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Some things have recently happened that have given me the insight of how I will probably feel when I am on my death bed dying Lol
And I have decided that truly what lays at the heart of my life and meaning is finding out "What the heck is going on here!"
I am planning to check out places like Gyobutsuji Zen Monastery & Sanshin Zen Community both of which are in America for Zen practice.
For Theravada most likely continue with Ajahn Chah places but maybe take in a Mahasi or Pa Auk associated center or do the big trip to Burma! Who knows!
Maybe even check out the famous Chogyal Namkhai Norbu!
All in all I wanted to thank the great community here. I may be back some day! But for now I really want to get to the heart of it all as I know that's where it is for me.
Be well everyone! :namaste:
Many of us know about places of intensive meditation and practice.
On the Zen side places like Antai-ji in Japan & Gyobutsuji Zen Monastery in America come to mind.
For Theravada, Panditãrãma or Pa Auk Forest Monastery.
I am curious what are the longest stretches of intense meditation you have heard and also completed yourself!
It can be a folk story or true.
I am having a hard time finding the information now but one of the longest periods of meditation I have heard of is the 100 day Sesshin! I guess it all depends on the time-table of each day but if it is a standard Sesshin that would be beyond intense.
For myself I had a period a few years back while watching a property. I would do some simple chores and then walk over to a close park and sit. I probably was sitting around 7-10 hours a day and I think the period was about a month and a half or two.
I had a point were I had an incredible absorption/mystical experience. Almost like a powerful psychedelic experience although it was totally clear and there was no background feelings.
In it I experienced what felt like the massiveness of Samsara and were I was and had developed so far. Also seemed I had taken Bodhisattva vows in the past as I was experienced as a Bodhisattva. The interesting thing is at this time I was practicing very intensely on the Theravada perspective and so hadn't thought about Bodhisattvas in a long time to my knowledge lol
It was a very powerful experience.
My mother has been visiting me for the last few weeks, and together we were looking through an old Osho darshan book, detailing the meetings that sannyasins had with Osho... these were basically one-on-one conversations with a small audience, a chance to ask personal questions. We were looking at the photographs and I noticed a beautiful young woman, and my mother remarked "all the people who came there were beautiful, they were innocent".
It struck me later while thinking about Buddhists that I had met that many people on the spiritual path have a special quality. Perhaps the mere fact that they have gone looking in spiritual places attracts a certain kind of person, someone with a kind of gentleness, sensitivity and purity. Sometimes they surprise you...
What have your experiences been with the kind of people on the spiritual path?
I have seen/talked to various people from Thai Forest practitioners, Abbot of Gyobutsuji Zen Monastery in America, Catholic Lay Apostlates, Carthusians, Yogis, etc.
Loving kindness, humbleness, and an expanse/openness that is hard to explain is usually a tell-tale sign of all walking the path in a true and earnest way.
Polemics can screw anyone up though I think.
A lot of beautiful souls out there
I practice vipassana and metta, loving-kindness meditation. Mostly I've been reading from Theravada website 'access-to-insight', but I have been devouring anything that I can get my hands on... a little from Zen, some from Tibetian... and a few other different flavours. I'm loving researching it all. But my retreat will be Vipassana x
I hope it goes great, Access-To-Insight is a great site! If you ever want some Zen material I would check out Gyobutsuji Zen Monastery or Sanshin Zen Community. Both are in America.