Meditation - Eyes shut or open and What meditation object

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Meditation - Eyes shut or open and What meditation object

Postby clw_uk » Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:02 pm

Out of interest do you meditate with eyes shut or open? What do you find works best for you?

Also who mediation practice do you use the most?

For me I meditate with my eyes closed and use mindfulness of breathing :)
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Re: Meditation - Eyes shut or open and What meditation objec

Postby lyndon taylor » Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:54 pm

My experience has been that Therevada usually recommends eyes shut, and Tibetan often eyes open, or half way open. not really focused in front of you.
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Re: Meditation - Eyes shut or open and What meditation objec

Postby steinghan » Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:42 pm

I usually begin with open eyes and then close them after 5-15 minutes dependent on when it feels "right" to do so. I am doing anapanasati (a modified Ajahn Lee version) with the air touching the nostrils as main focus point and find it helpful to glance towards the nosetip in the initial fase - and also later on in the session, if dullness should arise, it can help to open the eyes a bit - just enough to make out the contour of the nose - for a few moments. Sometimes - likewise depenent on wether it feels right - I may keep the eyes partly open for more than those few moments.

A useful side-benefit of being used to meditate with open eyes is that one can actually do "cushion-practice" at places where closing ones eyes isn't quite appropiate.
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