0:00 - I’m currently in stage 0 despite attempting to transition to stage 1 for years. I aim to one hour sit, not once I lasted that long, and in fact I haven’t attempted to sit for weeks. To be fair, I just came out of a long as depression and my self-discipline and motivation are recovering back from extremely low levels.
I intellectually understand that meditation is crazy good for you, yet I haven’t been able to transform that knowledge into fuel to fire up my motivation and anchor myself onto the pillow.
I guess my question would be about self-motivation, something along the lines of: how to build up the intention of sitting when motivation is in the negatives shortly after I sit. [Stage 1] [Depression]
7:51- From the perspective of the Dharma, what are the most important methods to use in communication with spouse and children? (E.g. raising children in a way that points them in the direction of Awakening, mindful listening etc.)
14:33 - Also, from the Dharma point of view, how to approach deciding whether to have a child, considering the future suffering that a new human being will inevitably experience?
20:00 - I’m wondering if there’s a risk of going "too deep" to the point where one is not able to live a normal life in society because they are physically unable to return to the state of separate self.
34:10 - Once one has entered stream entry,is there a way to cultivate moving to the unfolding path?
38:20 - In what situations you’d recommend dry insight practices(like noting) over samatha + vipassana? Is there a way to tell which practice would work for which student? [History of modern Buddhism, Zen, Theravada, Ledi Sayadaw, Mahasi, U Ba Khin, Goenka, Visuddhimagga, Daniel Ingram, Ajahn Chah, jhanas]
1:04:26 - What is the difference between the knowledge that comes from tapping into the resonance of others and the spontaneous/unsolicited occurings of knowledges and abilities we didn’t have previous sources from?
1:10:38 - If neuroplasticity is a direct result of meditation, do you feel that it may also be possible to alter the DNA in the same way?
1:17:00 - I play guitar and also sing, I have also read that you play an instrument (citara), right? What are some suggestions you have to approach on these two activities simultaneously in a mindful way?
1:19:48 - In stage 4, are strong and intense body/face movements together with an energy through the body supposed to be normal during meditation?