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Mike Kich, modified 9 Years ago.

Noting

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This is of course working towards stream entry. My mind is oftentimes seemingly pretty empty nowadays, or else the thoughts and sensations still have the somewhat slippery quality of the Dark Night. Advice for this and noting practice?
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tarin greco, modified 9 Years ago.

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the emptiness of an empty mind is still known by the sensations which imply it, and so there is plenty to work with there in insight practice. emptiness, slippery thoughts, and slippery sensations still exhibit the three characteristics; formations still exhibit the three characteristics.

if you're in equanimity stage, the most basic stage-appropriate advice applicable is to keep practising and paying keen attention, even if there seems to be no point to doing so. pay attention to the sensations that imply the entirety of experience and how they too manifest the three characteristics. there's no need to go looking for special sensations, just keep attending to what shows up. it's called 'equanimity regarding formations' for a reason.
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Mike Kich, modified 9 Years ago.

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thank you emoticon
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Mike Kich, modified 9 Years ago.

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I spent a couple hours walking around the city and noting today. What happens when the mind gets tired? I noted that when it occurred as well as the sensations attendant to that, but I found my mind tended to drift for a moment or two until I came back to noting. When that happens, which it eventually does, there's a weird discontinuity that I can't seem to follow. When I can follow this discontinuity and observe the shift, that will be my stream entry moment. Does that just come with more practice?
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tarin greco, modified 9 Years ago.

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Mike Kich:

When I can follow this discontinuity and observe the shift, that will be my stream entry moment.

hmm, i don't know if that follows...


Mike Kich:

Does that just come with more practice?

not sure what you're asking here.


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have you ever thought about sitting a retreat?
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Mike Kich, modified 9 Years ago.

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Sort of, though I don't have my own money right now to do that. Why, do you think it'd make a big difference?
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tarin greco, modified 9 Years ago.

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Mike Kich:
Sort of, though I don't have my own money right now to do that.

www.dhamma.org - free retreats.


Mike Kich:

Why, do you think it'd make a big difference?

probably. have you not read mctb?
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Mike Kich, modified 9 Years ago.

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Cool, I check that out. Yup, I have read MCTB.