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Dear Dhamma Community
I am trying to find movies to watch that could give me insights or “good vibes” (I stopped watching “regular” movies because they made my mind agitated) but I like some of them such as:
* Dhamma brothers
* Life in a day
* Doing time Doing Vipassana
* Everyday is a good day
Do you have other ideas or movies to recommend??
Thanks a lot
Meditation, Practice And The Path / Re: concentration and awareness
« Last post by VipassanaXYZ on August 10, 2019, 06:15:32 PM »
As I meditate regularly Im slowly changing:  becoming more aware all the time or by default. ...

Mobius: observe the changes, are they for better?

Do you wake up with more clarity than before, slowly this will translate to waking up with better freshness and energy, takes time.

I can sometimes be aware of that I am seeing a dream, now going to wake up, waking up etc.
There are two ways to go about this: either you roll in the thought/emotion, or stay relaxed detached. In case of latter, you are going right and will make automatic progress.
When you go to practice at a place dedicated exclusively for a certain practice, with many people doing the practise, you will create a silent conflict for yourself, and for others. Knowingly or unknowingly.

There are audio instructions everyday, quite loud and comprehensive. Hard to ignore basically.

Any meditation practice starts with basics, you are searching for true reality, truth that would free you.

Why create this stress?

Look into why you wish to go to a Goenka centre?

I would suggest going to a Goenka centre and follow the instructions, the discipline with truth and dedication!

Meditation, Practice And The Path / Re: Numb legs while sitting
« Last post by VipassanaXYZ on August 10, 2019, 05:45:54 PM »
Tug, sometimes it takes longer than a few months of continuous practise, but it will become bearable with time.

And will clear up, dont react too much to it.

Some tips that might help: change the posture when in seated practice, example -right leg over left, and then left  leg over right in half-lotus.
Come out of meditation s l o w l y, give the legs a few minutes to wake up before getting up.

Try walking barefoot, massaging the foot with good oils (especially before sleep), warm water soaks, and ankle and toe stretches, Skipping rope will also help :)
Meditation, Practice And The Path / Re: Hello, I am new to meditation.
« Last post by VipassanaXYZ on August 10, 2019, 05:14:29 PM »
Breathe in and out through the nose only.

If you look at any traditional Indian methods, ranging from yoga to other forms of developing insight, correct breathing is through the nose only.

Breathing through the mouth is an indication of blockages and less energy, develop a daily routine-sleep early and wake up early, exercise and nourish the body with good fresh food.

Breathing through the nose might look difficult, but it is like keeping a straight back, helps to develop this habit for long-term progress.

Be well!
Meditation, Practice And The Path / Re: Being mindful isn’t enough
« Last post by Middleway on August 09, 2019, 01:27:17 AM »
Hi everyone

I’ve been pondering a teaching I heard from Joseph Goldstein where he often says.
“ being mindful alone isn’t enough, we need to use mindfulness to see what brings suffering to our lives”. I am asking if someone could point out examples of modern life  suffering and where it stems from and what to do when we see it. I Guess I need a lesson on what is suffering.

Thank you

Suffering in Buddhist context refers to mental suffering only. It starts when we become self aware (as a toddler). This self awareness (I or ego-self) and the world arise simultaneously. I.e, "we are" and therefore the "world is". Prior to this self awareness, there is no "I" and therefore there is no one to notice the world.  With this self awareness starts the clinging and aversion. You can clearly see this clinging and aversion in the toddlers when they approach the age of 2 years and thus we call it terrible twos. These terrible twos never go away although the clinging and aversion become more sophisticated. With the advent of the clinging and aversion come various other negative emotions (greed, jealousy, hatred etc.). Our world view is distorted by this primary illusory concept or construct in our mind that "we are".  Its all downhill from here.

So, transcending this primary illusory concept is called stream entry by the Buddhists. A person who wins the stream entry has the firm conviction that there is no separate world out there. With this firm conviction, he eradicates all negative emotions and thoughts in one swoop. The suffering ends here (almost). The stream winner still has a sense of self (universal-self), and works with great compassion to liberate all other entities.

When even this universal-self drops (note, there is nobody there to drop has to drop by itself), there is no entity (personal or universal) and what remains is the reality which was always there to begin with. This is called the Buddha nature by Buddhists. This is the end of suffering.

There is no personal or universal self.  Grasping onto false personal-self causes craving and aversion and then leads to all other negative feelings/emotions such as greed, jealousy, anger, hatred etc. When we are angry we suffer, when we are full of hatred, we suffer. Grasping onto false universal-self causes positive feelings/emotions such as love, compassion and bliss. From reality (nibbana) standpoint even these positive emotions are suffering. This is the right view. 

To remember the right view and to live accordingly from moment to moment is the right mindfulness.   
Meditation, Practice And The Path / Re: Being mindful isn’t enough
« Last post by mobius on August 08, 2019, 03:07:09 AM »
I can give an example from my own life; of a time when I realized suffering which I was inflicting upon myself unknowingly until I realized it, thanks to mindfulness.

I was driving in my car, coming home from the store and day dreaming about how my mother would react to something I did or failed to do that day (can't even remember what it was; proving how trivial it must have been). I was predicting that she would be angry and I'd argue with her and we'd have this long fight (that actually happens every so often). So I was getting angry while alone in my car. As began happening ever since I started meditating I had a brief 'weird moment where I become more aware of myself and the thoughts faded a bit and I realized the silliness of it:

I had been perfectly content moments ago; yet due to a wondering mind I was making myself needlessly angry, imagining an argument that didn't really exist; might never happen (and indeed it did not happen later). The whole day dream then just sort of fell apart; the anger and everything just crumbled and faded and I chuckled a little bit to myself.
Actually this was a major moment for me; one of the things that made me think mindfulness really is working/benefiting my in the long run and is worth whatever troubles it put me through.

I assume that this it what teachers refer to when saying that 'mindfulness on the cushion isn't enough; you have to incorporate it into your whole life. You have to be mindful all day long, 24/7. And eventually after people have meditated for years and years it becomes natural to do so.

I'm reading Joseph Goldstein's book "Mindfulness, Practical guide to Awakening". So far I found it very interesting though it mostly focuses on morals and that side of Buddhism. It doesn't really have any pedantic or practical specific meditation direction/advice. Like types of meditation/ mantra's versus focus on breath etc. For that kind of stuff I've been watching videos from "Shinzen Young" which has helped me a great deal.
Meditation, Practice And The Path / Re: Being mindful isn’t enough
« Last post by Mert on August 08, 2019, 01:59:41 AM »
Most of the western people -especially over 30-, who was brainwashed since childhood about how to interpret the world can't get out of their cultural shells no matter how much they engage in Buddhism. That's the brainwash's purpose after all. The most far they can go is panentheism polished by popular culture. Goldstein is one of the victims. As far as the stereotype goes, they always chase something they don't know what and make lives exponentially complicated.

“ being mindful alone isn’t enough, we need to use mindfulness to see what brings suffering to our lives”.

"Not enough", he thinks. You're bringing suffering to "your" life, what else?
Meditation, Practice And The Path / Re: Being mindful isn’t enough
« Last post by Middleway on August 08, 2019, 01:07:58 AM »

Mr. Goldstein has no clue what mindfulness is.
Meditation, Practice And The Path / Re: Being mindful isn’t enough
« Last post by dharma bum on August 07, 2019, 08:19:50 PM »
My own reading is that Mr Goldstein (I've never heard of him before) in this context uses mindful in the sense of noting.

So you're meditating and let's say you are mindful that you have angry thoughts about something your spouse said. It is not enough to note that you are angry. You have to employ the wisdom that anger causes you suffering that comes from some sort of attachment or aversion. Maybe you felt slighted and your ego was hurt. Without also noting that this thought brings you suffering, meditation is less effective. If you have been meditating for long, you would also note that this is a pattern of thought that comes often and that it comes and goes.
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