I often hear that meditation is best at the first part of the day, and it is usually recommended to meditate before eating. Yet it seems odd to me that for the Dali Lama, washing would come first and meditation would come second.

The only explanation I can come up with is that the washing would allow for enough time to pass so that the early morning 'dreamy' state of mind would wear off?

(I am not sure if the Dali Lama still follows his traditional schedule, I am talking about the Dali Lama of centuries past)

  • Interesting question! I can't find anything in the way of an answer, but it might be because there really isn't kind of specific story or explanation behind this. It might just come down to a simple matter of personal preference.
    – newbold
    Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 2:05
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    HH the Dalai Lama's Routine Day page says, "When His Holiness is at home in Dharamsala, he wakes up at 3 am. After his morning shower, His Holiness begins the day with prayers, meditations and prostrations until 5 am."
    – ChrisW
    Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 10:28
  • THANK YOU ChrisW. I remembered the fact from a class, but didn't get my cite on.
    – Yoda Bytes
    Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 17:02

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Washing is a symbolic cleansing. One finds it in the Tibetan precepts ceremony. The modern Dalai Lama washes his hands before reading too.

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