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Postby befriend » Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:57 pm

is it ok to do more than 3 prostrations, would doing them 15 minutes longer be acceptable, sorry stupid question maybe. im referring to kneeling on the floor, and raising your palms to you heart then touching in between the eyes etc...
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Re: prostrations

Postby Ben » Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:13 pm

What are you trying to achieve?
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Re: prostrations

Postby befriend » Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:21 pm

im trying to stay more physical for health reasons. but also for spiritual reasons like cultivating humility.
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Re: prostrations

Postby polarbear101 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:30 pm

I would recommend yoga then, not prostrating yourself. Yoga will help you with meditation by increasing your comfortable sitting time and the postures you can use and by making you aware of muscles and tendons in your body that you weren't previously aware of. Also, yoga will increase your knowledge of the breath and the variability and uses that it has.
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Re: prostrations

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Re: prostrations

Postby befriend » Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:57 pm

if someone knows how many times i can prostrate i dont know if its tradition or thai customs i dont want to do it improperly.
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Re: prostrations

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:28 pm

A close friend of mine does prostrations for exercise, she also balances and other things that are on appearance quite eccentric like balancing, but she says it is really good!
she does them from standing up and don't know if it is like the Tibetans or in another way, but there is no reason why it would not be acceptable I am aware of.

Let us know how you find them of benefit and what you notice!

p.s. just make sure to protect your knees in some suitable way.


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Re: prostrations

Postby befriend » Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:08 am

thank you
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Re: prostrations

Postby Ben » Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:08 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
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Re: prostrations

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:23 am

If you want to do prostrations for the reasons you suggest, then do so. It can be a good concentration practice. You might want to the full Tibetan style prostration.




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Re: prostrations

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:07 am

There's also the way they do the 108 prostration practice in Korean Seon: I did 3000 of these earlier this year and found it to be good exercise although bowing alone didn't seem to help much with improving my humility. Nonetheless, it's a practice I enjoy and tend to think of it as being analogous to circumnavigating Buddha rupas. Mettaya!
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Re: prostrations

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:09 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.


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