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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 advice. Well then, Moggallana, whatever perception you have in mind when drowsiness descends on you, don't attend to that perception, don't pursue it. It'...


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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) Mettânisansa Sutta, (Ekā,dasa) Mettânisansa Sutta) As to Buddhist point of view what is sleep and how to cope with it? This is when your Bhavanga is ...


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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 wrong. In order to stay alert drink more water, actually a major factor of being APHOO Keep a good hi-gene that will make you good Also maintain a posture, so ...


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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 level of deep awareness during their sleep. Specifically, when they see a dream, they know it's a dream. They remain aware of their body lying down on the bed. ...


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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 on how to practise it, follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=206&v=YKFl4E3YhlI Practising this meditation makes your mind calm, concentrated ...


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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 consideration though: as one of my teachers said, "the morning begins in the evening". Your morning mind is continuation of the tendencies you have setup in the evening. ...


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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 hindrances and sleepiness. If you are not falling asleep it not an issue if you are meditating. It is said a Yogi never sleeps.


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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 they do retain certain level of deep awareness during their sleep. Specifically, when they see a dream, they know it's a dream. They remain aware of their body ...


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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 why in dreams, everything's all loopy and oftentimes you don't realize that you're dreaming. When you wake up, your mind is just emerging from that state. I ...


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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 cultivated, developed, pursued, handed the reins and taken as a basis, given a grounding, steadied, consolidated, and well-undertaken, eleven benefits can be ...


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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 you can't try in regular life. Reference: Tibetan Buddhist teacher Tarab Tulku. For more information read Chapter 19 of The Psychology of Awakening anthology by ...


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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 constantly increasing these thoughts, by regarding loving-kindness as a vehicle (of expression), and also as something to be treasured, by living in conformity with ...


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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 time you inhale, there is a subtle increase in energy. Your body is oxygenated and your heart beats a bit faster. At the same time, your mind also becomes more ...


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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. Imagine this growing brighter and brighter, finer and finer. If this doesn't wake you up, gradually move this point up! Move this point down, if you have TOO ...


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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 early texts is the wakefulness (jāgariya) pericope: "And how is the disciple of the noble ones devoted to wakefulness? There is the case where a disciple ...


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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 Dharmatan (luminosity of the true nature) the Bardo of Existence In the Tibetan tradition it is possible to work with the dream bardo by practicing dream yoga. ...


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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 sleep because they want rest and re_energise.in meditation body can rest and re_energise.so longer you do sitting meditation,less sleep you need.


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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, that none such evidence exists.


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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's entirely appropriate and beneficial to use something like breath meditation to bring calm and focus to your mind. Once this is accomplished, it's probably ...


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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 before (sleep paralysis), and I knew it was a symptom of the hypnagogic/hypnaponic state. Well, I had recently read a book on out-of-body experiences (OBE), and ...


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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 substratum of clinging, one will be reborn as a deva or brahma and be fully conscious of one's previous life.


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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 success with the various techniques for achieving that, but the one that worked more or less well was to relax the body and completely refrain from any movement until ...


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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 well as the path. It can help you sleep better, But Let me provide the details.... The profits of doing "Meththa" (Loving kindness Meditation) as to Lord ...


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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 be useful when you're trying to rest (or sleep). 'Awareness of the breath' means that you try to keep awareness of your breathing (e.g. the feeling of air ...


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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 never lying down. The advantages of sleeping less as described by the Buddha can be found in Jāgariyasutta Vigilance This was said by the Lord… "...


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Yes, such a person can appropriately hold monastic vows in the Geluk tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. There are sleeping restrictions in the Vinaya, but not regarding the time or length of sleep. Although Vinaya states that sleep is an impediment to the three trainings, in any case over-sleeping (are 8 hours of sleep over-sleeping? this is open to ...


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