Some questions about walking meditation

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Some questions about walking meditation

Postby Laurens » Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:10 pm

I have been doing sitting meditation for a good while now, but I feel I want to incorperate walking meditation into my practice more, as I hear that it has many benefits.

My meditation practice is to follow the breath around the tip of the nose, I use 'Bud-dho' to aid my concentration. I understand that in walking meditation you focus your attention on the soles of your feet as they touch the ground. Is it a standard practice to incorperate 'buddho' into walking meditation also? Currently I feel it may help as I find it difficult to focus my awareness, not having done a huge amount of walking meditation before.

Does anyone know of any useful tips, articles and what-not that might help me starting out walking meditation?

Many thanks
Laurens
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Re: Some questions about walking meditation

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:16 pm

Bud-dho can be used with walking meditation but I am sure there are others here with more experiance to help.
I would essentially say you know what to do!
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Re: Some questions about walking meditation

Postby Laurens » Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:21 pm

Manapa wrote:Bud-dho can be used with walking meditation but I am sure there are others here with more experiance to help.
I would essentially say you know what to do!


Thanks. I'll get doing it then!

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Re: Some questions about walking meditation

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:22 pm

Laurens wrote:
Manapa wrote:Bud-dho can be used with walking meditation but I am sure there are others here with more experiance to help.
I would essentially say you know what to do!


Thanks. I'll get doing it then!

All the best
Laurens

I have done a few retreats in a forest sangha monastery in warwick and what you put in your opening post is essentially the advise given on them!
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Re: Some questions about walking meditation

Postby altar » Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:43 pm

Hi.
I know of a few things people do. One is labelling, like saying, "walk-ing" - "left - right," "step-ping" , or just "walking, walking, walking," or when you stop, "stopping, standing, turning," or even slower, "lifting (the foot), pushing, touching (the ground)," another approach was in addition to your soles, note each time you are at the ends or the middle of your path, and also counting, like some people do with the breath.
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Re: Some questions about walking meditation

Postby cooran » Sun Dec 13, 2009 12:15 am

Hello Laurens,

Have a browse of these references for Walking Meditation - all are on Buddhanet.net.

http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&o ... dhanet.net

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