Bhante Vimalaramsi
Developing Faith in the Buddha -Guided Meditation

Developing Faith in the Buddha -Guided Meditation

February 4, 2022

Contemplate the awesome power of the Buddha. Why? There is much merit in thinking and considering all of the powers that the Buddha possessed.

This is a 30min guided contemplation of the Buddha's qualities. The meditator should listen to the qualities and marks and consider the incredible nature of a Buddha. This will uplift your mind and someday you may be reborn a solitary Buddha.

In the sutta on Asokarvana in the Avaydana or Divine Stories, there is a Bull that is about to slaughtered for meat by an evil butcher. The Bull knows this but sees the Buddha, and goes to the Buddha and prostrates and licks his feet, The Buddha understands that the Bull is to be killed and asks Sakkha, King of the Gods of the thirty-three. to pay the Butcher his fee and release the Bull from being killed. BECAUSE OF THE FAITH OF THE BULL IN THE BUDDHA, the Buddha relates that in subsequent lifetimes the Bull will be reborn in higher and higher heavenly existences and then finally come back to the Human Plane and, because of his merit, will become a solitary or Pacekka Buddha!

Just because of his having so much FAITH. So consider the qualities and have faith in the Buddha and see what happens. You will feel the feeling of confidence and faith and this can take you into a jhana. 

Guided Meditation for Observing the Jhānas & Factors 1-4

Guided Meditation for Observing the Jhānas & Factors 1-4

January 31, 2022

This Guided Meditation is designed for Students of TWIM (Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation & the 6Rs). It was created by Delson Armstrong and is led here by David Johnson of www.dhammasukha.org.

This is led by David Johnson from Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center. We start by doing some lovingkindness meditation to get grounded. As the mind calms we enter the first Jhana. We observe all the factors spoken of by the sutta. And then we proceed to 2nd, 3rd and finally 4th Jhana where the meditation ends.

In this guided meditation a group of students was led through each Jhana and was asked to see what factors and states arise in each one. The Anupada Sutta -MN 111- maps out the progress through all 8 jhānas to Nibbana.

This meditation is based on the practice and progress of TWIM (Tranquil wisdom Insight Meditation) taught by Bhante Vimalaramsi. The way Bhante teaches the Lovingkindness or Metta is using the earliest suttas which allow progress to be quite fast.

See 6Rs and Metta instructions on the website www.dhammasukha.org.

A complete guide to the meditation the way the Buddha taught: https://www.thepathtonibbana.com/ How to practice Metta/TWIM Meditation https://www.dhammasukha.org/beginner-lovingkindness What are the 6Rs https://www.dhammasukha.org/the-6rs Bhante Vimalaramsi https://www.dhammasukha.org/bhante-vimalaramsi

MN 28 The Greater Discourse on the Elephants Footprint

MN 28 The Greater Discourse on the Elephants Footprint

January 13, 2022

Jan 9 ,2022

Mahahatthipadopama Sutta The venerable Sariputta starts with a statement of the four noble truths. He expounds by way of the four elements and the 5 aggregates.

https://www.dhammasukha.org/dsmc-zoom-group

 

https://www.dhammasukha.org

 

A complete guide to the meditation the way the Buddha taught: https://www.thepathtonibbana.com/

How to practice Metta/TWIM Meditation

https://www.dhammasukha.org/beginner-lovingkindness

What are the 6Rs https://www.dhammasukha.org/the-6rs

Bhante Vimalaramsi https://www.dhammasukha.org/bhante-vimalaramsi

MN 22 Simile of the Snake  -Jan 2, 2022

MN 22 Simile of the Snake -Jan 2, 2022

January 9, 2022

Jan 2 ,2022

Alagaddupama Sutta The Simile of the Snake

This sutta is about a monk with pernicious views. No-not Sati this time! The Buddha reprimands him with many suttas how the Dhamma could be misrepresented and misunderstood.

https://www.dhammasukha.org/dsmc-zoom-group

A complete guide to the meditation the way the Buddha taught: https://www.thepathtonibbana.com/ How to practice Metta/TWIM Meditation

https://www.dhammasukha.org/beginner-lovingkindness

What are the 6Rs

https://www.dhammasukha.org/the-6rs Bhante Vimalaramsi

https://www.dhammasukha.org/bhante-vimalaramsi

Zoom: MN 106 The Way to the Imperturbable Dec 26,2021

Zoom: MN 106 The Way to the Imperturbable Dec 26,2021

December 27, 2021

Dec 26 ,2021

Āneñjasappāya Sutta  The Way to the Imperturbable

This sutta discusses the higher jhanas and the problem of holding on to them.

http://www.suttas.com/mn-72-aggivacchagotta-sutta-to-vacchagotta-on-fire.html

Zoom Recorded: 11-28-21 Where: DSMC Talk by Bhante Vimalaramsi Abbot - Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center 

https://www.dhammasukha.org/dsmc-zoom-group

A complete guide to the meditation the way the Buddha taught: https://www.thepathtonibbana.com/ How to practice Metta/TWIM Meditation

https://www.dhammasukha.org/beginner-lovingkindness

What are the 6Rs

https://www.dhammasukha.org/the-6rs Bhante Vimalaramsi

https://www.dhammasukha.org/bhante-vimalaramsi

Zoom Talk Aggivacchagotta Sutta: To Vacchagotta on Fire (Thicket of Views) 12-5-21

Zoom Talk Aggivacchagotta Sutta: To Vacchagotta on Fire (Thicket of Views) 12-5-21

December 13, 2021

Dec 5, 2021

Vacchagota Suttas MN 72 and partial MN 73

Vaccha:

"How is it then, Master Gotama? When Master Gotama is asked each of these ten questions, he replies: 'I do not hold this view.' What danger does Master Gotama see that he does not take up any of these speculative views?"

Buddha: "Vaccha, the speculative view that the world is eternal is a thicket of views, a wilderness of views, a contortion of views, a vacillation of views, a fetter of views. It is beset by suffering, by vexation, by despair, and by fever, and it does not lead to disenchantment, to dispassion, to cessation, to peace, to direct knowledge, to enlightenment, to Nibbana. Similarly for the speculative view that the world is not eternal...that the world is finite...that the world is infinite...that the soul and the body are the same...that the soul is one thing and the body another...that after death a Tathagata exists...that after death a Tathagata does not exist...that after death a Tathagata both exists and does not exist...that after death a Tathagata neither exists nor does not exist is a thicket of views

http://www.suttas.com/mn-72-aggivacchagotta-sutta-to-vacchagotta-on-fire.html

Zoom Recorded: 11-28-21 Where: DSMC Talk by Bhante Vimalaramsi Abbot - Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center 

https://www.dhammasukha.org/dsmc-zoom-group

A complete guide to the meditation the way the Buddha taught: https://www.thepathtonibbana.com/ How to practice Metta/TWIM Meditation

https://www.dhammasukha.org/beginner-lovingkindness

What are the 6Rs

https://www.dhammasukha.org/the-6rs Bhante Vimalaramsi

https://www.dhammasukha.org/bhante-vimalaramsi

Neuroscience & the Meditation Path sponsored by FitMind App

Neuroscience & the Meditation Path sponsored by FitMind App

November 25, 2021

Delson Armstrong talks to Liam McClintok of Fitmind about his Yogi Meditation background and his discovery of Buddhist Meditation practice. Delson is a master Kriya Yoga 6th level meditator who discovers another path which takes him into the Jhanas and ultimately the Cessation of all mental activity. Neuroscience researchers do some brain scans in the Netherlands and come up with some surprising conclusions.

https://www.fitmind.co/podcast

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https://www.suttavada.foundation/

https://www.fitmind.co/podcast-collection/bhante-vimalaramsi-twim-metta A complete guide to the meditation the way the Buddha taught:

https://www.thepathtonibbana.com/

How to practice Metta/TWIM Meditation

https://www.dhammasukha.org/beginner-lovingkindness

What are the 6Rs https://www.dhammasukha.org/the-6rs

Bhante Vimalaramsi https://www.dhammasukha.org/bhante-vimalaramsi

Zoom Talk MN 22 Simile of the Snake -with Delson Armstrong

Zoom Talk MN 22 Simile of the Snake -with Delson Armstrong

November 25, 2021

MN 22 Simile of the Snake A wrong view arises and the Buddha has to set a monk straight with many similes. The deepest view of non-self in the canon may be at the end of this sutta.

Zoom Recorded: Oct 24, 2021

Where: DSMC Talk by Delson Armstrong

https://www.dhammasukha.org/ https://suttavada.foundation

Zoom Talk MN 106 with Delson Armstrong -The Imperturbable

Zoom Talk MN 106 with Delson Armstrong -The Imperturbable

November 23, 2021

MN 106 Anenjasappaya Sutta Delson discusses the higher Jhanas and the path through them to Nibbana. Many interesting questions in Q&A Zoom Recorded: Oct 17, 2021 Where: DSMC Talk by Delson Armstrong

https://www.dhammasukha.org/

https://suttavada.foundation

Delson's book https://www.suttavada.foundation/book-a-mind-without-craving/

A complete guide to the meditation the way the Buddha taught: https://www.thepathtonibbana.com/

FAQ for TWIM Meditators -Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation

FAQ for TWIM Meditators -Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation

November 17, 2021

For Beginning Instructions go to https://youtu.be/JCiVBvptZyk

Common Questions from Meditators using the TWIM system only

0:25 I have a knot in my forehead. I have a headache. Is that tension? What to do?

2:46 Related to above: When I 6R the feeling of tension in my forehead it just won’t go away! I really want to get rid of it!

6:24 I can’t bring up the feeling of lovingkindness or keeping it going. What do you suggest? 9:31 Does smiling really work?

12:16 Do you use the 6Rs to get “rid” of hindrances or how do you use them?

14:19 How long should I do the release and relax step when I 6R? a minute? Seconds?

17:57 I get sleepy while meditating- what solution is there?

20:32 How much attention should be on visualizing the spiritual friend or on watching the feeling.

21:17 I am used to watching my breath. Shall I synchronize the breath to making the wishes for lovingkindness?

22:22 I can’t really do the lovingkindness and would rather go back to breath. I used to do a lot of breath meditation and am more comfortable with that. Can I just do breath?

24:46 What if I have a lot of doubts about the practice? What to do?

28:14 When I pick a spiritual friend does he or she have to be perfect or a kind of a saint?

29:07 How strong does the feeling of Metta have to be to progress?

28:13 Once I get a feeling of Metta do I keep repeating the phrases?

30:40 I am feeling some joy now. What to do next? 33:04 I feel like my hands or parts of my body are missing. The body is very calm. What do I do?

34:11 The feeling of lovingkindness has moved up to my head. What do I do now? Starting on Breaking Down Barriers and the 6 Directions (*Progressive Instructions after letting go of the Spiritual Friend ) 37:06 How do I Radiate to the directions?

39:32 Its really hard for me to send lovingkindness to each direction. Sometimes I get a headache.

41:51 Do I keep sending lovingkindness no matter what feeling comes up? How to practice Metta/TWIM Meditation https://www.dhammasukha.org/beginner-lovingkindness A complete guide to the meditation: https://www.thepathtonibbana.com/ Available in Kindle or Paperback any online bookstore or free from DSMC website

How to practice Metta/TWIM Meditation https://www.dhammasukha.org/beginner-lovingkindness What are the 6Rs https://www.dhammasukha.org/the-6rs

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