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Offline Dhammadragon

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DhammaDragon's Koan Of The Moment
« on: January 02, 2019, 06:51:08 pm »
Do people tend to overthink meditation too much?

I am new to the forum, so please forgive me if I express myself in the wrong way.
I am finding my sea-legs here.

To me, meditation is as simple as breathe in, breathe out, repeat.

Anapanasati and Satthipathana are still my Suttas reference of choice when I need to elaborate on that simple basic premise.

I have been doing half an hour in the mornings and half an hour in the evenings for the past thirty years.
And grown organically into the routine.
My feeling is things get messed up when overanalysis seeps into the practice...

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I think you're right.  I think everyone had a tendency to "overthink" their practice, especially when just starting out.  I think it's a natural response to what people encounter in practice

I used to ponder things like "observers dilemma" where in observing a phenomena tou are in fact changing it.  The practice instruction was to rest naturally in anythin g that arose.  I was thinking how could I do that, if in being mindfull of a phenomenas, I was actually altering it.  So in watching my beathing in meditation I was changing it and not breathing naturally.

I brought this quandry to my meditation instructor.  He shrugged, smiled and said "it's just a thought".

I knew what to do with that....
I don't want to sidetrack the thread, but your observer's dilemma, Chaz, reminds me of my personal koan of the moment.

I am working with Vasubandhu's consciousness-only teaching and trying to apply it to my Weltanschaung: to internalize that whatever we experience is mediated by consciousness.

Trying to refocus the way my mind perceives a situation, rather than focusing on external things that are beyond my control.
Just a bracketed comment, sorry...

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Re: DhammaDragon's Koan Of The Moment
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2019, 03:23:39 am »
If what you want to post is off-topic and will side-track the discussion, then it should be in a new thread or at least posted in a more suitable one. 

It isn't something that should be left to a moderator.  Like now.  It's kind of annoying.


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