reflection on death to fight dullness and drowsiness

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reflection on death to fight dullness and drowsiness

Postby purple planet » Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:41 pm

Because reading "the noble wight fold path- The Way to the End of Suffering by Bhikkhu Bodhi"
link : http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... tml#fnt-44


I read this part about deaking with drowsiness :

The dispelling of dullness and drowsiness calls for a special effort to arouse energy, for which several methods are suggested: the visualization of a brilliant ball of light, getting up and doing a period of brisk walking meditation, reflection on death, or simply making a firm determination to continue striving.


So i would like to know how reflection on death can help drowsiness ? and how to do it ?

and a mini question - where should i visualize the brilliant ball of light in my body or outside ? should i visualize it is warm also?
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Re: reflection on death to fight dullness and drowsiness

Postby bodom » Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:53 pm

So i would like to know how reflection on death can help drowsiness ?


Contemplating death rouses a sense of urgency to attain nibbana before its to late. Life is short and can end at any given moment.

and how to do it?


See these suttas for starters:

Maranassati Sutta: Mindfulness of Death (1)
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
Maranassati Sutta: Mindfulness of Death (2)
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

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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: reflection on death to fight dullness and drowsiness

Postby DAWN » Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:03 pm

purple planet wrote:So i would like to know how reflection on death can help drowsiness ? and how to do it ?

I think this reflection in beneficial with drowsiness, because the one can understand that this life is precious and fragile, and he cant spend it for sleeping, because if he dont will liberated because he sleep a lot, this sleeping is like death for him.

purple planet wrote:and a mini question - where should i visualize the brilliant ball of light in my body or outside ? should i visualize it is warm also?

In front of eyes, to brings some light to the consciousness. Also i think that temperature have not any impact, becausethis light is out of you.

PS Personaly i use some water. Just one sip of fresh water.
When i dont have a water i concentrate my mind on his own light, the "unsurpassed light".
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I'am sorry for my english
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Re: reflection on death to fight dullness and drowsiness

Postby purple planet » Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:23 pm

Thank you both

I got my full answers and in no time :jumping:
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Re: reflection on death to fight dullness and drowsiness

Postby Hanzze » Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:15 am

A short story with might make the issue a little more vividly: Ajahn Chah – In the Dead of Night
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_
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