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May 08, 2019


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Smith: I am not a fan of insight meditation practices. Siddhartha did dhyāna which in English is best translated by our word "intuition" which does not, btw, rely on any physical posture. Intuition of the unconditioned comes in about 1/10th of a second followed by a flood of luminosity. It's all quite extraordinary. This intuition allows you to see what Buddhism is about. No more guessing. And more follows, much more. This is also the beginning of the Bodhisattva grounding (bhumi).

In science and other similar fashionable trends, these days, anything goes:

"Going on trendy meditation retreats may be bad for participants’ mental health, a new study suggests.

An international survey of people who attended residential meditation programmes found three in ten suffered “unpleasant” episodes, including feelings of anxiety or fear.

The study by University College London (UCL) found that, overall, more than a quarter of people who regularly meditate experience such feelings.

However, those engaging in currently fashionable “deconstructive” forms such as Vipassana or Koan meditation, which encourage insight through questioning permanence of the self and the reality of sensations, were more likely to be affected."


zennist: this article caught my attention. Did you see it? What do you think of it? Seemed tailor made for a blog post.


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