The Real Problem with Reaching Nirvana Through Meditation

[Last updated: 28 February 2020] Do you know anyone who is enlightened? Buddha showed us that it wasn’t all that difficult – it’s just a simple process of sitting and watching the breath. Why isn’t there anyone who is enlightened today? At least I haven’t met anyone. Have you? Sure you might have read about … Read more

Are You On the Right Path in Meditation? (What Helps, What Doesn’t)

What helps in meditation? What doesn't help?

If you’re wondering whether you’re on the right path… if you’re wondering whether you need to move to Thailand or anywhere in the world and join a Buddhist temple to help your meditation, watch this video. I talk about whether moving somewhere else or joining a group will help your meditation practice. I talk about … Read more

Running Meditation – How Deep Should You Go?

Girls enjoying running meditation down a large hill at sunset.

I started out with running long before meditation. Actually, I have been incredibly physically active over my lifetime (and not always mentally active!). I started with soccer, then running races, bicycle races, triathlons, and biathlons. Lately, the last 12 years I’ve been doing more trail running than anything else. Is meditation helpful for runners? Is … Read more

Meditation at Night vs Morning – Which Is Better?

Woman meditating at sunset at night looking at mountains.

It depends on you! That’s the short answer. I’ve meditated both at night and in the morning and at all times in-between. Sometimes I preferred one time of day, and other times I preferred another. Honestly, what mattered most was when I had time to do it and when would be the quietest space for … Read more

101 Curious and Bizarre Meditation Experiences

Cover of 101 Curious and Bizarre Meditation Experiences book by Vern Lovic

I’m in the final stages of editing my new book, 101 Curious and Bizarre Meditation Experiences! This book describes many of odd and interesting experiences I had while meditating, and as the result of meditation. Just to give you a taste of what is involved, here’s the Table of Contents. TOC ForwardExperience 1 – Enlightened … Read more

Can Meditation Help Relieve Pain? Chronic Pain?

This is an email I sent to a reader requesting some information about whether my meditation books would be good to help him with some pain he was having. He didn’t mention whether the pain was chronic, but I addressed that in this note. Meditation for pain relief is a long-term solution, but won’t provide … Read more

Suan Mokkh Buddhist Temple, Chaiya, Thailand

I wouldn’t consider myself a Buddhist, but I do love visiting the Buddhist temples around Thailand. Just the other week I went to one of my favorite temples – Wat Suan Mokkhabalaram in Chaiya district of Surat Thani, well south of Bangkok by about 600 kilometers. Wat Suan Mokkh is a forest temple, Thais say … Read more

Meditation Catch-22

Meditation Catch-22 – Don’t Want the Experiences I was lucky when I began meditating. I didn’t have any illusion about what states I might reach, what levels. I didn’t study any of that, because I just couldn’t have cared less at the time I started meditation. To me, meditation was just an attempt at relaxation … Read more

Meditation and Numbness, No Body, No Self | 1998

Buddhist wheel of becoming at Suan Mokkh Buddhist temple in Surat, Thailand.

This is part of my Meditation Journal with dozens of posts > Meditation, Numbness, No body, No Self I read part of J. Krishnamurti’s book, Commentaries on Living at the bookstore. (in 1998) I also read a bit about living with Kundalini. By a practitioner of some yoga in which the goal is to release … Read more

Day 2 – Intensive Practice

Rain clouds coming at Wat Tham Seua Buddhist temple in Krabi, Thailand.

This is part of my Intensive Meditation Journal Experience – See Day 1 here. Meditation Journal Today began with rain, ended with rain, and as I sit here the next morning – it’s raining. That’s the south of Thailand. It rains more here than Kauai, Hawaii which is saying a lot. At the top of … Read more

Fatness or Expansion of Body – Video 4

[Page updated: 2 July 2021] This is the 4th video in the series of meditation experiences videos. The topic of this video is an experience that some people get after the mind stops thinking thoughts. The experience is what I’ve always called the “Fatness Feeling.” I have had this feeling often since I was a … Read more

Meditation at Suan Mokkh Temple and Thoughts on Reality

Theravada Buddhist Monks walking at a forest temple called Wat Suan Mokkh (Mokkhabalaram) in Chaiya, Thailand. This is an Ajahn Buddhadasa temple.

This is part of my Meditation Journal Experience after the Flat-mind State became permanent. Featured image above: Two monks walking to breakfast down a dirt path at Suan Mokkh Buddhist Temple in Chaiya province, Southern Thailand. What is Suan Mokkh Temple Like for Meditation on Your Own? I wandered around Suan Mokkh again today. My … Read more

Mountain Climb, Flat Mind, and a Question

One of my favorite places in the world - Wat Nong Pah Pong in Warin Chamrap, Ubon Ratchathani province, Thailand.

This is part of my Meditation Journal Experience after the Flat-mind State became permanent. Featured image above: One of my favorite places in the world – Wat Nong Pah Pong in Warin Chamrap, Ubon Ratchathani province, Thailand. March 8, 2015 I haven’t written here in a while. My foot felt OK today so I climbed … Read more

Does Enlightenment (Nirvana) Give You Mastery Over Emotions?

Human Skeletons Suan Mokkh temple in Chaiya subdistrict of Surat Thani, Thailand.

Featured image above: Human Skeletons Suan Mokkh temple in Chaiya, Surat Thani province… southern Thailand. If you’ve been following this sporadic blog at all you know I’ve not really put any priority on meditation any longer. I don’t meditate. I don’t focus on the empty state of the mind when I stop doing, stop thinking. … Read more

UG Krishnamurti and the Calamity (Enlightenment) Experience (Info + Video)

Buddha statues - art photo from Thailand

Years ago I found UG Krishnamurti’s books alongside Jiddu Krishnamurti’s books at the bookstore. I started reading and was immediately fascinated. UG came to a place in his mind without Buddhism, though it was influenced by Buddhism, he basically got there without consciously playing the role of a follower of Buddha. He sort of stumbled … Read more

Is Silence Next? (Meditation mind changes)

A Buddhist monk's hut or kuti in southern Thailand at Wat Suan Mokkh in Chaiya province.

Updated: 4 July 2021 September 2013 My mind isn’t ready to do anything. It’s like I’ve been broken. I have a very hard time creating anything now. I have a very hard time finding a reason to do anything now. There isn’t any motivation, drive, want, reason, urging, feeling, to do anything. I’ve tried over … Read more

Meditation State – I Am the Noise

The silence of my mind resembles the quietness of the Thailand countryside.

This is part of my Meditation Journal with dozens of posts > Note – This is an old journal article I wrote in 1998 or so. I don’t have the date written down on the journal entry. Sitting in the blue room at home. Meditated for a half hour. The back hurts again today. One … Read more

Breath Slowing, and Mind Stopping – Video 3

Woman meditating on grass.

This is the third video in the series covering various experiences that happen during meditation as you become concentrated and your mind slows down – and eventually – stops. When the mind stops – many experiences begin. The experiences seem almost surreal or other-worldly at times. They are bizarre and sometimes even scary. It’s frightening … Read more

Meditation Tips for Advanced Students

Divine eye abhinna transmission from Buddha to meditators at Suan Mokkh temple in Chaiya, Surat Thani, Southern Thailand.

This is part of a collection of Meditation Tips. Here are more > There are a number of things advanced meditation students are doing that are impeding their progress. Assuming you want to progress quickly through the stages of meditation and see some tangible benefit to your practice, you are always looking for new ways … Read more

A Meditation Poem

“Endless Mind…” Let me sit a while body mass dissipates leaves sponge-like empty form fingers, arms & legs all gone breath slows to stop a perfect stillness all in motion a death-like moment of lucid awareness faint dog barking is self whole room breathing self-too mind not ending no confines of body of life It’s … Read more

The Word ‘Seamlessness’ Describes the Underlying Reality

Thai girl showing seamless nature of reality, nothing is separate, all is one.

An online friend of mine whom I’ve never met came up with this word to describe a state of mind during my meditation that I was trying desperately to describe to her. It came to her in a split second and yet she insists she’s never used the word before to describe anything. Seemlessness works … Read more

Layers of Reality 6-21-09

This is part of my Meditation Journal Experience after the Flat-mind State became permanent. Today I went to one of my favorite quiet spots. I laid down and watched the mind as it responded to stimuli in the environment – sensed by one of the senses… To say I watched the mind is not accurate … Read more

Nibbana, Nirvana, or Hypnotic State? 5-23-09

A headless Buddha as the sun sets in Thailand.

This is part of my Meditation Journal Experience after the Flat-mind State became permanent. Sat 23 May 09 Without writing a book about this… I want to mention it I guess because if at some point nibbana comes despite my not chasing it – there should be a path or a succession of things that … Read more

Constant Stillness 5-16-09

Men's dormitory - second floor - shows sleeping arrangements at Buddhist temple, Wat Suan Mokkh, in Southern Thailand's province of Chaiya.

This is part of my Meditation Journal Experience after the Flat-mind State became permanent. Over the last few months, there has been this constant stillness of mind that is always there. If I stop typing right now – it’s there – instant empty mind. No thoughts. It’s funny… it’s the state that I used to … Read more

Glowing Head | Strange Dream

Divine eye abhinna transmission from Buddha to meditators at Suan Mokkh temple in Chaiya, Surat Thani, Southern Thailand.

This is part of my Meditation Journal where you can find dozens of more posts like this. This dream occurred on 5-1-2008. [This page last updated: 4 March 2022] Yesterday I lay on the floor in my room after having done some exercise outside. It’s hot here in Thailand, some days hover close to 40 … Read more

Meditation Experiences Timeline 4-21-08

This is part of my Meditation Journal (click) which includes dozens of posts. I was just thinking that it would be good for me to put down in writing some sort of timeline for the way things have happened for me since starting meditation. Often times people read this journal and don’t understand why I … Read more

Mind Stops… Hiccups Too! 4-9-08

Siddhartha Gautama Buddha in anorexic state during meditation. This statue is from Suan Mokkh (Mokkhabalaram) in Chaiya province of southern Thailand.

This is part of my Meditation Journal where you can find dozens of more posts like this. This morning I was anxious to eat breakfast. I had kow pad gai (skinless chicken breast over jasmine rice). It also comes with a baggie of chicken broth with scallions and black pepper. Really delicious and it’s my … Read more

Unsettled Feeling 3-7-08

Girl walking at sunrise in meditation on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand's south.

This is part of my Meditation Journal where you can find dozens of more posts like this. Finish the Journey, or Not? I’ve gone for a couple of months without meditating since stopping in September after realizing that the search for the state of Nirvana is not worth it. I decided that because from what … Read more

Test of Meditation 9-23-07

Buddhist nuns (magee) at Suan Mokkh temple in Surat, Thailand.

This is part of my Meditation Journal where you can find dozens of more posts like this. Anapanasati at top of Wat Tum Sua and 5? kids taking my pictures and banging the bells to see if they could get me to move and break the meditation. Mai pen rai krup… (no matter, no mind) … Read more

No ‘Me’ to Focus on Breathing 9-3-07

This is part of my Meditation Journal where you can find dozens of more posts like this. I was at Wat Tum Sua again today (Buddhist temple in southern Thailand). The weather was nice, cool and windy. No rain. There were very few people at the top. When I first got to the top and … Read more

Meditating in Loud, Distracting Environments 8-28-09

This is part of my Meditation Journal Experience after the Flat-mind State became permanent. In this video, I went over what I’ve been doing over the past few days with meditation. I’ve been experimenting trying to purposefully meditate in places that were noisy to see – is it still possible to do so. I started … Read more

What Is Jhana – by Bhante Gunaratana

This is a transcript of a video by Bhante G. I did my best. I have another page about What Is Jhana in my own words. What Is Jhana? Transcript of Henepola Gunaratana Note – please keep in mind, the following is an attempt at transcribing his exact words. It was difficult, and he doesn’t’ … Read more

16 Essential Meditation Tips for Beginners (#11 and 16 are key)

16 Essential meditation tips for beginners and advanced students.

Meditation is not difficult, but there are a hundred ways you can get off track. You maybe already know that. Most of the questions I get about meditation from beginners are about the basics. These 15 tips will put you mostly on the right track. You certainly should pay attention to them and find yourself … Read more

Is there a Phrase (Mantra) I should Repeat when Meditating?

Should I repeat a Phrase while Meditating? (Mantra) This is a good question. The main goal of meditation as you begin is to reach a place where the mind is not churning out so many thoughts. It will be impossible for you to concentrate on the full breath until your mind has calmed down a … Read more

Meditation – Numbness – Stillness – Peace

This is part of my Meditation Journal where you can find dozens of more posts like this. Meditation Journal Entry from 1999 one just finished meditating for a half hour. A fairly blank peace came over the self rather quickly (immediately). The back didn’t hurt. The mind didn’t wander far. At one point the breathing … Read more

Frustration While Meditating | 2005?

This is part of my Meditation Journal where you can find dozens of more posts like this. Meditation Journal Entry – Frustration while Meditating I sat and meditated tonight and tried to keep mindfulness of breathing for about 30-40 minutes. I was pretty focused on attaining some sort of diff. experience and so none was … Read more

Fatness Feeling During Meditation | 1998

This is part of my Meditation Journal with dozens of posts > Meditation Journal Entry about the Fatness Feeling I meditated two nights ago on the futon in one of the bedrooms sitting crossed-legged. I sat and concentrated on breathing for about an hour with sporadic focused concentration. Then I heard the answering machine kick … Read more

Divine Eye Abhinna Experiences | Anybody Have? Yes.

Something struck me the other week, and I forgot about it for a while. I just had the same experience though – so I’ll write it down. It’s gnawing at me a bit… I wrote about and did videos about, some of my experiences with Abhinna. I even started Abhinna.org because I couldn’t believe that … Read more

New Articles Section

I added a new ARTICLES section on the lower right side of every page in the sidebar. It looks like this… There are about 50 new links to articles that were buried in the design of the site before, and now are easily available. Have a look if you care to… Cheers!

Mirror Meditation | Looking at Self as Meditating

Meditation without religion at jhana8.com

This is part of my Meditation Journal with dozens of posts > Meditating on the spa in the garage today in the morning 7:30. There was an instant calmness and emptiness that existed. The mind was not much troubled by anything, nor was it following anything that the eyes saw. It was a nice 20 … Read more

Where Should the Tongue Be During Meditation? (seriously!)

A monk deep in meditation in Jhana realm at the top of a local Theravada Buddhist temple in Krabi, Thailand.

Some new meditators must be wondering, ‘Where should the tongue be during meditation?’ Should it just stick to the top of your mouth? Move with the breath? Or sit still somewhere? As I sat here an hour ago or so, I realized that usually, I don’t tell new meditators who read my books what exactly … Read more