Time in Meditation

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Time in Meditation

Postby Collective » Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:01 am

Today I received my Insight Meditation cd/pack. It's very good.

I read that I should look to build my time on the cushion to 45minutes daily. Currently, I try to sit for 3 periods of 20minutes each. What is the usual practice, do sit at one lengthier time, or say, 2 to 3 shorter ones, which added together give more time on the cushion?

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Re: Time in Meditation

Postby tiltbillings » Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:13 am

Collective wrote:Today I received my Insight Meditation cd/pack. It's very good.

I read that I should look to build my time on the cushion to 45minutes daily. Currently, I try to sit for 3 periods of 20minutes each. What is the usual practice, do sit at one lengthier time, or say, 2 to 3 shorter ones, which added together give more time on the cushion?

Thank you :namaste:
Who are the teachers on the CDs?
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Re: Time in Meditation

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:17 am

if you have a good routine you are able to stick to, keep with it!

personally I think your method is as good, if not better than one sitting, but if you can lengthen one of the periods lengthen it even if it is just 5 minuets once a week extra.
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Re: Time in Meditation

Postby Collective » Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:57 pm

tiltbillings wrote:
Collective wrote:Today I received my Insight Meditation cd/pack. It's very good.

I read that I should look to build my time on the cushion to 45minutes daily. Currently, I try to sit for 3 periods of 20minutes each. What is the usual practice, do sit at one lengthier time, or say, 2 to 3 shorter ones, which added together give more time on the cushion?

Thank you :namaste:
Who are the teachers on the CDs?

It's these: Link

Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein. They've studied under a few very well respected teachers.
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Re: Time in Meditation

Postby Collective » Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:58 pm

Manapa wrote:if you have a good routine you are able to stick to, keep with it!

personally I think your method is as good, if not better than one sitting, but if you can lengthen one of the periods lengthen it even if it is just 5 minuets once a week extra.

That's what I was thinking too.

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Re: Time in Meditation

Postby jcsuperstar » Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:23 pm

thats a good kit. (there i've said that in like 3 threads now)

one should remember to just follow the method recommended by what ever teacher one has chosen to follow or else you'll just limit progress you may have made with that teacher's instructions.
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the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat
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Re: Time in Meditation

Postby tiltbillings » Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:50 pm

Collective wrote:
Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein. They've studied under a few very well respected teachers.
I have done three three month retreats with them at IMS. They are very good teachers.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

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Re: Time in Meditation

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:31 pm

Please delete double posted
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Re: Time in Meditation

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:33 pm

If you could share your thoughts on the kit on the meditation kit thread I started a few days ago, I would appreciate your thoughts on it!
although there were a couple of questions You may be able to answer there now.


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Re: Time in Meditation

Postby Sanghamitta » Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:44 pm

People vary in this as in most things. My own experience is that any less than 20 minutes does not suit me. It takes me that long to settle down and start to meditate properly. One of my teachers said that when he rang the bell at the end of a session some people in the group relaxed at that point enough to enter a meditative state for a few minutes. He said that for those people the trick was to enter that relaxed/aware state earlier and earlier in the process.
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