Is it ok to use a meditation bench in the Thai Buddhist tradition? From what i have seen sitting on the floor cross legged with right leg on top of left is the standard posture for men and is what is recommended. Do thai's use meditation benches? At my local Wat all the thai's sit on the floor with a thin mat and i have yet to see a bench being used. I have trouble sitting past 40 minutes cross legged on the floor but can sit for much longer on a bench. I think i have circulation problems as my leg falls asleep everytime. Im thinking of using a bench when sitting for long periods and sitting cross legged for shorter periods or should i just get used to sitting cross legged? Thanks!
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on Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:30 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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