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Footprints on the Journey: Sleeping Sparingly - Khenpo Sodargye
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Sleeping Sparingly

We should not sleep too much, nor should we be too lazy. Otherwise, nothing can be accomplished, worldly or spiritual.

In fact, sleep is just a habit. There are some people who never sleep.

In one of his previous lives, Buddha Shakyamuni was reborn as Prince De Kuang. In order to make offerings to the Buddhas, for many years he did not sleep and took breaks only for eating and going to the bathroom.

Geshe Chengawa devoted all his time to Dharma practice; he never slept either. His master Dromtonpa said to him: “You better rest, my son. You’ll make yourself ill if the four elements become imbalanced.” “Yes, it’s nice to be healthy,” Geshe Chengawa replied. “But when I think how difficult it is to find the freedom and advantages that we have, I have no time to rest.” In his life, he recited the mantra of Akshobhya Buddha 900 million times.

Many successful people in the world also choose not to waste their priceless time snoozing in bed.

The French author Balzac slept only four hours a day, from 8 pm to midnight. After he got up, he would write zealously, to make the best use of the quiet hours of the night. With such ongoing diligence, it’s no wonder that he authored 96 masterpieces of universal acclaim, such as Human Comedy.

In Treasury of Good Advice Sakya Pandita says: “The human’s life span is short; half of it is spent on death-like sleep at night. The remaining half, plagued by miseries such as sickness and old age, is no time to enjoy either.” In A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life it says:

Take advantage of this human boat,
Cross over the mighty river of suffering.
This vessel will be hard to find again,
Don’t be so foolish as to sleep it away!

As spiritual practitioners, we should remember these rich legacies left by our predecessors and squander no time in drowsiness and sleep.


7th of January, Year of RenWu
February 19, 2002

 


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