reclining on the right side, lion's posture

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reclining on the right side, lion's posture

Postby Stephen K » Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:32 pm

What is the reason behind the Buddha's advice to lie down on the right side "in the lion's posture?" Why not on the left side for example?



"And how is a monk devoted to wakefulness? There is the case where a monk during the day, sitting & pacing back & forth, cleanses his mind of any qualities that would hold the mind in check. During the first watch of the night,1 sitting & pacing back & forth, he cleanses his mind of any qualities that would hold the mind in check. During the second watch of the night,2 reclining on his right side, he takes up the lion's posture, one foot placed on top of the other, mindful, alert, with his mind set on getting up [either as soon as he awakens or at a particular time]. During the last watch of the night,3 sitting & pacing back & forth, he cleanses his mind of any qualities that would hold the mind in check. This is how a monk is devoted to wakefulness. - AN 4.37
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Re: reclining on the right side, lion's posture

Postby piotr » Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:10 pm

Hi, :smile:

Stefan wrote:What is the reason behind the Buddha's advice to lie down on the right side "in the lion's posture?" Why not on the left side for example?


Because lying on the left side squeezes your heart.
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Re: reclining on the right side, lion's posture

Postby chownah » Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:23 pm

Try it both ways and see which is best for you.
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Re: reclining on the right side, lion's posture

Postby Dugu » Fri Nov 13, 2009 7:03 pm

Can someone give me a picture of the lion's posture? I am not good at transforming words into mental images.

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Re: reclining on the right side, lion's posture

Postby Justsit » Fri Nov 13, 2009 9:52 pm

Here's one:
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Re: reclining on the right side, lion's posture

Postby Ben » Fri Nov 13, 2009 10:01 pm

The Buddha's Parinibbana. Artist unknown.
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Re: reclining on the right side, lion's posture

Postby Dugu » Fri Nov 13, 2009 10:07 pm

Thanks. Funny, I actually prefer to sleep on my right side too, except my legs are not on top of each other, my left leg is bend over my blanket. haha

would the lion posture be a good meditation position?


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