Murkve wrote:For example: In Stoicism, a sect of Ancient Greek philosophy, practitioners were encouraged to visualize upon waking how they wanted to be that day, and reflect upon this before sleep.
There are somewhat similar instructions in the suttas. For example, AN 6.20
Murkve wrote:Does anyone know of any alternative forms of practice used by Buddhists throughout history to develop along the Eightfold Path? Or even alternative methods practiced by Sakyamuni or his Monks in the Suttas? I relish opportunities to know the versatility of the Dhamma.
There are many practices given in the Pāli suttas, such as recollection of the Buddha (Buddhānussati), the development of loving-kindness (mettābhāvanā), the recognition of unattractiveness (asubhasaññā), the recognition of impermanence (aniccasaññā), and many more. Ten of these practices are included in AN 10.60
. These and more have been collected together and commented upon in the Vimuttimagga and the Visuddhimagga.