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Offline nirmal

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Meditation seat
« on: February 24, 2011, 12:44:24 pm »
I feel comfortable sitting on this seat that I made to suit myself. It helps to keep my back straight and has greatly reduced the numbness and pain in my legs.The pain in the back and legs was unbearable in the beginning until I decided to make some adjustments and this seat let me meditate in peace. Just sharing

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Re: Meditation seat
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2011, 12:48:50 pm »
Sorry, this should have come first

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Re: Meditation seat
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2012, 02:28:26 am »
I sit on the edge of my bed.

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Re: Meditation seat
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2012, 10:57:36 am »
very nice design nirmal  :namaste:

If kneeling, I place a folded blanket or cushion between my calves and posterior.
I stopped using chairs for computer use, so am used to sitting tailor style.
Not uncomfortable in the least.

Sitting is not an exercise in sado masochism
A full lotus comes easily to me but people equate it with
spiritual progress, so I rarely deploy it publicly
So now half lotus will suffice

Attentive, still and relaxed.
Not contorted, suppressed and stressed

If you don't enjoy sitting . . .
something is not right . . .  :dharma:

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Re: Meditation seat
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2012, 11:48:41 am »
Sit on deer skin
Protect your internal resources
Insulate your seat
From disruptive earth transmitted energies
Could we benefit others
If we ourselves
Buffet back and forth
Under shifting currents of worldly energies.
(page 54 - 55)

http://books.google.com.my/books?id=i0I1K4tEuVwC&pg=PA42&lpg=PA42&dq=Images+of+enlightenment&source=bl&ots=eBlPTNFmAw&sig=p3MdkynRBCq5_Hu5iU0wR6bBsAg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PiAwT-f8KomrrAftgLXLDA&ved=0CFgQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=Images%20of%20enlightenment&f=false

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Re: Meditation seat
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2012, 08:24:11 am »
Sitting is not an exercise in sado masochism

I agree, and on occasion I enjoy using a comfy chair. :wink1: 

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Re: Meditation seat
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2012, 05:58:19 am »
i just made my first zafu.
alternative filling  of dense rolled cloth blankets to make a giant cinnabun for my...

i am a former cabinetmaker apprentice and a project like this could be wonderful for good practice now...

ive thought alot about the meditation boxes that are common in tibet, does anyone have anygood recources for these, ive often wondered of their dimensions...??? or perhaps just some good links, i havent scoured hard, but im sure someone will be in the know....






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Re: Meditation seat
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2012, 11:04:17 am »
Nirmal, deerskin might not be acceptable to those of us with vegetarian leanings...  :teehee:
I use an old sawn off school stool, very sturdy, cut to a height of about 6 inches.
Allows my (aging western) knees to cross at a comfortable and stable angle while not allowing me to get so comfortable as to nod off. Suits me well, so it does.

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Re: Meditation seat
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2012, 06:47:36 am »
I was sharing something I came across.I  just couldn't believe it.I would not kill a deer that has so much compassion that it would come  between two men who are fighting with swords just to stop the fight.Basically I think it states that we should insulate our meditation seats with some material to cut off disturbing energies(chi) from the ground.That would probably be better.I put a thick blanket on my seat to further insulate it.
« Last Edit: October 02, 2012, 07:04:51 am by nirmal »

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Re: Meditation seat
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2012, 02:25:03 am »
A comfy chair is nice.... :teehee:

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Re: Meditation seat
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2012, 01:43:38 pm »
I was sharing something I came across.I  just couldn't believe it.I would not kill a deer that has so much compassion that it would come  between two men who are fighting with swords just to stop the fight.Basically I think it states that we should insulate our meditation seats with some material to cut off disturbing energies(chi) from the ground.That would probably be better.I put a thick blanket on my seat to further insulate it.

to note something... the cutting off of one energy force and another...
 why is it that one would want that? i suppose its similar to why one would want to close your eyes when you begin a meditation practice, but you are not separate from these things... just the distractions i suppose???
If your mind is always running to something, why not allow it to be a link or reminder to your true luminosity...
i have heard that some traditions would meditate while sitting on the skin of humans (i like the deer idea more, since buddha reached enlightenment in a deer park)

but i do i find my yak bone mala to be the most grounding object, and teaches you of impermanence every moment...
but it is not a good starting place for every practitioner...
if you accept the world as it is, and when your done with this life and move onto your next, if your skin or bones should wrap a sacred object or be used as counters of prayers... let them guide others...

 and i have learned doing what is easiest is not always the best way... to add barriers to your practice would never make sense, but the only obstacles in your way are your own...
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Re: Meditation seat
« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2012, 05:08:09 pm »
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some traditions would meditate while sitting on the skin of humans

Reminds me when I did Buddhist Yoga.
Many of the two person body mudras
involved spine to spine contact
Such an interplay of energies I would
be more cautious of now, being sensitive
to the subtleties of others presence.

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Re: Meditation seat
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2012, 02:27:08 am »
Can't say I've ever noticed any disturbing Earth energies. What do they feel like? Perhaps I'm not sensitive enough to feel them.
Noticed the creaking knees, aching pelvis and back though. Tend to ignore them these days.

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Re: Meditation seat
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2012, 03:19:22 am »
Must say I find the earth very grounding. For those floating away into alternative mind states that are non beneficial, 'mindful weeding' as taught in Shingon Temple I once attended for a spot of chanting, is highly grounding.
I remember getting a kensho as a weed was thrown my way . . . :namaste:

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Re: Meditation seat
« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2013, 08:56:00 am »
Can't say I've ever noticed any disturbing Earth energies. What do they feel like? Perhaps I'm not sensitive enough to feel them.
Noticed the creaking knees, aching pelvis and back though. Tend to ignore them these days.

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And how many great teachers and highly evolved beings have spent years meditating in caves? Surely the distracting Earth energies are found there!

The truth is, you sit on a cushion, blanket, or deer skin for comfort only. How do you explain trying to reach enlightenment while "cutting off" the distracting energies in your natural environment? You can't overcome these by cutting them off and ignoring them!

 


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