Timing Meditation

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Timing Meditation

Postby oceanmen » Sun Apr 11, 2010 5:30 am

in the beginning i used alarms, then i just go with the flow and stop when i m bored
now i decide how long and do not use alarms but think/decide the time in my mind before starting
so if thinking/deciding 30 min or 25 min, somehow i open my eyes at the exact time (1-2 min deviation)
is this common? or should it be avoided since it can be an ego trap? and how do you people set the timing?
sometimes in groups we follow the lead who has a bell , he rings in the start of the session
and rings it at the end, so we dont need to think of timing...feedback appreciated

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Re: Timing Meditation

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Re: Timing Meditation

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Sun Apr 11, 2010 6:09 am

If sitting in a group, you have to consider that people have things to do or appointments to keep after the meeting, so a fixed time is best — though it doesn't have to be done by the clock. As you discovered, it is quite easy to know when the time is up without using a clock. Watching the clock can be a big distraction.

When sitting on your own, don't set any time limit. Just sit as long as you can, mindfully noting pain if it arises after some time. Gradually extend the period that you sit up to gain deeper concentration. The same goes for walking too — and don't neglect walking meditation. It is not very difficult to walk for two hours without a break, whereas it might be hard for most meditators to sit for two hours without changing their posture.

If you have only one hour to spare, then do at least fifteen minutes of walking meditation before sitting for 45 minutes. If you have the whole day to spare for meditation, walk and sit alternately for the whole day, gradually extending the periods of practice — maybe starting with half hour sessions and working up gradually to one or two hour sessions.

Venerable Ānanda gained Arahantship after practising continuous walking meditation for the entire night. Don't expect signficant results without any signficant effort.

The ability to sit or walk for long periods is not, in itself, indicative of spiritual progress, but deep concentration is needed to gain insight, and short sessions of meditation interspersed with long periods of unmindfulness don't lead to deep concentration.

If you're getting bored, then you're not making enough effort.
• • • • (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)

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Re: Timing Meditation

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• • • • (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)

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Re: Timing Meditation

Postby Ben » Sun Apr 11, 2010 7:58 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:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Timing Meditation

Postby oceanmen » Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:02 am

thank you Ben, i appreciate it
will look for goenka chantings on the net

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Re: Timing Meditation

Postby jcsuperstar » Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:18 am

สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ

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: Timing Meditation

Postby Ben » Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:58 am

Hi Oceanmen

To be honest with you, I'm not sure whether they are restricted to students of SN Goenka and Mother Sayamagyi. But you could check at www.pariyatti.org or www.dhammabooks.com. Alternatively, you could use audio files of other teachers reciting suttas. In fact, if you're not a student of SN Goenka, I wouldn't recommend them - for no other reason being that they are not easy to listen to. But for students of SN Goenka who have done multiple ten-day courses and have remember his sonorous chants from the 4.30AM-6.30AM sessions, they can be very evocative.

Hi JC

Your wife will beat you?? You better not lose your job then!
I've been using chant sound files for years now.
kind regards

Ben
“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:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Timing Meditation

Postby jcsuperstar » Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:38 am

well it's just an assumption.. but i'm not willing to test it out :tongue:
สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ

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: Timing Meditation

Postby oceanmen » Sun Apr 11, 2010 5:00 pm

@BEn: i used to listen and read the Chinnabanchon but i dont understand the meaning
perhaps it would make a difference if i understand what i m chanting...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHogPVqLmmI


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