Anyone here have experience with the system detailed in The Mind Illuminated? Looking to renew and advance my practice. Pros and cons?

@Flophouse_Sam I am not familiar with that system. You might be interested in Michael W. Taft’s interviews with Culadasa on his Deconstructing Yourself podcast.

deconstructingyourself.com/dec

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@BhikkhuBeckett @anatta Thanks Bhikkhu! I'm a regular D.Y. listener but I get a bit mixed up about what I've heard /what practices can be attributed to whom (hence my questions!). I'll definitely revisit this. Thanks for the link.

@Flophouse_Sam @BhikkhuBeckett ugh, yeah that is not a good look. I find it best to dedicate myself to teachings over the personalities themselves. I remember how disappointed I was with how Noah Levine handled his controversy. We as a community have to stop elevating normal people to this higher unrealistic standard of spiritually, morality, etc. It just hurts us more when we are reminded they are still human and suffer from human failings.

@anatta @Flophouse_Sam Ugh. There’s a much needed upheaval in the Dharma community around leadership & teacher conduct. Seems like there are also rumblings in the sangha to democratize teaching & “lineage”.

@BhikkhuBeckett @anatta Sounds positive. Guru Culture is a problem. Out of interest: Does his system contain metta practice? Does he talk about love or compassion? Or is it all focus, technique and phenomenology? I'll be getting the book at the end of the month anyway. I'm sure it has value when considered in conjunction with the other precepts (right view, intention and action). I guess geeking out about stream entry can only take you so far! :-)

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@BhikkhuBeckett @anatta Apologies Bhikkhu. You're not familiar with his system. Maybe anatta can answer that...

@Flophouse_Sam @BhikkhuBeckett Metta is mentioned in a roundabout way several times but it is not a focus of the overall text. It is my understanding that there are better, more authoritative texts on that subject.

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