This is probably a very silly question but I need to ask. About three or four times a year I have the chance to sit with a Theravada group. There's no guidance provided; it's just a sitting session. My only instruction has been in a Zen environment, where I was taught to keep my hands in my lap and form a mudra.
Now, in the Theravada group, I've noticed that one of the members sits with her arms extended in front of her, and her hands folded in a prayer-like position in front of her chin. Is this common? I have tried it at home and found it helps me maintain alertness, especially if I'm getting a bit drowsy. The effort needed to keep the arms raised is beneficial and the folded hands provide an object to focus on. But I'm not sure whether or not this is "kosher".
Lazy_eye wrote:When I first went to the Theravada group I asked if I needed some preparation or orientation, and they seemed taken aback by the question.
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