Meditation (bhāvanā)
Subtopics: Meditation/General advice, Right Effort, Right Concentration, Meditation/Techniques, Calming meditation, Insight meditation, Recollection, Postures, Meditation retreats, Meditation/Results, Meditation/Unusual experiences, Long-term practice
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Metta Retreat, Session 2Ajahn Pasanno – Sep. 10, 2008

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2. “What happens when someone carefully builds the fire, but it turns into a forest fire–uncontrollable–and the person experiences mania, delusions, and paranoia? What is the spiritual treatment?” [Mental illness] [Delusion] // [Precepts] [Association with people of integrity] [Generosity] [Becoming] [Medicinal requisites] [Thai] [Work]

Quote: “One of the first spiritual treatments is to get them to stop meditating.” [Meditation]

Recollection: Ajahn Pasanno learned by experience that meditation is not a panacea. [Ajahn Pasanno] [Meditation] [Wat Pah Nanachat]


Questions and Answers with Dharma Realm Buddhist UniversityAjahn Pasanno – Nov. 18, 2014

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21. “How do you not objectify this awareness?” [Knowing itself] [Mindfulness] [Proliferation] // [Four Noble Truths] [Suffering] [Relinquishment] [Investigation of states]

Quote: “If you objectify awareness, you're going to suffer.” [Nature of mind]

Quote: “These Four Noble Truths are not an endpoint, they are something that you're internalizing and using in your meditation practice and in your daily life.” [Meditation] [Everyday life]


Jhāna: A Practical Approach, Session 3Ajahn Pasanno – Oct. 10, 2015

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5. “Is jhāna only in meditation?” [Meditation] [Jhāna] // [Right Concentration]

Quote: “Only farangs [Westerners] go into meditation rock climbing! Does he contemplate the Four Noble Trurths?” — Ajahn Chah [Ajahn Chah] [Culture/West] [Recreation/leisure/sport] [Meditation] [Four Noble Truths] [Directed thought and evaluation] [Relinquishment]


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9. “Isn't rapture and joy a sensual pleasure?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Karuṇadhammo. [Rapture] [Happiness] [Sense bases] [Jhāna] // [Dhamma] [Virtue] [Generosity] [Compassion] [Recollection/Virtue]

Quote: “You can actually give yourself permission to enjoy the meditation.” — Ajahn Pasanno [Meditation]


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19. Quote: “There are a lot of confusing views and opinions about jhāna and meditation. It's helpful to ask, 'What's the Buddha actually say? How does he put it?' I have a lot more faith in him than in a lot of what's out there.” [Meditation] [Faith] [Views] [Buddha] [Jhāna]


Suttas You've Never Heard Of, Session 2Ajahn Pasanno – Jun. 25, 2016

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6. Story: Ajahn Pasanno visits the elderly Cambodian monk Mahāgossānanda who has Alzheimer's disease. [Preah Mahāghosānanda] [Ajahn Pasanno] [Sickness] // [Dalai Lama] [Divine Abidings] [Ajahn Chah] [Heart/mind]

Quote: “That thing you learn in meditation—that you don't lose.” — Ajahn Fuang [Ajahn Fuang] [Meditation] [Liberation]

Story: A monk known for psychic powers visits Ajahn Chah's sick room and reports: "You don't have to worry about Ajahn Chah. His heart is so bright." [Psychic powers] [Dependent origination] [Wat Pah Nanachat] [Lunar observance days]