Journey of Forgiveness with Bhante Vimalaramsi

March 25, 2018

Bhante Vimalaramsi talks about how to use Forgiveness and how to practice it. He describes some poignent memories from his past.

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Book: The Path to Nibbana by David Johnson -In audio -Chapters 1 to 4 - Audio 1 of 3

March 14, 2018

The Path to Nibbana" is read by a text to speech voice so you can listen to the book.

More on the book:

New 2018 Edition with added chapter tha dives deep into the Jhanas. " "Wow! Got your book. It is a major contribution. I already have used numerous quotes as references for my PhD thesis. I think it will really turn some heads around and help people immensely with their practice." M.J., VT

"Beautifully written like one word flows into another ;written with such clarity..." from Amzn. review.

What is Nibbana? The experience and how to achieve it is in this book. Awakening actually is possible! This new book definitely says yes, but only if you add back in the step that is left out of other methods. And only if you follow the method laid out by the Buddha in his earliest teachings. Nibbana can and does happen with practice - and in this book you will be shown the step by step progression through the eight aware jhanas (levels of understanding) to the final cessation and the appearing of the unconditioned (Nibbana); and the incredible joy that arises afterward. It will give you the instructions on how to practice - even at home at your own pace.

 

This is a complete meditation handbook with all the instructions to achieve the goal and all of the levels of knowledge along the way. And now includes full text of "A Guide to Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation (TWIM)" and the full text of "A Guide to Forgiveness Meditation."

You will learn a different definition for Mindfulness that totally changes how you practice; and about a step in the text that has been left out of contemporary practices that is the key to the deepest levels of tranquility.

Learn the basics of Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation (TWIM) which is really the practice of Loving-kindness and the Brahmaviharas from the earliest Buddhist texts: The Majjhima Nikaya and the Samyutta Nikaya. This book will guide you from the beginning stages to the highest attainments laid out clearly and concisely. Many previous students’ experiences have been compiled and researched to create the basis for this book.

Additionally, other popular methods are compared here against the suttas to see if they match the Buddha's teachings and lead you to the enlightenment.

David Johnson wrote this book based on his insights as a senior student under Bhante Vimalaramsi, a 30-year monk living in the forests of Missouri. He came from a career in Silicon Valley to learn and study TWIM for the past seven years at the Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center near St. Louis. He currently teaches Online Retreats and authored “A Guide to Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation” along with Bhante, which is the detailed beginning instructions for TWIM Loving-kindness practice. More information is available at www.thepathtonibbana.com

https://smile.amazon.com/Path-Nibbana-Mindfulness-Loving-Kindness-Progresses/dp/1508808910/ref=smi_www_rco2_go_smi_3499214142?_encoding=UTF8&%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0&ie=UTF8

 
 
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Book: The Path to Nibbana by David Johnson -In audio -Chapters 14 to End - Audio 3 of 3

March 12, 2018

"The Path to Nibbana" is read by a text to speech voice so you can listen to the book.

More on the book:

New 2018 Edition with added chapter tha dives deep into the Jhanas. " "Wow! Got your book. It is a major contribution. I already have used numerous quotes as references for my PhD thesis. I think it will really turn some heads around and help people immensely with their practice." M.J., VT

"Beautifully written like one word flows into another ;written with such clarity..." from Amzn. review.

What is Nibbana? The experience and how to achieve it is in this book. Awakening actually is possible! This new book definitely says yes, but only if you add back in the step that is left out of other methods. And only if you follow the method laid out by the Buddha in his earliest teachings. Nibbana can and does happen with practice - and in this book you will be shown the step by step progression through the eight aware jhanas (levels of understanding) to the final cessation and the appearing of the unconditioned (Nibbana); and the incredible joy that arises afterward. It will give you the instructions on how to practice - even at home at your own pace.

 

This is a complete meditation handbook with all the instructions to achieve the goal and all of the levels of knowledge along the way. And now includes full text of "A Guide to Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation (TWIM)" and the full text of "A Guide to Forgiveness Meditation."

You will learn a different definition for Mindfulness that totally changes how you practice; and about a step in the text that has been left out of contemporary practices that is the key to the deepest levels of tranquility.

Learn the basics of Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation (TWIM) which is really the practice of Loving-kindness and the Brahmaviharas from the earliest Buddhist texts: The Majjhima Nikaya and the Samyutta Nikaya. This book will guide you from the beginning stages to the highest attainments laid out clearly and concisely. Many previous students’ experiences have been compiled and researched to create the basis for this book.

Additionally, other popular methods are compared here against the suttas to see if they match the Buddha's teachings and lead you to the enlightenment.

David Johnson wrote this book based on his insights as a senior student under Bhante Vimalaramsi, a 30-year monk living in the forests of Missouri. He came from a career in Silicon Valley to learn and study TWIM for the past seven years at the Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center near St. Louis. He currently teaches Online Retreats and authored “A Guide to Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation” along with Bhante, which is the detailed beginning instructions for TWIM Loving-kindness practice. More information is available at www.thepathtonibbana.com

https://smile.amazon.com/Path-Nibbana-Mindfulness-Loving-Kindness-Progresses/dp/1508808910/ref=smi_www_rco2_go_smi_3499214142?_encoding=UTF8&%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0&ie=UTF8

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Book: The Path to Nibbana by David Johnson -In audio -Chapters 5 to 13 - Audio 2 of 3

March 12, 2018

 

"The Path to Nibbana" is read by a text to speech voice so you can listen to the book.

More on the book:

New 2018 Edition with added chapter tha dives deep into the Jhanas. " "Wow! Got your book. It is a major contribution. I already have used numerous quotes as references for my PhD thesis. I think it will really turn some heads around and help people immensely with their practice." M.J., VT

"Beautifully written like one word flows into another ;written with such clarity..." from Amzn. review.

What is Nibbana? The experience and how to achieve it is in this book. Awakening actually is possible! This new book definitely says yes, but only if you add back in the step that is left out of other methods. And only if you follow the method laid out by the Buddha in his earliest teachings. Nibbana can and does happen with practice - and in this book you will be shown the step by step progression through the eight aware jhanas (levels of understanding) to the final cessation and the appearing of the unconditioned (Nibbana); and the incredible joy that arises afterward. It will give you the instructions on how to practice - even at home at your own pace.

 

This is a complete meditation handbook with all the instructions to achieve the goal and all of the levels of knowledge along the way. And now includes full text of "A Guide to Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation (TWIM)" and the full text of "A Guide to Forgiveness Meditation."

You will learn a different definition for Mindfulness that totally changes how you practice; and about a step in the text that has been left out of contemporary practices that is the key to the deepest levels of tranquility.

Learn the basics of Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation (TWIM) which is really the practice of Loving-kindness and the Brahmaviharas from the earliest Buddhist texts: The Majjhima Nikaya and the Samyutta Nikaya. This book will guide you from the beginning stages to the highest attainments laid out clearly and concisely. Many previous students’ experiences have been compiled and researched to create the basis for this book.

Additionally, other popular methods are compared here against the suttas to see if they match the Buddha's teachings and lead you to the enlightenment.

David Johnson wrote this book based on his insights as a senior student under Bhante Vimalaramsi, a 30-year monk living in the forests of Missouri. He came from a career in Silicon Valley to learn and study TWIM for the past seven years at the Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center near St. Louis. He currently teaches Online Retreats and authored “A Guide to Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation” along with Bhante, which is the detailed beginning instructions for TWIM Loving-kindness practice. More information is available at www.thepathtonibbana.com

https://smile.amazon.com/Path-Nibbana-Mindfulness-Loving-Kindness-Progresses/dp/1508808910/ref=smi_www_rco2_go_smi_3499214142?_encoding=UTF8&%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0&ie=UTF8

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Book: The Path to Nibbana by David Johnson -In audio -Chapters 1 to 4 - Audio 1 of 3

March 7, 2018

 

"The Path to Nibbana" is read by a text to speech voice so you can listen to the book.

More on the book:

New 2018 Edition with added chapter tha dives deep into the Jhanas. " "Wow! Got your book. It is a major contribution. I already have used numerous quotes as references for my PhD thesis. I think it will really turn some heads around and help people immensely with their practice." M.J., VT

"Beautifully written like one word flows into another ;written with such clarity..." from Amzn. review.

What is Nibbana? The experience and how to achieve it is in this book. Awakening actually is possible! This new book definitely says yes, but only if you add back in the step that is left out of other methods. And only if you follow the method laid out by the Buddha in his earliest teachings. Nibbana can and does happen with practice - and in this book you will be shown the step by step progression through the eight aware jhanas (levels of understanding) to the final cessation and the appearing of the unconditioned (Nibbana); and the incredible joy that arises afterward. It will give you the instructions on how to practice - even at home at your own pace.

 

This is a complete meditation handbook with all the instructions to achieve the goal and all of the levels of knowledge along the way. And now includes full text of "A Guide to Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation (TWIM)" and the full text of "A Guide to Forgiveness Meditation."

You will learn a different definition for Mindfulness that totally changes how you practice; and about a step in the text that has been left out of contemporary practices that is the key to the deepest levels of tranquility.

Learn the basics of Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation (TWIM) which is really the practice of Loving-kindness and the Brahmaviharas from the earliest Buddhist texts: The Majjhima Nikaya and the Samyutta Nikaya. This book will guide you from the beginning stages to the highest attainments laid out clearly and concisely. Many previous students’ experiences have been compiled and researched to create the basis for this book.

Additionally, other popular methods are compared here against the suttas to see if they match the Buddha's teachings and lead you to the enlightenment.

David Johnson wrote this book based on his insights as a senior student under Bhante Vimalaramsi, a 30-year monk living in the forests of Missouri. He came from a career in Silicon Valley to learn and study TWIM for the past seven years at the Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center near St. Louis. He currently teaches Online Retreats and authored “A Guide to Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation” along with Bhante, which is the detailed beginning instructions for TWIM Loving-kindness practice. More information is available at www.thepathtonibbana.com

https://smile.amazon.com/Path-Nibbana-Mindfulness-Loving-Kindness-Progresses/dp/1508808910/ref=smi_www_rco2_go_smi_3499214142?_encoding=UTF8&%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0&ie=UTF8

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MN 73 Maha Vacchagotta Sutta- Many, many people including lay people attained Nibbana at time of the Buddha!

February 8, 2018

Some people say lay people cannot attain Nibbana, only monks.  Not true, this sutta explains that hundreds and thousands of lay people attained all of the stages of enlightenment.

So go to a retreat - Nibbana is possible for you!

 

“Good, Gotama, wait! Is there a single bhikkhu a disciple of Gotama, who has destroyed desires, has released the mind from desires and released through wisdom, abiding, here and now?' `Vaccha, not one, not one hundred, not two hundred, not three hundred, not four hundred, not five hundred. There are many more bhikkhus, disciples of mine, who have destroyed desires, the mind released from desires and released through wisdom, here and now abiding,' `Good, Gotama, wait! Let alone bhikkhus. Is there a single bhikkhuni a disciple of Gotama, who has destroyed desires has released the mind from desires and released through wisdom, here and now, have realised?' `Vaccha, not one, not one hundred, not two hundred, not three hundred, not four hundred, not five hundred. There are many, more bhikkhunis, disciples of mine, who have destroyed desires, the mind released from desires and released through wisdom, here and now realising abide'. `Good, Gotama, wait! Other than bhikkhus, and bhikkhunis. Is there a single lay disciple of Gotama, who wearing white clothes had led the holy life, has destroyed the five lower bonds to the sensual world, and is born spontaneously, not to proceed?' `Vaccha, not one, not one hundred, not two hundred, not three hundred, not four hundred, not five hundred. There are many more lay disciples of mine, who have destroyed the five lower bonds to the sensual world, and born spontaneously would not proceed,' `Good, Gotama, wait! Other thanbhikkhus, bhikkhunis and lay disciples of Gotama, who wear white clothes and lead the holy life. Is there a single a lay disciple, who wears white clothes, leads the holy life, while partaking sensual pleasures, and doing the work in the dispensation has dispelled doubts. Has become confident of what should and should not be done, and does not need a teacher any more in the dispensation of the Teacher. Vaccha, not one, not one hundred, not two hundred, not three hundred, not four hundred, not five hundred. There are many more lay disciples of mine, wearing white clothes leadingthe holy life, while partaking sensual pleasures and doing the work in the dispensation have dispelled doubts Have become confident of what should and should not be done and do not need a teacher any more,'

 

`Good, Gotama, wait! Other than the bhikkhus, bhikkhunis, the lay disciples who have arisen spontaneously and will not proceed, and the ones who have entered the stream of the Teaching and are confident, is there a single female lay disciple of good Gotama. Who wears white clothes leads the holy life has destroyed the five lower bonds to the sensual world, and is born spontaneously not to proceed' `Vaccha, not one, not one hundred, not two hundred, not three hundred, not four hundred, not five hundred. There are many more female lay disciples of mine, who have destroyed the five lower bonds to the sensual world, and are born spontaneously not to proceed,' `Good, Gotama, wait! Other than the bhikkhus, bhikkhunis, lay disciples arisen spontaneously who would not proceed and the ones who have entered the stream of the Teaching and are confident and the lay female disciples who have arisen apontaneously not to proceed is there is a single female lay disciple. Who wears white clothes leads the holy life, while partaking sensual pleasures, anddoing the work in the dispensation has dispelled doubts, has become confident, of what should and should not be done and does not need a teacher any more. `'Vaccha, not one, not one hundred, not two hundred, not three hundred, not four hundred, not five hundred. There are many more female lay disciples of mine wearing white clothes lead the holy life, while partaking sensual pleasures, doing the work in the dispensation have dispelled doubts. Have become confident of what should and should not be done. They do not need a teacher any more in the dispensation of the Teacher.

http://awake.kiev.ua/dhamma/tipitaka/2Sutta-Pitaka/2Majjhima-Nikaya/Majjhima2/073-maha-vacchagotta-e1.html

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Guided Forgiveness Meditation 20 min. as taught by Bhante Vimalaramsi with Instructions

January 15, 2018

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"An Effective Method to Dissolving Blocks to Loving-Kindness and Living in the Present Moment"

Spoken by David Johnson

From "Guide to Forgiveness Meditation" by Vimalaramsi

Apparently, in some cases, if we do get into trouble with generating lovingkindness, we can clear the runway for our Mindfulness of Loving-Kindness to take off by first learning to use Mindfulness of Forgiveness meditation.   This is an extremely powerful and cleansing practice. Forgiveness is a form of loving-kindness that really clears our mind of negative or unwholesome states.

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2016 Dhamma Discussion Bhante V and Punnaji Part 2

January 9, 2018

Bhante Vimalaramsi and Punnaji discuss Dhamma at the Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center June 2016.

Part 2 Covered:  

40 Kinds of Meditation
What is the meaning of Satipatthana?
Vissudhi Magga and it's influence
9 Insight knowledges -- Origin of Vipassana
Concentration and suppressing of Hindrances vs Allowing
Ekaggata Definition

Recorded:6-27-16 Part 2 of 2
Where: DMSC
Talk by Bhante Vimalaramsi and Bhante Punnaji of Malaysia

The Path of TWIM is explained in this book:

https://www.thepathtonibbana.com/

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2016 Dhamma Discussion Bhante V and Punnaji Part 1

January 6, 2018

Bhante Vimalaramsi and Punnaji discuss Dhamma at the Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center June 2016.

Covered:  

What is the definition of Samadhi?
What is Tranquil Wisdom? What makes it so effective - what is the relax step?

Jhanas, meditation, sutta study, loving-kindness, metta, Brahmaviharas
Recorded:6-27-16

Where: DMSC
Talk by Bhante Vimalaramsi and Bhante Punnaji of Malaysia
www.dhammasukha.org

The Path of TWIM is explained in this book:

https://www.thepathtonibbana.com/

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Brief Loving-kindness / Metta Instructions

December 31, 2017

These are the instructions for loving-kindness meditation for beginners. These are directions from the suttas adding the tranquilize step for fast and quick practice to awakening!

For more go to www.dhammasukha.org

Recorded by David Johnson

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