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What are the common buddhist practices to eliminate sleepiness?

Buddha gave his disciple Moggallana a sequence of advice on how to overcome drowsiness during meditation. Moggallana was however continuously meditating for 7 days without sleep when he received this ...
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What are the common buddhist practices to eliminate sleepiness?

Actually Buddha called that the Lazyness. It is a one major factor that prevent us from getting in to the path of Nirvana. Don't eat too much, if you eat until you get the feeling it is full that's ...
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Sleep - What about it?

What are the proper relax / Sleep practices for a practitioner of meditation methods? If you do Metta meditation before sleeping you are better off, as one benefit of Metta is you sleep well. ((Aṭṭha)...
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Mindfulness during sleep

Once the practitioner attains certain level of mastery in meditation and mindfulness, their sleep acquires a character of meditation. It's not like they don't sleep at all, but they do retain certain ...
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What meditation practice will allow me to sleep less and focus more?

I am also a second year medical student, and I also used to face the same problems that you do. The meditation practice of 'Anapanasati' will allow you to sleep less and focus more. For instructions ...
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How to wake up properly after a nights sleep?

One simple way to setup your mind in the morning is to re-take the refuge vow and/or the five precepts. Or, if you are a Mahayana practitioner, recite the Bodhisattva vow. Here is another ...
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What are the common buddhist practices to eliminate sleepiness?

Great tips by the Buddha. To supplemement this I offer a esoteric Buddhist technique taught by Master Huai-Chin Nan: focus at your navel point and imagine a fine bright red point as bright as you can. ...
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Should I avoid using Mindfulness to fall asleep?

If you are using meditation to go to sleep: You are inducing a hindrance. If this becomes habitual it will block your progress. Also when meditating you should be alert and hence reduce the ...
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What are the common buddhist practices to eliminate sleepiness?

You can try focusing primarily on your in-breath during your meditation. Inhalation activates your sympathetic nervous system (which is also activated when you're in flight or fight mode). Every ...
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How to wake up properly after a nights sleep?

The reason why the mind is like this is because, in order to sleep, we must give ourselves into drowsiness. Those with untrained minds (if not everyone) thus plunge themselves into delusion. That's ...
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What meditation practice will allow me to sleep less and focus more?

Meditation on Metta (loving kindness, or good will) has a traditional list of 11 benefits, three of which are about good sleep: "Monks, for one whose awareness-release through good will is ...
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What is the Buddhist Perspective on Lucid Dreaming?

Lucid dream is a place where you can do more work, more Buddhist practice. For example, if you are afraid of fights you can pick a fight with anyone, man or monster. It's a safe place to try things ...
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Sleep - What about it?

Monks, eleven advantages are to be expected from the release (deliverance) of heart by familiarizing oneself with thoughts of loving-kindness (metta), by the cultivation of loving-kindness, by ...
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Do Arhats sleep?

According to the teachings I received, once the practitioner attains certain level of mastery in meditation, their sleep acquires a character of meditation. It's not like they don't sleep at all, but ...
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Buddhism and Astral Projection

If you mean by this definition: Astral projection (or astral travel), is a term used in esotericism to describe an intentional out-of-body experience (OBE) that assumes the existence of a soul called ...
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Sleep, references to the buddha and other arhats

I have heard on various occasions that the Buddha slept very little. I was also looking for some specific reference in the literature that can attest to this. One of the most common references in the ...
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Mindfulness during sleep

Dreaming is one of the 6 bardos or liminal states in Tibetan Buddhism. There complete list is the Bardo of This Life the Bardo of Meditation the Bardo of Dream the Bardo of Dying the Bardo of ...
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Mindfulness during sleep

I heard about monks that are mindful when they are sleeping but those monks are higly trained.to reduce the number of you sleep,you could increase the length of time you do sitting meditation.people ...
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Do Arhats sleep?

The Buddha is reported not to have slept, but teaching ceaselessly and just entering a state of meditation for two hours per day/night. I don't have any scriptural evidence for this and am rather sure,...
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Should I avoid using Mindfulness to fall asleep?

As Suminda commented, the risk is that you build a habit of becoming sleepy while meditating. However, if you are having trouble falling asleep because your thoughts are racing, I would think that it'...
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Sleep and meditation

I have. The hypnagogic/hypnaponic state is known for the interesting and even intense phenomena that can arise. Here's my most vivid experience: I woke up one morning, paralyzed. This happened ...
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Going from a waking state into the dream state while being conscious

If one is truly mindful during the process of death, then one of two possibilities exist; either one will pass away into complete liberation as an enlightened being or, if there is still some ...
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Meditation Into A Dream State

Before I became Buddhist I did a lot of random "spiritual" practices, including "astral travel". The later is when you try to retain "waking" consciousness as you fall asleep. I only had mixed ...
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Meditating as sleep aid

Yes Meditation can help you sleep... There is a meditation called "Meththa" also known as the "Loving kindness Meditation". This Meditation is very helpful to the daily life as ...
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Meditating as sleep aid

This is my experience/opinion, it's unreferenced and it may be wrong. There's a form of meditation called awareness of the body or awareness of the breath. Maybe that form (or something like it) can ...
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Benefits of sleeping in a sitting posture

The practice of sleeping in a sitting posture can be explained as one of the 13 Dhutanga. Sitter's Practice (nesajjik'anga) — living in the three postures of walking, standing and sitting and ...
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