Dorm Room?

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Dorm Room?

Postby zpweston » Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:03 am

I am currently in college and new to Buddhism. I am having a hard time finding a good place and time to meditate. I am looking for any advice. My dorm room gets way to much traffic and noise, and it's to hard to truly set aside a time. My room mate and his girlfriend aren't really accepting of it.

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Re: Dorm Room?

Postby Modus.Ponens » Tue Oct 12, 2010 3:02 am

the library? :thinking:
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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Re: Dorm Room?

Postby Sobeh » Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:06 am

Time of day alters things significantly. I would meditate in the library, they keep rather broad hours on most days. Book a study room for yourself and use it.

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Re: Dorm Room?

Postby Viriya » Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:25 am

I once saw a guy sitting down meditating in the middle of an over-crowded footpath in the Sydney CBD. However, if that's not your style...

At night in the dark after everyone's gone to sleep sitting on your bed is good, too. (or in the early morning) You might want to invest in some earplugs if the traffic noise is very bad.

Is there a monastery or Buddhist organisation near where you live where laypeople can use the facilities? Does your college/university have a multi-faith prayer room? Might be worth a look, at least to see if anyone actually uses it besides Muslims. Or, if you're happy to meditate on a pew, there's nothing stopping you from using churches which are open to the public for contemplation (if you have such churches where you live).

You could try less-busy public parks or secluded natural areas, if you're fine with that. (Personally, I'm not.)

Or acquire a Buddhist friend and go to his or her house. ^^ <- I like this idea best. Kalyanamitta. :group:
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Re: Dorm Room?

Postby Monkey Mind » Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:54 am

I started a meditation group in my dorm. Library was a great idea, too. Also, I would often sit in an empty classroom.
"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.

Sutta Nipāta 3.710

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Re: Dorm Room?

Postby zpweston » Tue Oct 12, 2010 6:04 pm

Thank you so much for all the responses. Sadly the Buddhist community where I live is minimal and 40 minutes away. It would be hard for me to take that drive every day plus meditate. So I will try the library, I wish there was some way to know who else was a Buddhist on campus, every other faith has a group except Buddhist. Thank you all again, may you all be peaceful, happy, and well.

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Re: Dorm Room?

Postby quincy_edgar_despres » Thu Oct 14, 2010 3:03 am

It is pretty important to do meditation in a relatively undistracting environment. I first started meditation in my dorm at college, but we had individual bedrooms. I can imagine it being v. hard if you have to share.

Like the others above offered, try to start a meditation club, and your college will offer you regular rooms pace. Otherwise there are probably low use buildings on campus which can offer a quiet space, e.g. the law school library, or a reading room of some obscure department.

walking meditation is also very good and you can probably find some corner of an out of the way sports field or something.

universities are pretty progressive places, and you can likely find a meditation group.

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