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  1. I’ve read and heard about our constructed sense of our selves. The problem I have with this is what is this “awareness”? What else has this? Do only humans have it? Are other animals totally unaware?

  2. Andy says:

    Buddhism is a damn cult that kills the drive of men for anything but sitting around all day and being a parasite to everyone else. Its a depressing death cult that rejects life itself and this whole article reads like something Lisa Simpson would have wrote after he discovered Buddhism as some exotic new hobby and pseudo-philosophy to describe some of her feeeeeelings. This whole act with Buddhism is just as the whole “Islam is Peace” Garbage prior to 9/11, when everyone forgott about the Ottomans the way people forgott about Imperial Japan and Pearl Habor. Its Bullshit like this that gives big credit to the whole VirginTOWS mockery of this pseudo-movement. Have fun sitting around and shedding your ego with a fleshlight.

    1. barbarossaa says:

      lol wow someone’s triggered.

    2. Peesh says:

      You seem miserable.
      Have you ever thought of looking into Buddhist philosophy?

      1. Andy says:

        You sound like a jehovas wittness handing out leaflets.

    3. Peter says:

      Andy also poops.

    4. Peter says:

      The post reminded me of a loose cannon, a mind undisciplined firing everywhere. First shot – Buddhism, then the cannon pivots round on its base. Second shot to Islam and 911. As the cannon backfires it shifts position again. Third shot at Japan and Pearl Harbor. A useful study into the nature of mindfulness by the wake of its absence.

    5. Andy says:

      Are you people going insane? Buddha had a violent Follower, Vajrapani, who threadend and killed those who rejected what Buddha defined as happyness and peace of the mind. Its the same garbage that in later generations manifested itself as communism and to use it as some sort of shell to describe lazyness sitting around jokeing a flashlight is worse then pathetic. So fuck your buddhism.

  3. Jessire Nagy says:

    ♂ Another type of concentration based meditation is called by an Indian term: “dharana.” To practice dharana one concentrates on a single point, much like when one focuses on a target board for archery, shooting, etc., while absoluteley FORCING thoughts & emotions out of the concentration. When closing the eyes, you “tunnel vision” your focus by staring at an imaginary micro dot in the center of the black canvas of your inner eyelids. The smaller the point, the deeper the concentration. With the eyes open it’s called by an Indian term: “trataka.” I practice this when walking on the sidewalks & just “tunnel vision” my focus on space. Practicing dharana/trataka with a mantra makes the practice extra efficient, for example, mentally reciting: “concentrating.” These techniques actually help you become a genius. Although not many will get to the higher realms of meditation because not many can dedicate themselves to celibacy. You’re generative riches actually enhances concentration. Ejaculation causes fatigue & craving for sense desires, such as food & other activities. You can also use a visualization to focus on intently to enhance the practice. ♂

  4. Jessire Nagy says:

    It’s also an accumulative process. Some try it do it for 20 minutes once a week, or something like that, then they quit due to a skeptical impression. You actually have to do it every single day to gain the real results. There are strict regiments you also have to apply to gain the full effects. Celibacy is a form of concentration that many can not endure. There are other techniques, such as tantra, to apply to the burden of sexuality – antithetical to the cerebral, but it is highly impractical to learn & causes more loss than gain.

    1. Peter says:

      The Buddha said that if there was another drive as strong as the sex drive to bring under control he should never have achieved enlightenment.

  5. Jessire Nagy says:

    ♂ A suggestion to stardusk & others on the path: Investigate kasina meditation – a form of trataka. ♂

  6. Jack Wooster says:

    An excellent article. It covers a lot of ground in a quite a small space. TheBuddha was quite the lad in his youth, got married, had a son, but then he went his own way and never looked back.

  7. Interesting. While I don’t feel particularly attracted to buddhism (I really like to over-indulge in what gives me joy, moderation be damned haha) I will give shamata and vipassana a try to explore its practical applications.

  8. Anotherjim says:

    A few comments based on my own experience of meditation:

    I’m not convinced that mindfulness will assist men in deflecting sexual desire. I would like to see some data regarding this, not just assertions. My skepticism is based on the behavior of those who engage in this kind of practice. I have not noticed that they are, in fact, more free of these drives than those who do not engage in concentration practice. There are celibates who do not practice concentration. In addition, there are well known scandals regarding some who have practiced this and gotten sexual gratification on the side. This has gone on for centuries; it is in the folklore of traditional Buddhist countries.

    There is a growing critique of mindfulness in the west which, I think, is relevant here. The critique is that mindfulness by itself simply increases one’s ability to concentrate. That is why businesses are encouraging people to engage in these kinds of practice; because it will make you a better employee, more focused on your work and more docile to authority. But by itself, mindfulness does not generate insight.

    Regarding shamata (sometimes known as calm abiding), these kinds of practices also have a history of mixed results. Zen meditation can be looked at as a type of calm abiding; yet in WW II Japanese Zen enthusiastically embraced the Imperial Project. This is well documented. I realize that the poster is presenting from the Theravada tradition and that makes a difference. But I’m not convinced that the difference is such as to make the Zen example irrelevant. For example, there are hyper-nationalist monastics in both Sri Lanka and Burma. Presumably they meditate, but it has not made them calmer.

    Male sexual desire is often stimulated by visual appearances, such as seeing a physically enticing person. There follows a cascade of reactions such a dilated pupils, a shift in breath, fantasies in the imagination. The question is, do these types of meditation deflect or interrupt the cascade of reactions that happen upon erotic sensory stimulation? From my observation I am not convinced that by themselves they accomplish this task. They may assist, but by themselves, on their own, it seems unlikely.

    1. Jack Wooster says:

      My understanding of meditation is that it will not stop sexual desire arrising either spontaniously or in response to a stimulus such as a physically enticing person, such a change would need a rewiring of the brain or a change in it’s chemical make-up. The practice of mindfulness merely enables you to observe these reactions arise and with detachment watch them fade again rather than being ‘in’ them as they occur.

  9. borabosna says:

    I have been a Buddhist and seriously and regularly meditated for 2 years in the past. I would recommend against it. I’ve had all the “experiences” Buddhist scriptures describe, like “kensho” hundreds of times. I’ve attended week long meditation retreats at a Soto Zen temple, observed and talked to Japanese monks who have meditated for 40 years, and even got the “lay precepts” ceremony. I was seriously contemplating going to Japan to a monastery.

    After that I started questioning it. The so-called “benefits” of meditation were really not there. Those who meditated for 40 years were in no way different and had not gained any insight into anything. They just wasted a lot of time, staring at a wall, trying very hard not to fall asleep during meditation like the monk I always sat next to, and gained a lot of leg injuries. At some point I stopped meditating and I was not “lacking” anything. Just like billions of people who do not meditate. I’ve also looked into the research, such as James Austin’s “Zen and the Brain” and found it to be full of confirmation bias and other biases. Other physiological benefits of meditation expressed in other studies were either too small or did not justify the amount of time and effort put into meditation. Enlightenment is a faith based practice.

    I am not here to argue with any of you guys, convince you or tell you what to do. As a fellow MGTOW I thought I should share my experience and you can do with it what you will.

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