DeepSoulSheep
DeepSoulSheep

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Location: Berlin
Member Since: 25th Sep 2002
Total posts: 2617
Posted:I want to start meditating. I have a friend who is self taught and says I can do the same. My girlfriend went to the Dublin Meditation Centre and says that I'm far better off going there but it costs like 120 quids which is pretty steep. She is adamant that it's worth is though and she misses the place. I've heard that group meditation can be special and I also know that they teach you techniques to recognise certain things and how to correct yourself and stuff like that. I know she also did various special meditations like trying to move the feelings you have for someone you love to someone you hate and special meditations for people who've died and such and such.

Well what's the craic, I can't really afford that money but I'd hate to be missing out on something and if I'm going to take the trouble to learn to meditate I may as well get the most out of it.


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Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Warwickshire
Member Since: 27th Aug 2002
Total posts: 3136
Posted:Do you want to do meditation that follows a specific religion?

Buddhist centres normally provide meditation sessions for free or a small donation to cover the costs of the building. The ones i've been to (WBO) are deivided into 2 parts, firstly meditation based on buddhist techniques, then buddhist teachings afterwards. There's a break in the middle so you are free to leave before the second half if you are not interested in buddhism. Which is good, because there's nothing worse than religions with active recruitment drives.


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DeepSoulSheep
DeepSoulSheep

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Location: Berlin
Member Since: 25th Sep 2002
Total posts: 2617
Posted:It is a buddhist centre and is 'not for profit' I've met a guy from there before in my pursuit for 'public space' and know there rent is high because it's based in the city centre...

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Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Warwickshire
Member Since: 27th Aug 2002
Total posts: 3136
Posted:the thing about buddhism is that there's lots of sects of it, each whom interpriate things slightly differently. The main in the UK are SGI and WBO. SGI seem to be very into providing meditation/retreats on the cheap, WBO varies.

There are retreats which cost a mint, because they rent a stately home for a weekend. There's also ones at monastries which cost nothing (anonymous donation). For want of a better phrase 'shop around a bit', because not all meditation groups are the same. The cost price is also definately not proportional to quality. I guess some places target people with too much money (ie midlife crisis housewifes) and others which just want to do something good for the community.

Meditation is also kind of like poi, it's easier with guidance, but you've got to practice it on your own at home way more than you do with other people if you expect to get anything out of it. Therefore I suggest self taught, but find weekly/fortnightly sessions too, to pick up new stuff, keep you on track etc.

Also check out you local uni, at mine we have someone from the local buddhist centre come twice a week and give free 1 hour sessions. You don't have to be a student to attend.

120 quid per person imho is more than cost price to rent a hall a few times, either it's a very nice building, they are raising money for something or people are being paid.


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ben-ja-men
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Location: Adelaide
Member Since: 12th Jun 2003
Total posts: 2474
Posted:ive meditated at a few different places and with individuals, the most intense meditation sessions ive had where with a small group of ppl in the blue mountains with micheal rowland (author of absolute happyness, definately worth a read if your into personal development)

its important to go to a few different places just so you can make a comparision between what you feel (even though eat time is different sometimes you just wont mesh with the other ppl there/running it)

if your girlfriend has done the course why not just get her to show you?


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onewheeldave
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Location: sheffield
Member Since: 28th Aug 2002
Total posts: 3252
Posted:120 is too much.

If I were you I'd go to the local library which will probably have a good selection of meditation books based on many different traditions.

Then you can try the techniques on your own and get an understanding of the direction you want to go in.

It's possible to learn meditation on your own from books, some people are better with that, others need the support of a group setting.

While you're at the library see if there's an info section with details of groups that offer meditation training.


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Raphael96
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Location: New York City
Member Since: 8th Sep 2002
Total posts: 899
Posted:I do a form of meditation called zazen.

I learned it at a Buddist temple in Manhattan where they would have regular sittings for those outside of the faith.

Its proven to be a very useful technique.

Raph


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DarkDevil
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Location: St. John's, Newfoundland.
Member Since: 18th Aug 2003
Total posts: 233
Posted:To reach the goal of mediation one can't learn a process that will work. He who is true to himself, and his surroundings will find enlightenment in his own ways.

May also work for 'She' and 'Her'


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Valura
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Location: Brisbane, Australia
Member Since: 25th Apr 2002
Total posts: 6391
Posted:look for spiriualist groups in your area.. they quite often have meditation courses as a group and you wont be paying through the nose...I have been taught and now teach meditation courses myself and I have found that it really depends on what type of person you are as an individual as to wether or not a group situation will suit you...
Some people find that the energy becomes too high in a group situation and gives them headaches or makes them feel too spacey like they are not grounded at all... other people find that self taught meditation can be harder as they dont know what to expect and what the symbols or colour may mean when they start to experience the energy of the third eye opening...
Think about what may suit you... experience both situations and then decide what it is that will suit you and go from there....


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nightsdarkchild
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Location: relocated to the crowded isola...
Member Since: 10th Jun 2003
Total posts: 84
Posted:if your dedication and devotion are shown your actions will most likly be accepted. this is only one thing that i have learned form medation.

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Faberg
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Location: Dublin, Ireland
Member Since: 26th Aug 2003
Total posts: 1459
Posted:120 quid, that's definitely a bit steep for a 5 week course.

My tai-chi teacher is starting some 'Qi Gong' and 'Ba gua' workshops over the next few weeks. Qi gong is extremely meditative as it doesn't require any external motion. I'll get the details for you if you like. I'll also ask him if he knows of anywhere else in Dublin....


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DeepSoulSheep
DeepSoulSheep

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Location: Berlin
Member Since: 25th Sep 2002
Total posts: 2617
Posted:I agree it's steep. I'm gunna see if my girlfriend will teach me. If she won't agree I'm going to follow her round with a long stick and tap her on the head from behind while she's meditating and then hide when she turns round. Moooohaaaaahahaaa


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Member Since: 30th Apr 2002
Total posts: 130
Posted:I’ll teach you everything you need to know about Zen for the bargain price of 100.



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Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Europe,Scotland,Both
Member Since: 5th Nov 2001
Total posts: 3749
Posted:ill do it for 90

This is a post by tom, all spelling is deleberate
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.Morph.
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Location: Lancashire, UK
Member Since: 23rd Mar 2002
Total posts: 669
Posted:I'll do it for 75 & I'll even throw in a solid brass, mini Buddha statue, can't say fairer than that!


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DeepSoulSheep
DeepSoulSheep

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Berlin
Member Since: 25th Sep 2002
Total posts: 2617
Posted:Wow you guys are great. So far you're winning Firemorph. I don't have any spare beds but your welcome to the couch or the inflatable matress.

So when you coming over?


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Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Warwickshire
Member Since: 27th Aug 2002
Total posts: 3136
Posted:74.99. And don't forget that that includes the steak knives, 24 piece tuppaware set, suppastain carpet cleaner, 5 head mop and the wondah whizz brussel sprout chopper!

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