Collective wrote:Do you meditate with eyes closed, open, do you perhaps switch half way through?
Ben wrote:Hi Collective,
Is the purpose of meditation to enter into a "very nice sensation"?
cooran wrote:I use both styles - eyes open and closed. It depends on the meditation object, and whether doing sitting, standing, lying down or walking.
No not really. I'm practising Vipassana, insight meditation. I was practising Samadhi(?). I was merely curious as to why I'd get these sensations with eyes open but never when closed.
* The removal of visual distractions. That's one cord of sensual pleasure you've cut off for the duration of your meditation.
Ben wrote:Hi Collective
I recommend that you get yourself a copy of Ven Analayo's excellent "Satipatthana: the direct path to realization". Not just because it will answer this question you have, but also because it is an excellent commentary and manual for the Satipatthana Sutta.
Very basically, samatha exercises are those that through a singularity of focus to the exclusion of all others develop concentration, and calm, a unity of mind. Vipassana is 'special insight' that is derived from observing the salient characteristics of phenomena and will lead to the eradication of defilements. For most people, the easiest of the three marks of phenomena to observe is anicca (impermanance). Both samatha (samadhi) and vipassana are required for awakening. Both samatha and vipassana support the development of the othe.
Ben wrote:Hi Collective.
Yes, its a good idea to do both. I do both.
But many practitioners do only one or the other.
Whichever teacher or method you have confidence in, then follow those instuctions.
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