Welcome to the DhO Dharma Wiki
The DhO Dharma Wiki is a place where one can find detailed information regarding various meditative practices--including what they are, how to do them, and what they lead to. Below you'll find an extensive list of various meditative techniques and maps of the territory that these practices, if done correctly, will lead to.
A few things worth knowing about the wiki:
- Things in red are links that haven't yet had their pages create: if you want to have a hand in creating them, see the next point:
- Authorship is restricted. If you want to be a Wiki Author, let a Wiki Moderator or DhO Administrator know. We want to keep this of high quality.
- If you make an entry about anything that is anything other than straight-up standard dogma or doctrine, you must state that this your take on this by the following method: you will place your full, real name before your addition to the content so that it is labeled as your take on the topic so that there is no ambiguity about who the author of that section of entry is.
- As this will be a wiki with explicit authorship, adding an entry to the wiki is explicitly a claim to direct, personal understanding and attainment of whatever you are saying unless you explicitly label it as dogma, doctrine, theory or hearsay, and then you must give the reference for that or state that you don't know the reference if that is the case. Minimize the latter when possible except as something to build on or react to.
- Controversy in this is inevitable and expected. This is to be a place where the debates, complexities, ambiguities and convergences can all be seen as they are as much as possible. Rather than an attempt to say, "This is absolutely how it is, end of story", this wiki is an attempt to say, "This is these peoples' takes on the thing based on their own experience and experiments," which hopefully will lead to something broad, realistic, practical, applicable, and experienced-based as much as possible that has more depth than what is typically possible based on one author or tradition or small, sectarian group.
- The wiki will attempt to explore and promote personal practice, direct understanding and attainment whenever possible. All entries should attempt to keep this focus at the forefront whenever possible or say how this relates to something practical and useful that will make people's actual lives and this world somehow better.
Here are some of the most core principles and teachings that are mentioned on this site.
The Best of the DhO
Here you can find links to some of the Best of the DhO.
Types of Meditation
Here is a list of some of the different meditative techniques that are discussed on this site, along with related instructions. Many more may be found if you look around.
Concentration techniques (sometimes called samatha practices) include those techniques which lead to a stabilization of attention on a particular object, and then often the development of more subtle stages of concentration, called the samatha jhanas.
Insight techniques (sometimes called Vipassana practices) are more devoted to momentary concentration, noticing object after object, and tend to be more dedicated to promoting direct insights into the fundamental nature of phenomena, awareness and the like than anything else.
Energy practices is a broad category for various practices that tend to relate to discovering, cultivating and exploring our energetic systems. They may promote insight and tranquility and have other healthful effects and may be derived from a number of traditions. There is a lot of interest here around how these practices may augment or be augmented by other practices here.
There are various practices and emphases that have a much less goal-oriented and object-oriented emphasis and a much more emphasis on this being it and on taking on Awareness or the Self or some other conceptualization of the Subject as the focus of practice.
As there has been a lot of interest lately in Actual Freedom (AF for short), there is now a wiki section dedicated to its terms, practices, emphases, concepts, links, etc.
The Maps of Meditation
There are many maps used to describe the progress of meditation. Below you'll find a list of many of these various maps.
Magick and the Brahma Viharas
eBooks and Resources
Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha, an Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book, by Daniel Ingram, EXPANDED VERSION: meaning, that some DhO members have made additional links, comments, etc.
- Many of the English translations of the works of Mahasi Sayadaw can be found here.
- One of the foundation texts that forms a basis for the spirit and some of the technology and concepts of the DhO is this book, and as such is highly recommended:
Retreat Centers and Places to Practice
- Retreat Center Review Template is the suggested format for submitting a review: if you want to review a retreat center: copy the template, fill it out, and post it on the discussion forum, from which it can be commented upon and then added to the Wiki if useful.
- The Forest Refuge in Barre, MA, USA
- The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, USA
- Spirit Rock Meditation Center in CA, USA
- MBMC Malaysian Buddhist Meditation Centre in Penang, Malaysia
- Southern Dharma Retreat Center in Host Springs, NC, USA
- Cambridge Insight Meditation Center in Cambridge, MA, USA
- S N Goenka Centers
- Adyashanti at Asilomar retreat Center in Pacific Grove, CA, USA
- Chom Tong Insight Meditation Center in Chaing Mai, Thailand
- Tathagata Meditation Center in San Jose, CA, USA
- Garrison Institute in Garrison, NY, USA
- Bhavana Society Forest Monastery and Retreat Center in WV, USA
- Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, WA, USA
- Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center in Missouri, USA
- Dhammacari Vipassana Meditatioszentrum in Germany
- Lumbini Panditarama Meditation Centre in Lumbini, Nepal
- Muttodaya Forest Monastery in Germany
- Satipanya Budhist Retreat in Shropshire, UK