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The Liberating Practice of the Fire Kasina – with Daniel Ingram

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The Liberating Practice of the Fire Kasina – with Daniel Ingram
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Author and meditation teacher Daniel Ingram speaks with host Michael W. Taft about how the Fire Kasina practice can be used as an insight practice. Subjects include: the background of kasina practice in the Thervada tradition, using kasinas to go into jhana, how vipassana practice interacts with jhana practice, meditation on the Three Characteristics, and detailed instructions for doing the Fire Kasina practice

Daniel Ingram is an emergency medicine physician and long-time dharma practitioner. He is the author of the seminal text Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha — now out in its second edition-  and also the main force behind the radical dharmaoverground website, which specializes in a brand of unusually-frank discussion of meditation.

The book Michael mentions is Theravada Meditation by Winston King

Daniel explains how jhanas and ñanas can be matched across systems in this video.

The Fire Kasina website

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  1. Hi Michael. I’ve heard Daniel speak of fire kasina before and have immediately tuned out thinking it is just too far out and woohoo. However I repeatedly get a bright round yellow light when developing samatha by any method. Recently when following one of your guided meditations to focus on mental pictures the yellow dot just stated going crazy. Starting very large and then getting smaller and disappearing over and over. Also you guided to pay attention to mental talk and I realized a mantra spontaneously appearing. The word yellow kept repeating in my mind in time with the appearance and receding of the dot . Is this nimitta? I usually transition to vipassana when I start seeing the yellow circle. Is there another way to work with this aside from what Daniel describes ? Thank you! I love and appreciate all your work.

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      Hi, Sandra. That’s a pretty common phenomenon. Kinda cool, right? However, it’s different than a nimitta, and you shouldn’t try to work with it in that way. Your response, to do vipassana, is the best way. You can observe the flow-and-gone qualities of the yellow dot, and that is insight-producing.
      Thank you for your kind comments. I’m so glad you’re finding it valuable.

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