:42 PM
Hi everyone.  I just joined this forum.  Looking forward to seeing some different perspectives here and learning from you all.  My home page is Moderator edit: link removed. No advertising on the forum please.  I hope I can contribute here in a positive way.

Cameron
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Post by: 2cdod on March 22, 2012, 09:11:44 AM
Hello every one!

First I have to say that my first language is French so I apology right now for my future errors!

I'm a 21 boy, studying chemistry at the university. I first learn to increase and strengthen my body with running and musculation starting at about 16. But I feel that being balanced is really important in life, so why not cultivate your mind? That's why I'm here as a beginner meditator. An other reason that I'm really interested by meditation is that I'm a "baby polytoxicoman", have been addicted to GHB/GBL last year for 3 months, tried most of opiates, stims and really love MDMA and empathogens and I used these last one with parsimony. Right now I don't see this "experience" as bad as I saw it first: It put me in the most inattentive and confused state, and when I finally took conscience of that, a big desire of attention, peace, and freedom raised in me. My goals right now is to break craving for dugs, just do it for fun in a first time, increasing my meditation, and why not give up all intoxicants in the future. Don't want to suffer anhedonia any more. 

  I've just come back of a 10 day vipassana retreat (goenka style), but wasn't able to overcome pain and gave up at the end of the 4th day. I was really happy to feel myself progressing fast in these 4 days, but has a baby addict, face undesired pain was really difficult for me, but also very beneficial! I plan to try again this 10 day retreat in a few months, in this time I will develop my practice in my own (already started). I'm a beginner in meditation so I can be false, but these 10 days retreats feel as "dangerous" as psychedelics to me, because the mind is abruptly forced to behave in a way or an other. Dangerous doesn't mean that this can't be really beneficial!

I'm passionate by all the interactions between chemical and the human body. Want to be a researcher in the pharmaceutical industry, I feel that I can contribute to humanity the most on my little scale by doing this (and become a skill full meditator), transcend my passion of drugs to make something real good for humanity (I don't want to save all humanity or other delusional things, but contribute to the happiness to my level). Help to create safe medicaments with less sides effects etc... According to me, we need antidepressants that balance really the body, not make the user addicted.  After balance, meditation can begin!  :)

Peace and happiness for all (haha this sound a little "hippie", anyway  :D)

Ho and I didn't read the rules yet, it will be done in a few minutes!  :)
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on March 22, 2012, 09:24:20 AM
Hello Cameron and 2cdod, welcome the community! :)
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Andrew on March 22, 2012, 02:34:16 PM
Welcome guys.

I would love to learn french 2cdod, i think there are a couple of people here who do speak it though, so fire away if you need too.

Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: TranscenDenist on April 01, 2012, 11:34:42 PM
Namaste. Good Evening/Time you're reading this.

I hope your day is going swimmingly so far, if not then see if you can set a minute or so aside to switch off and do nothing.

I'm Chris in Manchester, UK. My principal activity at the moment is fiction writing - I have five projects on the boil.

I am from a performing arts background, mostly plays. I've also spent a lot of my working time as a salesperson.

I first got interested in meditation around 10 years ago when the characters used it in one of my books. I read a few books about meditation as well as using popular media images in TV & Film to write that.

I have been meditated daily for around 1 month as part of a complete overhaul I'm giving myself in 2012 which includes dieting, stop drinking alcohol and more. I have an addictive personality so when I put the brakes on, all these other 'addictions' quickly stepped up to try to replace the old ones including computer games and smoking cannabis. However, I spotted this fairly early on so I made a commitment to myself to replace the old addiction with a new positive regular action or event such as improving my handwriting, voluntary work and meditation.

I have an incredibly inflated ego and this is something I'd look to work on/with/out with meditation as I feel it is getting in the way of my professional and personal relationships.

That's enough Me, Me, Me (struggling to type that with sincerity), what about You, You, You?

Chris x
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on April 02, 2012, 07:18:33 AM
Hello Chris, welcome! This forum focusses more on meditation techniques in Theravada Buddhist tradition. Hope you will find being here, worthwhile.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Black Feet on April 02, 2012, 12:33:44 PM
Hi my name is Odin.

I have just recently started getting sober again and getting back into meditation. Went on a Goenka trip about two years ago, and found it amazing, although, due to my lazyness, and unfocussed mind(probobly due to drugs) I was not able to progress in the technique as much as others. I did find the retreat very benifitial though. But as soon as I got back I started on the drugs straight away, but spent most of the time wanting to get of drugs and get into meditation. I have been into Buddhism since the age of about 10 or 11 (I'm now 20), and use to always look into it growing up, listening to talks on Dhamma, from Tibetan Rinpoches, and whatever else I could find on buddhism. Now that I'm finally off drugs again, I wish to train my mind up and build up some concentration, so I can go on another vipassana retreat, and put my full effort into it, and devote my life to meditation(has always been my goal in life). At the moment I am currently living nowhere(and loving it), and have just joined up with a program WWOOF(Willing Workers On Organic Farms) Which involves working on farms in return for food and accomadtion. I busk with my guitar when I need money (although I just recently spent three months in Brisbane dole bludging), and I enjoying travelling (I hitchhike, as i dont have a car, but I actually enjoy hitchin'). hmm... I now have no idea where I'm going with this... but anyway I hope to learn something from everyone, and hope that I can be of value to this online community (Seems much better than facebook)... Peace
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on April 02, 2012, 12:36:01 PM
:) Hello Odin, welcome to the community.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Andrew on April 03, 2012, 01:17:32 AM
Hi Odin.

Welcome mate,

recently we had this posted http://www.vipassanaforum.net/forum/index.php/topic,1815.msg19585.html#msg19585 (http://www.vipassanaforum.net/forum/index.php/topic,1815.msg19585.html#msg19585)

the take away point for me was it is the hurt, not the drug that keeps the addictive cycle going. So though you are off the drugs now, be very kind to yourself and give that internal world some space to breath with your meditative efforts.

It's not really about concentration, that is just a tool, it is about healing, find a real and lasting peace beyond the hurt.

Welcome aboard,

Andrew
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Post by: TranscenDenist on April 04, 2012, 09:23:07 PM
Thank you and hello Vivek.

I've read some more articles and posts and I can see a lot of helpful things in them.  :)
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Post by: flowair on April 25, 2012, 09:13:45 PM
Hello to you all,

I am a 28y librarian, programmer, story writer and too much of a auto-distracting deep thinker. Thinking, i.e. developing mental railways around various complicated concepts and theories is what I tend to do excessively, I often can't stop until I get completely tangled up in them. Some might consider that is quite autistic, they could be right but I don't bother too much. At last it is something I can deal with cool-headed as long I can manage to earn a living myself, which includes being capable of team-work and having enough social skills to contribute actively to a warm working athmosphere.

Started my meditation 2007 from five minutes with the aid of a german amateur meditation instruction podcast without any spiritual background, simply to get and keep the mind aware of the breath, and then at last to fit it for my diploma thesis project. I really like to remember those moments of overwhelming confidence passing along and finally I did succeed better than I ever expected. Still thereafter I slowly expanded my sessions up to an hour, however with long periods of not meditating at all lacking a valid reason.

A big challenge to me is to integrate awareness, mindfulness, calm abiding and equanimity in my every-day life. My meditation sessions are of varying duration and aren't very stable. I sometimes feel like I am better off declaring "begin to meditate" to a invariant feature of my life draft.


Kind regards,
flowair
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Post by: Andrew on April 26, 2012, 02:41:17 AM
Welcome flowair,

lots of great things to talk about in your intro, feel free to bring them up in the general forum so we can share in full. I notice the 'vipassana -zen-spiced' in your profile, made me smile!

welcome

Andrew
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Post by: Vivek on April 26, 2012, 05:36:30 AM
Welcome, flowair.
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Post by: Falkov on April 29, 2012, 10:07:54 PM
I guess I better introduce myself, since this place seems nice enough to hang out.  Currently, live and work in Boca Raton FL USA.   I am a tennis coach for the past 15 years, also do side study on ( CCNA) Wireless and IT stuff just in case I want out of tennis; before that worked for NASA for awhile, served as an Infantryman too.   I have been doing meditation since thirteen- my own choosing-  at the same time,making all kind of silly mistakes and facing pitfalls as mentioned in the teaching.   I find it amusing that people sometimes expect me to be able to fly, do some exotic stuff or go to different dimensions- reason why I chose meditation in the first place.

Now I am over 40, I am still learning/ mastering even from the least inexperience person, and life goes on like usual whether a person has been meditating for one day, one year, 10 years.  Man, woman, child, wealthy, medium income, poor- blah, blah, blah.....    I see it's silly  to attempt  whatever which got me started in meditation.   After all, what good is living in a nice country club environment or having a super power, if one is always angry,  fearful of one's own demons and never find peace w/ in oneself.    I actually thought about entering a monastic life long ago, spent some time there and realized that it wasn't the dead silent structures/ lifestyle that bothered me - but the never ending thoughts and restless mind was what I had to work on.     

After many years w/ Samadhi, I felt restless even after a good session- it helped me to focus much better, at least-but still felt like I had to move on to something different that I wasn't on the right track.  Then, I started mainly on Sati (mindfulness) which I had experienced somewhere, somehow before- through the study of Buddhism too, perhaps.  And I discovered that I could really see w/ my own eyes.  I wasn't seeing w/ my thought anymore.  The trees were really green in color (as we describe it).   And the real journey begins.   
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Post by: Matthew on April 29, 2012, 10:12:01 PM
Welcome Falkov - there is an interesting article at http://learning.tergar.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/SUN_Mar12_Mingyur_sprd.pdf (http://learning.tergar.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/SUN_Mar12_Mingyur_sprd.pdf) by Mingyur Rinpoche on page 33 that mirrors some aspects of your description of discovery :)

Kind regards,

Matthew
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Post by: Vivek on April 30, 2012, 03:10:10 PM
Welcome, Falkov. Hope to learn more from your experiences and insights.
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Post by: Quardamon on April 30, 2012, 09:47:54 PM
Thanks for sharing Falkov.
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Post by: Seeker on May 01, 2012, 04:09:53 AM
I'm Seeker. 22 years old from Ohio, here to learn how to develop Jhana. I have twice achieved something that was either the first Jhana or simple access concentration: all sensations dropped away except that of the breath, and there were no thoughts (at least, no thoughts in the "foreground"). However, that was a year ago and I have yet to achieve it again. I hope to get advice here that will lead me back to that beautiful state.
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Post by: Matthew on May 01, 2012, 08:07:01 AM
Welcome seeker,

Stop seeking and ye shall find.

... but we can talk about that elsewhere :)

Warmly,

Matthew
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Post by: Andrew on May 01, 2012, 09:35:22 AM
 :D classic Matthew!

Hi Seeker, that post sound so similar to the one I started with around here. Stick around and have a chat, as Quardamon pointed out to me, you have seen the sign post, not the destination...!

Andrew
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Post by: Vivek on May 02, 2012, 07:56:19 AM
Welcome, Seeker.
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Post by: newmeditator on May 04, 2012, 11:26:58 PM
Hello I am cody and a new meditator as of a few months ago, I am 18 a father and a husband. I meet weekly with my teacher for a group q and a and meditation, and Im preparing for a vapassana retreat in august. I love talking to and meeting new people. How is everyone?
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Post by: Andrew on May 05, 2012, 04:06:33 AM
Hi Cody,
Welcome to the forum. I am fine, thanks for asking. Exciting times for you then, everything happening at once. I'm smiling about the good things you have mentioned.

Welcome

Andrew
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Post by: Matthew on May 05, 2012, 10:44:37 AM
Welcome Cody .. you've been busy for a young man! Look forwards to getting to know you.

:D classic Matthew!


Is that "classic Matthew" or "classic, Matthew"? ;)
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Post by: hestorsisten on May 05, 2012, 01:54:09 PM
Hi. My name is Tarjei and I am a 22 year old student from Norway. Ive been studying sports and a little psychology, but will from August start studying music (no consistency and plan in my studies, I know:) 
I have always been interested in how the brain and the mind works and when I stumbled upon mindfulness and meditation I thought I would give it a try. I have been practicing for six months and my interest and curiosity for it is growing. My agenda by joining the community (witch is great btw!) is to learn more about meditation and mindfulness and maybe get some answers I am wondering about and will wonder about in the future.
   I have always had a busy mind that is always way ahead of me, and chasing the next "big fix" that undoubtedly will make me happy. The problem is it doesn't last. The concept of inner peace is compelling and I believe that is my main motivation for practicing mindfulness and joining this community:)   
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Post by: Matthew on May 05, 2012, 02:18:53 PM
Welcome Tarjei,

The concept of inner peace is compelling. Inner peace is even more so!

Kindly,

Matthew
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Post by: goodlife on May 06, 2012, 02:44:56 AM
hi all, this is natesh - i have newly joined the forum ., have been practicing vipassana for few years now in the tradition of Sayagi U Bha Khin by S N goenka.. it feels great to be part of a common minded travellers in the path of dhamma ..

peace to all & best wishes in your journeys ..

Natesh
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Post by: Vivek on May 06, 2012, 01:32:53 PM
Hello, Tarjei & Natesh. Welcome to the forum.
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Post by: Andrew on May 07, 2012, 03:50:04 AM
Quote
Is that "classic Matthew" or "classic, Matthew"? ;)

i had meant the later, but you are right, the former also fits... :D i always like a bit of classic Matthew easy listening, (not too easy though, middle way and all that).

how are you going?
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Post by: Matthew on May 08, 2012, 05:13:49 PM
OK on the whole thx. Bit up and down as my back/neck are giving me real hell yet whining about it doesn't help ...
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Post by: Chazara on May 09, 2012, 05:52:18 PM
Hi there everyone, just had my confirmation email and very eager to join this, what seems to be, close community.

So a little about myself; My names Chester, 21 years of age, living near the coast of Wales and next to Snowdon mountain. I have an older brother who suffers from Cerebral Palsy and a single parent, mother.

I started practicing meditation last summer whilst hitch-hiking through Europe but drifted away from it.
I had a bit of a cannabis smoking problem for a very long time too, and have recently re-discovered meditation. It seems to give me the high that I was constantly after but never quite being satisfied. Clean for almost a month now and feeling extremely positive with my mind state.

My reason for wanting to join this community is for a number of reasons. To learn about different methods of meditation, to help find methods of cleansing my ego, and to find like-minded people to share my life stories with (Facebook and like for like social networks just don't do it for me).

So, hello all, thanks for having me! If you would like to ask me anything, go right ahead, I have many questions to ask all of you!!

Chaz (You can call me Chez, Chaz, Chester, Chestnut... well, anything begining with "Ch" will normally do :D)
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Post by: Matthew on May 09, 2012, 06:10:37 PM
Will call you what you prefer :) Welcome to vipassanaforum.

Matthew
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Post by: Andrew on May 10, 2012, 02:00:17 AM
Hi Chester Chazara,

Welcome.  :)

Andrew
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Post by: Vivek on May 10, 2012, 08:52:51 AM
Welcome, Chester :)
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Post by: Alexanderjohn on May 13, 2012, 10:07:00 PM
Welcome Chicken!

You're going to fit in here like a peanut. I too have a tendency towards the ol' wacky backy but meditation has definitely shown me it's not a habit worth hanging on to at all. Look forward to getting to know you better.

Alex.
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Post by: Matthew on May 21, 2012, 08:37:49 PM
GrandmaBuddha said hello I moved the post and answers here: http://www.vipassanaforum.net/forum/index.php/topic,1897.0.html (http://www.vipassanaforum.net/forum/index.php/topic,1897.0.html)
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Post by: shu on June 26, 2012, 02:04:00 PM
Hi everybody! My name is Stefan, I'm 39 years old.

Eight months ago I started to meditate after reading some books by Jon Kabat-Zinn about MBSR. I slowly developed a regular practice and for the last two months I meditate on a daily basis. I have a long history of depression, social anxiety and addictions as self-medication. Meditation, awareness, focussing on the moment help me to deal with this.

This is a great forum and I learned a lot by reading the old threads. Many inspiring thoughts by good people. Thanks for having me!

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Post by: Vivek on June 26, 2012, 03:49:47 PM
Hello, Stefan. Welcome.

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Post by: mdr on July 21, 2012, 06:38:36 PM
Hi guys! Thank you so much for having me on board & special thanks to Mathew whom i nagged to let me in! And i'd use this chance to apologize for being pushy, but at some point of time my patient awaiting to register ended and i was like please, let me in lol!  :'(
I've been lurking into the forum for quite some time - and i really wanted to become part of it, not that i have something burning, but there are couple of things i'd like to ask and some i'd like to share.
I did the 10days retreat in Goenka's tradition long ago and i've been practicing back and forth for years now, albeit Vipassana is not my main spiritual path. (I do think those retreats are great for learning anapana though.)

In one of the numerous threads i read here someone called Goenka's system 'draconian' - and probably that's what it is, but at the time (1995 i think) there wasn't any other info available and thus no room for comparison.

I had absolutely no knowledge of Buddhism or whatsoever - but given that back then i was living in place where such opportunities were a rarity, i jumped at the possibility , without having any idea what i am getting into.

The teachers, a couple from UK were wonderful,  volunteers as well; i had no problem with not speaking , to the contrary, loved it. I didn't even mind quitting smoking - albeit i was a chain smoker until then.

The chanting was very funny to me - and especially the parts where Goenka would cough or clear his throat, but i got over it; what was difficult though for me - was going back to 'regular programming' afterwords - i think it took some two months or so. My sensitivity to sounds changed for ever after - and i am still quite bothered by loud tv etc., and that's just to start with.
We were supposed to meditate 2h a day - and without a teacher or support group - and before internet, for me it was rather impossible. There was a group meeting to meditate together in my back then city - but the condition was not to practice any other technique ever - and i couldn't swear to that.
As of lately i rekindled my interest in Vipassana and just in case this much ramblings weren't too much , here is why: http://moderndayruth.net/2012/07/04/sitting-in-oblivion-and-decluterring/ (http://moderndayruth.net/2012/07/04/sitting-in-oblivion-and-decluterring/)
and also some of my musings on Zizek, in case you are interested: http://moderndayruth.net/2012/07/16/chomsky-zizek-and-wests-fascination-by-pseudo-intellectual-bullies/ (http://moderndayruth.net/2012/07/16/chomsky-zizek-and-wests-fascination-by-pseudo-intellectual-bullies/)

Thanks once again!
Best,
L.R.S.
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Post by: Matthew on July 28, 2012, 11:19:02 AM
Welcome to the forums mdr - apologies for the delay in approving your application but as I explained by email I have been rather unwell recently (the same goes to anyone else who has been awaiting approval!).

Warm regards,

Matthew
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Post by: Vixsesh on July 28, 2012, 12:59:19 PM
Hi everyone,

Im vikram from india and this is my second year of vipassana practise. Ive been maintaing my sila since jan 2011 an have gained a lot from meditation. Thanks for having me on this forum.

Vikram
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Post by: Matthew on July 28, 2012, 01:06:45 PM
Welcome Vikram. Thank you for joining us.
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Post by: Mal on July 28, 2012, 05:53:18 PM
Hi everyone

I've been meditating on and off since the eighties, starting with Benson's relaxation response, Alan Watts & similar, followed up by Levine's (still excellent) book a Gradual Awakening, and then a couple of courses with FWBO. More recently, I've got more interested again - taking an eclectic home-brewed approach - Guanaratano, Ricard, Kabat-Zinn, Goldstein (Watts & Levine again...)... and whoever next takes my fancy...

- Mal
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Post by: Tref on July 31, 2012, 01:34:11 AM
Hi all,

I'm new here and my meditation resume isn't as extensive as others I've seen. I've tried it on and off over the past few years, but never was quite able to do it more than a few weeks or months at a time. This time I'm in it for the long haul. I'm teaching myself from what I can find on the internet and from the book I'm using as a guide, "Mindfulness in Plain English". It focuses on Vipassana practice, and a Google search on the word brought me here. I didn't know about the different types of meditation before acquiring the book, and bought it based on the reviews it had. I'm glad I did, because after reading about the different options out there Vipassana is the one I find the most interesting.

Cheers!
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Post by: Vivek on August 04, 2012, 04:42:51 PM
Hello mdr, Vikram, Mal and Tref. We welcome you to the forum.
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Post by: redalert on August 24, 2012, 07:16:07 PM
hello everyone,
I've been meditating for 3 yrs. I practice vipassana (goenka tradition), this seems to be a really good fit with me at the present moment, but i am also involved with a temple near home that is sri lanken based and most of the devotees practice meditation in a similar tradition to bhante henepola gunaratana. i believe this practice places more emphasis on attaining jhana, and does not seem to work with sensations the way goenka vipassana does. This has led to some interesting discussions as we discuss the sutras, some disagreements occur when I seem to place emphasis on sensation. I've sat half a dozen goenka retreats including the satipatthana sutra course and served on a few others, no long courses as of yet, and I am aware that goenka probes into this technique deeper on the long courses. Most of my practise to date has been experiental (goenka retreats and retreats by different visiting monks at the temple), and I have only recently started discussing and reading the sutras (6 months). My knowledge is quite weak in this department, so bare with me. Meditation has changed my life for the better, and I openly encourage others to start sitting in whichever tradition fits them.
I am very eager to learn from all of you and your particular traditions. :)
metta,
redalert
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Post by: Matthew on August 24, 2012, 10:39:19 PM
Welcome to the forums redalert. May the True Dhamma flourish and nourish all beings.
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Post by: Vivek on August 27, 2012, 12:47:34 AM
Hello, redalert. Welcome to the forum.
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Post by: ColleenKPeltomaa on September 14, 2012, 03:57:16 AM
Greetings.  Chickened out on the Vipassana retreat in Massachusetts, but it so indicated to me because of a course I took in the Church of Scientology (called OT-TR0 -- sitting there and just being comfortable), and seeing two lovers in France doing nothing but looking at each other -- no thoughts -- totally comfortable.  I failed miserably the CofS course even though I went through many hours of training and assisting others.  Always making a mental grocery list -- EXCEPT for 60 seconds:  That 60 seconds showed me something I never forgot.  I told myself that if I could do that all the time my life would never be the same again.

After I left the church I branched out into other mind clearing practices.  My first meditation experience I saw my head turn into the head of what I now know is called a "Reptilian".  Of course I didn't do that again.

After more clearing work I came across a breathing meditation technique and immediately was overcome by feelings of asphyxiation.  Okay, this time I was smarter and let it occur until it no longer occurred, but I still had other fish to fry.

Discovery of Lester Levenson and the related Sedona Method, and more and more of Lester showed me a different way of approaching the resolution of the mind.  Had a co-dependency issue and decided I was not going to get on that rollercoaster again -- something had to be done.  I was sweating blood, so to speak.

I sat in the backyard screenhouse for days and days, just winging it.  Tweaked it a bit this last week with help from some online mp3's session guidances.  One has to LOVE failure, or at least be good friends with failure to take on this project.  I qualify.  Confucius says, "Failure is the father of success".  Totally detached from the mental thought addictions that brought continuance into this co-dependent rollercoaster.  Incidentally, also lost some unhealthy food cravings.  Feel very neutral, equanimious, but not yet fully liberated from the mind.

I'm sure I must have done this technique in a past life, along with the self-inquiry Advaita practice because both seemed so natural to me.  Perhaps this is true for everyone.

However, my mind is very noisy, so this is very simple, and arduous.  I have chipped away at this noisy mind, and am receiving my reward for dedication whilst practicing Vipassana.  It will come with me in my next existence.

The mind holds the past and Vipassana asks one to stay in present time location through focus on something that is happening now (i.e., breathing), and the mind is allowed to bring up the past next to, beside the present, now happening.  This breaks the energetic thrall of the old "arguments".   Elegant.
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Post by: Vivek on September 14, 2012, 07:52:11 AM
Interesting account, Colleen. :) Welcome to the community, by the way. Sedona Method and Advaita have indeed lots of similarities. In fact, the Method helps one to realize the Advaitic ideal with little more ease.
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Post by: Sencha on September 14, 2012, 05:17:00 PM
Hello All  :)
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Post by: Quardamon on September 14, 2012, 05:41:37 PM
Hello Sencha,

You are welcome to write a bit more about what brings you to the forum, please.
I hope you will have a good time here.
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Post by: Vivek on September 15, 2012, 02:06:10 AM
Welcome, Sencha :)
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Post by: Sencha on September 15, 2012, 09:13:48 AM
Hello guys. I'm just starting out. Done a couple of months of vipassana after reading "mindfulness in plain english"

Really needed some thing to calm my anxious mind. Things are going well. Started off on 5 mins and I'm up to about 30-45mins which feels good. Just bought a zafu and zabuton last week which should be with me soon. My cushion set-up is pretty inconsistent.  :D

Joined the forums to learn from others. I'm interested in trying out zazen as well. Just started reading a book called "beginners mind"? something like that.

Anyway. Many thanks for the warm welcome.
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Post by: ColleenKPeltomaa on September 16, 2012, 03:14:00 AM
Welcome Sencha and may we never be the same again.

love,
colleen
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Post by: ColleenKPeltomaa on September 16, 2012, 03:23:01 AM
Interesting account, Colleen. :) Welcome to the community, by the way. Sedona Method and Advaita have indeed lots of similarities. In fact, the Method helps one to realize the Advaitic ideal with little more ease.

Hello Vivek, Do you specifically refer to the "Fifth Way"?  Which part of Sedona Method do you feel most closely helps one realize the Advaitic ideal?  I've had lasting insights from self-inquiry -- "what am I?".  I am listening to Hale's Inner Circle 2 right now   :)

Does self-inquiry enhance Vipassana or should it be left aside?

colleen
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Post by: Vivek on September 17, 2012, 06:12:41 AM
Hey Colleen :)

Quote
Hello Vivek, Do you specifically refer to the "Fifth Way"?  Which part of Sedona Method do you feel most closely helps one realize the Advaitic ideal?  I've had lasting insights from self-inquiry -- "what am I?".  I am listening to Hale's Inner Circle 2 right now
Yes, Fifth Way does closely resonate with Advaita. I have heard Hale referring to it as the core of all Non-dual teachings, and I cannot agree less. If you listen to Lester's talks, he refers to couple of Advaitic masters like Ramana Maharshi and Swami Vivekananda and how he was indpired by their work. Sedona Method just makes living the Advaitic principles in a practical way. Do continue with the self-inquiry. The longer you do it, the deeper you will go, and more insights you will arrive on. The insights (Vipassana) are what helps one to progress in the path. Advaitic Self-inquiry is not very different from Vipassana, that is my experience. Both go hand in hand. Good to know that you are listening to Inner Circle. Hale shares tons of useful exercises and insights throughout the sessions, that are very helpful. Do listen to the audios again and again.
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Post by: peepalala on September 22, 2012, 08:41:46 AM
hello i am new on this forum , i belongs from jaipur , india .
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Post by: Vivek on September 22, 2012, 11:18:43 PM
Welcome to the forum!
Title: Great to have found the forum.
Post by: aewbarnes on October 21, 2012, 01:26:10 PM
hi everyone.
It's great to have found this board and I look forward to participating and learning here.
I have pasted my regular 'profile' text below as it sums up pretty well. As for my interest in vipassana, I attended a Goenka taught  (via video and resident teachers) 10-day retreat a couple of years ago in Hereford, Uk and have tried to maintain my practice at home since (with varying degrees of success).
I have found a renewed impulse to once again take up my cushion with new enthusiasm and hence my joining.
I look forward to meeting others here.

Aforesaid profile:
I hope the following gives some idea of who I am and what my interests are.
I am always happy to meet and get to know new people, so please do say hi and likewise introduce yourself.

I have an abiding interest in Eastern spiritual traditions and teachings and whilst my own practice is centered on Budhhist Dhamma, I also have a growing interest in Advaita Vedanta. Taoism also has much to teach of value.

At core, I am continually finding new aspects of character, ego and attachment. As I slowly grow in my understanding of myself and of the greater flow of existence of which I am part, I am able to relinquish those energies that hamper my onward journey.

I am currently undergoing quite a rapid acceleration of this process of change and growth and so have now ceased my previous business activities. It feels a right time for me to enter a new, frugal period and so am happy to continue to build my window cleaning round enough to sustain me whilst devoting more time to some campaign issues such as green economics and anti-slavery in all it's forms.
I am also hopeful of soon securing an allotment to return to the growing of my vegetables.

I also enjoy history and self-development and take a keen interest in current affairs. Philosophy will also keep me engrossed in a good book.
I love to cook, am beginning a practice of yoga and have been enjoying meditation for some years.

Metta
Andy
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Post by: Vivek on October 21, 2012, 07:41:26 PM
Welcome to the forum, Andy.
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Post by: redalert on October 21, 2012, 10:20:23 PM
           Welcome Andy. :)
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Post by: aewbarnes on October 22, 2012, 06:46:00 PM
Thanks for the welcomes.
Andy
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Post by: Dharmic Tui on October 27, 2012, 10:52:56 AM
Hi All,

I've lurked for a while and finally decided to sign up. My life sorta flipped itself upside down so in the process of rebuilding it I thought I'd also change my perspective. I've been practicing meditation 1-2 times a day for over a year now, albeit self taught as Buddhists are few and far between where I live (small town NZ). I'd started with the Theravada tradition but would have to call myself secular.

Anyhoo, look forward to talking to you.
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Post by: Vivek on October 28, 2012, 03:46:42 AM
Welcome to the forum, Tui. :)
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Post by: Todd V on October 29, 2012, 01:08:32 PM
hello; my name is Todd. I have little to no experience with meditation; but have read about it. I'm a very "type A" personality, a perfectionist, impatient, and frankly have experienced very little happiness or "peace"

I wish to experience happiness, internal peace, and want to embrace a "less extreme view of the world; hence my striving to understand a "middle way" I have much to learn; but am eager to listen and start a new journey.

I am somewhat confused as far as "how" to meditate" at this point. How to relax myself, and what to focus on during meditation, and am eager for any help.

Thanks

Todd V
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Post by: redalert on October 29, 2012, 02:54:32 PM
      Hi Todd,

      "type A" from my personal experience this will cause you great pain. The good news, pain is an excellent teacher. ;)
     
      If you've had enough suffering, and you are ready to recieve the Dhamma, look into a Goenka 10 day residential retreat. This is an incredibly challenging course, and there are more gentle approaches, if a Goenka retreat sounds to intense.

      All you need to attend a Goenka retreat is a mind and body no experience is required, and it is actually preferred. The complete technique of meditation will be taught to you over the 10 day period.

      You will begin with anapanasati(awareness of respiration) then move into Vipassana(insight) and finally Metta Bhavana(loving kindness), Meditation is such an important aspect in ones developement, and Goenka centres are filled with qualified teachers to assist you with this.

      If you wish to begin, start by observing the 5 precepts, these will prepare you for meditation.
     
Kind regards, and welcome to the forum,
redalert
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on October 29, 2012, 05:22:36 PM
Welcome, Todd. A nice place to start would be here: http://www.vipassanaforum.net/forum/index.php/page,10.html (http://www.vipassanaforum.net/forum/index.php/page,10.html)
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on October 31, 2012, 10:25:09 PM
Welcome Todd.

Relaxation must be the basis of awareness for your personality type. Not dosing or drowsy - awake, alert and concentrated but all on a foundation of relaxation. The article Vivek links to may be a good place to start your practice. Try not to try too hard. Read some stuff but not too much. Actually just sitting, meditating is your teacher.

Warm regards,

Matthew
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: jallen on November 21, 2012, 07:02:44 PM
hello all, my name is jared.

i have completed a few books on meditation, and i am currently reading mindfulness in plain english.  i have not actually engaged in vipassana yet.  i have been "meditating for relaxation" at work for some time, though i didn't realize what i was doing.  envisioning a clear table in my brain, actively folding away my thoughts.  envisioning myself at a quiet train station, carefully selecting which car to take.  these techniques i used to control exactly what i thought, mostly to interrupt anger, anxiety, or depression.  i become very afraid when i actually confront these thoughts.  

i built my own wooden block for lotus position yesterday.  i am all set to begin meditation this week.  i look forward to giving you loving encouragement and all the progress we will have together.  thanks for your time.

be well
jared
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Quardamon on November 22, 2012, 08:58:03 PM
Hello Jared,

Welcome. It is good to move a bit, in the sense of trying out. It is also good to get a growing understanding and to check up with others. You seem to be doing both. Do not take the whole thing too serious, but keep on going. Again: Welcome.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mpgkona on November 22, 2012, 09:34:49 PM
Hello. My name is Michael. I recently began the meditation experience this past summer (July) at a 10 day Goenka retreat. Although the course was fantastic and insightful I have slowly been tapering off my daily meditation. Yes, the "old habit patterns" have returned. With work and two small children I find it hard to find the time to meditate "effectively." When I do try I am either super tired or I actually do fall asleep. Has anyone dealt with a similar issue before? Thanks for your time, and I'm looking forward to spending more time on this Forum. Anicca!!!
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Quardamon on November 23, 2012, 06:41:32 PM
Hello Michael. Welcome to the forum.
Sometimes when I feel a bit chaotic and I know that I am tired, I will sit for ten or twenty minutes until the moment I almost fall asleep, and then go to bed. Just feeling in your whole body how tired you are is a proper thing to do. If you want to know more, you can start a separate thread.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on November 23, 2012, 10:36:33 PM
Welcome, Jared. It is good to use visualization/verbalization during meditation, but it is better to just be with the reality of the moment and relax. Check all options and decide what works best for you. You can check out: http://www.vipassana.com/meditation/anapanasati_meditation_on_breathing.php (http://www.vipassana.com/meditation/anapanasati_meditation_on_breathing.php) or http://www.vipassanaforum.net/forum/index.php/page,10.html (http://www.vipassanaforum.net/forum/index.php/page,10.html) - whichever works best for you.

Hello, Michael. I think the issue of dullness/tiredness have been discussed here before. Please do a search in the forums. If you still have questions, please start a separate thread for those.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Liam on December 08, 2012, 03:29:13 PM
Hello, my name is Liam.  I'm 25 years old, I'm from central Wisconsin, USA and I'm relatively new to meditation.  I've always felt there was a deeper reality than what has been presented.  I was born and raised Christian, but very early I realized something didn't quite add up, at least not the intreparation of the gospel I received.  About 8 months ago, I came across "Mindfulness in Plain English".  I found it very fascinating, I became enamoured with vipassana meditation and the Eastern school of thought in general.  Unfortunately, there's a shortage of Teachers where I'm from and Buddhists in general so I started searching online to find a community I could come to with questions and concerns.  Many thanks in advance!
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: redalert on December 08, 2012, 05:11:30 PM
Welcome Liam, I also like Bhante G's writings. :)
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Stonepathyoga on December 12, 2012, 05:07:32 AM
My name is Theresa.  I am a yoga teacher and somatics educator.  Have completed 2 Goenka 10 day sits and 2 3 day sits.  After a strong practice for 6 years, experienced a dark storm that lasted almost one year.  I still don't really understand what happened... But was advised by the teacher to only practice anapana until I was back in my body.  Have resumed a light practice.  Came across this site and happy to hear about others experiences.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on December 12, 2012, 05:51:35 AM
Welcome to the forums, Liam. :)

Welcome, Theresa. :) Looking forward to hear more from you.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: synergetics on December 13, 2012, 06:03:46 AM
Hello, I look forward to learning from you all. I will check in as much as possible.
Jesse
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: rodborges on December 20, 2012, 07:27:29 PM
Hello, my name is Rodrigo. I'm portuguese and I've completed my vipassana course last November.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on December 20, 2012, 09:28:20 PM
Hi Rodrigo, synergetics,

Welcome! We're a friendly bunch. You'll get to know us all better soon and see if you like it here.

Be well. If you have questions try searching then start a thread if you don't find an answer.

Kind regards,

Matthew
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: charlemagne on December 22, 2012, 07:02:42 AM
Hi. My name is Matt. I have been interested in meditation for a long time, but only earlier this year committed to a 10 day vipassana retreat in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. The feeling of peace was palpable, as it should be when you are focusing on your body 8 hours a day haha.

I am now in Changsha, Hunan province, China teaching English at a university. I have a lot of free time here - work a bit under 3 hrs a day at most, sometimes less than 2 - which I use to explore a lot of hobbies. I appreciate the mental aspect of these hobbies most of all - improvising until a good melody wobbles out of my mouth, penning gibberish until a good lyric leaks onto the page, inventing prospective memory exercises to practice on the (crowded) streets, studying nonverbal communication by consciously controlling them in myself, looking closely at the environment for aberrations which might cue me into a lucid dream, etc. It's getting more and more interesting.

I am having trouble with some parts of meditation, however. I am a novice, so I can't offer much advice. I am hoping that the members here can help.

Very glad to be here
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: redalert on December 22, 2012, 12:40:45 PM
Welcome to the forum Matt, I've found the members here to be very helpful and informative. It's a great forum to support ones practice.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: hening on December 26, 2012, 11:21:53 AM
Hellow  :D
Im new member, this is my 1st post. Hope i can learn and practising meditation diligently from all masters here :-)
Thx
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on December 27, 2012, 12:29:35 AM
Welcome to the forum, hening.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: GiantRumblebuffin on December 27, 2012, 03:25:40 PM
Hello

I've been practicing Vipassana (Goenka taught) for nearly 2 years. I have done 3 10-day courses and served 2 courses at Dhamma Dipa in UK and just done a Satti course at Dhama Padhana.

Vipassana changed my life and continues to give me many benefits. I am really passionate about the practice but I can sometimes go a bit overboard and get frustrated when old habits resurface.

Anyway hope to chat about the practice and look through the experience of others. I hope to be an AT one day.

Cheers

GR
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on December 27, 2012, 03:56:43 PM
Hello, GR. Welcome to the forum.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mushtaq Ali Jindani on December 29, 2012, 06:14:00 AM
I have just finished a 10 day Vipassana program at Kaufman Texas from 05 to 16 December 2012.
It was a phenomenal spiritually up lifting experience. I wish I would have learnt Vipassana long time ago.
It is said that when a student is ready, the master arrives!

I have already started experiencing subtle spiritual benefits. My concentration has improved. Need for sleep has lessened. drowsiness during meditation is not worrisome. Duration to remain in the present time has increased.

I have been practicing TM for a long time. I learned it during the Beatles era, in 1967. Learning and practicing TM has been an amazing experience. I am immensely grateful to late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for the same.
I have however, felt reaching  plateau limiting my further progress.

Buddha has always fascinated me. Now I know that not only he was Enlightened one but also discovered a path to allow any serious seeker to discover enlightenment with in.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: chintan on January 04, 2013, 08:29:11 AM
Welcome Mushtaq.

Hi everyone - this is Chintan. Had been away for a year from this forum and also from Vipassana mostly. Looking at restarting and reconnecting with old friends.

You guys were missed.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on January 04, 2013, 08:36:42 AM
Welcome to the forum, Mustaq. :)

Hello Chintan, glad to see you here again!
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on January 06, 2013, 02:08:48 PM
Welcome Mustaq and welcome back Chintan - good to see you both :)
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: naveen on January 06, 2013, 06:40:09 PM
Hi this is Naveen from shreveport, louisiana , USA. I'm a Chemical Engineer working for a refinery in shreveport as process engineer. I was introduced to Vipassana last year by my friend and I attended a 10-day course at Kaufman, TX. I thoroughly enjoyed the program and realized so much, the course has brought great changes to my life and I already see lot of happiness in continuum ever since I been there in december. I got a pay rise / bonus when i returned back, i won a lottery / got lots of expensive christmas gifts and made some many good friends in just one month after the course..and yes, the hardest part is to stay un-reactive to these positive sensation i'm encountering!! its really hard to remain un-baised to the money & happiness I'm receiving in my life. I continue to do Vipassana everday 2 hours and every day is a new experience. I see my body becoming fitter with y workout paying off more than ever. I'm starting to find happiness in everything i do..even the smallest things that i did not recognise before. I started to become more humorous person and see everyone start to like me. I' being invited to many parties and find people talking to me. I see beautiful girls hitting on me. ans yes, yet again the hardest part for me is to stay calm and observe the great things that are happening to my life.  Other greatest things i started to observe are my memory / attention & have improved significantly. i learn things faster and i can stay focused longer. I workout and m not tired for a long time. i feel i have so much energy and i run for 10 miles without gasping/panting much!! everyday i wake up fresh to office with lots of energy without having to drink coffee..another change i have made to my life is i drink 2 liters of water everyday with yogurt in my breakfast and it greatly changed my energy levels. Yes, absolutley I'm in love with my life and i can see lots of positive energy around me..thanks to vipassana, thanks to my teachers for the dhamma. thanks to everyone in my life for driving me to take this path. Sab ka mangal ho....and yes tera mangal ho....
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on January 07, 2013, 02:11:08 AM
Hello, Naveen. :) Welcome.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DarkNightOfNoSoul on January 07, 2013, 07:48:07 PM
Yes, absolutley I'm in love with my life and i can see lots of positive energy around me.

The hardest part is to stay un-reactive to these positive sensation i'm encountering.

Welcome Naveen, I'm glad you are finding material success in all areas of your life at the moment. :) But I'm also pleased you are aware that developing strong attachment to such things is a potential source of great suffering in the future. In my experience, the challenge is to maintain equanimity not only towards the good things that happen, but also towards the eventual loss of those good things, and towards the crap that life can sometimes throw at us.

Metta.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: k33pitpg on January 20, 2013, 04:58:43 PM
Hello I have recently started meditating... within the last 2 months. Before I ever even attempted to meditate I did a decent amount of research and reading about meditation, compassion, kindness, benefits of helping others, the attempt of many people around the world to try and achieve happiness through obtaining materialistic things (the never-ending quest) etc... When I did decide to sit down and attempt to meditate I was extremely optimistic about it and I believe this is why I was able to start clearing my mind within the first week and, in fact, the most profound experience I have had was within the first week of meditation. Since then I have had many profound experiences, then again, to me just being able to clear ones mind is quite profound. None-the-less I have had some things happen to me that I have been extremely confused about. The thing that I have been the most confused about is involuntary movements that happen to me every time I meditate. The reason this is so confusing to me is because most of what I have read has lead me to believe that when you meditate the best way to do it is by staying completely still... that there is a direct correlation between keeping your body still and your mind.... with one comes the other or it at least helps. However, another thing that I have read is that you should not try and control or prevent any thoughts from happening... that when thoughts do happen you should just recognize them and let them go on their own. So... I have been under the assumption that this should be true for movements of the body as well. And, in fact, by letting these movements happen I have felt more energetic and at times it is as if I am gathering energy from around me and inhaling it, which when I do this, it is quite a euphoric feeling. Anyways.... I apologize about the long post but just wondering if anyone has any insight to these things that I have been experiencing and if anyone has any advice so that I can fully benefit from these movements that occur every single day when I meditate. THANKS!!
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on January 20, 2013, 05:24:30 PM
Welcome to the forum.. :)

The ideal way to meditate is to keep all physical movements to the bare minimum, but involuntary movements like shaking or even jumping can happen. That is usually a sign of deep mental tendencies (sankharas/samskaras/vasanas) coming to the surface. Allow such things to come, they will dissolve eventually. Always try to be with the reality of the moment. If you have further questions, please start a separate thread for those.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Quardamon on January 20, 2013, 06:17:07 PM
Hello k33ptipg,

Please check the thread
http://www.vipassanaforum.net/forum/index.php/topic,2027.msg21050.html#msg21050 (http://www.vipassanaforum.net/forum/index.php/topic,2027.msg21050.html#msg21050)
Welcome to the forum.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: chintan on January 22, 2013, 02:25:18 PM
Thanks Vivek / Matthew..

Hope you all have been doing well. I have gained 5-6 kgs, lost some more money in business venture and have lost touch with the Dhamma - Sangha. But surprisingly not worried that much as whenever I sit it is there.. it comes back.

Metta to all..
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on January 23, 2013, 08:50:18 PM
I apologize about the long post but just wondering if anyone has any insight to these things that I have been experiencing and if anyone has any advice so that I can fully benefit from these movements that occur every single day when I meditate. THANKS!!

Welcome to the forums k33pitpg ... Best to start a thread in the Meditation and Practice board if you have questions you can't find answers to.

Be well,

Matthew
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on January 23, 2013, 08:51:59 PM
... have lost touch with the Dhamma - Sangha. But surprisingly not worried that much as whenever I sit it is there.. it comes back.

Chintan,

It does indeed come back. Sorry to hear of your struggles. This too shall pass.

Warmly,

Matthew
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: garyblackhouse on January 24, 2013, 11:42:44 PM
Hi folks. Completed a 10 day Vipassana course in Ireland close to a month ago. I first heard about Vipassana from Rivers Cuomo, from the rock band, Weezer. I've been posting on Weezer message boards for a number of years.

I'm thankful to be able to join what is not only a friendly forum, but an expansive one. Looking forward to reading through old threads and interacting with fellow meditators with the hope of helping others and letting you all help me.

Peace, from the stormy coast lines of Atlantic Ireland.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Irfan on January 25, 2013, 02:35:09 AM
Greetings,

I did my first Goenka-school Vipassana course in 1985 or 1986 near Melbourne, Australia. At the time, I was young and anarchistic, involved in psychedelic experience, Thelemic Magick and radical politics. I just saw an ad in the newspaper for a ten-day meditation course. Without knowing much about it at all, more or less on the spur of the moment, I applied for it.

It was a very dramatic experience. I had a terrible time for the first 8 or 9 days, but stuck with it. Right towards the end, I had very dramatic shifts in perceptual experience, starting to see the world in non-verbal terms. For weeks after the course, friends would tell me how incredibly well and happy I looked.

But I didn't have the discipline to stick to the practice and soon went back to my previous life. But for years, decades, I always remembered the course and thought it had been a worthwhile experience. I always thought that "one day", I would go back and do another course.

Fast forward about 25 years. I'd been living in Indonesia for almost 20 years, then (and still now) working as a journalist / writer / translator / editor for the large development agencies in the country. I was going through a difficult divorce. Just in the last few weeks before my former wife and I finally separated, I decided to do another Goenka-school course. Really, one of the big motivations was to be out of the house in those few weeks. I'm sure many of you will agree, good-byes under such circumstances can be difficult.

The second course was very difficult. For quite a few days, I had quite a strong visual image, in my "mind's eye", of my (ex-)wife, staring at me reproachfully. I remember telling the assistant teacher that I was finding it difficult. He said, just try to bring your attention back to your breath. If it gets really difficult, go for a short walk around the garden and come back.

No "spiritual orgasms" that time. But I did feel that I sort of "fast-forwarded" through a lot of the pain and difficulty of the divorce.

Since then, I've been sitting quite regularly, with some gaps of months here and there. I've done another 10 day course, and a four day short course. Over the past few months, I've come across some of the mindfulness literature, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Williams and so on. After the Goenka course, I found these writing very refreshing. I've found that some of these writers really discuss the challenges of meditating very clearly and succinctly. Also, that they are very good for learning how to integrate mindfulness with daily activities.

At the moment, I'm on my 35 day of a "two month challenge": for two months, I'm committing to sitting for an hour a day, to listening to one of Jon Kabat-Zinn's audio files, and to various other activities (such as trying to walk mindfully whenever I walk down the street I live in, for at least the first few mouthfuls of any food that I eat, and so on).

At this stage, I still have respect for the Goenka system, although I have some criticisms, too. I find that there is a lot to be learned outside the Goenka school. I'm also a bit sad that the Goenka school so actively discourages people from learning from other teachers. I guess this is one reason why I liked the sound of this forum, that it includes people from a wider range of backgrounds, including some critical perspectives of the Goenka school.

It's fun checking into the forum and reading random posts. In "real life", I have a couple of friends who meditate, but I don't often talk to them about it. It's fun reading about other peoples experiences.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on January 25, 2013, 05:59:58 AM
Hello, Gary. Welcome to the forum :)
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: chintan on January 25, 2013, 10:28:55 AM
Welcome Gary to the forum and to Vipassana. Please share your experiences and feel free to discuss anything here.

Hi Irfan - you seem to be going through some tough times - hope they pass soon. I am waiting to go to my second retreat but just have not been able to.  This forum has some very good people and it is fun to be on a Vipassana journey with them.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Irfan on January 25, 2013, 10:50:16 AM
Hi Irfan - you seem to be going through some tough times - hope they pass soon. I am waiting to go to my second retreat but just have not been able to.  This forum has some very good people and it is fun to be on a Vipassana journey with them.

Hi Chintan, thanks for your post. I'm not really going through "tough times" right now, unless you count the minor irritation of living in a flooded city that has been experiencing electricity blackouts on and off for the last week. The second course I did, when I was just going through divorce, was about five years ago. It's not nothing, even now, but I seem to be doing okay here. I have interesting work, friends, hobbies -- together with the usual joys, disappointments and struggles that arise from the cycle of craving and aversion.
Title: Wintermute - Introduction
Post by: Wintermute on February 13, 2013, 01:27:51 PM
Hello Fellow Meditators,

I am from Hungary, I'm 35 and currently on a 10 month trip around India. I had my fair share of abuse as a child, which lead me to build walls that guarded me from my feelings as well as other people. Looking back at my life I can see a long streak of destruction paved with substance and humanoid abuse, wealth and talent wasted in abundance. However I was always accompanied by a touch of good humor and deep sensitivity that I mostly kept locked away.

My spiritual background is weak to say the least. My first brief ego-less moment came about ten years ago right at the beginning of Eckhart Tolle's Power of Now. They were a blissful few seconds that quickly faded into a dear memory, but never faded completely. My decision to start doing yoga and start searching for it again came at the (in)famous OZORA Festival in Hungary, where instead of partying with the crowds I chose to wander off and surrender to the curious perspective MDMA and LSD provide. It did not provide comprehensive answers, but it definitely asked the right questions and provided temporary libearion - something I strive for. So after 18 months of militant Iyengar yoga and another OZORA, I quit my job, sold my appartment and off to India I went.

It was quite clear I will be doing a Vipassana course during these 10 months, and the time came on the 16th of January, in the wonderful facility of Dhamma Setu, in Chennai. I had no idea what it really was, I didn't even know it was a meditation technique. When my friends told me to go and do it and I just said fine, they refused to say another word about it.

I sat around for one day, watching my breath patiently and diligently. The next morning around 9 in the morning I had a terrible drug flashback which lasted about 2 scary hours filled with nausea, paranoia and utmost misery. And at around half past eleven the crying started. And it lasted seven days. Meditating, scanning, improving my sight inwards, nausea, crying. My soul was torn open, all the pain pouring out. From that first powerful experience I put all I had into it and knew that this is it. This is what I have been looking for.

So ever since, I practice 50 minutes every morning and night. I have had the "resolution" of my sight make a leap twice with some light and now familiar sickness following. I feel my feelings, can name them, see them wash over me and fade away and I spend at least some of my day being aware of it all. I have some hard, physical determination sessions and some matrix flashes where I just concentrate not to be swept away by the awesomeness of the moment, but mostly I just sit, scan up and down, working patiently and diligently.

I come from a strong nerd background, having been a gamer most all my life, so I had to dig up a forum. Any EVE players here maybe?

Metta to all of you!
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on February 13, 2013, 11:11:43 PM
Welcome to the forum, Wintermute :)
Title: Re: Wintermute - Introduction
Post by: chintan on February 14, 2013, 02:05:00 PM
Hi Wintermute

Welcom to the forum and welcome to India.  Seems like you have made a great beginning with Vipassana. Yes there are some gamers here but not of EVE or MMRPG that I know of. Give it some more time and you will see the real life EVE which goes on in front of us..

Metta to you too..

Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Tomontheway on February 19, 2013, 11:38:25 AM
Hello everyone

My name is Thomas. 10 years ago I had an experience which made me start meditating. Since then I've been meditating on and off. Never longer than 4 weeks in one go. But also never off for more than 4-8 weeks except when I was living in Florida for two years learning to fly and caught up in the Tom Cruise lifestyle.

Looking back I feel as though I've been on a mental journey that has taken me nowhere, pure disillusionment. BUT, this is why I'm here. I need help and I need to be in contact with other meditators. I believe now that a sustained practice is the number one priority for me. I'm not sure how I can help others, but I have made many mistakes and repeated them many times.

Thank you

Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on February 19, 2013, 10:52:55 PM
Welcome to the forum, Thomas. :)
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: MrKnowsNothing on February 21, 2013, 12:06:10 AM
Hello everyone!

My name is Collin and I have been meditating for 2 weeks solid and 2 months on and off. I have not really noticed a huge difference yet but I am eager to learn everything that I can and meet many people alike, my reasoning for joining this forum! Maybe it will help me stay on the path..
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: siddharthgode on February 21, 2013, 03:33:31 AM
welcome mrknows

metta
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: healingpalms on March 07, 2013, 10:13:51 AM
Hello, healingpalms here...

I'm a massage therapist and have recently began my journey into meditation.  My interests include remote viewing, astral projection, Abraham Hicks, and more.

I look forward to meeting you all.  Have a great day!

H
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on March 07, 2013, 07:52:00 PM
Welcome to the forum, H.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: patientbeing on March 08, 2013, 12:05:55 AM
Hello all,

At present, I'm an online poker player and a sports analyst. My spiritual path is just beginning, and have been meditating for a few months. Exploring the depths of myself has led to some unexpected awakenings. Looking forward to the journey ahead.

I enjoy movies, reading, long walks, watching sports, and most of all spending time with loved ones.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on March 09, 2013, 07:55:40 PM
Welcome patientbeing. May you find that you seek.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Taelian on March 12, 2013, 02:54:29 AM
Just starting out on meditation.  I don't know the lingo or what to expect, but I like the way I feel after I meditate, things seem "clearer" for some reason.  Anyway good to be here!
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on March 12, 2013, 12:07:00 PM
Hi Taelin,

Welcome. Clarity is one of the fruits of meditation. Just ask on the forums if anything confuses. The crowd here are very helpful.

Matthew
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: windaub on April 14, 2013, 11:02:10 PM
Hi, my name is Vincent, I'm french, I found this forum looking for a place to talk and ask questions about my Vipassana experiences and learn from others experiences.
I've always been interested in spirituality, and in september 2011 I took a Vipassana course in Dhamma Mahi in France. I praticed very irregularly since then because I was smoking a lot and I couldn't meditate seriously. But eventually, and I think mostly thanks to vipassana, I became more aware of the mecanism of my addiction and I finally stopped smoking 2 weeks ago.

Now I'm ready to begin to work seriously and that's why I'm here! Glad to be among you!
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Post by: Vivek on April 16, 2013, 05:10:03 PM
:) Hello, Vincent. Welcome.
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Post by: J0rrit on April 17, 2013, 09:33:06 AM
Hello,

My name is Jorrit, and I'm Dutch. I'm practicing mindfulness-meditation for 8 months now, from which 4,5 month everyday. I'm practicing Vipassana a now for a month daily (every morning 45 minutes) and I did a weekend meditation (not a real retraite, but meditating from 10.00-18.00 saturday and sunday). Since a month I notice great effects from the meditation, before this I never came to good acceptions from my thoughts and feelings, and now I look back at it I think I practised more Samatha than actual Mindfulness till a month ago (that's when I started at a Vipassana meditation centre in Amsterdam). I have a question; in one topic someone posted that there are neurophysiology topics/posts on this forum about meditation, but I can't find these....Can someone help me with this?

Thanks in advance,

greets
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Post by: Vivek on April 17, 2013, 06:18:44 PM
Welcome, Jorrit :)
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Post by: Oscredwin on April 22, 2013, 10:22:21 PM
Hi,

My name is Andrew. I'm in the NYC area but have been learning from a friend in the SF Bay area. He's been teaching me some techniques based around his martial arts techniques and his family traditions. 
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Post by: Vivek on April 23, 2013, 05:50:48 AM
Hello, Andrew. Welcome. Not sure if you are learning meditation or something else.
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Post by: Sylvia1982 on April 23, 2013, 10:01:56 AM
Dhamma Shringa
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Post by: heterodyned on April 30, 2013, 08:25:16 PM
Hello Folks,

I recently started with meditation and I am glad to be a part of this growing community. Incidentally I came across this forum while I was on researching on meditation. For now I just keep my meditation to 10 minutes or so. Its definitely tough I admit, but I want to perfect this in a slow and steady manner and learn from all of you

Thanks again!
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: redalert on May 01, 2013, 06:48:50 PM
Good stuff, welcome to the forum heterodyned. :)
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Post by: Inner Effect on May 04, 2013, 07:57:18 PM
Hi my names Charlie, ive joined to share my experiences of Vipassana and learn from others. I have written up an account of my experience on a 10 day silent retreat and would love some feedback on it, if people have had similar things happen to them during their retreats and what they make of it. Please see my post in the Banyan Tree if your interested to read it, thanks :)
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Post by: Tathāgata on May 04, 2013, 10:36:04 PM
Hello everyone,

they called me Martin.

Attended a 10-day S.N. Goenka retreat 6 months ago and have a seat reservated at another S.N. Goenka retreat this month.

Studied philosophy at the University of Copenhagen. Later, international electronic engineering at the Copenhagen Academy of Design and Technology. Never intended working within any of those fields - not even when applying. Already pursuing a career in the music industry since the teens as a recording engineer/producer. It all culminated when some of my work on an album was nominated for a Grammy Award. I learned, I was not one bit happier than when without these materialistic and superficial things. So after I quitted it all, I broke up with the fiancée, quit the job and career, gave the house, the car - all the things to the kind (now ex-)fiancée (even the dog), moved away, had no money, committed social "suicide" (letting superficial friendships run out in the sand) - seeking solitude. 
Just started working 11 hours a week as a receptionist in a yoga studio (free yoga classes). Staying away from the meditation-part of yoga - as this effort is intended for greater flexibility of the body only. Greatly benefitting a meditation posture.

Mettā

Martin
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Post by: redalert on May 05, 2013, 12:42:23 AM
Sounds interesting Martin, welcome to the forum. :)
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Post by: bram on May 13, 2013, 04:38:00 AM
Hi all,

I just found this site while I was surfing, and liked what I saw, so here I am!

I am 61 years old, semi-retired, from the north of England originally, now living in Malaysia. After a youth spent engulfed in psychedelia, I originally learned to meditate in my early 20's through the Divine Light Mission (Guru Maharaji).

Then I did nothing about it for several decades whilst engaged in the chores of a householder, raising a family, having a successful and highly stressful career. I rediscovered meditation through Buddhism, specifically through buddhist chanting music on the internet, and started meditating seriously about 2.5 years ago.

I have been overstrenuously applying myself to samadhi meditation, and letting my expectations block my progress. After much frustration, I discovered equanimity and I am finally finding some joy in practice.

I am going on my first 10-day vipassana retreat here in Penang at the end of this month, and I am looking forward to this very much (but without expectations of course!)

Love to all,

Bram
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Post by: Vivek on May 13, 2013, 04:47:00 AM
Welcome to the forum, Bram. Hope you have a wonderful experience during the retreat.
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Post by: skmsonu on May 14, 2013, 11:49:39 AM
hi all,

I did one 10 day vipassna retreat  (as taught by S N Goenka) but missed the essence of this technique and don't practice it anymore.

However I wish to learn it thoroughly and hence have joined this forum.

Hope to have support from all people out there

Regards,
Rakesh
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on May 14, 2013, 04:55:40 PM
Hello, Rakesh. Welcome to the forum.
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Post by: Edwin on May 14, 2013, 09:16:09 PM
Hi all,

My name is Edwin. About 7 months ago I've also done a 10 day course by S.N. Goenka. The past four months I've been practising daily, about 50 minutes (not always a full hour), mostly Anapana as my mind is a bit troubled at this time. ::)

In july I will give Dhamma service for 10 days.

I hope to learn from the information on the Forum and be able to ask questions. Thank you.

Metta,
Edwin

EDIT: My first question is: If I have a general question for which I do not find an open thread, can I just open a new thread? Or is there a general thread for newbie-questions? Thank you ;)
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on May 15, 2013, 02:29:50 AM
Welcome, Edwin.

 If and when you have a question, do a search in the forum first. Chances are that you may find the needed answers. If not, you can start a new thread in "Meditation, Practice and Path" section.
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Post by: Matthew on May 16, 2013, 11:59:47 AM
Welcome Edwin,

As Vivek suggested try searching first or look at the FAQ post at the top of the "Meditation, Practice and Path board", if nothing is there ask away.

Thank you also for the Dana offered to support the forum.

Kind regards,

Matthew
Title: Intro paroxysm_reroute: release from cycle of rebirth
Post by: paroxysm_reroute on May 18, 2013, 02:34:31 AM
Buddha's purpose was relief from suffering, as explained in the 4 noble truths.

This has been elaborated into release from the cycle of rebirth. Disillusionment with the material world is a sensible attitude.

Reaching the boundless realm is a mystery. I am not sure if I have reached it when I let go of thoughts and briefly reach mindfulness, or if it is a sudden and quite palpable experience.

It is a state of knowledge, as Alexandra David-Neel says.

Nibbana is a form of deathwish, to be free from rebirth into forms of material life.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on May 18, 2013, 07:56:21 PM
Interesting statements Paroxysm yet this thread is to introduce yourself, not a recap of your understanding of what the Buddha taught. Hopefully you'll be more you and less stuff you read or heard on the forums. Welcome.
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Post by: seemaasnani on May 20, 2013, 04:17:20 PM

I am Seema, recently completed a 10 days of meditation course in Dhamma Manda. It was definitely a great experience.  Would love to exchange experiences.
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Post by: redalert on May 20, 2013, 04:42:54 PM
Welcome seema, Northern California must be a beautiful place to sit a course. I found northern california quite peaceful when I travelled through there years ago.
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Post by: KenB on May 29, 2013, 04:41:45 AM
Greetings!


I'm not sure how to begin to introduce myself. I've meditated off and on for about 10 years and, after a long "off" period, I'm back with a renewed motivation. I am struggling/coping/dealing with depression and am incorporating meditation as a primary method. I'm also investigating MBCT and MBSR as my life is quite stressful now -- I've got about another foot of rope left but then I'm at the end (there is no relevant choice of "smiley face" for my situation -- they are all so cheerful!).


I've meditated in several different ways but never adhering to a particular school. I've studied the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. I'm currently going through "Insight Meditation" by Salzberg and Goldstein. And I'm reading some books my the MBCT crew -- "The Mindful Way Through Depression," &c.


I've studied Carl Jung's work and other Jungians quite a bit. I'm the president of the local Jung Society -- The Kansas City Friends of Jung -- and try to apply analytical psychology to my work and practice.


I've tried some of the meditation technologies: Holosync and HeartMath. I've used Holosync for a while but the cost is prohibitive (especially since I'm currently unemployed). I've just begun using HeartMath's Inner Balance and find it an interesting tool -- more use will reveal it's longstanding utility.


I guess that's it for now. I hope to contribute to ongoing discussions and start some new ones. I find interacting with people a bit draining (I'm an extreme introvert) and so often can't find the energy to formulate a comment or initial posting. But I'm working on that. We'll see how successful I am.


This looks like an amazing and supportive and very sincere group here and I'm very glad I've found you. Most of the meditation forums I've found have been quite ... well, let's just say "insincere" and leave it at that.


Looking forward to interacting with you and sharing my experiences along my journey.


Ken
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on May 29, 2013, 04:59:53 AM
Welcome to the forum, Ken.
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Post by: KenB on May 29, 2013, 05:03:11 AM
Thank you, Vivek
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Post by: hottyicecat on May 29, 2013, 06:12:02 PM
Hello~ My name is Aivars 21 male from Latvia :)
I started recently practicing meditation, hope i don't do it wrong.
I kinda got interested in a lot of things, because of meditation and I'm reading lots of stuff in Access to Insight (http://www.accesstoinsight.org/) not sure whats right or wrong there, but i like it.
There have been some few things to which I cant find answers there and neither on google, so after im done checking this forum i probably gonna post some questions, but I'm not sure what questions i might ask and which one i cant. Is it only about a specify thing like meditation or a belief or not really,this forum?
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Post by: Matthew on May 29, 2013, 08:22:52 PM
Hello Aivars,

Welcome to the forums. Access to Insight is an excellent resource - you've made a good discovery. Have a read around, look at the FAQ in the top of the meditation board, use search and ask away!

We have also "Under the Banyan Tree" where you can ask questions not so related to meditation ... if you put a question in the "wrong" place one of the staff members will move it so have no fear :)

Warm welcome,

Matthew
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Post by: dimeo on June 13, 2013, 03:22:07 AM
Hello everyone,

I've been getting back into meditation again lately the past few months, and I'm starting to mediate daily now.

I was first introduced to mediation when a friend asked if I wanted to go check out an introductory session to mahamudra.  I really liked it and continued returning every week for a while after that.   Then off and on again for the past ten years.

I've found mediation to be very helpful in so many ways lately.   I get far better sleep than ever and fall asleep faster without as much tossing and turning.   I find I keep returning to this inner refuge, no matter how crazy my day at work has been, or how painful life at home can be. It really is amazing in so many ways, and keeps getting more so as I practice more. 

I'm looking forward to sharing many great conversations here with everyone.
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Post by: Tomek on June 13, 2013, 02:04:26 PM
Hi All,

Came here to further my meditation practice. I kind of played with it fot the last couple of years but never became as serious about it as I wish. Now I want to start meditating daily and share my experience.
Why am I doing this? To make it short: I discovered that meditation (and yoga) make me calm, focus better, be more empathetic, creative and egoless. It's also great tool for fighting other things that I am fed up with, especially procastrination.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on June 14, 2013, 02:58:22 AM
Hello, Dimeo & Tomek. Welcome to the forum.
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Post by: princekakarot on June 17, 2013, 09:23:46 AM
Hi to all! :)
My name is vivek,28yr old male from mumbai,india.Have been quite irregular with meditation as well as gathering knowledge. Had ups and downs so far in life which just added to my experience,hopefully i learn to use them. I was really elated to see this forum and topics posted on it,which solves mainly the common doubts which one has,including me! Hope i learn more from the posts as well as get regular on my meditation.
Thank you! :)
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on June 17, 2013, 04:22:27 PM
Welcome to the forum, Vivek.
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Post by: Eklavya on June 23, 2013, 07:48:18 PM
Hello to all !

I am an ordinary student of meditation from India. For the past 10 years, I have been practicing meditation. There has been some spiritual progress but still lot of improvement is required.

I hope to learn/deepen my knowledge of meditation here.

Regards,

Eklavya
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: redalert on June 23, 2013, 10:36:49 PM
Welcome Eklavya, 

It sure is a long and rocky path, isn't it?  :'(

Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: lente on July 07, 2013, 10:42:52 AM
I didn't just join this forum, but I have been away for some time. I have always had this major problem in my life and that is motivation. Like they sometimes say "the mind is willing, but the flesh is weak". So I will be around.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on July 07, 2013, 06:26:18 PM
Welcome, Lente.
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Post by: Tiruri on July 12, 2013, 03:54:37 PM
Hi everyone,

I started my buddhist journey in 2011 (starting to listen to Audiodharma and Dharmaseed podcasts and read informative online documents) and after giving it a break for six months, noticed that this was a big mistake. So, I'm learning, reading, listening and meditating with great faith (and hopefully some wisdom).
My biggest wish is to be able to go on retreat some day (probably somewhere in Europe, where I live).
Married, three adult sons, two big dogs and three cats can make it - uhm - challenging to meditate, but I've become an expert in just meditating when I can and no story making when I'm interrupted or when a cat decides to lovingly dig some nails in my leg  :D

Metta
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on July 13, 2013, 01:49:56 AM
Welcome, Tiruri
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Post by: Cascade on July 17, 2013, 09:15:30 AM
Hello! 

Another Dharma fellow here.  I've been practicing meditation for the past 8 years or so off and on.  Like many people these days I find it difficult to find the time to meditate appropriately but love to do it when I can.  One of the largest distractions happens to be my profession.  I'm a beer brewer by trade and as I'm sure many of you know intoxicants have a mostly negative effect when trying to achieve meditation however, I still try to get some time in every morning before tasting panels at 10 am.  Furthermore, I too, am the proud father of 3 felines so I definitely know where your coming from Tiruri.  :D

       I joined this forum because lately I have hit a new level in my practice and I'm beginning to feel secluded as I am the only person that I know who meditates regularly.  Lately I can't seem to stop reading Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha located in the library and have found it useful as an inspiration tool to get my butt out of bed early and get it done.

Cheers!

Cas
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on July 17, 2013, 11:07:11 AM
Welcome Cas, glad you found the forum and look forward to getting to know you. warmly,

Matthew
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: sirius on July 20, 2013, 03:03:56 AM
Hi everybody.
Firstly... english is my second language and definately will have problems to put exactly what I mean.

About 20+ years ago I started reading Carlos Castaneda. Then Blavatska and teosophy... Robert Monroe, S.N. Lazarev, Ksendzyuk and so on. I think I'm more familyar in Castaneda terminology.

I've read a lot about some "other worlds" (or dimensions), karma, reincarnations, etc.

Resently I came up with something that puts all the dots in a huge picture about what is human like, what is the ultimate achievment and how to achieve it. And one of the steps is... meditation. And one of the first steps is something like "getting one with the breath". I have no experience in any practice and now I have dificultys to calm my mind and get one with the breath. And any help is welcome.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on July 20, 2013, 03:24:55 AM
Hi sirius,

Welcome to the forum. Please ask your question on the mediation board as this thread is just for introductions. Kindy,

Matthew
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Post by: JaRoD on July 25, 2013, 09:57:53 AM
Hello everyone  :)

A bit of something about me:

I started meditating about 4 years after realising I had to do something about my life or I'd go insane or something. Have been shy most of my life and always feeling I was worthless and addicted to movies and computergames for a very long time. And just generally being scared of changes in my life. At first sitting just 5 minutes was about what I could manage without getting extremely restless. Over the years there have been ups and downs but on slowly I've noticed changes in myself.

And the past 6 months the changes have started going faster since gaming and movies have less of a grip on me, meaning I have more time to meditate. And 2 weeks ago I asked a friend out on a date and got yes but only as friends. And I took that harder than I imagined. Then a few days later she didn't even feel comfortable going to a movie as friends. Of course I thought I had lost her as a friend and took it extremely hard...  I actually lost all feelings about her and what had happened for over a day.

It's been an interesting 2 weeks to say the least, extremely emotional. And I'm extremely grateful for it happening this way since I've had to be ok with that's been coming up all the time. And I'm not quite the same man as I was 2 weeks ago and now I just wish her love and happiness. And for the first time in as far as I can remember I can actually smile and feel happy about myself and life.

And my practice is counting breath and labeling according to Shinzen Young.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on July 25, 2013, 10:16:52 AM
Welcome to the forum JaRoD. You seem to have developed a strong foundation and coped well with what could have been a difficult time. I hope and trust you will find what you need here.

Warmly,

Matthew
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Post by: VipassanaXYZ on July 30, 2013, 11:33:00 AM
Namaste (Hello Everyone)!

I am an old Goenka student, started meditation around eleven years back. I wish I had come across this forum much earlier! I have been pretty much with anicca after the first 10-day course though it was a long haul to adjust to the new life and still requires a great deal of effort, it would have been great to learn about other people who meditate. Since college I felt strange and different since I knew no one else with a regular Vipassana practise.

I try to sit regularly but still struggle with being disciplined and tend to sit at varying times during the day. I still struggle with sleep ...

Work as a technical writer on and off.

I am from India and this year completed pilgrimage to the place of birth and enlightenment of Gautama, the Buddha, I also visited Savatthi - my favorite place to meditate.


May all be safe, happy and healthy, may all progress on the path of Dhamma.


Metta,
Pooja
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on July 30, 2013, 03:44:06 PM
Hello, Pooja. Welcome to the forum.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: ckjojo on August 14, 2013, 09:12:23 AM
Hi all,

I am Cheryl and new to meditation, have only been practicing regularly for 2 months. I have not properly attended any meditation retreats before even though I did spent two 4-days personal retreat at Watt Chom Thong in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. Based on what I heard and read, the short period I spent there even though is good for a start but not enough for me to experience anything substantial.

I have just recently moved back to Jakarta, Indonesia and would be keen to connect with fellow meditators who live here or maybe to get some guidance on any good centers around here, the only one I know is the Goenka's vipassana center in Bogor, which is an hour away from Jakarta, but still undecided about it.  Growing up with a different religion, I do not know many people who practice meditation. I still keep in touch with my teacher from Watt Chom Thong but it will be good to exchange experiences as well with others as I don't want to disturb my teacher with too many small questions.

With kindness,
C
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on August 15, 2013, 07:19:17 AM
Welcome to the forum Cheryl.

Kindly,

Matthew
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Post by: ommanipadmehum on August 15, 2013, 08:22:46 PM
Hello,  I started sitting about a year and a half ago and ran into several obstacles I couldn't figure out on my own so I joined a local group and they couldn't figure it out either.  So I finally had the grand idea to see if there were meditation boards online.  And here we are!  :)   

Looking forward to learning and sharing.  Thanks for making these boards and your stories available!

Best,
Jason
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: redalert on August 16, 2013, 12:38:51 AM
Welcome  :)
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Post by: catsquotl on August 21, 2013, 05:51:15 PM
Hi,

I have been on and off the spiritual path for the last 20 years. Always on the sidelines.
After having gone through what looked like some sort of midlife crises period a winter ago I slowly got back into what feels important.

About 2 months ago I decided no more tv, books or any external stimulus appart from what my family, wife, 6 children and a full time job can provide.. Which looking at it like that should be plenty shouldn't it. I figured I had enough bagage to start meditating again more regularly. After a month of slowly getting into meditation once a day i noticed I had some more need for mental information on practice, purpose, goal etc.

I found this place and looked at the book section. Found mastering the core teachings of the buddha by D Ingram and found it to be very enlightning... from that listened to a few dharma books by Jack Kornfield and am slowly preparing for a first 15 day retreat in germany at http://www.vipassana-dhammacari.com/main_eng.html (http://www.vipassana-dhammacari.com/main_eng.html).

Being dutch myself I was wondering if anyone here knows of theravada based vipassana teachers in holland, preferably dana based near the north east of the country..
I think I could benifit from sitting with someone for a while....

From just sitting and trying to be mindfull of the breath. I have been experimenting a bit with noting, and walking. Got up to sitting about 40 to 45 minutes twice a day and switched to 25 minutes walking and 25 minutes sitting per session twice a day.. The sits I start in sort of burmese position.(can't get my knees on the floor just yet) and usualy switch over to seiza after 15 to 20 minutes.. Seiza is a bit easier for me I gues having had to sit in prolonged seiza often during 18 years of aikido practise
. Stil I am grasping at the idea that croslegged or burmese is a more stable position.. experientally I notice that i tend to drift more easily when sitting seiza causing my body to sway back and forth. like falling asleep and the jerking awake again...
With Love
Eelco
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Quardamon on August 21, 2013, 06:55:18 PM
Welcome Eelco,

You could check http://www.vipassana-groningen.nl/ (http://www.vipassana-groningen.nl/)  I sent you a few more links in a Personal Message. You are one of the two or three members on this forum from the Netherlands, so other readers are not much helped if I put the links here. ;)
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Renze on September 20, 2013, 02:35:37 PM
Welcome Eelco,

You could check http://www.vipassana-groningen.nl/ (http://www.vipassana-groningen.nl/)  I sent you a few more links in a Personal Message. You are one of the two or three members on this forum from the Netherlands, so other readers are not much helped if I put the links here. ;)

Welcome Eelco,

I can recommend what Quardamon suggested. I did my first Vipassana course at Vipassana Groningen. They're serious but the threshold is low. There's group practice every week and they regularly organize short and longer retreats.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: yossarian on October 08, 2013, 12:44:06 AM
Hi everybody,
I've been lurking around here for a while and finally decided to introduce myself.
I've been meditating sporadically for roughly five years. I initially became interested in meditation while stationed in Korea (formerly USAF) I used it as a means to combat what I perceived to be an attention deficit after reading scientific literature demonstrating its utility. During my first 4.5 years I occasionally practiced only nasal anapana with in/out labeling and had some remarkable experiences early on. some very similar to this: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_sensory_meridian_response (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_sensory_meridian_response)
And others that were much more significant (sat down at chow one day and realized that what was on my plate was not a sloppy joe but rather dead cow on a bun. Trust me, there's a difference)
In late May I completed my first Goenka retreat. It was good if a bit
Cult-y. I almost had a nervous breakdown in the process but I also got IT so the pain was ultimately worthwhile.
I look forward to engaging some of the concepts bounced around here and being more involved generally. Nice to meet you all!
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on October 08, 2013, 02:10:26 AM
Welcome, Yossarian.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: DK on October 08, 2013, 07:56:02 AM
Hello everyone, and thank you for allowing me to join the community.

My name is Dominic, and I don't really know what to say about myself that won't be revealed more accurately in my posting and the way I communicate.  Perhaps most relevant is that I highly value meditation as a tool and for its instrumental benefits: so I will explain why I wanted to join and my interest here.

There is a quote attributed to Siddhartha Gautama that goes "I teach one thing and one thing only - suffering and the end of suffering".  This is a very precise explanation for why I do what I do, why I study, why I practice, why I act in the way's I act - something feels "off", and all my drives are toward remedying that.  "How can I find comfort in my own skin?", "How can I come to terms with things as they are?", and "What if I'm wrong?"  Many questions of this nature: some more subtle, some more easily explained.  To use another example, I feel like the wheel that doesn't quite fit its axle.  Not necessarily a horrible thing, but a something...a something that calls to be addressed.

My meditation practice has been a blessing to help me cultivate a mind that can work more efficiently in this direction.  It has helped me identify some of my habitual responses and work to decondition them; promotes calm which allows for more use of intelligent action during what would normally be times of emotional turmoil; gives a mental clarity that makes rigorous investigation into my own mind less egotistical and what I want it to be and more realistic and what is; develops a command of concentration that can be used in a multitude of situations; there is much for me to be thankful for.

All in all, I want to communicate with others who take up this invaluable practice, because there is so much I can learn from those who are more versed or experienced, or simply think differently from myself.  This is the only community I've found where people look within themselves rather than look around them, which was the step I had to take before I really felt I was heading towards what I am looking for.

This feels to me the right direction for my life at this time, so here I am; thankful for this place and all those who do as they do for their own reasons.

Thank you for allowing me to be here.
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Post by: floyd on October 08, 2013, 09:07:46 AM
Hi Dominic

Nice introduction, especially the wheel bit - I know precisely how that feels.

I look forward to reading more of your posts.

Cheers
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Post by: clayton on October 11, 2013, 11:02:43 PM
I've been meditating nearly every day since May of this year after reading Rewire Your Brain For Love.. a great simple book that pushes its point home with science and stories provided by the author.  At the time I was reading all kinds of books on how to 'fix' myself or my communication to find a girlfriend of some kind.  The main selling point in the book was that meditation can make me feel more secure with myself...which indeed it has and funnily enough now there is far less of a craving for a relationship.
Also, I returned from a Goenka meditation retreat last week.  A unique experience, for sure... I kind of like the technique and the practically of its presentation but somehow I'm not sure if that specific technique or Goenka is right for me.  The post-retreat glow/reflection have definitely given me a different lens to experience my daily life and to slow down.  Finding guidance toward a teacher/tradition/technique -- that's the main reason I'm here.
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Post by: Vivek on October 12, 2013, 01:38:13 AM
Welcome!
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Post by: ramat on October 16, 2013, 11:45:56 PM
Hello Everyone

My name is Rama. I am 50 years old. I am practicing meditation from last 10 years. I do meditation everyday in the morning for about an hour. I follow a system called Pranahuti Aided meditation. I am very happy with my inner changes. I am leading a peaceful happy life. My goal is to reach the Ultimate Reality behind all existence which is within all of us. This is same as realizing inner true self or finding your place in this creation/universe.

I joined this forum to make more friends , have meaningful discussions, gain from others experiences/insights and also to share my own experiences.

I see the need to spread spirituality in this world which is above religion to make this world a better place to live. I think that all the people in this forum are already making difference that way. I am happy about that. I am more interested in people having a clear goal and doing meditation or some practices to achieve the goal rather than just talking.

Please share your opinions.

Namasthe. (this means salutations to divinity in you all)
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Post by: redalert on October 17, 2013, 02:48:30 AM
Welcome ramat,

Look forward to reading your posts. :)
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Post by: sklt on October 21, 2013, 04:28:02 AM
Hello everyone! Greetings from Brazil =)

First time posting on the forum. I've just recently got into meditation hoping it will help me getting through a tough stage in my life. Actually I started taking yoga classes before but eventually I realized that the asanas meant nothing by themselves. So I started to seek the path of meditation. I went to an Ananda Marga farm nearby where I was initiated in their "lifestyle". And I've also tried this buddhist group that meet at my yoga school. They follow this Lama: Lama Chimed Rigdzin (Mod edit: Link to external website removed) I'm still understanding everything and I know that they are not the same thing and probably have nothing to do with Vipassana. But still, I'm still trying to fit somewhere so an exchange of ideas and experiences would be great now! It's nice to know that meditation helped other people get through a difficult time. I want to know who I am!

Thank you all.
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Post by: Vivek on October 21, 2013, 06:47:36 AM
Welcome, sklt.
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Post by: soulsearcher on October 24, 2013, 10:10:21 AM
hi everyone

not been practising long but already noticing the benefits of meditation
hoping to find some answers to my questions and share my experiences

cheers
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Post by: Johann (Hanzze) on November 03, 2013, 04:10:10 AM
Dear forum supporters, mods and administrators, valued coaches and teacher
Dear Vipassana fiends,

nice to get in touch with this environment and the participator here. I came by a seen link on dhamma.ru/sadhu/ and was interested how you are practicing here and how you maintain support for each other and so requested an account.

Thanks a lot Matthew, for opening the door and invite to come in.

metta & mudita

_()_

Johann
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Post by: Matthew on November 03, 2013, 07:40:56 PM
Welcome Johann
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Post by: breathdude on November 06, 2013, 04:59:57 AM
hello everyone
i love meditation my teenage years was totaly messed up then i tried to fix my life now my life is not yet that good but better, i am exited to be here thanks , hav a good day folks
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Post by: Vivek on November 06, 2013, 05:48:26 AM
Welcome!
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Post by: soulseeker on November 21, 2013, 09:16:44 AM
I have just joined the forum,after being a guest for a while.
My only formal instruction in meditation was many years ago-a week-end introduction to the mindfulness of breathing.This was at a retreat centre run by what was then known as the Friends of the Western Buddhist order,now called Triratna community.
After keeping up a fairly regular practise,I lapsed & started practising yoga regularly.That lapsed too,eventually.

In January 2011 I crashed into what became a 2 year depression,with severe anxiety,due to a very stressful period in my life & I lifelong experience of anxiety & panic states.
After doing a John Kabat Zinn format Mindfulness-based stress-reduction course in March this year,I committed to regular practise of meditation & yoga again.
I had started meditating again regularly in late 2011,but since March this year I have meditated twice a day for 20 minutes unless on the move,when it's once.

I am still using the method taught me at Taraloka-which I  understand to be using observation of the breath to calm the mind & train the mind to stay focussed in concentration.

I would like to take my meditation deeper now,and would like to attend retreats,but I am wary.This is because I am frightened of cracking up.
A friend has recommended Goenka courses,having recovered from depression with Goenka Vipassana & is a regular attendender & server.

However,I discovered on the JKZ mindfulness course that bodyscanning triggers early childhood trauma for me & I do not use this technique at present,due to PTSD.
Also,years ago on 3 different non-meditation spiritual retreats I have freaked due to what I believe to be very weak identity boundaries related to  PTSD & the effect of my childhood on my personality.


Ilook forward to any feedback from experienced meditators who have been on retreats,including the International Meditation Centre

Thank you
Soulseeker
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Post by: LifeAuras on December 19, 2013, 04:35:25 AM
Hello,

My name is Martin and i have pretty much completed the most major meditations out there at least once. Right now i am on the look out for new meditations or specific techniques that bring you to those meditations. Lately i just end up inventing new techniques that eventually lead me to new quadrants in the metaphysical universe. Hope that i find new horizons among you and that i might share some of the discoveries that i have made through the years.

Other than that i love the outdoors, spend allot of time reading and drawing, also love to write. Enjoy all kinds of music and fun activities. As a person i am very calm and sometimes wonder what all the commotion is about.
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Post by: Pacific Flow on December 19, 2013, 10:43:02 AM
Hi everyone,

I started Vipassana as taught by Goenka 1998. It was exactly what i was looking for and it has been helping me a great deal in life ever since.
Been to 10 day retreats 6 times but after the early ones i wasn't able to keep it going. Nevertheless even the retreats alone worked wonders for me.
After quite a long break i did another 10 days in Myanmar in 2012 and ever since i have been easily able to keep the practice up in everyday life. I guess i just wasn't ready yet before.
I would say i have taken a few but very important steps on the path of Dhamma. As a lot of you who practice certainly know, what you have to deal with when you start really working seriously are very gross, unpleasant impurities. Overcoming those is a great help and relief.
However the path is indeed very long and there is a lot to learn. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with you guys and just as much i am curious about yours and looking forward to learn from everyone here.
May all of you find what you are looking for and experience peace and happiness.

Cheers
Mogo
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Post by: Lighthouse on December 19, 2013, 12:03:31 PM
Hi!

I'm quite new to meditating. I started practicing one year ago as a way to cope with a special work situation i was in. I had just signed on a ship and were about to do a 6 month contract. Altough i was persistent in my practice i did not get any significant results. I think it had a lot to do with my attitude towards meditating. I wanted to See quick results, what results i had in mind I'm not really sure of but it affected my practice in a negative way to have too much expectations. After signing off the ship I stopped meditating for about 6 months and just recently took it up again. Now it feels really good and I enjoy every session. Trying to do at least one session for 30 min a day. My attitude towards meditation now is that I see it as "me time" and that there are no bad sessions. Anyways, I am very happy to have found this forum.

Looking forward to learn and share!

Best regards
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Post by: Quardamon on December 19, 2013, 12:54:56 PM
Welcome soulseeker, LiveAuras, Pacific Flow and Lighthouse.
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Post by: Quardamon on December 19, 2013, 01:12:09 PM
I look forward to any feedback from experienced meditators who have been on retreats, including the International Meditation Centre
Soulseeker

Soulseeker, This is the introduction thread. If you want to discuss something, please start a new thread. You might give it a title like "meditation and childhood trauma" or anything you find appropriate.
Maybe you found that others also have written about trauma and about PTSD, using the Search function at the right hand upper corner of the window.
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Post by: Rationalespirituallity on December 21, 2013, 08:57:05 AM
Hello all!!

I'm from barcelona, 21 years old, and the 26th of this month i will start my first retreat Goenka style. I'm very excited! and also i think i'm determined to finish the course no matter what. wish for the best :^). I'll tell you how it goes when i come back.
I've been practicing the breath focusing for 1 year o so, but very discontiously...
What else... i've been reading the forum for 1 month or so, so i know a few of you already. Ok! goodbye all! merry christmas!
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Post by: redalert on December 21, 2013, 01:50:12 PM
Welcome Rat,

It won't be "fun", but be sure to finish, no matter what.

You don't want to miss all the smiley faces on day 10. :)

Kind regards,
Red.
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Post by: Nejifan101s on January 09, 2014, 01:17:24 AM
Hello everyone. I signed up because I've recently been getting into meditation and other similar concepts.
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Post by: Viktor on January 09, 2014, 08:57:15 AM
Hey guys!

I joined this forum in search of a new place to post and talk. Before I was on a psychedelic forum, but the quality of posting there has been steadily descreasing, and I don't do psychedelics anymore. I wouldn't have wanted to miss any of these experiences, but I am not depressed that I don't do them anymore either.

I've been meditating regularly for more or less a year now. I sat two 10-day courses and served one just a few days ago.

Looking forward to posting on this nice forum!
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Post by: abhayappatta on January 13, 2014, 01:24:56 AM
Greetings,

Although I'm eager to dive right into the various discussions on this website, I may start as more of an observer than as a participant.

I've been practicing meditation since the age of 15 in various Buddhist traditions. My root practice is in Soto Zen but I also train (equally) in Vipassana and have attended a handful of 10-day retreats. For several years, I've been contemplating ordination, but the subordinate status of bhikkhunis in many traditions is personally worrisome to me. 

By day, I am a cognitive neuroscientist, scanning the brains and probing the minds of meditators. By night, I meditate at the oceanfront, watching the waves of the mind crash upon the shores and recede back into their source.

Blessings,
Abhayappatta
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Post by: Pacific Flow on January 13, 2014, 03:41:13 AM
Welcome to the forum Abi :)
I am looking forward to your contributions. Should be especially interesting to see what a neuroscientist has to say about the debates that are going on.

Cheers
Mogo
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Post by: siddharthgode on January 13, 2014, 06:36:36 AM
welcome abhayappatta,

Nice having you here. Do participate when you feel like.  :)
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Post by: MaasD on January 29, 2014, 09:37:51 PM
Hi all,

I'm happy to join this forum. I'm a 23-year old student from Rotterdam (Netherlands) and look forward to share and meet with you all.

Best,

Maasd
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Post by: Matthew on January 30, 2014, 02:07:49 PM
Hi Maasd,

Welcome to the forum.

Kindly,

Matthew
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Post by: alpha_wolf on January 31, 2014, 06:35:39 AM
Hii all,

I am Paul. I initially took up meditation because I have ADHD, and anxiety/depression issues. I have been practicing regularly for the past 6 months to a year. I have seen a drastic reduction in my ADHD/anxiety/depression issues. However I am still struggling with those. I don't have a particular teacher in mind, but do have a local teacher. Right now I meditate mainly for its utilitarian benefits rather than for spiritual reason. I have been looking into Jon kabat zinn and schezen young as teacher, sinc there style of teaching seems to be less spiritual in nature. I am trying to correct one thing at a time. Right now I am improving my posture for a month or so. My meditation teacher told me to stop judging my meditations. I will be incorporating those into my practice as well.
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Post by: siddharthgode on January 31, 2014, 06:44:06 AM
Hi Paul,

Welcome. Its good to have you.

Make the best use of the forum.

good luck,
metta
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Post by: Lionheart on February 09, 2014, 03:15:33 AM
Greetings!

I am a lay meditation practitioner.  I depended on yoga for insight when I started out years ago, but eventually realized that Buddhism - in particular, Zen - is more suited to my nature.  I've practiced vigorously in the past.  But family and material obligations have taken up much of my time.  I cam here wishing to learn from other householders how they balance practice with family and work.  Presently, I'm observing a healthy diet and strict routine so I can get back to my old lifestyle.  I am totally committed to both practice and my family.

While I don't expect to be a regular participant at the forum due to my schedule, I hope to make a meaningful contribution here. 
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Post by: Matthew on February 09, 2014, 03:32:51 AM
Welcome Lionheart, good to see you here. Many of our members are dancing the same dance as you. I look forward to your contributions.
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Post by: siddharthgode on February 09, 2014, 03:48:04 AM
hi Lionheart,

Welcome.

Have fun , be happy :)

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Post by: Phaedros on February 09, 2014, 05:49:42 AM
Hello....I have been practicing meditation/contemplation off and on for about 15 years with differenr approaches..I started out from a christian contemplative approach..then zen..and now i find myself very happily developing a yogic understanding...maybe at the end i will learn to just "breath".. ;D........i am lookimg forward to learning from all of you...Thank you for accepting me.......Namhaste.

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Post by: Lionheart on February 09, 2014, 06:04:09 AM
Thank you for the welcome, Matthew and siddhartgode. :)
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Post by: Matthew on February 09, 2014, 06:12:11 AM
Welcome Phaedros, "get the breathing right and the rest will follow" ....

Warmly,

Matthew
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Post by: Crispy0405 on February 09, 2014, 07:20:22 AM
Well said matthew ive been on this forum only a few months but learning from everyone has helped my practice.
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Post by: Obol on February 09, 2014, 05:54:33 PM
Hi guys,

I've just joined, been lurking for quite a while. Joined because this is the best meditation oriented forum on the web as far as I can see. I've already read so much good advice here that I thought I should really join up and contribute if I can.

I'm not experienced when it comes to meditation, I've been meditating twice a day for about six months now, and while I've had some interesting experiences, I still feel that I've barely scratched the surface.

Anyway, I hope I can contribute something of value,

H
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Post by: Phaedros on February 09, 2014, 06:00:08 PM
Welcome....and Thank you to those who warmly welcomed me.
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Post by: dragoneye on February 09, 2014, 06:24:59 PM
Not quite frozen in time... it's been a couple of years. Far enough away and it wasn't a blink! Close enough and it's eternity. I just got a love letter from admin here and figured I'd login...
I'm rushing around today and I won't spend the time we need to get more involved. I'm not sure who is still here, I do know that I am happy to have decided to say hello here again. I am looking forward to taking some time to re-acquaint myself and learn with everyone on your paths. peace,
DE
P.S. Thank you Matthew for staying in touch
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Post by: Matthew on February 09, 2014, 07:55:41 PM
Welcome back DE - long time no see  & look forward to catching up in due course. Stefan, Renze, and Quardamon are still around .. and a few of the other old-timers :)
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Post by: john on February 09, 2014, 07:59:41 PM
Hello my name is John mc Clafferty,i'm from Ireland.I joined this site to have some questions answered on meditation.I have never meditated but i did have an experience that was curious enough.I would like to talk to someone who has been practicing for a long time on the physical experiences through meditation.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on February 09, 2014, 08:43:31 PM
Hi John,

Welcome to the forum. Dive on in and ask your questions. From the sound of it "Meditation, Practice and the Path" would be a good pace to ask. There is also an FAQ there you might like to check out.

Best,

Matthew
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Post by: Secundus on February 16, 2014, 06:53:51 AM
Hello,

I am new to meditation.  I have been dabbling in what I think is Vipassana with some guided meditations.  I am not exceptionally spiritual, but I recognize the value of mindfulness and want to explore it further.  I am grateful for any advice given and I will have a look around the forum for such advice in older posts.

The impetus for me to seek some knowledgable help is something I experience while meditating. 

I also happen to have practiced a particular martial art for better than 20 years and I have noticed that when I execute a well practiced and "perfectly" delivered blow with mastery I tend to be in a very mindful state. The blow arises, takes form, and carries through to execution without thought yet with peak awareness of what is happening as it takes form and lands. It is a void but the form of the void is the awareness of the blow. In fact practicing my martial art can be described as a series of events where I drop in and out of this void. This seems to be comparable to simple mindfulness exercises which led me to experiment with it during meditation.

After I have focused on my breathing for a few minutes, I drop my mind into this void and it is anything but calming. It feels as if my brain where a finger and I dipped it in impossibly cold water or touched an electric wire, but the impulse is entirely euphoric and not painful. While it is exhilarating I am pretty sure its not following a path to meditation/Vipassana, but I am curious to to what it is. The sensation is well beyond anything I can otherwise muster directly--it is intense.

My scientific explanation/speculation for this is that I am activating neural pathways that expect to find expression in an explosive physical action that is often rewarded with awareness and satisfaction of a perfectly executed thing. Any other explanations?

I see lots of questions like this around various forums where people seem to probing for some confirmation about how special they are.  I don't think that, I am well grounded but I would like get some opinions.  It is incredibly intense.

Thanks in advance.
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Post by: Phaedros on February 16, 2014, 07:03:13 AM
Welcome....I am new also...Look forward to learning with you.

And if you havent already I would read "zen and the art of archery"....I think it talks about what you wrote you are experiancing in martial arts.

Namhaste.
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Post by: siddharthgode on February 16, 2014, 07:49:44 AM
Hi Secundus,

Welcome to the forum,

Since your post has questions some one can move it to appropriate place?

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I am not exceptionally spiritual, but I recognize the value of mindfulness and want to explore it further.
Spiritual means understanding oneself and thats what you are doing. :)

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I have noticed that when I execute a well practiced and "perfectly" delivered blow with mastery I tend to be in a very mindful state.
Our mind goes into heightened awareness state whenever there is a rush of adrenal. Martial art would be a place where one experiences it more than often. But from my experience as soon as the rush goes away, the sensations return back to normal and awareness returns back to normal.

Quote
I see lots of questions like this around various forums where people seem to probing for some confirmation about how special they are.
They are nothing special. Its advisable to just be mindful of these states being a part of you and are impermanent. (that is vipassana)
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Post by: Secundus on February 18, 2014, 01:22:35 AM
Thanks for the welcome.  I will keep my questions in the appropriate place.

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Post by: badr on February 22, 2014, 02:35:38 AM
Hello everyone ! :)

My name is Max, i'm from France.

I did 1 and a half Vipassana courses. I did the first one in June 2013 but I had to quit on the 5th day because of a pulmonary infection that didn't allowed me to breathe properly. It didn't kill my motivation and I did a second retreat in September 2013 and I stayed until the end! :) To be honest I didn't meditated all the time (never 10 hours a day, sometimes I stood up because of back pain, but I stayed all the addhitanas sessions without moving).

I'm christian, I believe in God (Jesus Christ) but I respect all other religions and philosophies. For me, Vipassana is a tool to become a better person.

Thank you

Metta to all ! :)
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Post by: Matthew on February 24, 2014, 11:21:37 AM
Hi Max,

Welcome to the forums.
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Post by: Atanavat on February 24, 2014, 11:54:22 AM
Greetings vipassanaforum members. I am starting practice (layman) and I seek info, guidance and like minded sentient beings. I am autodidact  and identify with various - mostly Theravada, Yogacara and general Varayana.
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Post by: eswar on February 24, 2014, 11:57:52 AM
Hello! I'm new member here, though did read some fascinating and useful posts as guest. I remember scoffing at my father about his meditation. I find myself on the same path now. Currently trying to understand/ collate the practical aspects of meditation, as a building precursor to actually sitting down and doing it. Much like how I suddenly find it important to clean up my table and other messes when its time to start preparing for the exams :-)

My thanks to everyone involved in keeping this place alive- the admins, content curators, those who question, and those who answer so generously, sharing their time and experience.  And grateful of course, for technology and those behind it, that makes this possible.
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Post by: Lewie on February 24, 2014, 07:37:06 PM
Hello all,
My name is Brian and I have been practicing meditation for a year or so now.  I was at a point in my life where I was seeking some spirituality, something in my life was lacking, so I set out to read various sacred texts from many of the world's religions .  Once I started reading Buddhist philosophy and the Dhamma something just clicked, it all started to make sense to me, I finally found some clarity on what it was that I was looking for all this time.  So anyways, here I am and I look forward to learning from you all.
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Post by: Quardamon on February 24, 2014, 08:36:54 PM
Welcome Atanavat, eswar, Brian. Welcome.
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Post by: Vivek on February 26, 2014, 07:07:37 AM
Hello Atanavat, eswar & Brian. Welcome to the forum.
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Post by: eswar on February 26, 2014, 10:47:20 AM
thanks Vivek, Quardamon. :)
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Post by: meditateallday on March 01, 2014, 10:53:49 PM
Hi!
My name is Andrei.
I've been long time on the way before discovering meditation:)
It took roughly 20 years to find the answer, working through a lot of available literature and experimenting myself, literally putting together pieces of information and experience. My purpose was to get a universal solution, answer to all human problems and questions.
Finally I am where I am and know there is nowhere else I could go.
There is no way out, only in.
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Post by: Vivek on March 02, 2014, 07:18:52 AM
Welcome, Andrei.
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Post by: deepnigam on March 03, 2014, 05:06:38 AM
hello all, i am deep nigam from india and doing vipassana for the last 6 months. i still to find my self. any way long back sankaras are comming out.....
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Post by: Matthew on March 09, 2014, 10:35:19 AM
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Post by: Sindyeli on March 11, 2014, 12:07:42 AM
Hello, I'm new here, was looking for a forum as a virtual sangha and may have found it  :) I am French but live in the US, and have been practicing meditation for 3 years, although I've only been committed to a daily practice for about a year. I am currently following the MBSR 8-week course created by Jon Kabat-Zin and it's proven very helpful. I have a good friend who is a seasoned buddhist meditator and was being a teacher of sorts, but she moved away to another state to direct a center and is too busy to help me now. I find myself without answers to my questions.
Also, I really like the concept of buddhism but have always struggled with philosophy (I know, funny for a French), yet I hope some day to go into it. For the moment, I am focused more on the whole concept of mindfulness and meditation, and since it is helping me daily, I think it's a good start and that my work can apply as vipassana meditation. Yet I see that this forum is very accepting and I am thankful for it as I don't like labels. Just trying my best and looking forward to asking questions and helping others in need of answers if I have one.
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Post by: Matthew on March 11, 2014, 01:27:01 AM
Bienvenue. J'espère que tu trouvera ce qui est nécessaire.


Kindly :)

Matthew/Matthieu
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Post by: Sindyeli on March 11, 2014, 07:14:30 PM
Merci Matthieu, je suis sûre que oui !
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Post by: Middleway on March 16, 2014, 04:06:14 PM
Greetings!

I am from Canada and feel fortunate to have found this online Vipassana meditation forum. I have read a lot of books on various schools of philosophy (primarily eastern) and prepared my own theses on whether god exists, who are we, what is our purpose here etc. And soon thereafter I set out to practice to investigate my theses. Buddhist meditation technique appealed to me most and I have recently completed a  10-day workshop on Vipassana meditation as taught by Mr. Goenka. I found that my experience(s) were somewhat different from the instructions that were provided during the course. I have researched and read some books on the subject of Vipassana and finally discovered this forum. I hope to get some feedback from long time practitioners. As I progress through my practice, I hope to make meaningful contributions to this forum.

best regards,

Middleway

 
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Post by: siddharthgode on March 16, 2014, 05:11:25 PM
Welcome to the forum.  Middleway
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Post by: sariputra on March 17, 2014, 03:03:59 PM
  Hello everybody,
      Hope everyone feels alright. I find this forum helpful and it seems it aids meditation in that a person doesn't feel too alone in this sometimes seemingly crazy practice. I'm involved with two meditation groups in my area(found out about others also) and there is a 10 day center not too far(Illinois) from me which I would like to do.The 10 day one that is. Seems intense.But that is just a preconception...   
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Post by: Matthew on March 17, 2014, 05:59:13 PM
Hello sariputra,

Welcome to the forum.
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Post by: sariputra on March 18, 2014, 11:31:15 PM
  Thankyou Mathew, I find your posts insightful and useful.....
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Post by: Eklavya on March 29, 2014, 10:36:02 AM
Hello everybody,

I am Eklavya from India. I am a simple student of meditation. I hope to deepen my knowledge here.

Regards,
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Post by: Matthew on March 29, 2014, 01:28:42 PM
Welcome back Eklavya :)
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Post by: Vivek on March 29, 2014, 06:18:30 PM
Welcome, Eklavya.
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Post by: PeasantProphet on April 26, 2014, 06:48:36 PM
Hey just joined this website a few days ago. I became interested in Meditation and mindfulness a few years ago. Always wanted to practice it, but brushed it off due to be distracted or busy. Looking to gain clarity and a peaceful creative mind. I also suffer from Anxiety/Panic Attacks and read about the benefits of Meditation and Yoga and want to incorporate it in to my goal of being healthy. I hope to learn as much as possible from everyone and learn about myself at the same time. 
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Post by: Hebb on May 01, 2014, 06:55:57 PM
Hello everybody.

I used to be in this forum a few years ago, but stopped coming around (and stopped practicing as well). My account was deleted (I'm guessing due to inactivity), so I created this new one. I have restarted meditating again for about a month or month and a half now, shooting for twice a day on weekdays and once a day on weekends. I've self-taught myself via reading and experimenting, and sometimes have questions or topics I'd like do discuss with others who know about the subject, so here I am :) At the moment I'm reading Bunaratana's Mindfulness in Plain English.
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Post by: Daniel Quell on May 04, 2014, 06:56:33 PM
Hello, I've been meditating for about 7 months now. Recently I've been having problems focusing on my meditation. It has actually gotten a little harder and I'm not sure why. I usually meditate for about 25 minutes 3 times a day. Thank you for your time.
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Post by: Matthew on May 05, 2014, 07:39:36 AM
Welcome back Hebb. Welcome Daniel.
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Post by: mindfulness.sati on May 05, 2014, 08:35:26 AM
i am from india and recently attended 10 days goenka retreat. i found it very useful for seekers needed help in reality from the experts of the forum. i found it best forum. i do not forget to emphasize that reading it i gets delighted and try to get by heart.
regards
to all
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Post by: bomega on May 23, 2014, 10:36:55 PM
Hi everyone. I've been meditating on and off for a while, but more for health-type benefits. I have been at a sort of crossroads in my life for a while - I quit my job about year ago due to the toxic environment that it was and am currently trying to move forward in my life, but finding it somewhat difficult to live my life in a purposeful way that embraces life after a lifetime of fear-based decision making and burying of pain and other problems that get in the way of said fear-based decision-making. I got the advice to try meditating, so I started doing the meditation in Erich Schiffmann's book (he is a yoga instructor) which is almost identical to the Samatha practice described on this website. After doing it for a while I found I wanted to learn more, and came across various resources around Mindfulness, and also found this forum.

I like cross-country skiing, wearing five-finger shoes, and drinking wine (which is suppose is forbidden on the Noble Eight-fold path. But I have six cases of excellent Pacific Northwest wine, so I can't quit yet. I guess that puts me on a Slightly Wobbly Seven-fold Path.)
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Post by: Tobin on May 24, 2014, 10:18:52 PM
Hi everyone. I've been meditating on and off for a while, but more for health-type benefits. I have been at a sort of crossroads in my life for a while - I quit my job about year ago due to the toxic environment that it was and am currently trying to move forward in my life, but finding it somewhat difficult to live my life in a purposeful way that embraces life after a lifetime of fear-based decision making and burying of pain and other problems that get in the way of said fear-based decision-making. I got the advice to try meditating, so I started doing the meditation in Erich Schiffmann's book (he is a yoga instructor) which is almost identical to the Samatha practice described on this website. After doing it for a while I found I wanted to learn more, and came across various resources around Mindfulness, and also found this forum.

I like cross-country skiing, wearing five-finger shoes, and drinking wine (which is suppose is forbidden on the Noble Eight-fold path. But I have six cases of excellent Pacific Northwest wine, so I can't quit yet. I guess that puts me on a Slightly Wobbly Seven-fold Path.)

Welcome Bomega,

Good for you for making the choice to rid yourself of toxic things and open to the awareness that can and will change your life. Drinking (rum) is also a favorite pastime of mine and your humor is a nice addition to the community. I hope we get to hear more from you! Namaste!
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Post by: pvr on May 27, 2014, 10:29:49 PM
hi,

this is my first post. I am from India. my name is Parv.

I just came across a couple of Mindfulness based books written by some US-based psychiatrists- and really liked Jon Kabat-Zinn's Full Catastrophe Living (although it is a big book, i have just started reading it). I'm beginning my practice.

The problem is, that book is quite "secular" in nature, I mean- there are almost no references to the Buddha's teachings. Can somebody suggest me- a beginner level book, that can help me in my practice, along with giving glimpses of Buddha's teachings. I got a link to accesstoinsight website, but it all looked a bit confusing, i mean from where to start?

--thanks
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Post by: jazzbone1031 on May 28, 2014, 08:14:40 PM
Hello. I've recently become extraordinarily interested in Buddhism and especially meditation. I searched for a little while for an active forum that seemed to be the kind of friendly and active place I wanted. I read only a few posts before I decided that this place is it!

I live in a part of Alabama that has almost no Buddhist presence. There was, at one time, a meditation group here, but due to lack of interest, it stopped meeting. I have been in contact with the one who started that group, and they say they are going to start it back.

That being said, I  feel Sangha is important. And, if I am not able to meet with people who share my interest in meditation and Buddhism in person, I reckon I will do so online.

What brought my attention to Buddhism and meditation? Well, I am a huge Star Wars geek, and I always admired the spirituality of the Jedi, even though it was never well defined. I always felt I had to relegate myself to seeing the spirituality of Star Wars through the eyes of my Christian upbringing. However, one day while browsing the Eastern philosophy section (I was always attracted to Eastern religion), I saw a book called "The Dharma of Star Wars." I had to get it!! It opened my eyes to what I was missing out on.

Since then, I have done a decent amount of learning about Buddhism and am pretty well acquainted with the basics. But, I have honestly just begun my practice today. Literally just today.. I'm not sure if the path I've begun on can be called Vipassana (I just sit and follow my breath), but since I am unable to spare the time from work for a retreat, this will have to suffice for me for now. Great to be here, and I'm looking forward to learning.  And of course, if anyone has suggestions as to where to start, or how best to get into the "flow" here, I'm all ears...or eyes as it were.
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Post by: pvr on May 29, 2014, 08:38:17 AM
Since then, I have done a decent amount of learning about Buddhism and am pretty well acquainted with the basics.

hi,

can u please suggest the book/resources that u used to acquaint urself with the basics of buddhism?--thanks
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Post by: jazzbone1031 on May 30, 2014, 05:40:13 AM
Since then, I have done a decent amount of learning about Buddhism and am pretty well acquainted with the basics.

hi,

can u please suggest the book/resources that u used to acquaint urself with the basics of buddhism?--thanks

Mostly memoir types--"The Dharma of Star Wars" that I mentioned, "Hardcore Zen", "Dharma Punx"--as well as a collection of stories I have read, "Buddha In Blue Jeans." Also, I have simply read some articles on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. I also watched a talk the Dalai Lama gave on the Four Noble Truths, though sadly, I didn't take notes and do not remember much of what was said. And I can no longer seem to find it.
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Post by: Vivek on June 01, 2014, 03:26:43 AM
Hello, Pvr and Jazzbone. Welcome to the forum.
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Post by: thisisvv on June 09, 2014, 04:33:58 AM
Hello,

New here, straight from southern califnornia....lucky enough to attend one 10 day vipassan course and from that onwards still trying to get some time around in this meditation...

will liek to meet fellow meditator around souther california area...
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Post by: Vivek on June 11, 2014, 03:24:00 AM
Hello. Welcome to the forum.
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Post by: thisisvv on June 16, 2014, 08:38:23 AM
Hello. Welcome to the forum.

thank you
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Post by: Draumwave on July 07, 2014, 01:37:43 PM
Hey,

Im new here.

Been meditating for about 7 years, exploring different techniques.
I keep returning to the breath as a form of anchor.
Yoda Nidra practice was how I got into meditative mind states in the beginning,
and from that, it developed into something more, and continues to do so.
I try to stay open to new ideas and ways of getting deeper into my practice.

Peace. :)

Stefan
 
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Post by: Matthew on July 07, 2014, 02:14:03 PM
Welcome to the forum Stefan.
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Post by: Draumwave on July 07, 2014, 07:18:31 PM
Welcome to the forum Stefan.

Thank you.
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Post by: remouherek on July 15, 2014, 04:36:53 PM
Hello Dear Community, I have just seen this thread and wanted to officially say "hello" :)

My name is Remo and I live in Switzerland. I have started meditating in 2009 and have done so with guided meditations by Jack Kornfield. Later I have done my first Vipassana retreats and experienced how important this practice is for me, and how important a Sangha/group can be. I also like the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and I have also been to his monastery in France (Plum Village) twice.

I am grateful that such forums as these exist. They offer a way to connect and exchange experiences.

With Gratitude,
Remo
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Post by: Vivek on July 16, 2014, 08:04:41 AM
Hello Remo. Welcome.
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Post by: dasikins on August 06, 2014, 10:24:23 PM
Hello ladies and gents,

I started doing an online MBSR course 6 weeks ago and have found mindfulness to be suprisingly enlightening. I'm here to listen, learn, and hopefully connect with individuals along the same path.

I'm from the US, love nothing more than my 3 dogs and horse! I would open up a rescue facility for them all if I could :)

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Post by: Matthew on August 07, 2014, 02:18:29 PM
Welcome to the forum dedekind ... and to mindfulness practice :)

Matthew
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Post by: Alex on August 13, 2014, 08:57:12 AM
Hi all

A few years ago I posted on this forum on and off under the name 'rebirther'. Today I again feel a stronger wish to be connected to a sangha, but my name no longer fits me. So, "Hi, I'm Alex!"  ;)

I've been rather busy the past few years: continuing to install my daily practice, supported by regular (shorter) retreats; sometimes discovering little chunks of "truth"; picking up yoga; resigning my job; working part time to be able to study clinical psychology.

As final year of my degree, I'm starting an 7-month internship in september in a hospital in Brussels counseling women with breast cancer and people recovering from a heart incident. In the breast clinic they're also working with a mindfulness programm. I'm excited as this is the culmination of all the work from the past few years!
My thesis is also on mindfulness & cancer, where I will be evaluating a "short mindfulness based self-care intervention" giving newly diagnosed patients tools to cope with the disease-related symptomes and insecurities in the early treatment phase where the 'regular' 8-weeks MBSR training is not suitable/feasible.

I'm looking forward to sharing and learning with you!

Best regards
Alex
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Post by: Matthew on August 13, 2014, 06:06:36 PM
Welcome back Alex. Sounds like you have been/are in a very productive and educational phase in your life.
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Post by: Alex on August 14, 2014, 09:32:32 AM
Welcome back Alex. Sounds like you have been/are in a very productive and educational phase in your life.

Thank you, Matthew!
I've been rereading some of the posts I put here back in 2010. Seems like I was in a very dark phase of my life. Glad to be back "on track"!
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Post by: Crispy0405 on August 17, 2014, 10:46:35 PM
Good to hear Alex,

Hey all hope everyone's doing well,I'm Chris from Australia been on the forum for awhile now I have  not really got involved with the posts on the site because of work but will do soon hope everyone's practice is going well.
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Post by: Thatguyx52 on August 20, 2014, 11:32:40 PM
hi everone my name is hugo and I joined this forum bc I need help. I currently did some hand stances during meditation and it happened to block my chakras and make them under active I need help my chakras wont open when I meditate.if anyone can help me please I want to know what I can do not something you get off google ive looked up so mant things I want help from someone whos an expert and can help me out. email me at email removed or message me here. If you think you can help just give me your name thank you
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Post by: Matthew on August 21, 2014, 10:24:25 AM
Hi Chris - look forward to hearing from you when life allows.

Hi Hugo - welcome to the forum. I have removed your email address - it's not a great idea to publish it on the Net. Id suggest you raise a new thread in the Meditation board with your question. I don't personally have a frame of reference to suggest a resolution but perhaps something will emerge from a dialogue with members.
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Post by: rob on August 24, 2014, 08:49:19 PM
Hello my name is rob.

Three years ago i did do a vipassana course in belgium. The course leader said that three hours a day of meditation will sustain the effect. Seems to me a lot. I am not a regular meditator. The experience was special, the reality of viewing the world changed during the vipassana. You stop with thinking, your senses become stronger. The experience for everyone differently.

My believe system is based on reading of books and logical reasoning. Sometimes there is no hard evidence.
For instance based on the book of steve taylor "the fall", one of my favorite authors. Our brains were changed 6000 years ago, due to change of climate on the earth. This has changed our way of thinking, resulting in war; suppressing of lesser members; separation of our self from the surroundings in our thinking. One positive effect is perhaps our rapid increase in science and knowledge. The original indigenous people stayed  a little bit the same, i.e aboriginals; pigmee ; north american indians. We are in a next phase, the shift must be within us. Our thoughts must be more efficient and we must learn that there is no separation. Vipassana is a method to change our way of thinking and see the world as it is.

I am very interested in the brain and related subjects. If you do 3 months of compassion meditation (1/2 hour a day ) your brain will change for the better.

I do not believe in budhisme. Perhaps it is the only religion which is atheistic. I believe there is more then we understand. If humanity dies out, the universe will continue. We are not central. Conscious is one of the unexplained property of reality, all living beings are special and perhaps life posses this property.


To much sentences with I in the beginning is an indication that the ego is controlling your behaviour. But recognition is the first part of change. I hope this forum will give me a
the opportunity to discuss my believe system.

The best to all.






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Post by: Matthew on August 25, 2014, 07:45:13 PM
Hello Rob, welcome to the forum. Kindly, Matthew
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Post by: SriChi on September 11, 2014, 05:16:51 AM
Hello all,

I just finished my first 10-day retreat with Goenka Vipassana. It was an intense experience and my first introduction to Buddhist philosophy.

I was hoping to clarify some of my questions on the same here.

Much metta,
SriChi
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Post by: yossarian on September 11, 2014, 07:20:26 AM
Hi SriChi, welcome to the forum!
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Post by: Illuminati371 on September 29, 2014, 05:02:21 PM
Hello everybody,my name is Math and i started meditaion there is about 6 months.This year,i want to do a vipassana retrait and i'm very motivated.Then see you later in the forum ! Sorry for my poor english and have a good week.
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Post by: Vivek on September 29, 2014, 06:12:49 PM
Welcome to the forum, Math.
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Post by: Wardsback on October 09, 2014, 04:32:55 AM
Hi :) My name is Richard. 23 year old male from Brooklyn NY. My interest in meditation began 1 year ago and I've been working on being motivated enough to meditate every day as long as possible and I've been able to do just that for about 6 months now. I love music , and watching others interact.. I'm not a creeper I swear! Lol. There's just something magical about it is all. Anyway, I'm glad to be a part of this community and can't wait to read experiences from other people and also to meet other people.
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Post by: Vivek on October 09, 2014, 09:24:26 AM
Welcome, Richard.
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Post by: TheMichelle on October 25, 2014, 08:12:56 PM
Hello, my name is Ana. I'm 19 years old, from Portugal. I've always been interested in meditation but never really focused on it cause I never really felt that I needed it. Now it's been 2 months that I started feeling anxious and sad, I don't really know what's going on with me. I've been trying to meditate for some days, of course I really didn't reach the state of meditation but I'm here trying to learn and I hope I can do it :)
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Post by: Quardamon on October 25, 2014, 09:43:07 PM
Hello Ana, and welcome.
It is beautiful if you can have a moment of quiet each day, a moment that you can allow yourself to be content and just be there.
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Post by: Matthew on October 25, 2014, 09:50:05 PM
Hello Ana,

Welcome to the forum. You say you have been trying to meditate - really that means you have been meditating. There are many states of mind that can be reached through meditation. A good place to start is with the meditation instruction on the homepage - especially if you have been suffering anxiety this form of focussing on the sensations of the body may be of help in calming body and mind.

Look forward to hearing more from you.

Kindly,

Matthew
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Post by: TheMichelle on October 25, 2014, 10:23:44 PM
Thanks a lot. I'm really focused on getting better, I've been working out (running, swimming and surfing) to try to calm down the mind. And I'm really happy to be able to share my experiences with you and learn more.

Thank you.
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Post by: Tarco on October 28, 2014, 09:57:01 PM
My name is Pablo. I am a 44 yr old male living in Alabama, USA. I have felt somewhat anxious for as long as I can remember, but about 12 years ago my family members started dying at a pretty fast rate. It started with my brother, my grandparents, my mother and just last year, my sister as well as one of my aunts during the same month as my sister. I have watched a lot of people die from cancer and it has kicked my anxiety into full gear.

I read the book 10% Happier by Dan Harris a few months ago and since then I have read around 10 books dealing with meditation and buddhism. I feel like I have realized a very potent way of calming my mind down through meditation and learning to live in the present. I now start almost every morning by reading and meditating and I am feeling better knowing that I don't have to latch onto every thought that enters my head and that worrying about the past and future is a waste.

I look forward to reading about the experiences of others on this forum.

Kindly,
Pablo


 
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Post by: Matthew on October 29, 2014, 12:28:07 PM
Welcome Pablo. I'm sorry to hear you have suffered so much loss in your life - at least it has brought you to realise the gift of the present moment and the richness it holds.
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Post by: Tarco on October 29, 2014, 02:46:00 PM
Thank you. It has definitely helped me realize that all there ever is is the now.
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Post by: betty on November 03, 2014, 02:03:05 AM
I'm new here so thought I'd introduce myself.  I've had a meditation practice for a couple of decades but only recently realised that most of it had been co-opted in the service of dissociation.  I'm in recovery from severe dissociation and abuse.  I suspect that learning to meditate in my early 20's is a big part of what kept me alive, it taught me that I didn't have to believe the thoughts and has enabled me to sit through many thought storms over the years.  For a while I went away from meditation thinking I had to heal the trauma then get back to the spiritual path, now I know they are one and the same.  I'm incredibly fortunate to now be working with a trauma specialist who is Buddhist, and am finding that combining effective psychotherapy with meditation is very powerful.  I've recently discovered Shinzen Young's teachings through his teachings on pain, and am finding working with his teachings hugely beneficial.  Three days ago I managed to meditate through a 20 something minute flashback for the first time ever, using his BIT labeling approach, and it feels like a huge milestone.  I hope that in time the memories will be able to return and be processed, and the flashbacks and nightmares and triggers will decline, and feel that meditation is going to be a big part of this for me.

Other than my therapist I don't have access to others who are serious meditators, so very much appreciate the opportunity to join you folks here.  Thank you.
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Post by: VipassanaXYZ on November 03, 2014, 06:43:24 AM
Hello Betty,

Welcome to the forum.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?:)

Love,
Pooja
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Post by: betty on November 03, 2014, 08:16:28 AM
Thanks Pooja.  What's free time? <betty grins>  Pretty much all my time is taken up by my recovery and day to day life, but I hope that will change over time.  I'm working on the basis of every moment fully experienced with equanimity being free time!   :)
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Post by: VipassanaXYZ on November 03, 2014, 08:40:18 AM
I am the second generation to be in the city. From my village, as a child, I remember long summer afternoons - sitting and staring at the trees.

Now of course there is no time

:)
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Post by: deanotrv on November 30, 2014, 04:23:02 PM
Hi everyone my names Dean i live in England and 32 ive been meditating for about 6 weeks with some struggles. I came on the site to get ideas on good techniques and books so if anyone has some good advice for me just throw it my way haha.

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Post by: Matthew on December 02, 2014, 02:10:03 PM
Hi Dean,

Welcome. Have a look through the resources section and you'll find plenty of recommendations for books and video teachings. Also don't overlook the search box! - many questions will have been asked before and there is a lot of information on the forum contributed by members over the years.

If you have a specific question that you can't find answered, or answered satisfactorily, elsewhere feel free to start a topic - you'll find plenty of help available.

Cheers,

Matthew
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Post by: Vivek on December 02, 2014, 02:31:46 PM
Welcome, Dean.
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Post by: Normal Andy on December 05, 2014, 02:01:40 PM
Hello everyone, what to say Before my ego jumps into the saddle?

I'm 42, living in Sweden after some time in Thailand and London (I'm from the UK).
I've been into the idea of meditation for decades but only really started practicing about 10 or so years ago. The more I do it, the more I get out of it- ( or is that into it?)

I have 2 young children, so very little spare time on my hands these days, but fortunately I am at the stage where I try to notice what I am doing while the distractions whirl around me. My goal is to climb that particular mountain anyway but I seem to start from the bottom every day- as usual  :) I also like to sit and practice in unusual places because of the different sensations I notice.

I like the idea of the virtual sangha though and look forward to getting to know you all and getting together sometime despite the fact we are all dispersed around the globe. I firmly beleive that sitting together has the potential to be a great force for good in the World, even if we are all sitting far away from each other at the time.

Right then, that's it. Must go pick up the kids. See you on the BBs!



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Post by: Quardamon on December 07, 2014, 11:22:54 PM
Welcome, Normal Andy!
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Post by: sailor on December 24, 2014, 08:14:35 AM
Hello everyone

I am very new to meditation just been meditating for a few months. I try to make it at least twice a month to a group meditation so I can learn more. I'm going for 10 min a day at home. I hope everyone is well and happy.  :)
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Post by: Matthew on December 24, 2014, 12:22:06 PM
Welcome sailor :)
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Post by: sailor on December 25, 2014, 11:41:03 PM
Thank you Mathew
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Post by: deanotrv on January 04, 2015, 06:15:17 PM
Hi all my names Dean im 32 and have dabbled in meditation for a few months now i find when i start im very tense and restless.
i sometimes feel im not doing it right or what to do next so ive really joined to get freindly ideas and tips on how us novices should start.  many thanks  ;D
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Post by: Matthew on January 04, 2015, 08:15:08 PM
Hi Dean,

On the homepage there is a Shamatha/Calm abiding article which might be a good place to start as your meditation is restless. If you have questions on that or any other meditation issue, post them in the meditation board and usually you'll get a few replies to consider.

Welcome to the forum,

Matthew
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Post by: Jiyuan on January 11, 2015, 05:17:14 PM
Hey guys (and gals),

Happy to have found this place. I'm in my early thirties, been meditating for over three years (tried qigong when I was very young). First started with a Goenkaji course in 2011, but got serious about meditation in general in 2013 (have attended multiple courses, and have served multiple courses). Mainly practicing Anapana meditation every day right now. Been an interesting and fruitful journey so far, and I believe it will only be more so in the future. Anyways, that's all I can think of right now, looking forward to chatting with all of you!  :)

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Post by: MeditationMann on January 15, 2015, 05:49:08 AM
Hello everyone,

My name is Cody and it is a pleasure to be able to be a part of this meditation community. I am excited to see what I will learn and hopefully teach others a thing or two as well :)

I have been meditating for about 2 years now and have really changed my life since I began this journey. It is amazing what one simple little lifestyle change can do for your life.

I am kind of a nerd, because I enjoy researching interesting topics and growing my intellectual database in my free time. I love learning about spirituality and how my life has been molded based on the decisions that I have made throughout my life. I am a thinker and a dreamer. Observing the beauty of life and everything around us because of its pure essence and love is what I love to as well. Life is too short to do something that you are not passionate about. I have pursued my passion of spirituality and even though I am currently a physics major in college, my spiritual journey has led me to where I am now, which will include a career paved with writing about discovering your purpose, philosophical ideas and of course spirituality. 

Thank you for letting me be a part of this community, I hope to talk to as many of you as possible in the near future.

Namaste friends :)
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Manu on January 17, 2015, 11:12:38 AM
Hello Everyone,

I'm 29 years old. I hail from Udaipur, Rajasthan. Though I've been a firm believer of spirituality and meditation practice, It took me 28 years to pursue my first Vipassana mediation program in the month of December 2014. Frankly speaking, I was a bit nervous before undertaking this program and I was wildly going through the reviews of those who have attended such meditation programs. But it has made me more confused. Then, a close friend of mine told me to not buy others'experience and just indulge in the experience of mediation. And that was the start of giving weightage to my experiential learning over acquired learning.

Three years ago, I suffered from a panic attack out of nowhere and since then, I'm taking pills to cure my psychosomatic problems. I've been to different psychologists and psychiatrists for seeking cure and what I got was set of superficial advises and different pills. After undergoing Vipassana meditation course for ten days, I felt very relaxed. One of the most visible impacts that it has made in my life is that finally I got recommended by the doctor that I can stop taking medicines. I feel much more sorted and balanced now.

Though I've not been able to maintain regularity in the practice of meditation, I'm working towards making it an integral part of my lifestyle gradually. Through this forum, I seek to be in touch with other fellow members in order to get and provide some inputs.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: sailor on January 17, 2015, 04:19:54 PM
Hello & Welcome to all the new members.  :)
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Max on February 14, 2015, 05:08:32 PM
Hi Everybody

So it's my turn to introduce myself:
I'm a male living in Europe, in my early 40s.

Buddhist meditation experience:

2010-12:
Tradition of S.N. Goenka
3 x 10 day retreats, 1 x 3 days. Daily sitting practice.

2012-today
Western Lay Buddhism
Spent ~11 month in retreat (several retreats)
Daily formal sitting practice (45 min weekdays, more on weekends)
Try to be mindful during the day as well

Liberation has become THE central aspect of my life. As simple as that.  :)

May you all be truly happy.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: joetattoo on February 15, 2015, 03:41:44 PM
Hello, All
My name is Joe. I am 65 years old and live on Long Island in New York. I have been meditating for approximately eight years, the last three of which I have been practicing Vipassana. Not sure if you can call me a Buddhist, but I seem to be slowly heading in that direction. I have learned Vipassana mostly from books and videos, but am presently 1/3 of the way through an online course taught by Andrew of the Vipassana fellowship. The course is doing wonders for my practice, and after years of floundering, I do find my practice deepening. I realize that a structured course is not for everyone, but I'm happy with the instruction. I look forward to learning from all of you, and am very happy to be a part of this forum.
With Metta to you all
Joe
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on February 16, 2015, 12:29:55 AM
Welcome Max and Joe. May you find that which you seek.

Matthew
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: onederful on February 18, 2015, 07:03:13 PM
Hello fellow meditators,

I am new here and to be honest I'm not very experienced at meditating, but hopefully spending enough time on this website will change that. My main goal is gobble up as much this forum has to offer as possible. Hopefully along the way I will also contribute a useful thread topic/ post.

I'm a (neuro)scientist whose interest in spirituality has led him to the conclusion that meditation is very useful, whether it was by reading anecdotal or experimental evidence. So why not do it? Well to be honest its boring, but with time its gotten easier.  I believe being part of this forum will make me more dedicated to mastering meditation, so I hope I end up being a positive addition to this forum!

Best wishes,
onederful
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Alex on February 18, 2015, 10:47:50 PM
Hi onederful,

Welcome!
Are you doing meditation-related research yourself?

Alex
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: onederful on February 18, 2015, 11:01:54 PM
No. Not yet. I'm still a student and it is not yet available to me. Someday I would like to get involved in such research however.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on February 25, 2015, 02:14:29 PM
Welcome onederful,

I am new here and to be honest I'm not very experienced at meditating, but hopefully spending enough time on this website will change that. My main goal is gobble up as much this forum has to offer as possible. Hopefully along the way I will also contribute a useful thread topic/ post.

I'm a (neuro)scientist whose interest in spirituality has led him to the conclusion that meditation is very useful, whether it was by reading anecdotal or experimental evidence. So why not do it? Well to be honest its boring, but with time its gotten easier.  I believe being part of this forum will make me more dedicated to mastering meditation, so I hope I end up being a positive addition to this forum!

Just to say the bit I highlighted above made me laugh. Meditation is in large part about discovering the roots of one's own desires to "gobble up", or push away, the world - and cutting them! If you want to discuss that further let's do so on the meditation bard though, rather than the welcome thread.

Looking forward to hearing your contributions and experiences as time goes on.

Kind regards,

Matthew
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: onederful on February 27, 2015, 08:11:25 PM
Welcome onederful,

I am new here and to be honest I'm not very experienced at meditating, but hopefully spending enough time on this website will change that. My main goal is gobble up as much this forum has to offer as possible. Hopefully along the way I will also contribute a useful thread topic/ post.

I'm a (neuro)scientist whose interest in spirituality has led him to the conclusion that meditation is very useful, whether it was by reading anecdotal or experimental evidence. So why not do it? Well to be honest its boring, but with time its gotten easier.  I believe being part of this forum will make me more dedicated to mastering meditation, so I hope I end up being a positive addition to this forum!

Just to say the bit I highlighted above made me laugh. Meditation is in large part about discovering the roots of one's own desires to "gobble up", or push away, the world - and cutting them! If you want to discuss that further let's do so on the meditation bard though, rather than the welcome thread.

Looking forward to hearing your contributions and experiences as time goes on.

Kind regards,

Matthew

I'm getting the feeling that joining this forum might have been a much better idea than I thought initially.  :D

I'll have to ponder a few things that have been said here and I'll see if I can start a thread in this forum that might lead to helpful insight for me and other beginners.
Title: Lets bundle our wholesome energy!!!
Post by: mr_mojo_rison on March 12, 2015, 11:42:00 AM
Hey together, hello sangha,

I'm just selling (March 2015) all my belongings to follow
my vision...that means to create anywhere on this planet
a new "society"...a mixture from monastery-life and conventional
village/community.

This society should have the following fokus:
- self-purification with vipassana (to free oneself from defilements
  like greed/covetousness, aversion, etc.)
- live a simple life (==> in simple huts, without electricity, etc.-->
  complex/expensive stuff only on community-base)
- Self-sufficient with permaculture and a strong sangha
- Experience/active Self-Experience --> intensive experiences have
  the power to show us our own potential and can give us strength and
  guidance for our spiritual journey --> in terms of lighthouse-experience

I studied enough the conventional way of (ego-)live. I played the game....
and follow the story from the "pursuit of happiness"... I finished high-school,
college, universatiy, married, bought a huge house, start a successful
IT-business,
be a manager, ...
But...with 30 years old I asked my self "why"?! Why so much overhead....
why so much waste of energy, ressources, etc.... actually I just want to
live....not happy...just live....live in peace!
Anyway....at this point (almost 4 years ago now) I went to Thailand...did
a 10-day-vipassana-retread and after that went for several weeks in a
buddhism monastery...in which I since that goes every year for several
weeks to learn from the monks and my inner wisdom.

I live a very decadent life here in Germany....big house, two cars, motorcycles,
bikes, nice clothes, nice food, full wine-cellar with fine wines ;-), etc.
...Thats nice....but....
In the monastery I live on 6 quaremeters and its also nice!
I'm happy there! I'm happy in Germany too....but with so much overhead!
Overhead to manage all the stuff which I actually not need .... and
I see all the resoureces which I burn for almost nothing/no benefit ...at the
contrary I polute with this life this nice planet.
Addtionals reason to leave that life-style is....I dont want to crow up children
in this deluxe-surrounding....I mean...I would give them a view of life which
they automatically also want to fullfill but which will be harder and harder
to fullfill/to reach....
and the last (and rightnow most important) argument....I dont have time
to develop my inner world.

So....Now I'm searching people around the world with the right mindset, with
(wholesome) power and decidedness, and the understanding that we (humans)
have in our short period the job
a) to develop our own potential/to purify ourselfs
b) to contribute other beings in a)

Contact me....now is the right time....the new media (social media like
facebook, forums, etc.) will give us the power to start small societies like
this....connect them and spark bottom-revolutions!

Here some Ideas which I worked out with other contributors:
1. Buy a huge property anywhere on earth in a nice country (predilection
    a country without military...so that we dont support such things)
2. Divide this in 3 main stages
    --->Stage1: Vipassana-Stage =>here there will be a quiet area, with
                      regulary retreats...or some members can live there for
                      some time
    --->Stage2: Nature&Permaculture
    --->Stage3: Social-Life
.....many more ideas.


Come together....be brave...your live is short....you only can die...
forget your disease (they will disappear if you do the right things)
forget your responsibilities (there is only one....your inner development...
each other will grow allone....if you now think to your children...
bring them with.....look to the people and you will know... we are
on the wrong way and the best what you can do for your childs
is to investigate in new ways of peacefull-living.....

IT'S TIME NOW.....LETS COME TOGETHER!

WE ARE READY AND WAITING FOR YOU!
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on March 13, 2015, 05:02:55 AM
Hi RWalker, Hello mr_mojo,

Welcome to the forum.

RWalker I'd like to hear more of your story on the discussion boards.

mr_mojo, I think you have described a more natural way of living in harmony. I look forward to hearing your contributions to our discussions on the boards.

Kindly,

Matthew
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Stefan on March 13, 2015, 11:18:07 PM
hi folks, well, it's me (again).

being on and off the forum for quite long periods, I thought maybe I should introduce myself (again) ... there are some people around here I do not "know", and you don't "know" me. So:

I am into "Vipassana" meditation for quite a while now (goenka-style). I like joking. I like wisdom that lies beyond reasoning. I like comic zen koans. I play guitar, sometimes I am a techno-dj. I studied biology for the fun of knowledge. I like small creeping crawling animals. I am a family father, two children, loving wife. I really enjoy mind-boggling nonsense. german is my native tongue, talking english is a struggle. writing english is easier. I earn my living by teaching children on the miracles of nature. I am not interested in career. I don't think money is important. I'd love to have a lot of money. I like sports. I don't exercise enough. I believe in god. I will bite you if you try to discuss this belief with me. I love plants. and mountains. and forests. and nature. and my sofa. I quit a lot of bad habits. but not all of them. I am a nice guy. I am short-tempered sometimes. I believe in reincarnation. again I will bite you if you try to discuss this belief with me. I enjoy movies. Spock was the first person to introduce me to equanimity. I get angry if my favorite soccer team looses. I never get angry if I loose in a sporting competition. I am not sure wether there is an "I" nor what it means to "be". but existance is quite enjoyable.

I am sure that practical meditation is of importance. Philosophy, reasoning, discussions ... not so much.

I believe this forum is kind of paradoxical. we discuss in many words some techniques that require silence. we discuss insights that cannot be put into words properly. but this is who we are: Pan narrans, the story-telling chimp, who tries to evolve into Homo sapiens. Sometimes our practice hits a wall. Then it is a good thing to ask, or just read about the experiences other meditators have to undergo. But as we are more Pan narrans than Homo sapiens, words are highly addictive to us. They cloud our sense of "what-is -really-happening" and create a world that actually doesn't exist.

As soon as I sense the words get the better of me, I'll be off again. As has happened before.
At some point, I will sense a need to hear/ read from other meditators again. Then I'll be back.
On-Off, quantum foruming ...

Live long & prosper, if you dare. :)
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Alex on March 14, 2015, 06:01:07 PM
Hi Stefan

Thanks for sharing. Nice to "know" a piece of your narrative.  ;)
Some words were also exactly what I needed.

Grtz
Alex
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: elvisluvs on March 17, 2015, 12:53:12 PM
Hi everyone -I'm Mark. I'm pretty confident I'm a little lost, and a little found. I'm a middle aged guy who has lived a pretty sheltered and closed off life. I have had a few health issues, and "self" issues that worked well to foster that. Then about a half a year ago- I had what some folks call a "spiritual awakening" or "spiritual transformative event" . In my case it was a "spontaneous" spiritual awakening. I'm alive ;D but it was really quite painful and scary. The good news is: I feel ALIVE  8)

I'm a real novice with mindfulness and meditation. I started with reading the 8 minute meditation, read (or listened) to several self help books. A common theme in most were living mindfully, and meditating. I'm unsure if it acceptable or not to the practice- I also listen to some binaural beats.
Thanks- m
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: GooperMC on April 14, 2015, 08:07:28 PM
Hi Everyone!

My name is Saul and I'm a software engineer living in California (US).  I've been having some problems with anxiety and depression and my therapist recommended mindfulness meditation.  I've been doing daily sitting for almost 3 months and have already seen improvement so I'm eager to continue learning.  This is all still very new and sometimes confusing to me so expect some possibly poorly worded beginner questions coming your way :).

I've had a lot of fun and learned at lot on forums for past passions (poker, go, programming, etc) so hopefully that trend will continue :).

 
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on April 15, 2015, 07:12:09 AM
Welcome, Saul.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Mekhet on April 19, 2015, 07:34:08 PM
Hi everyone,

My name is João, and I've been trying to meditate regularly for years. I'm an anxious person with attention and memory difficulties, looking at meditation as a way to overcome some of these things in some way. I really enjoy the peace of mind meditation brings to me, I've been on a one day Buddhist meditation course and it really hit home with me. My goal is to practice mindfulness regularly, but for that I need a routine, which I find difficult to maintain. I'm hoping to find further motivation and inspiration to turn it into a regular habit.

Thanks!
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on April 20, 2015, 11:02:25 AM
Welcome, João.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Pacific Flow on May 06, 2015, 07:09:12 AM
Hi everyone,

I am german living in Hong Kong.

I haven't been active on this wonderful forum for quite a while. Was busy with raising a newborn human and the usual headaches of life.

I have done a few Goenka retreats, the last one about a year and a half ago. Just signed up for my first Satipatthana Suta course end of the month in Thailand.

Just thought i'd say hi and i am back :)
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on May 06, 2015, 08:18:07 AM
Hello, and welcome to the forum.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: rajeshbhanushali123 on May 13, 2015, 11:05:03 AM
The old thread was getting a bit long. If you just joined the forums you can say hello here.

Hello guys,
                I am Rajesh bhanushali from India. Thanks for letting me to join this forum. I think will be helpful to find myself and get overrides on problems in my life.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on May 13, 2015, 03:24:57 PM
Welcome, Rajesh.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Klikbeep on May 27, 2015, 01:02:00 AM
Hello! Nice to meet you. I'm  from the U.S. originally but now living in Japan. Glad to have the chance to learn more about meditation and better my practice. Thanks to you all!
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Peter on May 27, 2015, 06:21:38 AM
Hello All,
I have been interested in performing meditation, for quite a time but couldn't do so.
With all the academic challenge, and working hour, I couldn't contact any Meditation teacher.
I hope i could learn something.
I would like to ask the help of you all.
Thank You.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on May 27, 2015, 09:47:16 AM
Welcome to the forum.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: gmlion on June 08, 2015, 09:29:27 PM
Hello all,
my name is Gianmarco and I'm an utter novice when it comes to meditation.
My first experience with this "world" has been many years ago, when out of curiosity (can't remeber exactly how I came across it) I ordered "The Gateless Gate" on Amazon.
Boy how it was a delusion back then :p
I was still in an age when I pursued intellectual speculations, but I have to admit that that reading was like a seed planted in my mind.
Many years after that I found myself in a sentimental turmoil, and wandering in a bookshop found almost by accident "The Miracle Of Mindfulness" by Thich Nhat Hanh. I enjoyed the reading so much I started to borrow the book and to talk about it anytime I had the opportunity to "help" someone.

I hope to find interesting resources and a hospitable community here, since I'm probably the worst meditator around here - trust me :D
Also, there's a particular reason that pushed me to find a community, but that's for another post.
For now, nice to meet you all :)
Gianmarco
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on June 09, 2015, 10:16:22 AM
Welcome, Gianmarco.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Liongate on June 12, 2015, 11:53:49 PM
Hello, all,
My name is Rob, I'm 55 and I live in Scottsdale, AZ. I began this journey when I found some podcasts of lectures by Alan Watts that piqued my interest. I have been meditating for about 2 years now but have had no instruction and don't follow any particular school. I began meditating to help me get off of Prozac, which I was taking for depression/anxiety and have been off of it now for two years. I am hoping, through meditation, to become more compassionate and equanimous. There's a lot of self to chop through and it rears its ugly stubborn head in quite a lot of different ways. I meditate daily during the week, for an hour each morning now, but sometimes miss on the weekends (I'm not sure why -- there seems to be more time -- probably because I sleep in later). I was doing quite a few guided meditations by Adyashanti, some Aussie group, and then many by Mooji, which I quite enjoy, and love to listen to the joyful wisdom of Sadhguru. I also try to do a meditation during my lunch sometimes, but usually this ends up being more of a nap. I am most interested in finding my true nature, i.e. I am seeking to become enlightened, and am trying to do a lot of self inquiry as I understand this to be the most direct path. I am interested in listening to discourses on consciousness, quantum physics, technology, the coming singularity, the nature of time, and other similar interesting topics. I have experienced a lot of growth over the past couple years particularly and hope to see it continue.

Best wishes to all,
Rob
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Matthew on June 25, 2015, 04:05:37 AM
Hi Rob,

Welcome. What an interesting journey you have begun. I look forward to hearing your contributions and questions on the discussion boards.

Warmly,

Matthew
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: maudybe on July 02, 2015, 03:40:22 PM
Hello everyone,
My name is Maud. i am from the netherlands but currently living in Paraguay as an exchange student (i just turned 18). I became interested in meditating and mindfullnes after watching the documentary "how to acces superconcious". since then (only 1/5 weeks ago) i started meditating daily, and since i am a exchange student without a lot of responsebilities i have a lot of free time to practice meditation. I´ve already read John Kabat-Zinns "wherever you go, there you are". I am already experiencing changes in my way of thinking because i can practice it so much (I have like 6 hours free everyday). I have some questions though where im struggling with, maybe one of you knows something that can help me, first of all, I feel like im way to young to be already on this path because it disconects me from my daily worries and thoughts and i feel like im not living a normal teenage life with all the struggles teenagers have. I am just really curious what this world has to offer me. Second, I recently experienced something that i found on the internet was called  "the third eye activation". I was doing a visualisation of a zen garden while suddenly it felt like there were tiny insects in my body walking up to a center point at my forehead. I also had really weird sensations that i cant discribe. Since then i have a almost constand headache and i feel it tickling. Im not sure what to do with it yet, because i feel like if i follow this path i wont be a normal teenager again, but then again, i´m really curious of whats out there that i dont know yet. Also if i would want to persue this feeling, I dont know if i might see or feel things i didnt want to feel.
anyway i hope i might find some answers here.
Also, does someone have any tips on finding quiet places, my hostfamily has seven dogs who contstandly are begging for attention and i cant really find a quiet place in my house.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on July 02, 2015, 06:58:57 PM
Welcome, Maud. Please post your queries in the appropriate sections.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: dhammagirl on July 08, 2015, 05:26:45 PM
HI!   dhammagirl here.  I'm 49.
I first started meditating, anapana from books, back in 1999.  I had always been depressed, hating being human sooo much.  Being human sucks!! When I discovered the Buddha's teachings, I knew I had found my path.  I practiced and found some peace.  I attended my first 10-day vipassana retreat in TX in 2000.  Finding it to be wonderful, and being full of gratitude, I offered to serve full time at a retreat later that year.  It was one of the most difficult, stressful, exhausting things I have ever done.  I am disinclined to serve again, though it was probably because of the people I was serving with, and my mental state.  I was still very unbalanced.  In fact, I stopped meditating and descended into serious mental illness (type 2 bipolar disorder) and addiction (booze, weed, cigarettes).  I'd been using weed to control my depression for years, to stop crying and somewhat function.  10 years later, self-injury to try and control depression/rage got out of control.   I spent 11 days in a mental hospital, got on meds, started cognitive behavioral therapy.  Got somewhat better.  But then....I rediscovered-got back on the path.  For the last three years I've not used any intoxicants - the craving simply went away.  I've been to three 10-day retreats, and just completed an 8-day satipatthan sutta course.  I'm in a place of peace and contentment that I never never thought was possible.  I became able to step back from my mental hurricane and not react to it so much.  I now find being human to be....okay!  I would say it's been a miracle, but I'm an atheist and know better.  It's due to my own hard work, so I know from experience the Buddha's path is the one for me. 
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on July 09, 2015, 12:22:00 PM
Welcome to the forum! Glad to know that meditation is helping you deal with your issues.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: hsspil214 on July 09, 2015, 04:44:09 PM
Hi everyone. I'm hsspil214. Meditation became a significant part of my life after I read the emotional life of the brain by Richard Davidson. I started meditation with basic attention to breath. At first I started with just 5 minute sessions. Consistency was my goal. I would do 5 minutes everyday. After 3 weeks would pass I would add 5 minutes. I am at 1 hour of what I now know as serenity meditation, and I do this everyday. Recently I have been experimenting with incorporating vipassana and metta meditations in my routine. Different combinations and ratios of these three meditations generally lead to different emotional experiences of the day. I used to be angry now I feel peace almost everyday.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Vivek on July 09, 2015, 07:17:07 PM
Welcome, hsspil.
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: Shimoli on July 26, 2015, 02:24:20 PM
Hi everyone,

I joined this community a couple of months ago, after sitting through a 10 day Vipassana meditation course outside of Buenos Aires. That was during a 3 month trip in South America. 

Since then I have practiced 2 hours each day. And said good bye to intoxicants - I've stopped drinking and doing drugs (smoked MJ on a few occasions), only eat vegetarian food etc... But it hasn't been easy. It contradict how everyone else in my life live their lives. 

But I see the value of meditating and excluding intoxicants - It has changed my life. I don't flee as much as I did before. I'm more honest and conscious of what is. But there is still fear in me. Fear of not practicing the technique correctly, craving results, aversions toward not changing my current situation (my job), feeling lonely (I don't know any who is living this lifestyle) etc.

But I am trying to be vulnerable. I try and see the aversion/craving as it come to be and observe my sensations. But it's tough.

I registered in hopes of meeting people who also practice meditation and to share experiences (life). 

....SO HELLO =) HOW ARE YOU?






Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: VipassanaXYZ on July 27, 2015, 08:23:15 AM
Hi!

So happy to hear just one course got you so far.

Lovely you look out for the community, I practise 2 hours regularly, became the first vegetarian in my family etc.
I also practise alone. Buddha on friendship:


"And what is meant by admirable friendship? There is the case where a lay person, in whatever town or village he may dwell, spends time with householders or householders' sons, young or old, who are advanced in virtue. He talks with them, engages them in discussions. He emulates consummate conviction [in the principle of kamma] in those who are consummate in conviction, consummate virtue in those who are consummate in virtue, consummate generosity in those who are consummate in generosity, and consummate discernment in those who are consummate in discernment. This is called admirable friendship."


Choose your companions with care
"These are the four drains on one's store of wealth: being debauched in sex; being debauched in drink; being debauched in gambling; and having evil people as friends, associates, and companions. Just as if there were a great reservoir with four inlets and four drains, and a man were to close the inlets and open the drains, and the sky were not to pour down proper showers, the depletion of that great reservoir could be expected, not its increase. In the same way, these are the four drains on one's store of wealth: being debauched in sex, being debauched in drink, being debauched in gambling, and having evil people as friends, associates, and companions."

— AN 8.54

Much Love!
Pooja
Title: Re: New members - introduce yourselves here.
Post by: thestonedkoala on July 29, 2015, 08:14:46 PM
Hello! My name is Alex and I'm 19 years old. I am a hockey player, a college student, and I'm currently working on getting a certification to be a personal trainer. My goal is to work in a professional hockey organization as a strength and conditioning coach and an athletic trainer.

Anyways, I got into meditation about 6 months ago when a buddy of mine introduced it to me. My interest has grown since then and I'm trying to take my practice a step further. Currently, I meditate every couple days or so but I'd like to practice daily. I tend to be too much inside my own head and not as much in the present moment so I've grown an interest in mindful meditation. I've also practiced transcendental meditation because I feel like it helps calm my anxieties when I play hockey.

Another thing I have an interest in is lucid dreaming. It seems like it has a connection to meditation due to needing to be "aware" that you're in the dream to achieve lucidity. I've struggled in my attempts to lucid dream, however.

I'm excited to be apart of the community and look forward to meeting everyone! :angel:
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Post by: awanish100 on July 30, 2015, 03:15:17 AM
Hello :) sangha members my name is Awanish I am from india. I am practicing vipassana meditation from a year. I learn this form of meditation from sri S N Goenka sangha. I am very happy that sangha leaders allow me to join this forum  :) :D .   
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Post by: Vivek on July 30, 2015, 03:46:02 AM
Welcome, Awanish.
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Post by: Gerrym919 on July 30, 2015, 06:19:32 AM
Hello Everyone,

I'm Gerry and I live in Modesto, California. I'm a grandmother and have had a long and wonderful interest in meditation for many years. Because my experiences have been so positive I am very eager to learn more from all of you. I look forward to hearing from you and I am very grateful to be here. I am not very well versed in computer skills so I'm sure I'll make many mistakes so, in advance, please bear with me.
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Post by: Vivek on July 30, 2015, 08:04:25 AM
Welcome, Gerry.
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Post by: Trkstr67 on August 03, 2015, 02:13:47 PM
Good Morning. My name is Brent. Been meditating for over a year by now. I love the feeling of meditation. I have been able to ween myself of other drugs and do a good job of staying away from alcohol as well as I am looking for a no side effects way to getting happiness (and maybe even euphoria) regularly into my life.

I do yearn for a connection with others in this state of mind. I have gone to some different groups in my area and have not found a connection that rang true yet. I am hoping this is it. I have questions and experiences I would love to discuss with like minded people...

Thank you for your acceptance of me and look forward to a enriching relationship with all of you.

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Post by: Vivek on August 03, 2015, 04:16:45 PM
Welcome, Brent.
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Post by: Mistoff on August 06, 2015, 07:12:55 PM
Hi there, glad to see so many meditators share their thoughts :). My name is Michael, 33 yo and from the Netherlands. I practice meditation daily for just over six months now. Had a lot of anxiety problems which are slowly disapearing. I also discovered that i have a more postive mind and my days are so much easier.
Although i experimented with different forms of meditation and still are looking for one to stick by. Hope i will find some answers here...

Kind regards,
Michael

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Post by: Vivek on August 07, 2015, 08:33:39 AM
Welcome, Michael.
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Post by: yvesjonas on August 31, 2015, 06:07:37 PM
Hello dear Sangha,

I am Jonas.

Last year, I had a major crisis and in the course of which I decided to travel to India for four months. There I deepened my practise and started to meditate regularly, usually two hours per day. In March I completed my first 10 Vipassana in New Dehli and decided that I needed more time in a quiet environment. So I went back to India and currently I am living in a Buddhist Monastery in Kalimpong, serving as a teacher. I write about my life in Kalimpong and my past experiences and just finished a post about my first Vipassana.

I will in Kalimpong until December, then I will do my second Vipassana and move back to Germany.

Thank you for welcoming me here,

Jonas
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Post by: Matthew on August 31, 2015, 10:57:08 PM
Hi Jonas,

Welcome to the forum. I look forward to hearing your contributions. Please can you not link to your blog.

Kindly,

Matthew
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Post by: Thupten on September 07, 2015, 09:36:49 PM
Hello everyone,

Nice to see this online sangha here. Many of the posts seem friendly and informative. 
 
My intention is to continue to learn from and meet friends while offering anything I can in return. My main interests aside from practice are exploring Buddhism across various cultural platforms as well as the historical aspects from many different traditions.

Maybe some nice karmic connections will grow from my participation on this forum. Thanks for having me.

In Dharma,

Thupten Dawai Gocha
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Post by: Matthew on September 07, 2015, 09:46:42 PM
Welcome to the forum Thupten.

Kind regards,

Matthew
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Post by: LotusBud on September 15, 2015, 09:45:34 PM
Hello all,

Privilege to be part of such an enlightened peaceful community. Hoping to learn how to strengthen my mind.  This past year has been stressful and difficult for my wife and I, so really needing to learn how to live in the present with equanimity and wisdom.

Thanks,
Phil
 
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Post by: Jim on September 22, 2015, 08:30:27 PM
Hi, thank you for allowing me to join the forum. I'm Jim and I am relatively new to mindfulness and meditation. I gained an interest after watching a talk from Jon Kabat-Zinn and subsequently listening to his book through audio book, 'Full Catastrophe Living' and 'Where Ever You Go, There You Are'. Jon talks about how healthy it can be, to be involved in a community in one section of his book. I am fairly isolated in what I do and where I currently live so I don't have many friends that live locally. I don't know anyone who meditates (as far as I am aware, I could be wrong and they have just never said) so I thought this website would be a good way to talk to other people in this "community" all be it an online one, and to share and learn about forms of practice, (I have a lot to learn) from others on the site. I have already found some calm through Jon Kabat-Zinn's words and now seek to strengthen that 'muscle of mindfulness' :)

Thanks again :)
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Post by: Matthew on September 22, 2015, 11:49:32 PM
Welcome Jim. Look forward to hearing your contributions to the discussions. Kindly, Matthew

PS - a belated welcome to Phil too  :)
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Post by: Brainbug on October 23, 2015, 12:03:02 PM
Hello Everyone,

I'm new to this forum and somewhat new to meditation.
I've ended up at this forum as I had questions, what almost always brought me to this website to find the answers.

I did a "couple meditation day's intro" 3-4 years ago. I found it relaxing but never really got into it. Well that is until now. What changed?

From birth I had this problem called IBS https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irritable_bowel_syndrome (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irritable_bowel_syndrome), however no patterns could be found why this was suddenly occuring, so they gave me some medication to calm my spams down (that I still take 'till this day when needed).

About 2 years ago I had vertigo/hyperventilation/panic symptoms without any good reason, again a lot of tests, but nothing to be found.
Then 2 months ago I could no longer eat, went (again) to the hospital. They did a gastroscopy and found out I had a stomach inflammation. But again they could not determine why this happened (very hard because of lifestyles/ food / habits that changes from person to person)
Besides these problems, I frequently get sick (flue,...) and from time to time have depressions, probably my immune system not kicking in...

So I started thinking about those events that happened. I could slim it down to 1 trigger: Stress.

ibs was mostly when there were "exams/tests" or nowadays when I have hard cases I'm working on in combination with certain foods.
The Vertigo/hyperventilation/panic and inflammation was because I lose track of most things (time, hunger, thirst,...) what in turn gave me stress and dehydration.
As I'm quiet a slim person, I do not have much to spare. Now that I know, I had to do something about it. The problem was mostly in my head (my mind).

So That's how I came onto the path of meditation (and yoga).
For now I practice Shamatha until my mind is somewhat stable and still.

I've been doing this for about a month now and feel better (calm and a bit more aware of my stress(ors)).

The only thing left to do is thank you guys for reading, as it went on longer then I expected.

ps, I'm not a native English speaker, so if there are spelling/grammer mistakes, I'm sorry.

Kind and warm greetings!


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Post by: Matthew on October 23, 2015, 04:57:12 PM
Welcome Brainbug,

If you have questions you can post them in the main forum boards. One thing I will say is that immune issues/flu and IBS have all been linked to vitamin D deficiency - and most doctors wouldn't even know the correct vitamin D test to order or what an optimal level is. You might want to research this. Stress will likely be a trigger and vitamin D deficiency may be a significant cause. If you want to talk more about that start a thread "under the banyan tree".

It's good to know Shamatha has helped you.

Matthew
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Post by: Vivek on October 25, 2015, 03:30:49 PM
Welcome to the forum, Brainbug.
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Post by: lidia on October 29, 2015, 07:58:09 PM
Hello! I Am Lidia, I Am from Italy. I would like to share thoughts with people who meditate.
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Post by: Vivek on October 30, 2015, 06:10:11 AM
Welcome, Lidia.
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Post by: Marc60 on October 31, 2015, 08:39:25 AM
Hello,

My name is Marc and I am also a new member.
I attended for the first time a Vipassana Course last September. After those 10 days I was reallly surprise about the improvements it brought about me. I got calm, my stream of speech improved, my concentration elevated. But unfortunately ever since also those benefits are almost gone.

Altough I am practising every day twice the quality of my meditation became meanwhile rather poor. The most of the time, especially in the afternoon, I feel dull and drowsy and no sensations showing up. Many times I shorten then or I am practising only Anapana.

I applied again for a 10 day meditation retreat but this only in the of february.

I don´t know what to do. How can I improve?

Has somebody an advice?

Kind regards
Marc
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Post by: Vivek on October 31, 2015, 03:40:24 PM
Welcome, Marc. Please  start a separate thread if  you have any queries.
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Post by: AcquiescinglyLiving on November 03, 2015, 04:30:22 PM
Greetings from Denmark.
My name is Victor, I finished my course in June 2015 in Sweeden; highly recommend the food there :)
Thank you for accepting me on the forums, look forward to learning more about the practice of Vipassana.

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Post by: Vivek on November 04, 2015, 07:50:02 AM
Welcome, Victor.
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Post by: unmani on December 14, 2015, 02:26:35 PM

Hello all,

I am Mihai from Romania, 36 y.o. Interested in meditation since ~18, in the last 10 year with relatively regular practice. I go almost yearly to Theravada monasteries/centers in Europe for retreats; I was also an anagarika for several months at Cittaviveka monastery in UK.

My general meditation practice consists of the 3 main techniques used in Thai Theravada schools (traditional or 'modern'): mindfullness of breathing, body sweeping, sound of silence, but not limited to these. Although my core of practice and philosophy is Theravada Buddhism, I'm also interested in some other religious or spiritual areas (pantheism, modern nondualism, hermetism), but I consider formal meditation practice and the direct experience obtained from it (modified states of consciousness and direct insight/understanding) to be of utmost importance.

My 'passions' include also gardening, permaculture, applied ecology and in general - living harmoniously with nature. 

I joined this forum to socialize with people interested in the formal practice with aim to motivate & improve my own practice, meet nice people, participate to the community.

I express gratitude to the admins of this forum and to participants for being part of it.

Cheers,
Mihai :)
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Post by: Matthew on December 14, 2015, 10:41:34 PM
Welcome to the forums Mihai :)
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Post by: Frightful on December 15, 2015, 12:28:38 AM
I don't know if the "Reply" button is for posting????.....

Anyway, I'm a new member, male, in my 50s in the north central plains of the US.  Have been using essentially "mindfulness meditation" for emotional issues and anxiety for about 3 - 4 years, but much need to improve the regularity of the practice.....and 'practice' takes on a whole new meaning with meditation I'm finding and much for the better.

I'm very curious about the role of breathing in meditation and approach these musings from an "Attachment Theory" perspective [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attachment_theory ], even as I realize that's overlaying a western construct onto an eastern tradition.  Although it's certain I'm not the first one to consider this, it seems like "racing thoughts/emotions" are to "steady breathing" as a young exploring infant is to an attuned, regulating parent/caregiver:  The role of the parent/caregiver is to aid in the development of emotional/social self-regulation.  Sometimes I find myself during the meditation in the role of "one who breathes" inviting "the thinker" to come back to the breath and other times I associate more with "the thinker" and need to reach out to the "one who breathes".

Hope to explore these ideas and others....with others.  Thanks!

-Frightful
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Post by: Vivek on December 15, 2015, 08:42:15 AM
Welcome, Mihai and Frightful.
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Post by: unmani on December 15, 2015, 09:32:53 AM
Thank you, Matthew and Vivek, it's nice to join :).
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Post by: Attachless on December 17, 2015, 06:28:39 PM
Cheers! My name is Dominic, 22 years and been silent reader for quite some time here now, sporadically. I've been first meditating back in 2012, with my first Goenka Retreat back then, and done four 10 day courses and one Satthipathana 8 day course since then (these Retreats are the most easiest accessable in my country, if not the only one). I'm from Austria and about to implement meditation in my daily life consistently long term (some attempts been positive so far, never established consistent consistency, so to speak.).

Thats me and my meditation so far..

Happy to now join in the Community and contribute as well :-)
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Post by: Matthew on December 17, 2015, 11:46:41 PM
Welcome Dominic :)
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Post by: Vivek on December 18, 2015, 02:10:13 AM
Welcome, Dominic.
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Post by: clayton on December 18, 2015, 03:05:36 AM
A pleasure to meet you Dominic!
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Post by: Highwhistler on December 19, 2015, 08:07:13 AM
I'm a family man, gardener, retired art director (for print magazines and web), and an independent meditation researcher. I have two sons, both teaching at universities, one in physics the other English. I retired from the design biz in 2012 and started an urban gardens company that specializes in growing organic vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs that are sold fresh to our community. That's my full time job. For interested backyard vegetable gardeners, Mod edit: Link deleted. Please do not link to blogs or websites selling products as per forum Terms and Conditions.
I'm fascinated with mystic poetry, visionary art, and how spiritual stories & mythologies cast influences across the holographic fields of awareness that compose the mind and heart ecosystems. I've been a hospice volunteer for 30 years. A student of the human microbiome for 5 years.

Been a vegetarian for 45 years, and pretty much a vegan for the last 20. I'm not a vegetarian for health reasons, but for philosophical ones. However, the vegetarian-vegan diet has produced outstanding health, as I've not been sick a single day in nearly a half a century, and my mind-body-emotions are naturally relaxed and stress-free ... which is good for meditation.

I've been a meditator for 45 years, always meditating at least 3 hours a day, every day. Starting in the year 2000, I've meditated 3 to 6 hours a day. My favorite time to meditate is between midnight to sunrise. But over the years I've practiced mindfulness techniques that allow meditation to spontaneously unfold throughout the day, in just about any physical situation.

I began meditating in 1970. I did classic Zen, 3 hours every day in a full lotus, for 5 years. I had a Zen Monk teacher who taught a technique that he called Insight into Buddha Nature. I poetically called it "spacious sky with clouds floating by."

Following the Zen practice, I did 10 years of Vipassana meditation ... always 3+ hours each and every day, on the cushion in full lotus. With this practice my concentration skills were magnified, and mindfulness was brought into the daily activities of eating, driving, working, gardening, and while hanging out with the family.

After that I did 10 years as an initiate of Darshan Singh, son of Kirpal Singh, teachers in the Sant Mat spiritual tradition. The two main meditation techniques used in Sant Mat (which means Teachings of the Saints) have the mechanics of Vipassana through and through. But there's a fascinating, colorful spiritual story and belief system underneath it all, which the initiates are welcome to believe, or not. In other words, there are no rules regarding beliefs that are written in stone, for travellers of this path.

After 25 years of daily meditation, something profound happened to me in 1995: I gave up everything related to meditation and spirituality ... except for a true love for the realms of silence, within.

In a quiet explosion of love, I retired from traditional spiritual life. I literally threw out everything that I had previously acquired and learned about spiritual paths. I tossed away my confidence and loyalty to the knowledge about traditional forms of meditation. I threw out all the concepts transmitted to me from wise and respected teachers about what is true and what is not, regarding inner experience. I gave up all gurus, teachers, their books, their workshops, their initiations, their guidance, their devoted followers. I threw away all habits I had acquired, the little sacred objects collected, meditation cushions, the sayings, suggestions, the high and holy quotes, all the rules, the meditation postures, the promises, stories and ideas -- I got rid of them all.

I started over from scratch. All that was left was the ability to focus my attention ... and of course, a love for the stillness, within.

With this unattached freedom, I quickly developed my own original inner mechanisms to instantly quiet the mind, any time, anywhere.

I've been doing this type of meditation for last 20 years. I call it the Presence Experience. For the first 19 of those years, I did not label or describe my meditation experiences in words (to myself or to anyone), but was completely happy to merge with the realms of tranquility and emptiness within -- in brilliant wide awake awareness. But then about a year ago, I thought it will be fun to attempt to translate my first-hand meditative experiences into words. This post is a part of that process.

I am an independent meditation researcher, who primarily uses my own direct, first-hand, ongoing, eyewitness, meditation experience. The Presence Experience is non-commercial, not for profit, open source, non-traditional, always flexible and ever-evolving. It is as free and natural as sunlight.

I especially enjoy disappearing into the timeless inner silence ... researching the personal and collective psychic ecosystem, and if possible, answering the biggest questions in life. You know ... the type of questions that innocent children wonder about, as well as people on their death beds. I'm fascinated with the consciousness that makes-up ordinary, common, daily, eternal moment meditative experience ... and have little extra interest in the "big wow" experiences, tho they do happen, like intentional wide-awake out-of-body-experiences. I understand those experiences are natural, but to me they are equal to the ordinary common experiences that are enjoyed in daily meditations.

Thank you for this forum.
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Post by: Tobin on December 19, 2015, 11:46:57 AM
Wow, that's quite the life resume. This forum is full of insight and it sounds like you'll bring even more. I'm interested to see how your stay here unfolds.

Nice to meet you Highwhistler and welcome to the forum. :)
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Post by: RedandBlue on December 21, 2015, 12:50:21 PM
Hey there everyone!

Just joined the forum just now! Wanted to say thanks to start of with.

Secondly I would like to introduce myself.

My name is Dennis, 27 years of age and native to the Netherlands.
Passion for life and everything connected. Always been on a loving path through life, but ever since I woke up to the world a year or 3 ago it only got intensified.

Especially since I have had a really mind-blowing experience not to long ago, which is the main reason I went onto the Internet in the search of answers. I know a lot of questions can be answered by looking inside, but this was just tooo big of a deal to comprehent even.

I will post the experience in another thread (think thats protocol?).

Thanks for letting me join your forum!
Truly appreciate it, greatly!

Love and Light,

Dennis ;D


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Post by: Vivek on December 21, 2015, 01:47:02 PM
Welcome, Dennis.
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Post by: clayton on December 25, 2015, 10:03:51 AM
Welcome to the forum Dennis.  We didn't let you join the forum, you chose to join the forum and we are delighted to have you.
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Post by: bartek on January 29, 2016, 02:46:56 PM
hello from Scotland
I'm Vipassana practitioner and i do like very much relaxed and persistend approach . i been practicing for a couple of years and try it out for myself . i came to conclusion that  Buddha was a genius and I'm grateful for his effort making in liberation and his teachings . its became my way of life . i only work 2 or 3 days a week as a truck driver and for the rest of the time i like to do self-retreat . my current aim is introducing METTA practice in daily life .im having great fun being aware and wishing well for all this people around m,e .this practice strengthen my mindfulness and well-being as well. after all same mind I'm taking to the cushion and when I'm happy my meditation is going well to. today is my last day of 4- day retreat and i had some understanding regarding my practice . i realize how much I'm still of a DOOER  o.O if i never see this for myself i would never know . my job is just to sit still ,relax and enjoy magic of present moment not controlling anything.im happy i can see myself doing mistakes and i know this is my way to grow in wisdom. I'm also BIG animal lover and i have cat too. she's  call THE frog :) I'm  enjoying sight seeing and nature. I'm very lucky too becouse i live in buddhist centre . Although they practicing Mahayana tradition i can still benefit from it. i like the shrine room and taking precepts together or joining the evening puja :) and this are great people to live with too. I'm single and have no girlfriend or kids. I'm trying to live a moral life so it can support my practice . thanks to mindfulness I'm present most of the time , and if I'm present and i understand my mind- state I'm happy.
 Wish to all reading this much love and kindness and hoping You will grow in your understanding and attain highest states of Enlightement if not there yet , and many thanks to Matthew for bringing us together to this site .
looking forward to chat with you .
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Post by: Matthew on January 29, 2016, 03:51:22 PM
Hi bartek,

Welcome.

In the Dhamma,

Matthew
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Post by: Vivek on February 01, 2016, 05:57:31 AM
Welcome, bartek.
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Post by: LiminalBridges on February 16, 2016, 07:44:12 PM
Hi guys. I'm a fairly new meditator, have been doing it on and off for a year but have begun to get a more solid daily practice together since December. I signed up to this forum on a recomendation from a friend and also because I could do with a bit of guidance from a bunch of people who know about this sort of stuff  :)

The main local sangha around here is a Triratna buddhist centre but I'm unsure if I like the way they do things or not. I've had some really nice experiences with them and some less than great ones. Other than that I sortof just float between traditions a little, haven't chosen anything to really commit to, but I'm really enjoying the journey.
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Post by: TheJourney on February 16, 2016, 10:13:58 PM
I am new to this forum though I have already started the new thread about Goenka vipassana meditation.

I started meditating TM in my early 20s, the typical 20 minutes a session twice a day. I did it for few months then quit. I would practice TM sporadically, off for many years then pick it up for few months again. Twice, over an interval of 10 years, I would have pain in the big bone beneath the big toe every time I took a step in walking, but would always go away when I do TM.

In 2013 I started TM again, then I changed the mechanics to try to induce Kundalini awakening; however, I read about the danger of it, then I stopped meditating again.
In December of 2014, I started meditation again but doing pure breathing meditation (not TM). Ever since, I have been doing it religiously twice a day, increasing from 20 minutes to 30 minutes and sometimes 45 minutes a session. For the entirety of 2015, I also practiced mindfulness technique such as mental noting any mind activity.  In October, I went to Goenka’s meditation retreat for the first time.

The retreat definitely cured my psychosomatic issue with sitting cross legged on the floor. During the retreat, I begged for a chair daily but was always denied. On day 6, I was surprised that I could sit on the floor cross legged for one hour. Even when I was kneeling, my knee did not feel any painful sensation after one hour in that posture. I got up easily. On day 4, I had a weird experience of a gun with electrical current zapping through my neck then to my right cheek, and then a web of currents spreading on my left cheek. As soon as I thought of telling the AT in my mind, it stopped.  Few nights I had compressed pressure in the central area of my face and also a compressed pressure pushing my upper teeth upward.
In the first 5 months of 2015, I did Yi Jin Jing ( a type of Qi (Chi) exercise) and Tai Chi every day. I also did standing meditation that cultivates Qi. At night, before falling asleep, I did sensing of my whole body area by area, and sensing the whole body every time I exhale. I can always feel energy wave in my arms or legs.

In May 2015, when I went to do checkup at the eye specialist office, he said my eyes improved and no longer worried about my need for cataract eye surgery. I am waiting for spring to resume my Qi exercises.

The first three weeks of home from Vipassana meditation was nice. I stopped my news addiction on the Internet. I try to sense my body whenever I remember to. Eventually, I was picking up the habit again. It was like I never been to the Vipassana retreat. My Vipassana meditation was also regressing. I felt it so mechanical and was not working for me. I know how Vipassana meditation should be, and what I was doing definitely was not going to give me equanimity or bring forth subtle sensations. I stopped Vipassana but continued my anapana.

Many PDFs emphasize the fact that access concentration needs to be attained before switching to insight meditation. I find it surprising that Goenka never emphasized that during the retreat.

In December of 2015, I made a vow that I will renounce TV, radio, and Internet news and video entertainment. It has been working so far. Few times when my fingers were ready to hit the url, I thought of impermanence, unsatisfactory, and no-self. I felt these things are disgusting and a waste of time, so I never did click on the url.

Part of the success is that I have also been reading Dhamma/meditation/mindfulness related PDFs.

Although in 2015, I reduced much of my train of thoughts. At least, when I did have train of thoughts, it wasn’t personal. I was detached to the contents. I had three samples of pure awareness for 15 - 20 seconds that made the brain feel extremely soothing. One of the three samples was the sensation that everything around me had a vibrant texture akin to super high definition sighting.

The progress on train of thoughts was non-linear, but in retrospect of 2015 the progress has been huge. Two weekends ago, I was in mindfulness for the whole day without any train of thoughts that are results of clinging of being or of self.  I start 2016 with very prolonged consciousness daily. When driving, I can look at the car in front of me with pure awareness for a very long time.  If there is thought, the thought is in my awareness during its arising not after the fact.

I encourage all to continue on whatever spiritual practice you apply. Meditation is only part of journey. Daily mindfulness is very crucial if you want to accelerate the path. Constant reading also helps reinforcing the concept of impermanence, unsatisfactory, and no-self. It reinforces your mindfulness when you are compelled to take that train of thought instead of staying mindful.

In 2016, I am hearing mind generated high pitch static sound more often. I know that people with tinnitus condition hears this all the time, but for me it comes up only when my mind is focused toward my inner being. It can easily disappear when I am focused externally. Does anyone else hear this tinnitus sound when the mind is focused inward? I use it to know if my mind is being mindful.
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Post by: Matthew on February 17, 2016, 01:44:23 AM
Welcome LiminalBridges and TheJourney.

Yes daily mindfulness is essential. Constant mindfulness even. But I digress, this thread is for hello's rather than discussion. Please feel free to start threads on the forum.

Warmly,

Matthew
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Post by: Vivek on February 17, 2016, 09:34:13 AM
Welcome to the forum, LiminalBridges and TheJourney.
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Post by: Daimoth on February 20, 2016, 02:15:35 AM
Hello hello.

I began meditation to overcome mental illness and addiction. My mind is profoundly muddled. My posts will (generally) make sense, but that's only because I can thoroughly proofread them.
Turning meditation into a routine will be my first challenge. I'm the kind of person who can play an instrument beautifully one day, and not at all the next. It's evident of a kind of instability I've suffered through my whole life; periods of prodigiousness followed by brief, but intense frustration, then abandonment and shame.

I don't want to be high anymore, I just want to be able to live to my potential. I want to be able to think clearly, to be able to go to the corner store without reading disgust in the eyes of the people around me. I want to be able to bear incidental unpleasantness without getting frustrated to the point of crying and being haunted indefinitely by the memory of it.
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Post by: Musicman28 on February 20, 2016, 02:22:29 AM
Greetings. Completed my first 10 day Vipassana course last September in Colorado. Looking to continue growing my meditation and happy to be here and to learn and share.
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Post by: Vivek on February 21, 2016, 12:17:33 PM
Welcome, Daimoth & Musicman28.
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Post by: MJC on February 25, 2016, 12:53:08 PM
Hello,

Just wanted to break the ice and say hi.
I have been introduced to buddhism almost two years ago. I can say i am progressing on the path, but that means new obstacles. Guess that is main reason why i am here.
Also, i think anyone's experience can help.


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Post by: Vivek on February 25, 2016, 01:51:58 PM
Welcome to the forum.
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Post by: Libertynow on February 27, 2016, 05:27:12 PM
Thanks for the approval to be part of the forum here. Although I've meditated since I was a teenager it wasn't until just a couple years ago when anxiety and depression came knocking at my door. For the past 2 years been meditating for about 30 minutes to an hour. I do  not start my day without that time of mindfulness. My depression is pretty much gone, but the anxiety is still very present. I have ups and downs still it seems but meditation keeps it in tack. I don't get panic attacks, just a persistent feeling of anxiousness in the gut. I often get the uncomfortable feelings of too much cortisol in my body and that often causes my anxiety to increase.

I practice daily mindfulness as much as I can, whether that be eating, drinking, showering, walking, or even listening to someone talk to me. I really enjoy this practice that has become as part of me as anything else in my life.

Again thanks and look forward to some interesting discussions here.

Kevin
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Post by: Middleway on February 27, 2016, 11:37:16 PM
Welcome to the forum Kevin.
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Post by: Vivek on February 29, 2016, 06:06:38 PM
Welcome, Kevin.
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Post by: kristos on March 03, 2016, 12:14:35 PM
Hello everybody,

I am Chris. 35 years old, computer programmer.

I won't lie. I started meditation (not any standardised form) as a mean to 'calm' my mind after some extreme episodes of anxiety (health anxiety) mainly cause by cannabis misuse. In fact I was hoping to use meditation as another drug to stop my anxiety and continue my (lousy) past life.

During that process that now goes for years a lot of things changed in my point of view, but even though I tend (or this is what I believe) to understand how the ego works, most of the time I am unable to overcome its will.

It's some days now that I stumbled upon this book: 'Mindfulness in plain English' by Henepola Gunaratana and thought of taking a more formal approach on it. I hope it goes well.

Nice meeting you all.
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Post by: Vivek on March 03, 2016, 03:33:01 PM
Welcome, Chris.
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Post by: Quardamon on March 03, 2016, 08:44:17 PM
Akasha,
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Post by: inwentor on March 04, 2016, 10:55:39 PM
HI Everyone :) I am Subu. I have been practicing meditation for the last two years! I used brainev for a while and Lifeflow meditation for a while. Then one of my friends suggested me to do meditation without any external aid! So I started doing regular meditation.
I do some pranayama prior to my meditation. And while meditating, I try to focus on "Nothingness" whilst having a mild awareness. It is not that I try to focus on nothing but rather I fix my focus on Nothingness. As if it is an object of focus. That is why it is so difficult for me to explain!
P.s. And I wish to know what type of meditation it is, and which category it falls under. I never try to suppress my thoughts, but when I observe that a thought is going at the back of my mind, I will bring all my focus on "Nothingness" and that focus won't allow me to observe that thought further.
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Post by: Vivek on March 07, 2016, 07:35:57 AM
Welcome, Subu. It seems your practices are not aligned to those which are usually dealt with in this forum. Most discussions focus on Theravada Buddhist tradition in here. Hope you will keep this in mind while interacting with the members here.
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Post by: Peter93 on March 07, 2016, 05:11:15 PM
Hello everyone my name is Peter. I am from the netherlands and i have been trying meditation for the last two years, but failed in making it a daily habit.

Even though i didnt make a habit out of it i did see the change that meditation brought to myself and i loved it. I do however struggle with some questions, when i was meditating i would focus on my breath and whenever i would breathe in i would think about the air going inside my lungs and for breathing out i did the same. However i noticed this affected my breathing in a bad way and i would breathe too fast and too much. I also struggled with making my meditation a daily habit. So im hoping by joining this forum i can find some more clarity in what are better ways to meditate without the breathing problem, and what the best way is to begin meditating for a beginner. I'm really excited to find out, since i think meditation will help move my life forward.
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Post by: Vivek on March 08, 2016, 05:12:07 AM
Welcome, Peter. Please post your queries in the relevant section, members here would definitely assist you in whatever way they can.
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Post by: Janne on March 15, 2016, 09:56:08 AM
Hi there,

My name is Janne and I am pleased to join this forum which I found by accident when searching some information on Vipassana meditation.

My story in short is that I've been into spirituality since my teenage years (I will turn 40 this year) and read a lot of books on it but was lacking a discipline to meditate on regular basis. As I recently lost my job and suddenly got some precious time, by end of January I took a plane to India to do the Goenka 10-Day meditation course, which I found pretty eye-opening experience. Since this course I have managed to meditate about one hour almost every morning, and I am planning to keep that practice as I can see the benefits slowly coming.

On my free time I enjoy playing piano and guitar, as well as playing tennis and doing some fitness. My kids of 8 and 6 years keep me busy too.  I am originally from Finland and now living in Luxembourg.

I look forward to being here and interacting with you!

Cheers,
Janne
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Post by: Vivek on March 16, 2016, 05:04:21 AM
Welcome, Janne.
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Post by: Suited4Battle on March 16, 2016, 10:24:57 PM
Hello, my name is Monro, I started meditating about 6 years ago, but it was only for a few min at the end of my yoga classes. My teachers at the time would often tell us that the rigorous asana's were to prepare the body to sit for extended periods of time in meditation. I didn't really grasp this concept and was primarily there for the physical benefits. Now I believe meditation is the most important part(or at very least just as important) of yoga.

I've been consistently meditating for several years and have been sitting for an hour daily for the past 8 months or so, I recently added a 20-30 min late night sit in addition to my afternoon hour and have been noticing a lot of affects. I have read a lot on this forum and its been very helpful. Thank you to all the members.

I'm interested in yoga(ashtanga vinyasa), reading, spirituality, poker, consciousness



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Post by: Vivek on March 17, 2016, 08:41:59 AM
Welcome, Monro.
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Post by: mdr on March 17, 2016, 11:55:14 AM
Re-introduction  :angel:

Hey guys, since i didn't post in a while, i thought it would be ok to say what was going on meanwhile. I had relocated to another country (to Russia of all the places  :angel:), and amidst getting used to new environment, foods, work and so on i kinda stopped practicing regularly. I was reading the forum though, it's like a safe heaven to me  ;) "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" came to my rescue and i started meditating once again, 15-20 min, most days of the week. I know i'll come across as shallow, but, among all the wonders of the meditation, one of the most important ones for me is that it keeps my migraines at bay. A year or so ago i obtained the degree which i pursued in Russia and returned to the mountainous little country in Balkans de la que proviene . On 9th this month, out of the blue i suffered heart attack. I don't have any history of disease, no members of the family affected, no "contributing vices". Funnily (?),  since the pains in the chest started and all the way to ER and then to emergency cardiac unit, i was  doing Vipassana and repeating to myself : Anicca, this too shall pass.  ;)
I made it, against all the odds, and despite the clinical death got away without serious damage and even without the surgery.
Then i spent 5 days in cardiac intensive care, immobilized. (Have i confessed i had started smoking again meanwhile, which only added insult to the injury? :'( )
Anyway, people really go bonkers there, it's probably among the most unnatural situations one can find themselves in. I made it somehow. (In those five days, i could only move my left leg a bit and turn head from side to side on the pillow.)
Anyway, that passed too, but without some experience with meditation, i do think it would have been a living hell.
I am back home now, i feel i got a second chance, now the question is: what i am supposed to do with it?  ???

metta,

Ruthie
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Post by: Vivek on March 17, 2016, 03:43:36 PM
Great to know how meditation helped you out to get through such a tough situation, Ruthie.
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Post by: mdr on March 17, 2016, 04:03:47 PM
Great to know how meditation helped you out to get through such a tough situation, Ruthie.

Thank you, Vivek  :)
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Post by: boris on April 17, 2016, 12:52:17 AM
Hello everybody! I would like to thank the owner for creating this beatiful website, and admins for accepting my request to join the forum, and all the people who are sharing information and their expirience here. I see a lot of healthy posts here, makes me joyful :)

My name is Boris, and im from Serbia, my body is 29 years old. I've been practicing meditation for about 3 years. I started with body scaned meditations, mixed with a lot of things, including hypnosis and trying to figure out what suits me the best, now i do gourishankar meditation in the evening and vipassana meditation early in the morning, and i just LOVE it. It has transformed me completly. I can't wait to post my expiriences on this journey and some feedbacks that i got, and also i have some practical questions that i would like to know. Thank you again people, and see you in the replies :-)
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Post by: Vivek on April 17, 2016, 09:34:25 AM
Welcome, Boris.
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Post by: Yes2life on April 20, 2016, 06:47:33 AM
Hello!!! I am a new member :) :)
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Post by: unanything on April 20, 2016, 09:50:17 PM
Hi, My name is Tae. I am pretty new to this meditation thing, but I'm excited to be a part of your community! I live in Colorado and love music. If you want to know anything just ask.
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Post by: Artisticwatching on April 21, 2016, 12:20:28 AM
Hi, my name is Alex and have been practicing for about three months now at 30 mins a day. So far the practice has been indispensable to me. I'm 29 years old and live in Queensland Australia. Thank you for having me here.
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Post by: Vivek on April 23, 2016, 05:38:27 PM
Welcome, Tae and Alex.
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Post by: MahaloMetta on April 28, 2016, 07:35:49 PM
Aloha all,

Just joined this forum and looking forward to reading the posts and potentially giving some of my own input. I've sat 2 Goenka courses and served one. I will also be doing another one in September with my younger brother sitting alongside me and my wife serving the course. My first course was on the Big Island of Hawaii a few years back. I had heard about the technique via a friend that had just completed a course and although she wasn't necessarily advocating the technique her account of it sparked a curiosity in me. Working a 9-5 job and caught in the whirlpool of city life I had a hard time seeing how I could possibly escape to go to a course. However, I felt maybe I could get a taste of it and resorted to finding a number of books on Vipassana including some authored by Goenka as well as a couple of interrelated reads. Eventually I mustered up the courage to release myself from the chains of my daily routine and bought a ticket to Hawaii. The moment I bought that ticket I decided to just let things go; controlling every decision, every moment and to just let things happen on their own accord but to be mindful of the choices I could see. THIS choice is one of the few 'wise' decisions I have made. It allowed me to be open to the unknown and to give some of the futility of the self away. One day while walking through the small town of Pahoa my eyes glanced over to a community board and I saw a post for the Vipassana course which I was eager but slightly hesitant to experience. I took down the website info and after a couple of days sent in an application. Arriving at the course on 'Day 0' was an anxious day for me. I was on this island with no family or friends, and didn't have a clue of the experience to come. That experience is probably best described in other threads. I will say the sit assisted me in ways that were not totally clear at the time and took a while to start surfacing. In the meantime I returned to the mainland and found myself caught up in heavy habitual patterns but residing within me was a truth I had felt and experienced for myself that was not easily discouraged and eventually I found myself back with the Dhamma sitting/serving.

I look forward to engaging with others here who wish to learn from one another. I've noticed some posts that seem rather confrontational, and I will voice that I am not against debate but am not interested in fueding and petty attacks. It is vital that we serve one another in the sense that we are working towards our own liberation; that we see our reflection in each experience. We cannot escape. We should not create situations which propagate fear. To all on this forum I send METTA. May all of you be liberated and enjoy compassionate love and happiness. ALOHA!
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Post by: SwintonMartin on April 28, 2016, 10:17:46 PM
Hi, great to meet you all, I'm Martin from Malton in North Yorkshire in the UK. I hope to spend some time here, enhance my practice, help a little in my beginners way and get to know you all.
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Post by: smritiyoga on April 29, 2016, 10:41:12 AM
Hello, I m new user for this forum. And i like very much what discussion is going on the forum. I Think in this forum i will get best information about yoga.
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Post by: Vivek on April 29, 2016, 08:33:31 PM
Hello, and welcome to the forum.
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Post by: Thomas D on May 06, 2016, 10:03:42 PM
Hello everyone, nice to meet you all. My name is Thomas. I was a member here some years back. Been a long break and I forgot the email and password.

I've been on and off buddhism and meditation for the last 12 years or so. But every time I come back to it my commitment deepens.

Anyway, I know there are many wise and compassionate people on this forum. I might need some help and guidance from time to time and this feels like a suitable place to be. Hopefully I can be of some help to others.

Cheers, enjoy your weekend.
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Post by: Middleway on May 07, 2016, 01:06:46 AM
Welcome Tristan and welcome back Thomas.

Warm regards,

Middleway
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Post by: Vivek on May 07, 2016, 11:59:39 AM
Welcome back, Thomas.
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Post by: MaryMagdale QueenofQueens on May 07, 2016, 06:18:04 PM
Hello, My name is Halley I am 19 and a woman,  and I am so happy to be here.  :)
 I've been practicing spirituality for the past two years, it has always been of interest to me, and i played with the idea of meditation and yoga as a child but it wasn't until I met my lovely beautiful best friend and lover, Robert that things were really put into perspective. He has showed me so much, and made learning a healing experience, where it used to be a humiliating experience.
 I am pretty much self taught, plus the guidance of Robert. He says we are each others gurus. We have both excelled so much in the past 2 years. I am just now really getting into meditation. I work with reiki, crystals and meditation already, but more of just a quieting the mind. I am starting to feel the pull toward more inner work and I think i am more ready than i ever have been. Considering i live in a farming state in America, online is my best option, and i love to just, stick my feet in the natural dirt. I love to hear from those who practice, themselves for tips and guidance, and i want to really follow my own intuition. Whats natural to me.... SO i find forums are perfect for finding positive information and making connections, which is all I want!!
Love and Love to all of you,  I hope we can help each other!   ;)
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Post by: Vivek on May 09, 2016, 04:04:54 PM
Welcome to the forum. I would suggest to read through the content in the home page of this website as well as posts in the forum to understand what kind of meditation practice is discussed here.
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Post by: smritiyoga on May 25, 2016, 11:52:26 AM
 :) Hello, i m new this forum. but what ever post i read i got most important information. thank you for providing such a wonderful information
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Post by: Vivek on May 25, 2016, 03:41:37 PM
Welcome! And please note that advertisements of any kind are not allowed in the forum. Please read forum rules.
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Post by: stillpointdancer on May 25, 2016, 06:45:36 PM
Hi. My name is Phil and I'm from the UK. I'm a long time meditator mostly into insight meditation, although I mix this with a white light metta meditation, wishing everyone well. Hope to join in now I've retired from teaching and have some time to write and reflect on things.
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Post by: mdr on May 25, 2016, 09:59:26 PM
Hi. My name is Phil and I'm from the UK. I'm a long time meditator mostly into insight meditation, although I mix this with a white light metta meditation, wishing everyone well. Hope to join in now I've retired from teaching and have some time to write and reflect on things.

Welcome, Phil!  :)
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Post by: mattfaria12 on June 12, 2016, 01:38:45 AM
Hey guys.  New here.  Hoping to learn some good stuff from you guys
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Post by: mdr on June 12, 2016, 05:48:31 AM
Hey guys.  New here.  Hoping to learn some good stuff from you guys

Welcome mattfaria12!
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Post by: Vivek on June 13, 2016, 05:16:02 PM
Welcome, Mattfaria12.
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Post by: sahbumnihm on June 15, 2016, 09:00:30 AM
Hi, Mike here. First started meditating as part of my training for a BFA in acting at NYU in the 70's where I concentrated in medieval Buddhist festival theater. I actually mounted a reconstructed show as a street performer. From there I started sitting at Eastern State Buddhist Temple in Chinatown, which lead me to meditation and the martial arts with sifu Frank Yee. The last 35 years my real training was with a Korean Grand Master and a heavy emphasis on breath control and body scanning as a tactical edge. Along the way I gravitated into a successful career in corrections, first as an officer, than a response team leader and finally an academy instructor.

Six years ago I was diagnosed with severe, chronic PTSD. Buddhist meditation has been my way back. It's a daily struggle, but I just completed my Master's Degree in Criminal Justice. My research focused on meditation and the dharma in building a new use-of-force training model. The goal is to train officers perishable physical skill sets and ethics more economically and efficently, administrators love that, and to better prepare them to cope with stress and respond with greater compassion.

I sit at a local Tibetan center in West Palm Beach once a week for Calm Abiding and plan to start sitting once a month at Wat Dhammaram in Orlanda for more training. I just finished my first 10 day retreat at Southeast Vipassana Center. I joined this forum to explore more training options, not just for me, but for a small, growing group of young veterans who are starting to follow my lead in managing their PTSD.
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Post by: Matthew on June 15, 2016, 10:00:27 AM
Hi Mike,

Welcome to the forums. Look forward to hearing your contributions.

Kindly,

Matthew
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Post by: Vivek on June 15, 2016, 05:37:10 PM
Welcome, Mike.
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Post by: Jay-Eye on June 21, 2016, 10:45:40 PM
Hi. New here. I've done two 10 day Goenke Viapssana courses 2 and 3 years ago. Now I seem to have run out of steam a bit! I'm hoping that reading the threads here and rubbing shoulders with you guys will re-energise me in my commitment to persevering in becoming a competent meditator.

I'm wondering - if you were starting all over again, what would you adopt as essential to your practice?

Thanks. Peace. ji
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Post by: mdr on June 21, 2016, 10:53:54 PM
Hi. New here. I've done two 10 day Goenke Viapssana courses 2 and 3 years ago. Now I seem to have run out of steam a bit! I'm hoping that reading the threads here and rubbing shoulders with you guys will re-energise me in my commitment to persevering in becoming a competent meditator.

I'm wondering - if you were starting all over again, what would you adopt as essential to your practice?

Thanks. Peace. ji

Hi Jay Eye and welcome  :) I came from a similar background like you, only my 'gap' was bigger and i did only one retreat. When i started anew, i gave up the idea of sitting 2x a day for 1h, i know i won't stick to that, so i set humbler goals for myself  :)
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Post by: Matthew on June 21, 2016, 11:46:33 PM
...
I'm wondering - if you were starting all over again, what would you adopt as essential to your practice?
...

Welcome to the forum. This would make an interesting discussion in the meditation board.

In the Dhamma,

Matthew
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Post by: Oum on June 22, 2016, 12:00:38 AM
Hello, I just done the 10 days in dhammasetu last month, it was very new for me as I was not used to meditate
I try to sit at least 30 mn morning and evening but not easy when you have to do it by yourself
Please I have a question : when I was in meditation while introspect ing my self I when deeper inside my upper neck and it was so painfull so much pressure and since my head and neck is so heavy and tens and when I observe my boddy I can not go further....I stay stocked on my head because it is so crowded....
What I have to do....should I have to stay until it is gone or I just ignore it.... I am skared to do something wrong,
Thank you
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Post by: Jay-Eye on June 22, 2016, 08:06:12 PM
...
I'm wondering - if you were starting all over again, what would you adopt as essential to your practice?
...

Welcome to the forum. This would make an interesting discussion in the meditation board.

In the Dhamma,

Matthew

Cool. I'll post it there and we'll see......
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Post by: Charlie00 on July 26, 2016, 05:25:10 AM
Hi,
I'm new here. My name is Charley. I love meditation.
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Post by: Matthew on July 26, 2016, 08:34:06 PM
Welcome Charley
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Post by: Joker on August 06, 2016, 07:32:43 PM
Hi, I'm Marcin. I'm trying to find my way to meditate. I've tried some methods and never been able to do it regularly. Some time ago I've found a vipassana guide and here I am :-)
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Post by: Matthew on August 06, 2016, 07:47:20 PM
Welcome Marcin.
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Post by: Vivek on August 07, 2016, 07:19:25 AM
Welcome, Charley, Marcin.
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Post by: YellowBee on August 09, 2016, 09:06:02 PM
Good evening all, I'm pleased to join the community tonight. It's night time in Scotland, not sure what time it is where you are.

I've been meditating on and off for a while, and reading a fair bit of Buddhist writing, but have felt more pulled towards it lately. I guess I've tuned into this need to be more 'real' and I've experienced meditation as helping me to be more real. I hope that makes sense.

Looking forward to engaging with you people and hoping for mutual benefit, understanding and support. Tall order?  :)
 
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Post by: Matthew on August 09, 2016, 09:47:45 PM
Welcome Yellowbee .. like most communities we have mutual understanding, support .. and sometimes confusion and rows!

The admin team work hard to ensure discussion is focussed on benefiting the practicalities of meditation, is held in good faith and compassionate - and that the community take part in any decision affecting the way the site works.

Kindly,

Matthew
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Post by: Vivek on August 10, 2016, 04:31:10 PM
Welcome, YellowBee
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Post by: Monica on August 10, 2016, 06:22:54 PM
Hello, I am Monica. I started learning about Buddhism a few years back and shortly after attempted a meditation practice. The reading and the studying remained steady but the meditation was on and off for years. More recently, I have started a more committed practice. I am sitting daily now, practicing mindfulness of breath.

A funny story. While listening to a talk by Jack Kornfield, he said that once Ajahn Chah had told a lady who was a serious student and claimed that she didn't meditate because he didn't have the time, that so much studying without doing the practice was like raising chickens and picking their shit instead of the eggs. That not only made me laugh but also launched me into action.  ;D

I have been lurking in this forum for some time. I am happy to introduce myself. Hello everyone.
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Post by: mdr on August 11, 2016, 09:15:25 PM
Hello, I am Monica. I started learning about Buddhism a few years back and shortly after attempted a meditation practice. The reading and the studying remained steady but the meditation was on and off for years. More recently, I have started a more committed practice. I am sitting daily now, practicing mindfulness of breath.

A funny story. While listening to a talk by Jack Kornfield, he said that once Ajahn Chah had told a lady who was a serious student and claimed that she didn't meditate because he didn't have the time, that so much studying without doing the practice was like raising chickens and picking their shit instead of the eggs. That not only made me laugh but also launched me into action.  ;D

I have been lurking in this forum for some time. I am happy to introduce myself. Hello everyone.

Hello, Monica! Welcome  :)
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Post by: BeHereNow on August 31, 2016, 03:17:45 PM
Hello,

I am looking forward to learning and sharing insights here.  I've been meditating for about 10 years, and also practice yoga.  I work in the Ontario civil service, and teach yoga and mindfulness at my workplace.  I am married with two kids, 6 and 3, so life is busy but fun :-)  Looking forward to getting to know everyone.

Much metta,
Paula
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Post by: mdr on August 31, 2016, 06:42:16 PM
Hello,

I am looking forward to learning and sharing insights here.  I've been meditating for about 10 years, and also practice yoga.  I work in the Ontario civil service, and teach yoga and mindfulness at my workplace.  I am married with two kids, 6 and 3, so life is busy but fun :-)  Looking forward to getting to know everyone.

Much metta,
Paula

Hi, Paula! Welcome on board!
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Post by: Vivek on September 02, 2016, 06:03:11 PM
Welcome, Paula.
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Post by: Dingo on September 04, 2016, 10:01:02 PM
Hello all,
My name is Dingo. I just finished my first 10 day Vipassana course and will (be trying to) sit daily from now on. Questions, questions, questions... so I joined the forum!  :P
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Post by: mdr on September 05, 2016, 07:06:44 AM
Hello all,
My name is Dingo. I just finished my first 10 day Vipassana course and will (be trying to) sit daily from now on. Questions, questions, questions... so I joined the forum!  :P

Welcome, Dingo  :)
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Post by: Vivek on September 08, 2016, 03:35:13 PM
Welcome, Dingo.
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Post by: Wind on September 11, 2016, 06:34:02 PM
Hello! I'm new to this forum. I regularly practise meditation and I'm interested in sincere and dedicated practice. :)
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Post by: Matthew on September 12, 2016, 09:06:55 AM
Hello Wind,

Welcome to the forum,

Matthew
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Post by: junerose on September 17, 2016, 02:25:20 AM
Hi My Name is June and I have just found your forum and love it already, I try and meditate every afternoon whether I am doing it right I don't know, so that is why I come her for a little advise, I am also going to meditate with a couple of friends who like me need to learn how to relax, ok thats it from me for now thank you for excepting me I am so grateful :)
 
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Post by: Marves on October 03, 2016, 10:30:30 AM
Hi, my name is Marvin, I'm 31, from Philippines, I work as a Nurse. I started my journey of healing due to being unhappy and dissatisfied of my life, after researching for the solution, I have noticed that meditation is always on the topic on almost every self help, so I tried it for 3 months for 30 mins but got frustrated because I was looking for immediate results so I stopped. It was 4 years ago, and then I researched again to find the real answer and that led me to Buddhism, so I decided to fill myself some wisdom first before I start again, so I tried to practice meditation again 2 years ago, 30mins every morning combined with a lot of reading. Now I am meditating for 1 hour every morning then 5 minutes of Metta immediately after. What I can say is it significantly change my mind works, I rarely feel sad anymore, and everytime there's an unwholesome thought I can catch it and tell to myself that its not my fault the mind is just doing it's thing, same in the body, if there's chest tightness I just let it be and not fight it then it go away, well not at first but it develops after repeated practice, same for sadness. I plan on doing it 1 hour on morning and 1 hour on evening, but i work 11 hours a day, I hope I can fit it on my schedule. Cheers, May all be happy and free of suffering  :)
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Post by: Teej on October 03, 2016, 01:50:39 PM
Hi Marvin,

I'm TJ, and I am also from Philippines, Manila specifically. I am happy to know that vipassana helps you a lot. Daily practice for me could be a bit challenging especially these days living in Manila.

I was wondering if you have come across S.N. Goenka in literature? I'm not sure if you're interested but the centre has a10-day meditation course taught by him in the tradition of Sayagyi U Bahkin in Cavite. It's a structured course that could help you in your vipassana meditation. You may read more literature about it. If you find this appealing and want to take the course, you may check the website dhamma.org and apply for a course. The courses are run based on donations. Food, shelter and meditation center are free of charge.

With metta,
TJ
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Post by: Vivek on October 04, 2016, 06:07:45 PM
Welcome, Marvin
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Post by: playground on October 15, 2016, 10:39:14 PM
Hello :)

I've been meditating for a few years now.. but spasmodically.
Typically i'll keep up regular practice for a few weeks or a few months
and then something will happen, work commitments, apartment
moving, running practice etc.
Some change in my regular routine means I drop consistent
meditation practice and adopt some new routine.

But... i keep coming back to it. 
I have maintained my interest.

Currently i'm studying mindfulness regularly. 
And this has naturally lead me to practising regularly too.

so.. hello to everyone :)
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Post by: dharma bum on November 09, 2016, 05:33:05 PM
Hello to everyone.

I have been meditating for a few years, less regularly than I would like. I started with a 10 day retreat with Mr Goenka's organization in India. Then a few more 3-day retreats followed by another 10 day retreat.

Now I meditate when I get a chance, usually when I commute by train. I'm not sure I do textbook Vipassana - it's more of a hodge-podge of various things I've read - centred around watching breath, sensations and some ideas from here and there.
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Post by: BeHereNow on November 09, 2016, 08:56:50 PM
Welcome, Dharma Bum and Playground!  Fun names :-)
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Post by: dharma bum on November 10, 2016, 03:08:23 AM
Thank you BeHereNow.
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Post by: Jsker on November 14, 2016, 02:04:27 AM
Hi All,

My name's John and I'm from Melbourne, Australia. I've been attracted to the teachings of the Buddha since I was a teenager (I'm 37 now), though only starting practicing vipassana in the last 2 years. I initially discovered vipassana online through IMC/Gil Fronsdal's teachings, and have since undertaken two 10 day Goenka courses.

It's great to find a forum such as this one and i look forward to learning/sharing/discussing with you all.

Peace out
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Post by: playground on November 14, 2016, 05:34:42 AM
Hi All,

My name's John and I'm from Melbourne, Australia. I've been attracted to the teachings of the Buddha since I was a teenager (I'm 37 now), though only starting practicing vipassana in the last 2 years. I initially discovered vipassana online through IMC/Gil Fronsdal's teachings, and have since undertaken two 10 day Goenka courses.

It's great to find a forum such as this one and i look forward to learning/sharing/discussing with you all.

Peace out

Hi John,   

welcome :)

Did you have a history of meditation before going on your first 10 day retreat ?...
or did you jump in at the deep end ?

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Post by: Vivek on November 15, 2016, 04:26:21 PM
Hello John, Dharma  Bum and playground. Welcome to the forum.
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Post by: Jsker on November 16, 2016, 10:50:32 AM
Thanks Playground and Vivek.

I'd been sitting more or less daily for about 6 months before the first retreat, but would often fall asleep after about 15 minutes! So yeah, it felt like the deep end  :)

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Post by: playground on November 16, 2016, 11:24:03 AM

I'd been sitting more or less daily for about 6 months before the first retreat, but would often fall asleep after about 15 minutes! So yeah, it felt like the deep end  :)

Well...  i guess...  in our regular lives,
most of us do 30 minutes, or maybe an hour, ... or maybe 2.
So to  go from that to 10 hours a day... it's quite a leap. :)
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Post by: Acoustical Pyramid on November 19, 2016, 06:24:22 PM
Hello, my name is Jeff Hutchens. I am a musician and computer programmer who has sought peace of mind through meditation since childhood. Thank you for accepting me into your community. For the past year I've worked on a project of creating meditative sounds by reverse engineering the pyramids in Egypt. Through guidance of spirits and a dear friend who studied Egypt since the 90s, we produced some music that has become my life's work. Now more than ever I meditate and seek peace. Thank you for your time and acceptance.
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Post by: Middleway on November 19, 2016, 10:29:35 PM
Welcome to the forum Jeff. May you find peace and joy!
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Post by: playground on November 20, 2016, 11:43:11 AM
Hello, my name is Jeff Hutchens. I am a musician and computer programmer who has sought peace of mind through meditation since childhood. Thank you for accepting me into your community. For the past year I've worked on a project of creating meditative sounds by reverse engineering the pyramids in Egypt. Through guidance of spirits and a dear friend who studied Egypt since the 90s, we produced some music that has become my life's work. Now more than ever I meditate and seek peace. Thank you for your time and acceptance.

Hi Jeff

Welcome !

I'd like to take the bait, if i may. 
Is there a sample of your music available on soundcloud or youtube or else where  ? 
If so, would you be happy to  share a link ?

best wishes  :)
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Post by: Vivek on November 21, 2016, 05:33:14 PM
Hello, Jeff. Welcome.
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Post by: cmason on December 06, 2016, 08:06:12 PM
Hi guys! My name is cmason and I'm a web / mobile developer. I've recently picked up meditation and slow working on it everyday. My job is sometimes stressful and meditation / breathing exercises have really helped me out with getting through my tasks and overall day. I like to meditate in the morning, throughout the day, and in the evenings.

Thanks for accepting me into the community! :)
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Post by: splinter on December 06, 2016, 10:36:20 PM
Hey everyone,

I've meditated two years ago for a while and had this sudden feel of peace. I saw a white little light and it opened.
After that I had stopped meditating because I didn't believe what I saw and I became crazy. After a year and a half of recovery I started doing it again
and saw colors and people while meditating. I went to doctors (of course) and been on medication for the past two years.
I came to this forum for answers that are of spiritual meaning, since I've seen a lot of doctors already. I'll post my experiences and questions in the right thread.

I hope I can learn a lot from you.

Friendly greetings
Splinter
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Post by: Vivek on December 07, 2016, 02:42:37 PM
Welcome to the forum
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Post by: kcarneglia on December 14, 2016, 09:06:58 PM
Hello! My name is Kevin, and I have been practicing meditation on and off for 3-4 years, as well as reading about meditation and related subjects. While I like to think I have a pretty solid understanding, I also believe that I can always learn something from someone else , an article, etc. Please feel free to message me here or privately if you want to discuss anything and/or exchange information. I love to learn and will also make myself available to help others if they wish. Nice meeting everyone.
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Post by: Sea Spray on December 14, 2016, 09:43:02 PM
Hi to all,

I am from Melbourne and a child of the sea as my name would suggest. Though far from new to this world I am relatively new to meditation, though to be honest, it does seem to come fairly naturally to me. It is my pleasure to become a part of your discussion group and I hope I can make some positive contributions along the way, even with my limited experience.
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Post by: lexandrius on December 24, 2016, 12:42:33 PM
Hello All,

4-5 years ago I started with meditation. Back then (not that long ago) and even now, meditation is by many regarded as a rather strange thing to devote your time to.
Just to say that it is hard to find like-minded people outside of sangha's. That's one of the reasons for joining this forum.

One of the struggles I'm having at this point is being present and sitting regularly. As we live in the 21st century, a very hectic, sense-stimulating and even overwhelming time.

I find the teaching of the Gautama Buddha (sutta's) very inspiring and thought-provoking as these teaching are ~2500 years old and still bear fruits in this day and age.

May you all progress well on the path of Dhamma,

Metta,

Lex
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Post by: Vivek on December 28, 2016, 03:46:11 PM
Welcome to all new members.
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Post by: deeps on January 02, 2017, 04:36:34 AM
Hi everybody,i am deep from india working as a maths teacher.i have been maditating for one year on breath.but i get a lot of dreams at night and if i do maditation at night i am not able to sleep at all.pl guide me how to improve my practice.
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Post by: chonghe on January 08, 2017, 03:32:33 AM
Hi All,

I am from Malaysia and I have meditated on and off since 2015. Recently becomes more regular. Guess I would explore the forum thread first before asking any question.

Btw thanks moderator for accepting my registration.
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Post by: Middleway on January 08, 2017, 07:24:23 PM
Welcome Deeps and Chonghe to the forum. Deeps, you might want to ask the question in a new post so that we can answer. This thread is primarily for introductions.
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Post by: Vivek on January 15, 2017, 04:41:48 PM
Hello, Deeps and Chonghe. Welcome.
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Post by: bejdavies on January 16, 2017, 04:06:18 PM
Hey guys, I'm new here. I want to learn about how spirituality and mindfulness is related to diet and biochemistry. I hope I find some interesting discussions!

bejdavies
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Post by: Vivek on January 16, 2017, 04:17:00 PM
Welcome, bejdavies
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Post by: Harry on January 16, 2017, 04:55:41 PM
Hello everyone!

I am from England and I was drawn to Vipassana meditation after going through some difficult times several years ago. Life can have a strange way of taking you to exactly where you need to be - the right place, right time and perfect circumstances led me down this beautiful path and I haven't looked back. I am a completely different person and hope to spread some of the joy that I am lucky enough to be blessed with.

Life is full of challenges and I believe that through meditation we can really establish ourselves and develop strong roots. With this grounding it is much easier to face these challenges that life throws at us.

The journey has been interesting and recently my partner and I established an online blog and mindfulness shop - ...

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... and whilst I do not want to push any commercial venture in this forum, our shop ...

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So Hello everyone! It is lovely to be a part of this forum and I look forward to learning from all of the wonderful people that make up this community. I hope (fingers crossed) that I might be able to contribute and help others also.

Love and Happiness
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Post by: Matthew on January 19, 2017, 06:27:11 AM
Harry,

I have taken the following actions:

1. Deleted references to your shop from the above post and your forum signature.

2. Changed your "display name" on the forum which was the URL of your shop to your name, Harry.

You will still log on with your username as you registered. You state you "do not want to push any commercial venture in this forum" yet the things I have changed were doing exactly that. We do not allow commercial activity on this forum at all. This is perfectly clear in the user agreement and terms of service you signed up to on joining.

Don't push your commercial venture please. There is a level of self deception in the way you have behaved here.

It is good you have discovered meditation and that it has impacted your life so strongly. Yet to join a forum that is very plain in not allowing commercial promotion, to state you don't want to do that, yet to go ahead and do so anyway shows you have much to learn.

Your participation as a member of this community - on the same terms as everyone else - is welcome. You are welcome here. Commercial promotion is not.

Kind regards,

Matthew
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Post by: Slfdevelopment on March 22, 2017, 08:52:47 AM
Hi  im 35 year old man from Norway!

My meditation Journey started already in kindergarden. So well over 30- 32 years of experience.  I had alot of long dreams about 5 persons life, that i remembered when i woke up.  I somehow identifyed myself With the persons from the dream. And without knowing what past lifes, selfregression or meditation was. I woke up in the mornings and closed my eyes and went deep within my mind for digging for more information and memmories.  This became a daily habbit. This was a scarry periode of my life becouse i didnt have any conversations With anyone about this.
But i grow older and in the beginning of primary School i started to seach for information in books about meditations and past life. I remembered the first time i read about self regression meditations. I was shocked when i understod that i knew most of it already. I also got naturly lucid dreams at that time. But i started altso to read and practising lucid dreaming. This altso brought me  abit later to mindfullness, chakra meditations etc and mental training. When youtube came the first Word i seached for was meditation. And i started to daily watch and listen to guided meditations of different guidens. I still kept all this for my self. I didnt tell anyone about my jouney before i got alot older. I started to read about Buddism etc too. Finding inspiration in all genres. I have experienced alot of weird Things in life With senses etc too. I must say that i have never tutched any form of druggs on my path. Witch i often hear People use as a tool to enlightment.  well.. peace
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Post by: abrecan on March 26, 2017, 02:10:46 PM
Hello all, I've been meditating for the past 7 years now, having done Zazen, yoga, and just sitting, and having been fortunate to meet some present people who have done retreats. I am about to do my first Vipassana 10 day retreat in a few days.
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Post by: Vivek on March 26, 2017, 04:11:10 PM
Welcome to all the new members. Please ensure you read the forum rules thoroughly.
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Post by: Ben-meijer on March 26, 2017, 06:05:48 PM
Dear all,

My name is Ben Meijer, I'm a therapist in the Netherlands. I spent my life on personal development, helping others and myself, dealing with misery every day. I'm experienced with EFT, TAT, etc.

I recently did my third vipassana. All three did a lot, and now I want to integrate, understand and share. I'm in the proces of creating videos about 1) my experience, 2) tips 3) what you can expect if you take a 10 day course. 4) who I am to comment on the proces. 5) bigger picture...

I come here to read and learn, maybe add my reflections.

Kind Regards
Ben
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Post by: Matthew on March 27, 2017, 05:48:16 PM
Welcome Ben.
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Post by: Vishal on April 04, 2017, 10:50:07 PM
Hi Friends,

I am a fellow meditator and a seeker, my name is Vishal from India and am living in New Zealand now. I have been doing Vipassana meditation from last 6 years in the tradition of S N Goenka ji and Sayaji Uba khin of Myanmar. I am very fortunate to come across the teachings of the Buddha and bring it in life at the experiential level.  Since the childhood I was keen about the Buddha and his life but it was Goenkaji who introduced me and many others in India to Buddha's real teachings.

I am full of gratitude towards all the masters, monks and the Sangha to keep the true teachings and practice of the path in its actual form. I read a lot from accesstoinsight and have Facebook page where I try and spread message of Buddha.

I am looking forward to read good information and add value in any way possible in this forum.

Thanks to the administration to let me join your group.

May you all be happy, peaceful and liberated...

Many Thanks

Vishal
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Post by: ZenBeliever2 on April 05, 2017, 09:38:34 AM
Hello :)

I'm glad to be here. I'm interested in such topics as relaxation and meditation (and all topic related to it).

I hope that I can get a chance to become an energetic member of this forum community (share my opinions, get to know yours, et cetera).

Best wishes to you all :)
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Post by: Matthew on May 05, 2017, 05:04:24 PM
Welcome to the forum guys. Just snuck in before we closed to new members for a while. Look forward to your contributions :)