Eyes Open Or Closed During Practice?

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I am just curious how many people open or close their eyes during Samatha or Vipassana practice. Personally, I have always kept my eyes open.
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Saengnapha wrote: Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:12 am I am just curious how many people open or close their eyes during Samatha or Vipassana practice. Personally, I have always kept my eyes open.
I mostly meditate with eyes open, but sometimes with eyes closed. There are pros and cons really.
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I keep my mind open but my eyes closed.
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Sam Vara wrote: Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:06 am I keep my mind open but my eyes closed.
Why not both?
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Saengnapha wrote: Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:29 am
Sam Vara wrote: Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:06 am I keep my mind open but my eyes closed.
Why not both?
Well, if I close my mind I might miss something of importance, and if I open my eyes I might get distracted.
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Dinsdale wrote: Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:16 am
Saengnapha wrote: Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:12 am I am just curious how many people open or close their eyes during Samatha or Vipassana practice. Personally, I have always kept my eyes open.
I mostly meditate with eyes open, but sometimes with eyes closed. There are pros and cons really.
Were you originally taught to keep your eyes open?
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one idea of eyes open and closed is that you can connect to psychic equivalent of sleep and wakefulness without sleeping or being awake. In short eyes themselves if they are open or closed doesn't mean a lot without knowing the pathways what they can be used to affect.
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Closed eyes creates more concentration if that's what your looking for.
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I close my eyes for the same reason I close my mouth (of course, probably different if my nasal passage is clogged!). However, I don't think either way is better. Most important is what's going on in the mental landscape.
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Both are viable practices. I generally close my eyes but will open them if I notice I'm starting to get drowsy. If you sit with your eyes open you will find that when you reach a certain level of Samadhi that the eyes will naturally close on there own.

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bodom wrote: Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:55 pm Both are viable practices. I generally close my eyes but will open them if I notice I'm starting to get drowsy. If you sit with your eyes open you will find that when you reach a certain level of Samadhi that the eyes will naturally close on there own.

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For me, that is a different reason for the eyes closing than keeping them closed throughout.

Nobody has stated whether they were taught to keep their eyes closed or open during practice. I'm curious how people decide.
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Saengnapha wrote: Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:14 pm
bodom wrote: Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:55 pm Both are viable practices. I generally close my eyes but will open them if I notice I'm starting to get drowsy. If you sit with your eyes open you will find that when you reach a certain level of Samadhi that the eyes will naturally close on there own.

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For me, that is a different reason for the eyes closing than keeping them closed throughout.

Nobody has stated whether they were taught to keep their eyes closed or open during practice. I'm curious how people decide.
I was taught by my teachers to do what was most comfortable to me.

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Eyes closed for me. One of my teachers sat with his eyes open which always surprised me. At first I thought he was watching me meditate.
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I was taught by a Tibetan Buddhist teacher to keep the eyes open, still, and focused on the space beyond the tip of the nose. I find this much better than having my eyes closed.


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In yoga classes I was taught to keep the eyes open and to look down (while keeping the head straight of course) and find a single spot to let the eyes rest on the ground a few feet in front of me. In Buddhist practice I think it is most often taught to close the eyes but not always. When I meditate, I usually close the eyes but not always. The suggestion to do what is most comfortable is appropriate. But you shouldn’t switch back and forth in a single session, that’s just restlessness, with the exceptions that it is okay for the eyes to naturally close and okay to open the eyes if you’re getting drowsy.

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