I am very pleased with the progress you all made during this retreat; some of you advanced far beyond the beginner stages. If you want to better understand your level of practice, then go back and watch a talk on sutta MN 111. Then you can decide for yourself how you did.
Keep your meditation going and see what happens next. Bhante says that once you attain a jhāna, you now have the capability to attain Nibbāna. It just takes some more time and sitting. Things can happen quickly once you have gotten through that first hurdle.
You may wish to continue for a few more days, and that is just fine. You can continue to turn in reports, and we can keep working together. I have another list of videos to continue with. Just let me know.
After the retreat should any questions about the practice or anything come up feel free to send an email back to your guide or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you with an answer.
You can see how important the 6R process is. When the hindrance finally let’s go, a state of Jhāna arises. The release can be extreme, or gentle. You never know. You are fully aware, and you feel very good. You notice you have no hindrances at all and can stay on your object for a long time.
But, alas, some of you thought about the process a little too much and didn't quite understand how to do this but hopefully, you will soon. If you meditate daily your mind WILL figure it out! It might take a little more time with the instructions, and that’s ok. You have gotten a start and listened to the basic talks.
I urge all of you to attend a retreat with Bhante Vimalaraṁsi for 7-10 days and miracles will happen. What you accomplished in 9 days, you can do in 1-3 days on a physical retreat. Check the website for more retreat information.
It is important if you want to have spiritual growth to FOLLOW THE 5 PRECEPTS. They develop your moral base (Sīla)-the first pillar of the Dhamma. When you break precepts, you create hindrances that will arise in the future (not to speak of unpleasant results). So the more you keep them perfectly, the better your practice will become.
The 2nd of 3 pillars of the Dhamma is Generosity. Not just money but the generosity of your heart - giving your smile away. Being kind to people. Helping people. Showing them the meditation, if you think it will help. This is called Dana. Taking care of the sangha of monks is the most common way people think about it. Sutta MN 142 says giving is very powerful and when practiced in a pure way yields wonderful results. See that sutta for more information. Or just google “Generosity Buddha”.
The 3rd Pillar is Wisdom or Paññā. It is also Bhavana or Meditation practice which is what this is all about... It is also about reading the suttas. Get a copy of the Majjhima Nikāya and read the suttas (the one translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi). You can read Bhante's books too. Moving Dhamma is a bunch of discourses that you just heard but in written form and edited. Bhante reads the sutta, and then he comments. It is all there. The book that will explain all of these concepts in detail is “Meditation is life, life is Meditation” by Bhante V. He spent a lot of time getting down everything he knows about how this all works into one book.
You can listen to talks or watch them from our website or YouTube. We even have an app for your iPhone or android phone that you can search for in the stores. Just search “vimalaraṁsi.” It is free. There is also now POD BEAN for iPhone or android, and if you search for vimalaraṁsi, there will be podcast files there. All free. Listen to it in your car through your bluetooth system or on bluetooth speakers systems like Alexa.
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So please continue and don't hesitate to send emails directly to me to ask any questions as you practice.
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Also you might check out my new book “The Path to Nibbāna” now on Amazon. It goes into all of the experiences of the eight jhānas and it is also a guide as to how to attain all of those on your own if you can’t make it for a retreat!
with Metta and hoping all of you attain Nibbāna soon!