Meditation question

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sangyey
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Meditation question

Postby sangyey » Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:33 pm

Hi,

I am just wondering if it is okay to meditate with your eyes closed? I recieved instructions on meditation where I was instructed to leave them half open but I find for such things as loving-kindness meditation I prefer eyes-closed. I am just wondering is that's okay?

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Re: Meditation question

Postby bodom » Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:44 pm

Of course its ok. If you find yourself becoming sleepy with eyes closed just open them as usual. Find and use what works best for you.

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

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Re: Meditation question

Postby Goofaholix » Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:16 am

It's much more common to meditate with your eyes closed, though eyes open can be a good antidote for sleepiness.

The trouble with the eyes half open idea is that it takes a bit of attention to maintain the eyelids just right, attention that would probably be better put on the meditation object.
"Right effort is effort with wisdom. Because where there is wisdom, there is interest. The desire to know something is wisdom at work. Being mindful is not difficult. But it’s difficult to be continuously aware. For that you need right effort. But it does not require a great deal of energy. It’s relaxed perseverance in reminding yourself to be aware. When you are aware, wisdom unfolds naturally, and there is still more interest." - Sayadaw U Tejaniya

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Re: Meditation question

Postby sangyey » Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:19 am

Thank you.

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Re: Meditation question

Postby Paul Davy » Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:11 am

Greetings,

Goofaholix wrote:The trouble with the eyes half open idea is that it takes a bit of attention to maintain the eyelids just right, attention that would probably be better put on the meditation object.

Agreed. Also, if you've got your eyes closed, the question of (the volitional act of) blinking is taken out of the equation which is good (unless of course you specifically want to observe it).

Metta,
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“I hope, Anuruddha, that you are all living in concord, with mutual appreciation, without disputing, blending like milk and water, viewing each other with kindly eyes.” (MN 31)

What is the final conviction that comes when radical attention is razor-edge sharp? That the object of the mind is mind-made (manomaya). (Ven. Ñāṇananda)

"If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 50 years ago, a liberal 25 years ago and a racist today." (Thomas Sowell)


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