Thanks for the advice dhamma friends.
manas wrote: greeneggsandsam wrote:
Unfortunately due to some circumstances outside of my control, I often have to deal with a lot of background noise during my meditation, such as, people talking, lights being switched on, arguments, tv, etc etc.
Any useful tips on how to not get distracted by such noise??
I have a feeling someone might suggest walking meditation, so besides that as I do prefer sitting, especially with a lack of a flat path and some cold weather.
just get up early in the morning, say an hour before everyone else. This has always worked well for me.
Yes, I think this is the easiest way around it... I usually meditate at night when everyone is asleep, because I am terrible at waking early
This just happened to be the case I tried sneaking in an afternoon meditation when no one was home, and ten minutes in the bombs started dropping , people talking right next to me as I am trying to meditate.
and to the rest of the replies I take note that noise is something to be equanimous about, as goofaholix mentioned it does help in establishing a calm mind.
I think it was ajahn chah who once said that monks should come to the forest to get away from distractions until they are firm in their practice and can better handle the distractions of the cities...
So, until I have unwavering equanimity I think I will just try and bear it or better yet try and adjust my schedule.
If you think nibbana is better than samsara, then you've missed the point - Ajahn Sumedho